Vanguard (Lagos)

9 February 2014

Nigeria: Passenger's Fire Alarm Aborts Abuja-Ibadan Flight

A passenger onboard an Overland flight from Abuja to Ibadan aborted the flight when he raised a false fire alarm just when the plane was about to take off from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Passengers were immediately evacuated.

Reacting to the incident, The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, said, "NCAA regrets the ugly incident of fire smoke alarm raised by an onboard passenger in a flight involving Overland enroute Ibadan from Abuja airport in the evening of Friday, 7th February, 2014."

The statement, from the Office of the Director of Aerodrome and Air Space Standards( DASS), said, "The air traffic incident at 16.27 UTC happened as the flight taxied to the holding position for take-off when a passenger on board raised an alarm that there was a fire smoke. The pilots were quick to respond to the situation as they opened the emergency exit and ensured that all passengers on board were evacuated. "Though there was no smoke or fire detector to the pilot, the aircraft was immediately taxied to the international apron. The NCAA uses this medium to assure the traveling public that there is no cause for alarm as the situation is very much under control."

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