The picture which has gone viral on many social media networks, from facebook, twitter to google plus is generating waves all over as a show of shame on the airline risking the passengers to disembark from its aircraft with the ladder.
The airline in a reaction however blamed the airport management stating that their equipment was unserviceable
The statement read, ”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 operation safety guideline, the passengers used a ladder to disembark. “
“However at the time of boarding the air stairs became 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 crew to handle the air stairs equipment in Bauchi, unfortunately it became unserviceable at the point of disembarkation. Although the airline crew tried to calm down the passengers to wait while the equipment was being fixed, the passengers insisted on their own volition to disembark against all safety protocol of the airline. “
“Aero Contractors wishes to state that it is reviewing its safety measures with all charter operations to all airports to prevent such reoccurrence. Aero will continue to take adequate measures to ensure that its operations remain safe and secure.”
Bauchi Airport is a state owned airport and not under the management of the airport authority.