A Boeing 737-73V, with registration number EI-ULN, belonging to Arik Air was looted and its Flight Management System, carted away.
Ejes Gist News reports that rhe security breach occurred at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s domestic terminal 2.
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From pre-engine start and take-off to landing and engine shutdown, the FMS is a computer that provides virtual data and operational harmony between closed and open elements associated with a flight.
According to the Sun Newspaper, the theft occurred between the late hours of Wednesday, January 19 and the early hours of Thursday, January 20, resulting in flight cancellations and delays.
“The plane was parked on the tarmac at MM2, and someone gained access to the electrical electronic base, which houses all of our systems,” says the pilot. There is a door underneath the aircraft that they opened and gained access to in order to remove the FMC, which is why our operations were hampered that day.
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We expect the CCTV to be turned on and capture whoever committed the crime, but we haven’t heard anything to that effect. The stolen equipment is small, but it was very expensive. As of 2021, it cost about $15,000 to repair and about $300,000 to replace.
Every item in an airplane has a serial number that can be tracked anywhere in the world, so I’m not sure how the thief plans to sell it unless they have a vendor. That is why we suspect internal sabotage, according to a source.