Passengers in Nigeria experienced something rather terrifying on Friday: a man jumping onto their flight’s wing while the plane prepared to take off.
The incident took place at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Fox News reports an Azman Air 737 pilot saw a man approaching the plane while the aircraft taxied to a runway. The man then climbed onto the wing and tried entering the plane. (Spoiler alert: it didn’t work.)
Passenger Otto Orondaam recorded the intruder hopping onto the wing.
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Guys this is an emmergency o. For 30 minutes we have been stuck at the runway at MMIA by an unidentified man who ran to the aircraft with a bag. Security has not showed up and everyone is panicking. I have so many questions to ask but right now I can’t even breathe. Pls share this to all relevant authorities. Dear Nigeria!!!!! Update: He has finally been apprehended and we’ve all disembarked from the flight. FAAN authorities showed up 23minutes into the scene but were scared to approach him. Security eventually shows up after 37mins. ______ How it happened!! So our flight was taxing on the runway and about taking off when this man shows up running towards the moving aircraft from the bush. The pilot and a few passengers spotted him running towards the aircraft and the pilot immediately slowed down and quickly put off the engine. The guy approaches the plane with gloves and starts walking around and under the aircraft holding a bag which he dropped inside the engine. Thanks to the Pilot of the Azman Airline for quickly observing and taking swift action.. I still have a million and one questions to ask cos anything could have gone wrong! Nigeria will work perfectly someday. This I know. 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬
An Azman Air press release states the security arrested the man, who has “since been remanded for further interrogation.” It’s not yet known how he gained access to the secure area.
The plane returned to the gate, where passengers deplaned. Luggage and aircraft were “THOROUGHLY” inspected. Passengers eventually reboarded the plane and flew to Port Harcourt International Airport (PHC) in Omagwa.
I worked for a guy who experienced something similar. Except his incident happened in the air. 😉