An Air Peace aircraft flight P4 7140 QUO STD 1100 which was scheduled to take off at 10:35 a.m. was preparing for takeoff when the ground handling truck belonging to NAHCO hit the baggage hold forcing the aircraft to abort take off. The aircraft has been declared unserviceable, as the door of the rear cargo hold of the aircraft was impacted and damaged in the incident.
The incident of ground handling equipment damaging aircraft is not new in the industry. The same Air Peace had in April this year had one of its aircraft grounded in Benin, Edo state when it was damaged by another ground handling truck. An official blamed the development on negligence on the part of the driver of the truck, while stressing the need for training and retraining of the officials to for safe operations.
Air Peace confirmed that officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) were already investigating the incident at the Lagos airport on Thursday.