The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has declared as false alarm, allegations ofÂ burglary attempt on the Cargo Hold of Air Peace Â aircraft Â at 18 Right runway of the Lagos Airport.Â
Categorically, the NCAA described the incident as unfounded.
The spokesman of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, disclosed this yesterday.
According to Adurogboye, conclusion was arrived at after the regulatory authority reviewed all the reports from the relevant agencies concerning the incident , which proved to be untrue.
According to him, investigations by the regulatory authority, security agencies and other agencies at the Lagos Airport indicated that Air Peace raised a false alarm as the alleged burglary is largely unsubstantiated, unproven and should be discountenanced.
In a statement, Adurogboye said: â€œLast week, thereÂ were reports that the Pilot-in-Command (PIC) of Air Peace Flight no.Â APKÂ 7138 withÂ Aircraft no. 5N-BUJ had alerted the Lagos Control Tower that the Aircraftâ€™s AFT Cargo Compartment has been opened.
â€œAccording to the pilot in his report to the Tower, he noticed that the cargo compartment light came up for 15 seconds and went off. This means someone has opened the compartmentâ€™s door.
â€œThe Air Traffic Controller on dutyÂ confirmed receivingÂ the reportÂ at about 1933hrs (1833GMT).
In line with Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs), AviationÂ Security personnel were at the Holding PointÂ of Runway 18R monitoring the departure/take offÂ of both Air Peace andÂ ArikÂ Air aircraft.
â€œThe PIC alarm triggered an immediateÂ response. TheÂ Escort team overtook theÂ ArikÂ aircraft for a more proximateÂ field look and access to the Air Peace Aircraft.
â€œOn full speed, with the full lights on, no person(s) was found within the vicinity of the aircraft. Importantly, theÂ ArikÂ aircraft which was on queue immediately after the Air Peace aircraft was similarly put on observation at this point.
â€œTheÂ ArikÂ Air aircraft also had its full complement of lights onÂ towards the Air Peace aircraft having being aware of his counterpartâ€™s conversation with theÂ Tower. With benefit of this full view, neither movement nor any sign of person(s) was sighted around the aircraft.â€
He further said: â€œThereafter the Air Peace PIC requested to taxi back to the Apron at D45 to check if anything had been stolen. In addition, he wanted to clear his doubts that a bomb may have been thrown into the aircraft.
â€œAtÂ D45, the Airport Chief Security called the NPF-EODÂ (Explosive Ordinance Disposal)Â team who reported with their equipment at about 2026hrs.
Passengers were disembarked at 2028hrs. The EOD team joined by FAANâ€™s Aviation Security and Air Peace Security conducted a search on the Cargo compartment and the passenger cabin of the aircraft.
â€œThe searchÂ was completed at aboutÂ 2055hrs and the aircraft was declared safe by the EOD Team leader.
The Air Peace PIC therefore briefed the passengers of the EODâ€™s all clear decision and that the service shall beÂ operated. AllÂ passengers re-boarded and the aircraft was escorted to the holding area for take â€“ off by the Escort teams from FAAN AVSEC and the Military Airside Patrol.