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Arik to repair damaged Air Force plane

20 July 2012, 11:47

Abuja -  The management of Arik Air Limited has agree to repair the Nigerian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft, which was damaged by one of its planes at the Jos Airport.

This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja and signed by Air Cdr, Yusuf Anas, Air Force Director, Public Relations and Information.

The statement said the airline agreed to repair the Air Force plane, when Chief Joseph Johnson, the Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air Limited led the management of the airline on a sympathy visit to the Nigerian Air Force over the incident.

It said that the incident involved the Air Force aircraft and Arik Air Boeing 737-700

The statement said the chairman expressed regrets over the incident, adding ``We are here to commiserate with the Air Force and to say we are extremely sorry over what happened in Jos”.

It noted that Arik Air and the Nigerian Air Force have had close relationship for several years.

``We are here to also seek for a technical report on the damaged aircraft and we will do everything possible to fast track the repairs of your aircraft”.

Responding, the Chief of Air Staff (COAS), Air Marshal Mohammed Umar, thanked the Chairman and Management of Arik Air for personally visiting the Nigerian Air Force.

Umar sympathised with the airline over the incident, adding ``we know how busy Arik Air is as a leading air carrier in Nigeria and we know your operations will also be affected by this incident”.

He, therefore, called for the setting up of a joint committee by the two organisations to speedily bring the aircraft back to full operations.

It will be recalled that on July 14, Arik airline Boeing 737-700, while taxing, brushed the wing of the stationary Nigerian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft parked on the tarmac of the Yakubu Gowon Airport in Helipad, Jos. 


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