FAAN denies suspected runway invasion of Air Maroc plane at Lagos Airport
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday denied the suspected invasion of Royal Air Maroc aircraft shortly after touchdown at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
The authority, in reaction to a report on the suspected attack on the taxing aircraft, confirmed that though the cabin was found open no intruder was in sight.
The Royal Air Maroc flight with registration number CN – ROR landed in Lagos at about 4 a.m. with its baggage cabin door opened.
An official of the airline had hinted at the suspected opening of the aircraft cabin just after landing, which warranted the pilot to contact the authorities.
Confirming the incident, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said aviation security officials that escorted the aircraft upon landing, noted that although “all necessary security landing procedures were observed as the aircraft was landing and there was no invader around the aircraft, they suspected the opening must have been as a result of forced landing.”
She said further investigation revealed that all passengers on the flight got their luggage intact, except for a certain Tazi Larbi, whose luggage with tag number 829116 did not come on the flight because it was left in Morocco.
“Appropriate agencies have however commenced an investigation into the incident to ascertain the cause. The aircraft pushed back at about 0530 hours and was airborne to Morocco at 0540 hours,” she said.
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