By Kenneth Ehigiato
An Abuja-bound Arik Air airliner from Calabar was Wednesday rammed into by a cab at Margaret Ekpo International Airport.
Although there were neither casualties nor injuries, as the aircraft had not been boarded by any passenger at the time of the crash, the airliner marked 5N-MJJ was, however, said to have suffered severe damage in the incident which happened at 2:45pm.
Vanguard learnt that the cab entered the restricted airside of the airport through the gate manned by Air Force personnel at the airport, adding that the driver who had been arrested, was yet to state his mission at the airport.
â€œThe cab driver drove into the airside through the Air Force gate; he passed through the first gate, passed through the second and just rammed into the aircraft waiting to take passengers to Abuja,â€ a source told Vanguard.
The incident reportedly led to passengers being stranded, as the airline tried at press time yesterday to deploy another aircraft to Calabar to fly the passengers to their destination.
Arik Air spokesman, Mr. Banji Ola, who confirmed the development, said the aircraft, B737-700, was seriously damaged.