Disquiet as foreign flight lands in Lagos airport with open baggage cabin

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By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.

THERE were concerns this afternoon at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja Lagos following the unusual landing  posture of  Royal Air Maroc flight with its baggage cabin wide open. Though passengers luggage were intact, sources which describe the situation as ‘incident’ however, said it breached the international aviation rules and therefore, has to be investigated. Already, CrimeWorld checks revealed that officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN who were on ground had reported the incident to the appropriate authorities adding that investigations had commenced. Thought the aircraft showed no sign of technical fault, sources ascribed the incident to a “probable hard landing”
a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu and made available to us confirming  the incident reads: “A Royal Air Maroc flight with registration number CN – ROR landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 0404hours today October 11, 2019 with it’s baggage cabin door opened. Confirming the incident, Aviation Security officials that escorted the aircraft upon landing noted that although all necessary security landing procedures were observed as the aircraft was landing and there was no invader around the aircraft. They suspected the opening must have been as a result of force landing. Further investigation revealed that all passengers on the flight got their luggage intact, except for a certain Tazi Larbi, whose luggage with tag number 829116 did not come on the flight because it was left in Morocco. Appropriate agencies have however. commenced investigation into the incident to ascertain the cause. The aircraft pushed back at about 0530 hours and was airborne to Morrocco at 0540 hours.”

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