An Air Peace plane preparing for takeoff at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Thursday night, February 8, 2018 was attacked by robbers.
Chris Iwarah, the communications manager of Air Peace, confirming the incident which occurred at about 7.35 pm on Runway 18 Right (A1) of the airport, said that the forced opening of the cargo of the aircraft led to delay in the departure of the aircraft, as security operatives carried out a comprehensive search on the airplane before being allowed to depart the airport.
A twitter user captured the incident with a tweet;
We are in Air Peace right now due to security issues. While we were waiting to take off, someone opened the cargo. We are not certain if the fellow dropped or picked something. Anti bomb squad are on ground
— Sallyqueen (@Sallyqueen17) February 8, 2018
Recall that few days ago, it was reported that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, did set up a four-man probe team to look into the alleged claim that the door of an aircraft belonging to Dana Air, was shaky while on flight and eventually fell off upon landing in Abuja.
Passengers of aboard Dana Airline flight, on Wednesday morning expressed sudden uncontrollable fear when the exit door of the aircraft fell off upon landing.
A passenger, Ola Brown, who took to his twitter page to vent his frustration, said the experience was scary. He further narrated that the exit door of the aircraft was unstable all through the flight, adding that it fell off as soon as the aircraft landed.
He tweeted; “Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout flight. As we touched down, it fell off. Scary stuff,” “I was closer to the front so when I heard the sound, (I) thought it was an explosion. (I) couldn’t quite comprehend that it (the door) had just fallen off” he wrote on twitter.
Another passengers on the flight, Dapo Sanwo, said the door panel was loose all through the flight, a situation he described as an indication of “lack of maintenance.”
Details of the incident and its causes were not immediately clear. When contacted, the corporate communication desk of Dana Air said it would need to be briefed by its engineers before reacting to the development.
“We need to also get the engineers to give their report,” a staff of the airline’s corporate communications department said.
Senate President Bukola Saraki who said such incident is unacceptable, further disclosed that the Senate will take up the matter.