NSIB probes Aero Contractors aircraft accident

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau has commenced investigation into an incident involving a Boeing 737 with nationality and registration marks 5N-BYQ belonging to Aero Contractors Airlines.

This is contained in a statement by the NSIB Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Dr James Odaudu, on Sunday in Abuja.

Odaudu said there was no injury or fatality.

“The incident occurred around 10:47am (local time) on November 12, 2023. The aircraft upon landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from Lagos and in a bid to exit the runway via A4 had its nose wheel stuck in the grass verge with its fuselage on runway.

“Consequently, the runway was closed pending the towing of the aircraft from the runway. There was no injury or fatality,” it said.

According to him, the NSIB hereby solicits information from the general public in form of pictures, video or recording evidences to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.

He said the bureau could be reached through [email protected] and NSIB_Nigeria on its social media platforms and on its emergency line +234-807-709-0909.

”The NSIB will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people on board and not assume the cause of the serious incident until a formal report is released.

“The NSIB is a multimodal investigation agency charged with the mandate to investigate transportation accidents and serious incidents in Nigeria with the aim of identifying the probable causes and proffer safety recommendations that can prevent reoccurrence,” it said.

The director affirmed that the bureau would release the preliminary report as soon as possible.