Man Climbs On Wing Of Plane As It Prepares To Take Off
If you want to walk on the wing of a plane, your best bet is to book yourself a wing-walking experience. There are companies that offer them all over the place and they will strap you to the plane and offer professional assistance as you live out your wing-walking dreams.
Failing this, don't just charge at a plane as it prepares to take off on a commercial flight and climb on the wing.
You will probably die.
One man in Nigeria did just this, but luckily, the pilot spotted him and turned off the engine.
The bizarre incident took place at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja on Friday, with the man climbing on the wing of the plane as it waited in a holding bay awaiting clearance to take off for Port Harcourt.
The man reportedly gained illegal access to the runway with hand luggage, which he stowed in one of the engines, according to the Daily Post. Passengers and crew were subsequently forced to disembark for another round of security checks.
The general manager for corporate affairs at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, said the man was arrested.
Understandably, considering a random bloke had climbed on the wing and stuffed a bag in an engine, the incident sparked panic among passengers.
Otto Orondaam shared a video of the man on Instagram and his caption reflected the fear on board the plane.
He said: "Guys this is an emergency. For 30 minutes we have been stuck at the runway at MMIA by an unidentified man who ran to the aircraft with a bag.
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"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."
After the commotion settled down, Mr Orondaam went on to explain how the incident unfolded.
He said: "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!"
A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that passengers were able to re-board the plane after the identified man had been detained.
In a statement shared on Twitter, they said: "On Friday 19th July 2019 one of our aircrafts with the registration number 5N - HAI was holding for take off at the domestic wing of Murtala Mohammed Airport Ikeja Lagos, when the pilot in command sighted an unidentified person on the tarmac walking towards the aircraft.
"He radioed the tower to intimate them of his observation immediately. The captain further took a preemptive effort to shut down the engines as the same person was noticed wandering around the aircraft, and later he was seen climbing the part of the aircraft in an attempt to gain access to the cabin.
"Aircraft securities approached the individual, arrested him and he has since been remanded for further interrogation."
How the man gained access to the runway is not yet clear, though the News Agency of Nigeria reported that a 'reliable source' said the man claimed he wanted to travel to Ghana upon his arrest... Which in no way explains why he sneaked onto a runway and climbed on the wing of a plane preparing to embark on a domestic flight in Nigeria.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Otto Orondaam