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Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Maxymilliano(m): 6:17am On Nov 18, 2012
Arik Air flight nearly crushed a man in ragged clothes and dishevelled hair who stood few metres away from the touch down area at the domestic runway of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, known as Runway 18L about 4:30 pm last Tuesday.

THISDAY learnt that another Arik Air flight bound for Uyo was waiting at the threshold of the runway, known as holding point for the arriving aircraft to land so that it would take off, but as the aircraft was to touch down the passengers and the cockpit crew of the waiting aircraft saw a man walking about near the landing point of the aircraft and escaped being crushed by the tyres and the wing of the aircraft.

When the man identified as mad because of his slovenly, ragged appearance was spared by the aircraft that landed, he walked to the threshold where the Uyo bound flight was waiting and began to knock at the aircraft door, requesting that door be opened for him.

Eye witness account disclosed that the pilot of the aircraft was afraid that the man might walk farther towards the engine of the aircraft and he would be sucked in and roasted, so he quickly switched off the engine of the plane, sustaining the system of the aircraft, including the air conditioning with auxiliary power unit (APU).

At that point the situation had become an emergency so he quickly called the Control Tower and Aviation Security, informing them about the man walking about in the most restricted area of the airport.

The pilot who nearly landed his aircraft on the man was said to have also called the Control Tower immediately he landed and the incident was recorded on the log book by the Air Traffic Controllers who were on duty at the time the incident happened.

“The pilot said that he feared for the man’s life when he came knocking on the aircraft door because few steps would have taken him into the engine of the aircraft that would have roasted him and that was why he quickly switched off the engine. That would have been catastrophic and tragic had it happened that way,” the source explained to THISDAY.

It took 20 minutes before two aviation security vehicles coming from the opposite sides, one from the international side of the runway and the other from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT)and converged before the mad man.

Aviation Security officials jumped out, held him and forced him into one of the vans and whisked him away and it was then that the controllers allowed the aircraft lined up at the holding point to begin to take off.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) explained that the man probably scaled the perimeter fencing to gain entry to the runway.
This incident reinforces the fact that the in spite of the efforts made by the agency, the airport is still porous.

About two weeks ago a stowaway was found dead at the wheel well of Arik Air aircraft and that was the third time a stowaway would be found dead in the wheel well of aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Few years ago Air France flight nearly hit heads of cattle at the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Runway incursion has been a regular occurrence at the nation’s airports and this is attributed to lack of perimeter fencing at most of these airports and that is why the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has not certified any of these airports because they have not met accepted safety standards for their certification.

THISDAY learnt from FAAN source that perimeter fencing at the Lagos airport “is not what it should be”; that it is broken down here and there, especially at the Shasha area, adding, “We do carry out regular patrol but when you leave an area for about 30 minutes, somebody who has been watching you will use the opportunity to go in.”

Reacting to this incident, industry operators who spoke to THISDAY said that FAAN should consider it as top priority to complete the perimeter fencing project that is going on in some of the nation’s airports.

One of the operators urged the agency to intensify the regular patrol of the runways and the perimeter area of the airport to ensure that runway incursion such as the above incident, did not happen again.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-mad-man-strayed-into-lagos-airport-runway/130972/
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by 234GT(m): 6:27am On Nov 18, 2012
I guess the mad man was hungry and when the first plane landed, he was thinking it was a bird he could eat. Man must wack!
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by k2039(m): 7:27am On Nov 18, 2012
234GT: I guess the mad man was hungry and when the first plane landed, he was thinking it was a bird he could eat. Man must wack!

roflmao
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by virtuoso01(m): 7:28am On Nov 18, 2012
How can you have an International Airport without a fence?

Chai.

That is gross. This means that any dumb terrorist can launch a serious attack on our airport by just sauntering in.


WoW these Nigerian bureaucrats must wake up before someone wakes them up with a violent and deadly jolt.

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Super1759: 8:09am On Nov 18, 2012
are you sure he(the mad man) is not a disguised sucide bomber or boko man

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Nobody: 8:37am On Nov 18, 2012
You people don't get it,1. that means someone can just walk through the fence and pass a bag of coke to someone else to take to Europe. 2. That means it will be easy for someone to just walk straight to the plane with a dangerous explosive. 3. That means a terrorist or hijackers can walk straight to a plane and bomb it. And we are calling Nigeria a country. The giant of Africa. That means other African countries are in serious darkness and suffering.
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Maxymilliano(m): 8:53am On Nov 18, 2012
Guess the mad man was high on adulterated weed and probably thought he was knocking on heavens door.

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by markus1133: 9:05am On Nov 18, 2012
he was high i guess
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Jakumo(m): 10:18am On Nov 18, 2012
Maxymilliano: When the man identified as mad because of his slovenly, ragged appearance was spared by the aircraft that landed, he calmly walked to the threshold where the Uyo bound flight was waiting and began to knock at the aircraft door, requesting that door be opened for him.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-mad-man-strayed-into-lagos-airport-runway/130972/


Moments after narrowly missing a jay-walking man on the runway during landing rollout, the following exchange occurs on the flight deck, as a gentleman materializes on the tarmac beside the taxiing aircraft, and proceeds to knock on the cabin door with a stick...knock knock...knock knock.

Captain to First Officer : Did you hear that noise ?

First Officer : You're not going to believe this sir, but there is a gentleman knocking on the cabin door with a long stick.

Captain : This is no time for jokes. We nearly ran over someone just now as we landed, and you are telling you can see someone knocking on the cabin door ?

First Offier : I sure the phuck am telling you just that sir. It looks like the same guy. He got up after getting hit by the engine blast, and he wants the damn door opened up, or he might get really mad.

Captain : How in the heck did he keep up with us ? Hell, we were doing 145 knots when we narrowly missed crushing him like a bug at the runway threshold.

First Officer: He's on a motorbike, sir. The kind papparazzi use to chase down limos. Looks like a Kawasaki, sir. Nice bit of kit.

Captain : He came prepared. Well I am too, thanks to this here hand-cannon loaded with hollow tips. Would you mind opening your sliding window and leaning back a bit while I clear the runway with this ?

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by dominique(f): 10:22am On Nov 18, 2012
How about those guys in neon jackets that clear the runways for flight? were they sleeping when the madman strayed into the airport? Nawa for this country and their faulty systems with incompetent staff

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by dilbert100: 11:17am On Nov 18, 2012
smoking some funny stuff
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Ekans: 11:18am On Nov 18, 2012
Why are things going to pieces in this country?,we have not had it this bad.Security at its lowest.
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Naijacitizen(m): 11:21am On Nov 18, 2012
virtuoso01: How can you have an International Airport without a fence?

Chai.

That is gross. This means that any dumb terrorist can launch a serious attack on our airport by just sauntering in.


WoW these Nigerian bureaucrats must wake up before someone wakes them up with a violent and deadly jolt.


My Guy! You spoken my mind
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Naijacitizen(m): 11:24am On Nov 18, 2012
uihebom: You people don't get it,1. that means someone can just walk through the fence and pass a bag of coke to someone else to take to Europe. 2. That means it will be easy for someone to just walk straight to the plane with a dangerous explosive. 3. That means a terrorist or hijackers can walk straight to a plane and bomb it. And we are calling Nigeria a country. The giant of Africa. That means other African countries are in serious darkness and suffering.


Nigeria my feet!
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Nasri100(m): 11:32am On Nov 18, 2012
Very kind pilot indeed
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by timbros(m): 11:41am On Nov 18, 2012
So it took the security opratives 20 WHOLE MINUTES before they respond to the situation?

#smh

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by knotty(m): 11:46am On Nov 18, 2012
Did you guys notice that it took airport security 20minutes to get to remedy the situation. 20 whole bunkum minutes.
That mass volume of time is enough to land a distressed flight, disembark the passengers, put off fires and address a press conference .
20minutes to a dying man needing help is eternity.

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Meedu(m): 11:50am On Nov 18, 2012
Maxymilliano: Arik Air flight nearly crushed a man in ragged clothes and dishevelled hair who stood few metres away from the touch down area at the domestic runway of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, known as Runway 18L about 4:30 pm last Tuesday.

THISDAY learnt that another Arik Air flight bound for Uyo was waiting at the threshold of the runway, known as holding point for the arriving aircraft to land so that it would take off, but as the aircraft was to touch down the passengers and the cockpit crew of the waiting aircraft saw a man walking about near the landing point of the aircraft and escaped being crushed by the tyres and the wing of the aircraft.

When the man identified as mad because of his slovenly, ragged appearance was spared by the aircraft that landed, he walked to the threshold where the Uyo bound flight was waiting[b] and began to knock at the aircraft door, requesting that door be opened for him.[/b]

Eye witness account disclosed that the pilot of the aircraft was afraid that the man might walk farther towards the engine of the aircraft and he would be sucked in and roasted, so he quickly switched off the engine of the plane, sustaining the system of the aircraft, including the air conditioning with auxiliary power unit (APU).

At that point the situation had become an emergency so he quickly called the Control Tower and Aviation Security, informing them about the man walking about in the most restricted area of the airport.

The pilot who nearly landed his aircraft on the man was said to have also called the Control Tower immediately he landed and the incident was recorded on the log book by the Air Traffic Controllers who were on duty at the time the incident happened.

“The pilot said that he feared for the man’s life when he came knocking on the aircraft door because few steps would have taken him into the engine of the aircraft that would have roasted him and that was why he quickly switched off the engine. That would have been catastrophic and tragic had it happened that way,” the source explained to THISDAY.

It took 20 minutes before two aviation security vehicles coming from the opposite sides, one from the international side of the runway and the other from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT)and converged before the mad man.

Aviation Security officials jumped out, held him and forced him into one of the vans and whisked him away and it was then that the controllers allowed the aircraft lined up at the holding point to begin to take off.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) explained that the man probably scaled the perimeter fencing to gain entry to the runway.
This incident reinforces the fact that the in spite of the efforts made by the agency, the airport is still porous.

About two weeks ago a stowaway was found dead at the wheel well of Arik Air aircraft and that was the third time a stowaway would be found dead in the wheel well of aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Few years ago Air France flight nearly hit heads of cattle at the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Runway incursion has been a regular occurrence at the nation’s airports and this is attributed to lack of perimeter fencing at most of these airports and that is why the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has not certified any of these airports because they have not met accepted safety standards for their certification.

THISDAY learnt from FAAN source that perimeter fencing at the Lagos airport “is not what it should be”; that it is broken down here and there, especially at the Shasha area, adding, “We do carry out regular patrol but when you leave an area for about 30 minutes, somebody who has been watching you will use the opportunity to go in.”

Reacting to this incident, industry operators who spoke to THISDAY said that FAAN should consider it as top priority to complete the perimeter fencing project that is going on in some of the nation’s airports.

One of the operators urged the agency to intensify the regular patrol of the runways and the perimeter area of the airport to ensure that runway incursion such as the above incident, did not happen again.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-mad-man-strayed-into-lagos-airport-runway/130972/

How possible is it, to knock on an aircraft door while standing on ground level? Dont think Arik have that kind of plane.

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Bluetooth2: 12:01pm On Nov 18, 2012
Nigeria and odd news.

CNN breaking news headline would have been hysterical if the plane had hit the madman.
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Maxymilliano(m): 12:04pm On Nov 18, 2012
Meedu:

How possible is it, to knock on an aircraft door while standing on ground level? Dont think Arik have that kind of plane.

"he walked to the threshold where the Uyo bound flight was waiting and began to knock at the aircraft door, requesting that door be opened for him".

The bolded should answer your question.
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by larrymoore(m): 12:15pm On Nov 18, 2012
When will Nigeria grow up?
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by gulfer: 12:30pm On Nov 18, 2012
timbros: So it took the security opratives 20 WHOLE MINUTES before they respond to the situation?

#smh
They had to weight the situation na. grin
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Onyenna(m): 12:57pm On Nov 18, 2012
20 Whole minutes to respond!!

Security1: let's go there....

Security2: No!!! What if he's BH!?

Security1: na true oooooh!

Security2: let's wait for like 15-20 minutes...if the plane doesn't go up in flames, then we'll know he's MAD indeed....

Security1: brilliant Idea.....

.... What da Bleep! So anyone can just stroll in and out of our INTERNATIONAL airport(s)!!!! So appalling!..... SMH **SMH'ing BIG time**...

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Chylo(m): 1:33pm On Nov 18, 2012
Abroad, they have only wire fences as well in their airports, just like we have in Nigeria. The difference is that their security forces are more alert and responsive... of course, there are also a lot fewer mad people there.
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by kjhova(m): 1:54pm On Nov 18, 2012
In all of this, not 1 poster has spared a thought for the innocent man who is mentally ill. Their types are taken off the streets & catered for by govt in saner climes. No society can ever be better than the way its weakest members are treated.
To even refer to the man as "mad" is in itself self evident of our lack of respect for our common humanity.

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by cheezkid(m): 2:35pm On Nov 18, 2012
Ow d mad man take reach d door _talkless of knockin?na em tall pass
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Nobody: 2:36pm On Nov 18, 2012
When the man identified as mad because of his slovenly, ragged appearance was spared by the aircraft that landed, he walked to the threshold where the Uyo bound flight was waiting and began to knock at the aircraft door, requesting that door be opened for him.
How? When? Isn't an aircraft's door significantly higher above the ground that a boarding ramp or airstair is required? so did he fly up to the door or what? considering the fact that they were still on the threshold and not the boarding gate.

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Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Redmosquito(m): 2:40pm On Nov 18, 2012
Minion: Your Wickedness! What will they do to this mentally ill man?
Hades: Young one! Do you not know the meaning of cut and paste? They will simply relocate him back to where he came from. THE STREETS! angry
Minion: What The F*ck?! shocked
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by Chylo(m): 2:47pm On Nov 18, 2012
kj_hova: In all of this, not 1 poster has spared a thought for the innocent man who is mentally ill. Their types are taken off the streets & catered for by govt in saner climes. No society can ever be better than the way its weakest members are treated.
To even refer to the man as "mad" is in itself self evident of our lack of respect for our common humanity.

Excuse me Mr man, but the pilot switching off the engine to save his life isn't enough for you? You want us to also take him to Hilton and serve him Five-course meals?

Please the average Nigerian, who works hard to earn a living isn't even being taken care of by this society, not to talk about the destitute. This responsibility should be taken up by private citizens and not the Federal Government. Everything government, government. So you are now blaming the government for not taking care of this mad man. undecided
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by manny4life(m): 2:55pm On Nov 18, 2012
It could have been any type of door, not necessarily the passenger entry/exit doors. Btw, they did not say what kind of aircraft though, for instance smaller regional jets, fit this category where the man can knock on the door.

@Topic,

Nigeria in general needs rehabilitation.
Re: Mad Man’ Strayed Into Lagos Airport Runway by slap1(m): 3:15pm On Nov 18, 2012
Lol. They should have opened the door for him, maybe he wants to give them a message for his brother in Uyo.

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