A teenager named Daniel Ikehina unbelievably beat airline and airport security at the Benin airport on Saturday August 24th. The boy who sneaked into the tyre compartment of a Lagos-bound Arik flight flew safely with the aircraft which left Benin around 9am and landed at Murtala Muhammed airport, hidden throughout in the undercarriage. The 14 year old boy thought he was on his way to the US. He was immediately arrested by airport security after passengers saw him emerging from the aircraft tyre hole.
Sources at Benin Airport said Daniel Ikehina ran away from home because he was being maltreated and was trying to escape from his parents when he joined the Arik flight. Unfortunately for him the plane wasn’t flying to the US, it was flying to Lagos where the stowaway was immediately arrested as he alighted from the wheel well of the aircraft. Daniel is presently in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) who are trying to unravel how he managed to pull off such a stunt.
Arik spokesman Banji Ola explains what happened:
The management of Arik Air has expressed shock over the incident wondering how the teenager beat the Aviation Security personnel at the Benin Airport to get to the runway.
The pilot of Arik Air flight W3 544, departing Benin Airport for Lagos at 9.00am 24th August, 2013 reported to the control tower the presence of a strange boy in the bush about 300 meters at the end of runway 23.
The control tower told the Captain that they were sending security men to the place to arrest the boy. As the captain was making his final turn, preparatory for take-off, a cabin crew called his attention to the information by some of the passengers that they saw a boy running towards the airplane. The First Officer confirmed that they had observed it earlier and alerted the control tower which responded that they have sent the patrol team to arrest the boy. The Captain again reported to the control tower and was informed that the situation was under control and that he had been cleared for take-off.
On arrival at the domestic wing of MMA, Lagos, a teenage boy, who apparently had sneaked into the aircraft main wheel well jumped out and was arrested by Arik personnel and handed over to FAAN security.