Passengers aboard an Azman Airline plane were thrown into apprehension on Friday morning after a stowaway ran into their Port-Harcourt bound flight as it was about taking off from the Lagos airport.
The incident held passengers stranded on the runway for almost an hour as the pilots were said to have stopped the flight on sighting the intruder.
It was gathered that the man, whose identity could not be ascertained yet, emerged from a bush close to the runway at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Ikeja and ran after the flight before hopping on the plane.
A social media user Otto Orondaam shared video of the incident on his Instagram page.
In the footage, the man was seen climbing the wing of the plane and also sitting inside the engine.
“For 30 minutes we have been stuck at the runway at MMIA by an unidentified man who ran to the aircraft with a bag. Security has not showed up and everyone is panicking. I have so many questions to ask but right now I can’t even breathe. Pls share this to all relevant authorities.”
A few minutes after his initial post, Orondaam updated the post to narrate how the incident happened, he wrote:
“Dear Nigeria!!!!! Update: He has finally been apprehended and we’ve all disembarked from the flight. FAAN authorities showed up 23minutes into the scene but were scared to approach him. Security eventually shows up after 37mins.
“How it happened!! So our flight was taxing on the runway and about taking off when this man shows up running towards the moving aircraft from the bush.
“The pilot and a few passengers spotted him running towards the aircraft and the pilot immediately slowed down and quickly put off the engine.
“The guy approaches the plane with gloves and starts walking around and under the aircraft holding a bag which he dropped inside the engine.
“Thanks to the Pilot of the Azman Airline for quickly observing and taking swift action.. I still have a million and one questions to ask cos anything could have gone wrong! Nigeria will work perfectly someday. This I know.”
See the video: