GOVT. BEGINS INVESTIGATION INTO AERO’S USE OF LADDER TO DISEMBARK PASSENGERS

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The Federal Government has begun investigation into the embarrassing situation that occurred on Saturday at Bauchi Airport when an Aero Contractors aircraft’s airstairs developed a technical fault after landing and passengers had to use ladder to disembark.

This was disclosed on Sunday by Mr. James Odaudu, Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs of the Ministry of Aviation.

According to him; “Several reports received by the 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.

“The act is inconsistent with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, NCAR 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 re-occurrence 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.”

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