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.