Aviation security AVSEC, of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has apprehended a young man of about 25yrs Friday morning who sighted around the airfield.
In a swift response, the AVSEC personnel on static guard duties at the area rushed to stop his further movement to a taxiing Airpeace aircraft (CS-TQU) and a struggle ensued.
According to an eye witness all efforts to stop the intruder by the unarmed AVSEC personnel failed as the intruder became dodgy.
While the struggle was ongoing, the AVSEC personnel called for reinforcement and beckoned on the pilot of the Airpeace CS-TQU to delay the aircraft to allow for a successful apprehension of the intruder.
The intruder was eventually apprehended at about 0905hrs by the AVSEC personnel with the support of the reinforcement and was transferred for other action.
The aircraft was also returned to base for necessary security checks in line with standards and was declared safe for flight.
The MD-FAAN in the company of two Directors, the Regional General Manager (SW) and the Airport Chief of Security (MMA) quickly moved to the scene of the incident.
The swift action by the AVSEC team was commended by the Airpeace Pilot of CS-TQU who spoke with FAAN Management Team.
According to him, the action of the FAAN security team was timely and professional in protecting the flight as he was not even aware of any intrusion.
Meanwhile, Air Peace has commended FAAN over stowaway apprehension.
In a statement issued by Corporate Communication Executive, Stanley Olisa, the culprit emerged from the bush and tried to gain access to the aircraft before he was apprehended by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN) Aviation Security.
The statement by the airline read, “This morning, at exactly 9:10 at the MMA1 Lagos, an Owerri-bound Air Peace aircraft(flight P47252) was taxing towards the threshold for take-off, when a man, in his twenties, emerged from the bush along the runway, and tried to gain access to the aircraft through the wheel-well.
“There was a private jet behind the aircraft. The pilot in command of the private jet informed the Air Peace pilot in command that a young man obviously in his twenties, was trying to force his way into the aircraft.”