Passengers aboard an Azman airline flight were thrown into panic on Friday when a yet-to-be-identified man climbed the aircraft while it was about to take off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
The aircraft was departing Lagos to Port Harcourt when the incident occurred.
According to an eyewitness, the unknown man showed up running towards the moving aircraft while it was taxiing on the runway and about to take off.
The pilot was said to have immediately slowed down and quickly put off the plane’s engine after spotting the intruder.
A viral video posted online showed that the man eventually climbed to the top of the plane.
The video also showed that the man deposited a bag inside one of the engines which sent passengers into a panic.
Guys this is happening right now. My friend is on this flight. Who do we tag? They need help!!! pic.twitter.com/MRHT2JUKmy
— Renè The Leader ❤️ (@Rene_noire) July 19, 2019
Passengers immediately demanded the pilot and cabin crew open the aircraft doors for them to disembark due to safety concerns.
Reacting to the incident, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Yakubu Henrietta, said the intruder has since been apprehended by aviation security officials.
“At about 1009 hours, aviation security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria arrested an intruder who was sighted trying to climb into an Azman aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers.
“The pilot of the Azman aircraft with registration number 5N-HAI departing Lagos to Port Harcourt reported the incident and Avsec officials swiftly responded. The man has been apprehended and is now in Avsec’s custody.
“The aircraft taxied to the apron for a thorough check and has departed for Port Harcourt afterwards,” the statement said.
The authority said it has begun investigation into the incident.