Less than 24 hours after SaharaReporters broke the news of how airport bandits of attacked and burgled Vistajet aircraft that was taxiing to apron after landing, the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has set up an investigation team to unravel the cause of the incident.
FAAN said that it has set up a combined team of Aviation Security (AVSEC) Department, Airport Police Command and other relevant security agencies to immediately get to the root cause of the incident.
A statement by Henrietta Yakubu, the spokesman of the agency said that the investigative team would immediately commence an investigation into the incident, which took place while the aircraft, a Vistajet with the registration number 9H-VFA was taxiing to the hangar of Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) Ltd.
Yakubu in a three-paragraph statement said that the authority set up the panel in order to investigate if the incident truly occurred and to prevent a recurrence of such incident in the future.
But, SaharaReporters can confirm that the incident actually occurred on the night of Tuesday, December 12, 2017, when the jet with the registration number 9H-VFA operated by EAN was taxiing to the apron from the runway.
The statement said “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has commenced investigations into the case of a burgled aircraft, alleged to have occurred on the night of December 12th, 2017.
“The incident was reported to have occurred on a Vista Jet aircraft with Call Sign VJT 584 while taxiing on the night the said date.
“A combined team of Faan's Aviation Security Department, Airport Police Command and other relevant security agencies have swung into action to reveal the perpetrators of this act and to prevent future reoccurrence of such.”
It would be recalled that SaharaReporters had exclusively reported on Friday how a private jet owned by Vistajet was attacked on the runway of the airport.
Information gathered by SaharaReporters had revealed that the jet was taxiing on the 18Right of the runway before the incident.
A source close to EAN had confided in our correspondent that one of a crewmember of the jet discovered that the rear door of the aircraft was opened while taxing to the hangar of EAN.
After an investigation, it was discovered that a big black bag belonging to the air hostess, named Francesca Louis was missing from the jet.
The source told our correspondent that it was not the first time such an incident would be happening at the airport.
Earlier in the year, some bandits allegedly opened a small aircraft door from the rear that was taxiing on the runway and escaped with some belongings of some of the occupants.