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FG Probes Aero’s Use of Ladder to Disembark Passengers at Bauchi Airport



Many couldn’t believe it when the photos  of Aero Contractors Airlines using a ladder to disembark passengers from a Boeing 737 aircraft at the Bauchi airport on Saturday hit the Internet.


Minister of State for  Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on Sunday ordered an immediate investigation into the incident, Vanguard reports.

James Odaudu, Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs of the Ministry revealed this via the following statement:

Several reports received by the 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 act is inconsistent with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, NCAR and International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, Standards and Recommended Practices, SARPS.

The investigation will determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident with a view to developing and implementing measures that will prevent a re-occurrence of the unsafe and unacceptable procedure that exposed  passengers to high risk of serious injury.

He reiterated that if the airline is found culpable, the full weight of sanctions within extant laws and regulations would be applied.


  1. zeal

    December 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Probe them very well biko, their own don too much. From extreme delay of flights, now na to dey use ladder waka commot from aeroplane. SMH. Probe dem ro the latter pleaseeeeee

  2. prince

    December 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thank God that its not the tires that refused to come out. This should go beyond mouth and paper probing. they should be made to pay huge fine so that next time, they’ll put the safety of their passengers first and not just demonstrating nonsense on-board.

  3. December Wind

    December 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    This is absurd ! In as much as we’d all agree that it is very unprofessional of aero to have rendered such preposterous service ,put their passengers to such risks , put the entire nation , including Africa as a continent on the map as a laughing stock, I’d like to ask “why on earth did the passengers agree to get off the plane like that ? ”

    Nigerians , Why are always in a hurry to settle for less ? What ever happened to following the standard procedures of how things should be done even when things go wrong . Just my 2 cents…

  4. lyl

    December 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Eye sore of the highest order! Whats to be expected,when the planes re so old n almost obsolete. Flying coffin it is. whats there to investigated …wasnt the ladder clear in the picture or they need a microscope to tell if its realy a ladder. Our govt sef! Too much grammar,less needful action! Lord have mercy!

  5. Iphee

    December 21, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Enough already of the probes. They probed the chlorine gas leakage incident in Jos and what came out of it???… Just wasted peoples time and state resources. It is still bizness as usual at the board with not even as much as as one query issued out and for the 8 lives that were lost … Oh well “tough luck”!!!!.
    Till we as a nation realise that all Nigerians ( high or low born) are invaluable …. I won’t take ANY Govt “probe” seriously.

  6. Spunky

    December 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I’m sure a lot of people are not aware aero should not be fully faulted . As embarrassing as it seems, the provision for air stairs is not the responsibility of the airline. Where did the ladder emanate from? If air stair was not provided then who’s to take the blame. I understand the pilot had no choice but to succumb to pressure from passengers who were running late to a wedding ceremony (plus the groom was on board) same day. I’m not holding brief for Aero…it still doesn’t change the fact that the picture is a pitiable one.

    • bruness

      December 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you very much I wanted to say same thing, in as much as the act is unsafe but it’s not aeros responsibility to provide an air stair.

    • Amaa

      December 22, 2015 at 3:39 am

      Yes it is faan abi nah nahco’s responsibility to provide the services they Aero is paying for . It is also Aero responsibility to refuse any unsafe practices especially this one. How on earth will a pilot succumb to pressure like this while endangering the passengers. I wondering what happened to safety first. Aero should also be held liable for “agreeing to put hand inside fire”and the head of faan and and nahco in Bauchi should be fired this is a Huge safety breach I don’t care if a wedding or a funeral was holding heads has to role.

    • spell

      December 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      it is not aero contractors responsibility, isnt it supposed to be Nahco or the airport authority in question.The pilot must have been under pressure from the passengers.Oh well, I am a pilot up north here in canada and i can tell u we have seen much worse.

  7. Mrs Haastrup

    December 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Why are they acting like they did not such time was happening? till someone posted and boom they want to probe.
    Please and please,let them go and sit their uncircumcised asses down. Bunch of oles.

  8. Mrs Haastrup

    December 21, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Why are they acting like they did not know such time was happening? till someone posted and boom they want to probe.
    Please and please,let them go and sit their uncircumcised asses down. Bunch of oles.

  9. dupsy

    December 22, 2015 at 3:54 am

    In as much as the picture looks very unsafe, it is not the responsibility of the plane or aircraft to provide stairs. It is the responsibility of the airport in this case NAHCO Bauchi. Big planes like that 737 don’t usually come with stairs for those of you who travel how many times have you come down from a plane with its stairs or steps? The airport should have placed some steps for the passengers to come down that is part of the money these airlines pay the airport authority for. Just my 2 cents!

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