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VIDEO: Nigerian Airport Officials Pushing Back an Aircraft by Hand

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This is the moment Nigerian airport officials are filmed pushing back an aircraft by hand.

Pushbacks are carried out by special, low-profile vehicles called pushback tractors or tugs. Although many aircraft are capable of moving themselves backwards on the ground using reverse thrust, the resulting jet blast or prop wash might cause damage to the terminal building or equipment. Engines close to the ground may also blow sand and debris forward and then suck them into the engine, causing damage to the engine. A pushback is therefore the preferred method.

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