Nigeria: Minister orders probe after airline uses ladder to disembark passengers

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has ordered a probe of the circumstances in which a ladder was used to disembark passengers from a local flight on Saturday.

The incident occurred when a chartered Aero Contractors Airlines' flight landed in the northern city of Bauchi.

A picture widely circulated on the social media showed the passengers struggling to disembark via a ladder.

In a statement, Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika directed an immediate investigation into ''the use of an unauthorized equipment by the airlines.''

The statement said the act is inconsistent with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS).

“Several reports received by the Honourable 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 investigation will determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident with a view to developing and implementing measures that will prevent a recurrence of the unsafe and unacceptable procedure that exposed passengers to high risk of serious injury,'' the statement said.
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20 december 2015 14:55:46

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