- NAMA source says ATC delayed flight takeoff for safety reasons
It stated that a combined team of anti-banditry military personnel and Crime investigation unit of FAAN Aviation Security Department swiftly intervened for rescue operation, with one casualty reported in the incident.
A statement by Ag.General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Faithful A. Hope-Ivbaze (Mrs.)
revealed that normalcy has since been restored at the airport.
The statement said,” The team also recovered two motorbikes abandoned by the bandits.
“Additionally, heavy reinforcement team from the Nigerian Defence Academy is on ground to ensure safety and security of airport workers/users.
“The FAAN AVSEC Department has equally released operational vehicles to the team for patrol purposes. The Authority uses this opportunity to sympathise with the family and friends of the victim of this unfortunate incident.
“We shall continue to give further updates where necessary.
Meanwhile sources within the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have revealed to NigerianFLIGHTDECK that the delay on flight was part of safety protocol intended to safeguard lives.
A source who spoke to our reporter explained that Air Traffic Controllers saw the situation and advised for the delay of the Azman flight as movement may attract attention and an attack on the aircraft since the situation was unsafe.