Runway attack: FAAN begins investigation on poaching of crew baggage

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By Oluyinka Onigbinde

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it had  commenced investi- gations into the case of a burgled aircraft, alleged to have occurred on the night of  December 12, 2017.

The incident was reported to have occurred on a Vista Jet aircraft with Call Sign VJT 584, while taxiing on the night of the said date.

According to the report, a combined team of FAAN Aviation Security Department, Airport Police Command and other relevant security agencies have swung into action to reveal the perpetrators of this act and to prevent future recurrence of such.

The security apparatus at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos was on Tuesday called to question as a private jet owned by Vistajet was attacked on the runway of the airport.

It will be will recalled that the jet with the registration number 9H-VFA operated by EAN on December 12 2017 was attacked on the runway18R of the airport by bandits while taxiing to the hangar of Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) Ltd. The jet arrived from Istanbul between 2110-2130hrs after landing in Lagos.

A source close to EAN confided in our correspondent that the pilot of the jet Captain Emma Heering discovered that the rear door of the aircraft was opened while taxiing to the hangar of EAN.

After an investigation, it was discovered that a big black bag belonging to the air hostess, Francesca Louis was missing from the jet.

The source told our correspondent that it was not the first time such an incident would be happening at the airport.

It was reported that this particular jet with call sign VT584 was not escorted by any operational vehicle as at the time of the incident due to lack of any operational vehicles at the airside of the airport, a situation, which made the criminal act to be perpetrated with ease.

 

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