- What might have ended up as another plane crash was avoided by a Dana Air aircraft on Wednesday, February 23
- The plane that was bound for Lagos from Abuja made an emergency landing in the Federal Capital Territory
- According to the pilot who spoke with journalists after the incident, the decision was made for safety reasons
A Dana Air aircraft heading to Lagos on Wednesday, February 23, allegedly developed a fault midair and was forced to make an emergency landing in Abuja.
Although the said fault was not ascertained at the time of the incident, the pilot, as reported by Vanguard, told passengers during the flight that the plane could not get to its destination.
After the emergency landing, the pilot said he took the decision for safety reasons.
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“In the interest of safety, we had to return. Thanks for your understanding.”
It was gathered that passengers have disembarked and boarded another sister aircraft to Lagos.
Speaking on the incident, the airline’s spokesman, Kingsley Ezenwa, said in a statement seen by Punch that the aircraft had to return to Abuja due to bad weather.
“Our flight 9J 336 from Abuja to Lagos on 23rd February 2022 had an air return due to bad weather at the destination.
“The passengers on the aircraft were advised to disembark and board another of our aircraft on ground, so the aircraft that had the air return could refuel for another flight.
“At Dana Air, the safety of our crew and passengers will remain at the centre of everything we do and this commitment won’t change anytime soon.”
Passengers become spiritual, pray hard as their aeroplane experiences issue during Owerri-Lagos flight
Meanwhile, a video of passengers in a plane from Owerri to Lagos going into a serious prayer session after they had a close shave with death has stirred reaction.
A message by @instablog9ja revealed that the incident forced the plane to have an emergency landing in Port Harcourt.
The pilot made that decision after sounds of cracks were heard from the aeroplane's engines. In the video, there was a great noise of people praying the only way they could.