Med-View Airline Carrying 100 Passengers Grounded by Bird Strike in Maiduguri
It has been revealed that barely 24 hours after the European Commission banned Med-View Airline from operating into its airspace over safety issues one of its four aircraft, a Boeing 737 with the registration number 5N-MAA has been grounded by a bird strike at Maiduguri airport.
According to SaharaReporters,a source close to the airline revealed on Friday night that the incident occurred a few seconds after the aircraft took off from Maiduguri en route to Abuja and Lagos.
The pilot immediately made an air return to base and disembarked all the passengers who were later told to return to their various homes while the airline makes arrangement for a new aircraft to convey the passengers.
SaharaReporters reports there are over 100 passengers on board the aircraft at the time of the incident.
Sources stated that the Managing Director of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole had been informed of the incident and its engineers would this morning leave Lagos for Maiduguri to know the extent of the damage to the aircraft.
The source, however, said that one of the two engines of the aircraft was badly damaged by the incident.
The source stated that just three aircraft is remaining in the fleet of the airline and that flight operation will be impacted by the latest crisis.
It is not clear if the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been notified of the incident.
Med-View has its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday in Lagos and by Thursday, European Commission named the airline as among 180 others that failed safety test.
It would be recalled that DANA Air in April had a similar incident with its MD 83 aircraft with the registration number 5N-SRI two weeks ago.
The aircraft had departed Lagos for Port Harcourt at 11am but made an air return back to Lagos immediately when it was hit by birds upon take-off.
You may be interested
GEJ challenges APC administration to public debate, says ruling party has nothing to show in terms of achievementFlora Israel - Oct 19, 2017
- Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, says APC employs hi-tech propaganda to cover up its misrules- He insists the PDP performed when it controlled…
Naira depreciates further to N360.30/$ in NAFEXWebby - Oct 19, 2017
By Peter EgwuatuThe naira, Thursday, depreciated marginally to N360. 30 per dollar in the Investor and Exporter (I&E) Foreign Exchange Window. liquidityData from…