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Passenger dies on-board Arik as security apprehend stowaway at MMA

The Stowaway been taken away by a FAAN hilux van
A grim day for aviation in Nigeria today as Arik Air recorded a death on board its aircraft while Medview nearly played host to a stowaway on board its aircraft.
Arik Air today announced that a middle-aged man aboard its Owerri-Lagos flight was this afternoon confirmed dead by doctors on arrival at the Lagos Airport.
The passenger boarded the flight from Owerri in the company of a relative. He started showing signs of uneasiness midway into the flight.
The body of the man has been deposited in the mortuary by the Police while investigation into the immediate cause of death is ongoing.
Meanwhile the comical situation of another middle aged man, Mr. Alabibu Olushola,  who was apprehended on his way to hitch a free ride on a Medview Boeing 737 going to Maiduguri via Abuja.
An air field worker of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said the incident occurred at about
 1.51pm when a ‘mad man’ gained access to the security area of the airport through many of the porous ways from Shasha area.
The source said the captain of the aircraft on landing, saw a man who was walking across the airplane, when he was noticed and the pilot blew him back with the aircraft thrusters which he said led to severe burns to the man.
 “The man is a director of a company at Shasha who developed madness. He was carrying a bag. He was taken away immediately the incident happened.
Confirming the apprehension of the stowaway, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, said it apprehended a man, Mr. Alabibu Olushola, who was attempting to stow away in a taxing aircraft on the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
“The culprit was arrested as soon as he scaled the perimeter fence near the moving aircraft and after interrogation by the Avsec staff, he was immediately handed over to the police for further interrogation.”
“The Authority wishes to remind members of the public that access to restricted areas of the airport, including the tarmac and perimeter roads, is prohibited for unauthorized people, including airport staff, who have no business being there. This is more so in view of the present security situation in the country.”
“The Authority will henceforth not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, including unauthorized airport staff, who is found loitering around restricted areas of all our airports.”
Meanwhile Medview Airline management has commended its crew and the FAAN security in the arrest the stowaway at the runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos
In a statement, the airline said the action of the crew, which led to the arrest and the return of the aircraft to the tarmac for security check was in line with ICAO recommended best practices on aviation security.
The statement read, “The Maiduguri bound aircraft via Abuja was taxing to the threshold for take-off when the pilot sited a man on the active runway and alerted the control tower on his observation and requested for aviation security personnel.”
“While still taxiing, the pilot noticed that the same man has crossed to the threshold, and was moving towards the aircraft, and had to alert the control tower again for security.”
“The man got entangled with the engine thrust pilot increased the speed of the engine before he was picked up by security agents.”

“The pilot asked for permission to return to base, where security agencies including Bomb disposal Squad conducted a thorough check on all passengers, luggage and the entire aircraft and appropriate clearance was given.”

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