Man climbs on plane wing and tries to enter cabin as aircraft prepares for takeoff, passengers watch in horror
There was chaos aboard a plane earlier this week when passengers spotted a man climbing onto the wing moments before takeoff.
The bizarre incident involved an Azman Air plane and took place on Friday in the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.
While the plane was waiting for clearance from air traffic controllers, the man clambered up the side of the jet engine and then got on the wing before attempting to enter the cabin.
A passenger inside the aircraft took a video of the dramatic incident. The rest of the passengers can be heard yelling as many of them jump out of their seats in disbelief.
Man climbs onto wing of Azman Air 737 at Lagos airport as it prepares for takeoff. https://t.co/LwkjRaFsey pic.twitter.com/xXuLJXlGw8— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) July 19, 2019
The pilots radio called the tower to inform them of the incident and then shut the plane's engine as officers rushed to the scene.
According to the airline, airport security then arrested the man.
He has not been publicly identified and is currently in custody as authorities investigate the unusual incident.
As for the rest of the passengers, they were "taxied back to the gate" and forced to disembark from the plane though it did not delay anyone's travels. The company shared, "The aircraft and luggage were thoroughly scrutinized. All passengers were re-boarded and the flight operated as scheduled."
At this time, it is not known how the man was able to reach the tarmac.
However, a few hours later, Azman Air shared in a Twitter statement that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had suspended the aviation security heads who were on duty at the time.
Azman Air said, "The current arrangement is aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity. FAAN views this breach as a serious security concern and has commenced [an] investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of this incident to forestall future occurrence."