Nigeria detains Angola Airlines for illegal entry into airspace
Angola Airlines Boeing 777 jumbo plane, which flew into the Lagos International airport, has been detained by the government for illegal entry into the Nigerian airspace.
The airline, owned by the Angolan government was grounded by the government at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport.
The government grounded the passengers-laden plane and subsequently impounded it, shortly after touching down in the country on Wednesday afternoon.
It was learnt that the plane flew into the country without the requisite and mandatory approvals from the Nigerian authorities.
The jet which was flown into the country purportedly to evacuate stranded Angolan citizens in Nigeria was found to be carrying fee-paying passengers.
However, the number of passengers on board the over 300-seater plane could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report on Thursday night.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has commenced further investigation into the matter, it was learnt.
No official information or confirmation from the Ministry of Aviation as its spokesman, James Odaudu, could not be reached for comments.