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Bauchi Airport Embarrassment NCAA fines Aero Contractors

This is coming after the the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika promised to institute a probe into the matter to ascertain why it happened.

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Picture of airline passengers disembarking from an aircraft using a ladder, at the Bauchi Airport. play

Picture of airline passengers disembarking from an aircraft using a ladder, at the Bauchi Airport.

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Following the embarrassing picture of passengers disembarking from a Boeing 737 aircraft, at the Bauchi airport with a ladder, which went viral on social media recently, the airline involved has been fined.

Punch Newspapers reports that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) fined Aero Contractors for the incident.

This was revealed to newsmen by the agency's General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboy.

The amount the airline was fined, was not dsclosed.

Punch also reports that a letter written by NCAA'S Director-General, Capt. Muhtar Usman accused the airline of violating Part 9.2.4.2(b) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), which attracts a civil penalty.

An excerpt of the letter reads: “All relevant agencies made useful submissions during the course of the investigation. In view of the safety implications of your action, you are hereby sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of Part 20.2.3(15) of the Nig.CARs."

This is coming after the the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika promised to institute a probe into the matter to ascertain why it happened.

The airline in the centre of the matter had issued a statement immediately after the incident saying:

“A special charter flight, operated by Aero to Bauchi, had problems with unserviceable equipment by the airport management in disembarking about 34 passengers from Abuja. Consequently, against the airline’s wish and operational safety guideline, the passengers used a ladder to disembark.

“However, at the time of boarding, the air stairs were functional and the passengers boarded successfully. Aero wishes to state that it took adequate and safety measures for this operation, including the airport’s ground staff, to handle the air stairs equipment in Bauchi. Unfortunately, it became unserviceable at the point of disembarking.”

You will also recall that the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) denied any involvement in the incident.

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