Nigerian govt. orders probe of Aero Contractors for using ladder to disembark passengers

MINISTER ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO THE USE OF UNAUTHORIZED EQUIPMENT BY AN AIRLINE

The Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has directed an immediate investigation into the use of an unauthorized equipment by Aero Contractors Airlines at the conclusion of a charter flight to Bauchi over the weekend.

Several reports received by the Honourable Minister have indicated the airline used a ladder to disembark passengers from a Boeing 737 aircraft at the Bauchi airport on Saturday December 19th 2015.

According to the Minister, the act is inconsistent with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS).

The investigation will determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident with a view to developing and implementing measures that will prevent a reoccurrence of the unsafe and unacceptable procedure that exposed
passengers to high risk of serious injury.

He reiterated that if the airline is found culpable, the full weight of sanctions within extant laws and regulations would be applied on it.

The Honourable Minister assures the traveling public that the Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will ensure strict adherence to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations as well as ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices by all operators.

Sirika further states that the ministry will not shriek in its responsibility to ensure a safe and secure air transport services which he views as sacrosanct.

Signed
James Odaudu
Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs.


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  • Watch man

    Where else could this happen if not Nigeria? This is unfortunate and has indeed jeopardized the safety of air travel

  • Tunsj

    I couldn’t believe that this type of trash will happen in Nigeria. What the hell is going on?

  • Ashibogu

    Maybe na rope we go take disembark tomorrow. Yeye dey smell!

  • Burbank

    Aero Contractors must be made to pay dearly for this.

    • Vonn

      All of you except Onike is just ignorant. Any means of transport can develop fault at any time. We should be happy it was not a crash. How many of the airline crashes have been investigated in Nigeria and then punishing the owners with exorbitant fines?

      However, I am not sure what the problem is, but it is not possible to use a ladder to disembark from an aircraft because the door must be opened to do that. And if the door is open which also serves as the means to step out of the aircraft, then how can you blame Aero in this instance because it shows the aircraft has no problem. After disembarking from the aircraft, all other services are taken care of by NAHCO

  • arewethishopeless

    The implications are far reaching and yet its quite simple. In aviation you cannot run on “medicine after death”. The industry MUST be run proactively expecting danger anywhere and everywhere. The question is, why did all the safety systems put in place not prevent this incident? Or aren’t there any?

    The government is considering floating a national airline with the hope that the country becomes a major travel hub for the African continent. Not to talk of all the “shopping around” for foreign investors. This clearly shows we are not ready. This type of lackadaisical attitude to safety, security and professionalism by all agencies concerned has to change first otherwise, we will simply be throwing money away that can be productively applied elsewhere. Major investments should be put on hold until those in charge succeed in “putting the horse before the cart”.

    The MINISTER-IN-CHARGE needs to buckle-up or ship out ….

  • Ajantala

    Governments in Nigeria have to start seeing FINES, SANCTIONS and PENALTIES as profit centers. You cannot prevent crazy people from being crazy BUT you have to start hitting them where it hurts – Their pockets.

    • Onike24

      You can’t blame Aero, it’s Nahco that is responsible for providing such services, what was Aero supposed to do??

      • aisha ani

        NAHCO ati Aero, sack him and fine them both.

      • ’70

        You are correct. Nacho or the host airport should make this service available. Aero can only be blamed if they refused to call for the service which i very much doubt if they didn’t.

    • aisha ani

      Exactly!

  • Maria

    All the managers of that airport must be sacked asap. It is acts of incompetence like this that has cost irreparable loses of human lives in this country.

  • ’70

    The Minister should know that it is the duty of the hosting airport to provide staircases the passengers will disembark from and for the airline to call for it.

  • Artful ºDodger

    If the airstairs on the aircraft would not deploy what happened to the ground equipment including stairs which is supposed to be at the airport?

    • APC is Doomed

      There is nothing like “airstairs” in an aircraft. That’s a passenger jet not private jet. By the way the airport staff should be probed not the airline.

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