Security Officials Doubt Alleged Burgle of Taxiing Aircraft


Chinedu Eze

Fixed Base Operators of the private terminals at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and Aviation Security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have thrown more light on the alleged burgle of baggage compartment of a private jet while taxiing on the runway.

The sources, who spoke to THISDAY, expressed doubt over the possibility of anybody stealing from a taxiing aircraft.

Earlier reports indicated that the aircraft was attacked on the runway 18R of the airport by unknown bandits when taxiing to the hangar of Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) Ltd. The jet was said to be arriving from Istanbul between 2110 and 2130hrs after landing in Lagos.

The pilot of the flight was Captain Emma Heering who reportedly discovered that the rear door of the aircraft was opened while taxiing to the hangar of EAN.

A senior official of Aviation Security of FAAN disclosed to THISDAY that when the pilot of the Vista Jet aircraft with call sign VJT 584 called the Control Tower over the alleged incident, security operatives inspected the aircraft and found out that the baggage compartment was not open.

Details later…