FAAN investigates ‘attack’ on Moroccan airline at Lagos airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is investigating a reported attack on a Moroccan airline at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Royal Air Maroc, Morocco’s national carrier, had arrived from Rabat, Morocco, on Friday morning with its baggage cabin door opened.

It had previously been reported that some robbers broke into the plane while taxiing on the tarmac and dispossessed some passengers of their luggage.

FAAN, in a statement, said the cause of the incident is not known yet but added that necessary security landing procedure was observed.

The agency said it is suspecting the cabin door opened as a result of “forced landing”.

Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN’s general manager, corporate affairs, said: “Aviation security officials that escorted the aircraft upon landing noted that although all necessary security landing procedures were observed as the aircraft was landing and there was no invader around the aircraft, they suspected the opening must have been as a result of forced landing.

“Further investigation revealed that all passengers on the flight got their luggage intact, except for a certain Tazi Larbi, whose luggage with tag number 829116 did not come on the flight because it was left in Morocco

“Appropriate agencies have however commenced an investigation into the incident to ascertain the cause. The aircraft pushed back at about 0530 hours and was airborne to Morocco at 0540 hours.”

The incident happened barely three months after an unidentified man prevented a Port Harcourt-bound plane from leaving the airport. (The Cable)


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