'Mind-blowing': Man climbs on airplane wing moments before take off

A man has been filmed climbing onto the wing of a passenger plane moments before takeoff.

The man, who’s since been arrested, was filmed at Nigeria’s busiest airport in the city of Lagos much to the horror of passengers on board Friday (local time).

Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria spokeswoman Henrietta Yakubu said the Azman Air plane had been waiting for clearance from air traffic controllers.

She added it taxied back for a “thorough check” before departing for Port Harcourt about 600km southeast.

It was not clear how the man reached the plane or what his intention was.

The man seen climbing the wing of a plane in Lagos. He was eventually detained. Source: Instagram/ Otto Orondaam

However, passenger Otto Orondaam, who shared two videos of the incident with his 84,000 Instagram followers claims the man appeared from a bush.

One video shows the man on the wing while the other shows him sitting inside an engine.

“He looks like a mad person,” one man says.

Others are out of their seats, peering out the window as the man walks about and climbs atop the wing.

One man can be heard calling calling him a 'mad man'. Source: Instagram/ Otto Orondaam

“The pilot and a few passengers spotted him running towards the aircraft and the pilot immediately slowed down and quickly put off the engine,” Mr Orondaam wrote.

“The guy approaches the plane with gloves and starts walking around and under the aircraft holding a bag which he dropped inside the engine.”

People were shocked by the man’s actions but were thankful that no one was hurt.

“This is very alarming,” one man wrote.

Others called it “mind-blowing”, “wild”, “madness”, and “unnerving”.

It was the latest Nigerian airport security breach. In 2017, passengers on a private jet in Lagos said thieves forced open the cargo door and stole luggage.

With The Associated Press

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