KANO, Nigeria (AP) – Nigeria’s airport authority and security officials say they have seized an aircraft loaded with at least one military helicopter and heavy weapons that made an unscheduled landing at Kano airport in northern Nigeria.
Security agents said they detained five Ukrainian crew members who said the plane was flying from Bangui in Central African Republic, to N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Kano is far northwest of that air route.
Nigeria’s airport authority confirmed Sunday that a Russian-made Antonov transport plane was seized Saturday.
The official PR Nigeria news agency said the plane carried one helicopter but security officers said the cargo included two helicopters, rocket launchers and machine guns.
They spoke anonymously because of the topic’s sensitivity.
Chad has thousands of troops in Bangui, part of an African Union peacekeeping force.