Arik Port Harcourt bound flight makes air return

Arik Port Harcourt bound flight makes air return

- An Arik Air aircraft from Lagos to Port Harcourt on Wednesday, December 25 made an air return

- A statement from the airline indicated that the pilot in command spotted an oil indicator light hence the decision

- Passengers on board the aircraft were however provided with another aircraft for their journey

An Arik Air aircraft from Lagos to Port Harcourt on Wednesday, December 25 made an air return after the pilot in command spotted an oil indicator light.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700 NG aircraft operating flight W3 740 was on its climb when the pilot noticed the indicator light and as a safety precaution opted to return to Lagos.

Arik Port Harcourt bound flight makes air return

The plane made a return to the Lagos airport for safety measures. Photo credit: Twitter
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In a statement sent to journalists, Arik's communications manager, Banji Ola, said: “The Captain contacted the Lagos control tower to intimate the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) of his decision and activated emergency protocols. This is a standard operating procedure and in line with best safety standards

“Arik Air hereby assures its customers that it will not compromise the high safety standards the airline is known for.”

He, however, said the passengers were provided with another aircraft for their journey, while Arik's engineers are already inspecting the Boeing aircraft that returned.

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Recall that a Lagos to Abuja flight on an Azman aircraft on Thursday, November 7, ended suddenly after the pilot made a U-turn following a fire scare aboard.

The incident occurred after a female passenger lighted an incense on the aircraft with registration number JQ2324.

The aircraft with 120 passengers on-board made u-turn 10 minutes after takeoff after a smoke detector alerted the crew.

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