Travelers on board a Port Harcourt-bound flight were thrown into panic on Friday after a yet-to-be-identified man climbed on top of the engine of the airplane while it was just about to take-off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
As indicated by a video taken by one of the travelers in Lagos, the man illegally accessed the airside with a bit of traveling baggage. The video also showed that the man climbed the aircraft wing and deposited the bag inside one of the engines.The aircraft was at the holding bay expecting clearance for take-off from the control tower when the incident happened.
The man’s actiions caused fear and commotion as a portion of the travelers quickly requested that the pilot and crew open the airplane’s door for them to alight because of fear of thier wellbeing .
Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Director, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said the man had been detained.
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According to her, the stowaway was caught and detained by the Aviation Security Personnel and was taken to Tango City, a FAAN security unit situated at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
Also, the spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development to the News Agency.
Alabi, however, said that the case had not been transferred to the Command from Tango City, adding that further information would be released in due course. A reliable source, however, told NAN that the individual, upon capture, the suspect asserted he needed to make a trip to Ghana however wouldn’t unveil how he figured out how to access the confined airside.