A Middleeast Airlines A330 collided with a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 on ground in Lagos, Nigeria.
The MEA aircraft clipped a parked Turkish Airlines 777-300 ER while being pushed back by the ground staff at Murtala Muhammad International Airport. The MEA A330 was operating a regular flight to Beirut. As of now there is no data available on how much damage has occurred on both planes.
Incident at Lagos airport between Middle East Airlines A330 (OD-MEA) flight ME572 to Beirut and a parked Turkish Airlines 777-300ER. MEA’s winglet got clipped while being pushed back by the ground staff. All pax are safe. Photos: Lebanese Plane Spotters: https://t.co/Dj1kdjhYzR pic.twitter.com/ePNsc6U85O— Aeronews (@AeronewsGlobal) July 29, 2020
By looking at the images available on social media significant damage can be seen on Turkish Airline’s 777. No official statement has been made regarding the incident. One airport worker said that the MiddleEast Airline pilots were not aware of their surroundings. At the time, the pilots were in direct contact with the ground staff. This employee said that it was caused by negligence from the MEA pilots. Following the incident, the situation got chaotic. Some ground staff has suggested that both MEA and Turkish Airlines were carrying out commercial flights disguised as repatriation flights.
MEA has a sound safety record since 2001. No injuries have been reported till now.