- The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said no bomb was planted on an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos
- According to FAAN, the passenger who allegedly raised the alarm, reportedly has a history of mental illness
- Passengers and all airport users have been re-assured that Nigerian airports are safe and secure
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has described as false the alarm that a bomb was planted on an early morning Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos on Wednesday, January 30.
Henrietta Yakubu, general manager, corporate affairs of FAAN, made the rebuttal in a statement in Abuja saying the passenger, who allegedly raised the alarm, was said to have a history of mental illness.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yakubu said that the passenger had been handed over to the security agencies and medical experts for assessment.
She said: “Following the false information, officers of FAAN’s aviation security swiftly evacuated passengers, crew and cargo on board the flight and a bomb squad immediately conducted a thorough check on the aircraft and baggage, which confirmed the information to be false.
“After due diligence test has been carried out on the aircraft, a fresh boarding call has been made and passengers have boarded the flight for take-off to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
“FAAN will like to re-assure passengers and all airport users that our airports are safe and secure. They should carry on their lawful activities without any fear."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that tragedy was reportedly averted in the Nigeria aviation sector as the tyre of an Air Peace aircraft blew off while it was already taxiing for take-off on the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday, January 6.
According to reports, passengers on the aircraft were heading to Benin from Abuja, when the the incident occurred. The report stated further that the pilot struggled to control the airplane before it was eventually towed to a safe location at the NAIA.
It was a Boeing 737 aircraft belonging to Air Peace that was involved in the incident, which happened around 5:40 pm at the Abuja airport.
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