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Jos Airport Incident: Arik Air Pilot Blames Self


Jos Airport Incident: Arik Air Pilot Blames Self

*Jos Airport Incident: Arik Air Pilot Blames Self

By Nosa Osula-Aituamen

The pilot of Arik Airlines who crashed into a parked C-130 aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Airforce at the Jos Airport last week Saturday, 14th July, 2012 has accepted full responsibility for the incident. According to investigation conducted by the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, the pilot of the aircraft blamed the mishap on his inability to see the parked aircraft because the rain blocked his view from the window of the cockpit.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner, AIB, Captain Usman Muktar, the Aircraft was cleared to taxi to runway 10, during taxi the winglet of the Arik Air Boeing-737 hit the stationary C-130, embedded a portion of its severed winglet on the structure of the C-130. ( Continues below….. )

A landing Arik Plane

Photo Above: A landing Arik Plane

He said no injuries was recorded on any of the passengers on the Arik Airplane, adding that the said aircraft was airworthy, manufactured in 2001 by Boeing and certified to fly.


The Report reads thus -

On the 14th of July, 2012, Arik Air 201, on a scheduled passenger flight touched down in Jos at 1313 hrs and parked at 1320hrs. The Jos bound passengers disembarked.

Lagos bound passengers embarked and the aircraft taxied out at 1335hrs. The Aircraft was cleared to taxi to runway 10. During taxi to the runway, in rain, the aircraft winglet hit the wing of a parked C-130 aircraft which was at the fourth parking slot during the impact, a portion of the winglet of Arik Aircraft was left embedded in the wing structure of the C-130 aircraft. There was damage to both aircraft, and the time of this incident was 1340hrs.

The C-130 aircraft was duly authorized to park at that position. There were no injuries recorded.

The aircraft was manufactured by Boeing in 2001. Initial findings

1. The winglet of the Arik Air B-737 hit the stationary C-130, embedded a portion of its severed winglet on the structure of the C-130. 2. The C-130, NAF-197 belongs to Nigeria Airforce. 3. The pilots were certified to fly the Aircraft. 4. There were no injuries recorded. 5. It was raining at the time of the incident. 6. The Arik Air Pilot had an entry point into Runway 10 opposite where he was parked, but decided to use the other entry. 7. The captain of Arik Air aircraft confirmed that when he tried to look out, rain had covered his window. 8. The Arik Air Captain accepted responsibility for the incident. 9. The Apron markings were visible.


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Nosa Osula-Aituamen (Aviationreport)

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Comment from: franky. [Visitor]
franky.Well i hope this accident/incident will teach Sen.Okon and his Chairman chief. Johnson a lesson that accident can happen at any time not to be politicizing the crashed of an other airline and remember that hence you can stop road accident you can not stop crash because is man made it can disappoint you at any time. Stop laughing at others when they are in trouble God is watching every one. Franky.
07/20/12 @ 05:06
Comment from: Nwaiwu Mcdonald [Visitor] Email
Nwaiwu McdonaldThank God no life was lost....pls no more stories.
07/20/12 @ 15:02
Comment from: Big Don [Visitor]
Big DonNigerians should take prayers seriously and pray always in holiness and righteousness. Lets endeavor to always pray against all kinds of accidents, both on the road, air, railways and the waterways and I believe the LORD will grant us our heart desire in JESUS name. Amen
07/21/12 @ 05:08
Comment from: Mandy [Visitor]
MandyThere is no reason for the pilot to have ingnore the direction of the ATCO, and the BOI is certifying the pilot of his capability of flying the Boeing, pls let us avoid more accident/ mishap inthis country by educating our civil pilots on the DOS/DOTS... of aviation sector..
07/21/12 @ 08:40
Comment from: pastor kenneth Ehirim [Visitor]
pastor kenneth EhirimThank God, no body injured no life lost, we give God praise, however let's encourage the pilot and speak to him mild, nobody is above mistake.
wishing you the all the best.
07/21/12 @ 11:14
Comment from: jibir Danladi [Visitor]
jibir DanladiThe pilot should be forgiven pls
07/22/12 @ 07:32
Comment from: Kingsley Nwosu [Visitor]
Kingsley NwosuIts amazing no life lost for the first time air crashed in Nigeria.
07/22/12 @ 08:14
Comment from: egwu john friday [Visitor]
egwu john fridayIt's very civilized of the pilot to have accepted he was wrong. That is not typical of a "good" Nigerian. Thank God no life was lost. May the Lord be praised. Please take care next time you want to land. You might not be this lucky.
07/23/12 @ 09:03
Comment from: E. F OKORO [Visitor]
07/24/12 @ 04:41

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