The Federal Government has directed an immediate investigation into the use of an unauthorised equipment by Aero Contractors Airlines at the conclusion of a charter flight to Bauchi over the weekend.
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who directed an immediate investigation into the incident, said it was inconsistent with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS).
A statement by the spokesman of the Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, said the investigation would determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident, with a view to developing and implementing measures that would prevent a reoccurrence of the unsafe and unacceptable procedure that exposed passengers to high risk of serious injury.
He reiterated that if the airline was found culpable, the full weight of sanctions within extant laws and regulations would be applied on it.
A special charter flight operated by Aero to Bauchi, on Saturday, had problems with unserviceable equipment, which forced the airport management to disembark about 34 passengers from Abuja. As a result, the passengers had to use a ladder to disembark.