Overland Airways aircraft en-route Ilorin-Lagos was successfully landed on the Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday after its engine caught fire mid-air.
According to THE PUNCH, the ATR 42 which had 37 passengers, including four cabin crew, on board suddenly developed a major fault mid-air.
The pilots immediately sent out a distress signal to the Lagos control tower. The Pilot-in-Command of the ATR 42 aircraft with registration number 5N-BRQ was said to be on approach to Lagos when the fault was developed.
Following the distress call, the Lagos airport control immediately alerted the airport emergency response team and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Confirming the incident, Overland Airways 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 skillfully 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, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority 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 the safety of its services and passengers.”
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