Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has directed an immediate investigation into the use of an unauthorized equipment by Aero Contractors Airlines at the conclusion of a charter flight to Bauchi over the weekend.
Several reports received by the Honourable 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.
Aero contractors on Saturday disembark 37 passengers from one of its chartered flights with a ladder an act that has attracted the attention of many nationwide and is an affront to safety.
The airline was captured disembarking the passengers on video and camera and has since gone viral
on many social media networks, from facebook, twitter to google plus is generating waves.
According to the Minister, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs of the Ministry, James Odaudu , the act is inconsistent with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS).
The investigation, according to the statement, will determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident with a view to developing and implementing measures that will prevent a reoccurrence 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 on it.
The Honourable Minister assured the traveling public that the Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will ensure strict adherence to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations as well as ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices by all operators.
Sirika further states that the ministry will not renege in its responsibility to ensure a safe and secure air transport services which he views as sacrosanct.
The airline had in a statement blamed the airport management attributing the act to unserviceable equipment.