Turkish Airlines collides with Middle East Airlines in Nigeria

The Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau said on Thursday it has launched an investigation into a ground collision between Turkish Airlines and Middle East Airlines.

The collision occurred at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Wednesday July 29.

“Accident Investigation Bureau has been notified and has commenced investigation into a serious incident involving an Airbus A330-243 with the Nationality registration Marks OD-MEA operated by Middle East Airline and a Boeing 777 with Nationality and registration Marks TC-LJC  operated by Turkish Airline,” spokesman Tunji Oketunbi said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

Oketunbi said the Turkish cargo aircraft was parked at the international apron when the Middle East airbus was taxing before it ran into it, cutting through the tail cone and damaged part of the right horizontal stabilizer of the Turkish aircraft.

All passengers on the Middle East Airline had to disembark with no injury or fatality.

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