Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Intruder detained after jumping on wing of Nigeria plane prior to takeoff

Intruder detained after jumping on wing of Nigeria plane prior to takeoff

Reports indicate that he was spotted by the pilot who slowed down and turned off the engine as the man sought a way to get into the plane.

This is according to the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, who identified the man as one Mr Usman Adamu, who resides in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State.

The incident happened Friday morning at the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed International airport in Lagos.

Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained.

"FAAN takes full responsibility for this incident as we remain fully committed to our core values".

It was not clear how he was able to reach the plane or what his intention was.

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Yakubu said the suspension of the personnel was pending the completion of the investigation into the security infringement.

In its official statement on the incident, the London Metropolitan Police said that the victim appeared to have fallen from the landing gear compartment of the plane while it was approaching the Heathrow Airport.

The statement added: "FAAN views this breach as a serious security concern and has commenced investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of this incident to forestall future occurrence". "The aircraft taxied back to the apron for a thorough check" and continued with its trip to Port Harcourt.

The affected officers are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku, International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Adedamola Abiodun, Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Adebowale Ayodele.

A flight taking off from Lagos, Nigeria, was delayed on Friday after passengers on the flight noticed a man climbing onto the wing as it was taxiing towards the runway.

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