- What could be described as an emergency landing and has created fear in the minds of passengers is the mid-air engine fire incident of an aircraft in Lagos
- On Wednesday night, the Overland Airways landed at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, through an emergency landing
- Interestingly, the passengers on board were safely disembarked at the international Wing even as the airline confirmed the sad development
A major air accident was averted when an Overland Airways aircraft made an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, from Ilorin International Airport in Kwara state.
The incident happened on Wednesday night, June 15, when one of the engines caught fire mid-air as the plane was approaching the airport, Daily Trust reports.
33 passengers onboard the flight were safely disembarked at the international Wing.
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The airline confirmed the development
Legit.ng gathered that the pilot-in-command of the ATR-42 Aircraft had declared a May Day which in aviation parlance implies an emergency situation while authorities at the airport had activated all emergency procedures as the crew tried to maneuver the plane.
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Passengers remained calm
The airline in a statement confirmed the incident, noting the passengers remained calm all through the process.
The airline said:
“Overland Airways wishes to inform the general public that its flight OF1188 from Ilorin to Lagos experienced an unusual high turbine temperature on one of its engines today, Wednesday June 15, 2022 around 7:50pm.
“This occurred in the approach phase of flight and the aircraft landed very safely as the Crew skillfuly implemented their standard procedures for such abnormal situations.
“All 33 passengers remained calm through the process and safely disembarked row by row in accordance with post COVID-19 procedures after the Aircraft came to a halt on the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos runway 18 Right. No passenger was hurt in any way.
“Overland Airways salutes the professional interventions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N) which were very prompt and reassuring.
“Overland Airways regrets any inconvenience to its passengers and assures the travelling public of its full commitment to safety of its services and passengers.”
Drama at Lagos Airport, activities on hold, flights diverted over corpse found on runway
The international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was temporarily shut in the early hours of Thursday, May 19, after the mangled body of a dead man was found on Runway 18R of the nation’s flagship airport.
The identity of the corpse could not be ascertained.
Also, it could not be established whether the dead man was knocked down by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.