An Airbus A330-243 operated by Middle East Airlines (MEA) with registration number OD-MEA smashed onto a Boeing 777 aircraft with registration number TC-LJC owned by Turkish Airlines in Lagos, Nigeria on 29th July 2020. Groundworkers, who had been on duty at the time, further said the incident happened while the OD-MEA registered MEA A330-200 was being pushed back from its gate.
It remains uncertain quite how it happened, but preliminary sources indicate that perhaps the ground staff turned the A330 too early, resulting in a collision with the Turkish B777-300 / ER (registered TC-LJC). The particular aircraft might carry 244 passengers.
One airline employee did not accept, nevertheless, that perhaps the Middle East Airlines (MEA) pilots were not aware of their surroundings. They said that the crews had been in regular communication with the ground personnel at the time. The employee said it was due to incompetence on the part of the MEA pilots.
🇱🇧 MEA and 🇹🇷 Turkish airlines planes crashed in Lagos, Nigeria 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/hSsVtLLzhr— INTELSky (@Intel_Sky) July 29, 2020
Safety records of Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 and has steadily developed to become a major global carrier. As Turkey’s national flag carrier, its corporate office is situated at the new Istanbul Airport.
Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and has consistently received a series of prestigious Skytrax awards for Best Airline in Europe from 2011-2016, retaining the title for six years in a row. Turkish Airlines listed the 18th best airline in the world for 2018, according to Skytrax index. Turkish Airlines has indeed been rated as Turkey’s most popular corporation. The company is taking seriously the value of input from its customers, which we really much appreciate because it’s not the benchmark for certain airlines.
Turkish Airlines having experienced a total of 19 accidents in its history, 15 of which were fatal. Turkish Airlines also has several accidents in the past, but the airline is focusing hard to strengthen its safety record. Obviously, the more fleet size the airline has and handles more flights, the more incidents occur. Besides that, high traffic volume is not even an explanation for accidents, however, the carrier should improve safety in any way it can. It would seem that the safety of travelers has become a serious concern of Turkish airlines and even that their safety record is enhancing. Airlines Ratings graded 5 out of 7 safety ratings for Turkish airlines.
In April 2006, Turkish Airlines satisfactorily passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program and became Turkey’s first IOSA airlines.
Safety records of Middle East Airlines
Middle East Airlines is Lebanon’s national airline which is one of the leading airlines in the Middle East and a member of Skyteam. Middle East Airlines flies from its home base at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut to 32 international destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and West Africa. The MEA fleet includes 16 Airbus aircraft and 2 Embraer legacy 500.
Various accidents and incidents have been recorded in the past, including the Middle East Airlines OD-AEM crash on 21 April 1964, which killed all 49 on board.
Tripadvisor Reviews for Middle East Airlines mentioned as “Very Safe“, not only that it achieved safety rating of 6 out of 7 from Airline Ratings. Middle East Airlines (MEA) has completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) standard for global safety management.