Friday’s accident, which happened at about mid-day, involved two Airbuses 330 conveying about 250 passengers. The two planes had their bodies partially damaged as a result of the collision.
A source at the airport told NAN that one of the planes was taxiing from the runway to MMA2 to disengage passengers, while the other aircraft was preparing to take off for Port-Harcourt Airport from the same terminal.
The source said the pilot may have been misdirected by the marshals to taxi to the wrong side of the apron. For, the Port-Harcourt-bound aircraft was parked at Gate 4 while the arriving aircraft was bound for Gate 3 of the terminal.
But the marshals misdirected the arriving aircraft to the same gate as the parked aircraft which led to their wings scraping each other.
Following the incident, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) immediately grounded both aircraft while passengers were asked to disembark by the airline.
Passengers on the Port-Harcourt-bound aircraft got refunds of their tickets from the airline.
NCAA also confirmed the incident in a statement by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Fan Ndubuoke.
Ndubuoke said no passenger was hurt and that the incident had been referred to the Accident Investigation Bureau for further investigation.
He also reiterated NCAA’s commitment to safety and security of passengers.
A similar incident occurred at the airport on July 6, following the collision of two planes belonging to Emirates and Hak Air.