A Lagos-bound Air Peace flight was not ready to take any chance after it was alleged that there was an explosive on board.

It was forced to return to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday.

The Corporate Communications Manager of the carrier, Chris Iwarah, said the pilot aborted the flight after receiving information that there was an explosive on the aircraft.

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Iwarah, who attributed the false information to an intending passenger who was denied boarding after the crew suspected that he might be mentally challenged, said the aircraft was already on its way to Lagos when the pilot made the return.

He said, “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 to 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.”

He said the passenger, who gave the information, has been taken into custody by security operatives.

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