Air Peace on Wednesday commended the passengers of Flight P4 7121 for their calm and cooperation during screening after the flight was aborted over information that there was a dangerous item on board the plane.
According to a release by the airline’s Corporate Communications Manager, Chris Iwarah, the carrier attributed the false information to an alleged mentally challenged passenger who was prevented from boarding by the cabin crew over the state of his mental health.
The suspect was taken into custody by security operatives for investigation.
“We confirm that Air Peace Flight P4 7121, Abuja-Lagos on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, returned to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after the crew received information that there was a dangerous item on board.
“In line with procedures and our high safety standards, the captain-in-command acted professionally, briefed passengers on board and took the decision to return as a precaution. The aircraft landed in Abuja without any incident and passengers disembarked normally to enable security personnel conduct a check.
“Passengers on board the flight were screened a second time and the aircraft thoroughly checked. At the end of the exercise, the information was found to be a hoax as nothing was found on the aircraft. The aircraft was subsequently cleared to depart for Lagos and safely landed at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 11.44 a.m.
“We commend our valued customers on board the flight for their calm and cooperation while the checks lasted. The safety, security and well-being of our customers and crew will continue to be our priority at all times,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reassured passengers and all airport users that the nation’s airports are safe and secure.
FAAN gave the reassurance in a statement by General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, in reaction to a bomb hoax on Air Peace Flight P4 7121 on Wednesday.
“FAAN will like to re-assure passengers and all airport users that our airports are safe and secure.
“They should carry on their lawful activities without any fear,” she said.