FG To Prosecute Turkish Airlines Passengers For Invading Airport Tarmac


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Following a security breach that saw passengers of Turkish Airlines invade the tarmac of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja last week, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has called on the airline to help it identify the culprits for prosecution.

This was contained in a statement by the aviation regulatory body issued on Tuesday.

This is coming at a time the airline said it had compensated the passengers of the flight TK 624 from Istanbul to Abuja who invaded the tarmac over delay in clearing their luggage for collection.

The NCAA, which waded into the situation on the mandate of the Federal Government, has already suspended three senior managers of the airport over the incident and believes the prosecution of the offending passengers will serve as deterrent to others not to take laws into their hands.

It was gathered that the body had already called for the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the incident to guide it on the next course of action

According to the statement, the NCAA “demanded a CCTV footage be deployed and that Turkish Airlines should assist in identifying the unruly passengers for prosecution to dissuade others from carrying out similar acts subsequently.”

Adding that, “Turkish Airlines, under the supervision of the Consumer Protection Officers (CPO) of the NCAA, ensured that all the passengers were paid full monetary compensation as contained in the Nigerian civil aviation regulations.”

However, the NCAA did not disclose the size of the compensation package given to the passengers by Turkish Airlines.

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