Five injured as Delta Airline crash-lands in Lagos
A US-bound Delta Airlines flight with 219 passengers made an emergency landing in Lagos following a fire that engulfed one of its engine.
Authorities said five passengers were injured in the Wednesday incident.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has classified the fire on the Atlanta-bound flight as “a very serious incident”.
The airline media consultant in Nigeria, Mr Tope Awe, confirmed that the A330-200 aircraft had a problem with one of its two engines.
The flight landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway, via emergency slides.
“Airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival. Delta’s customers were bussed back to the terminal. Delta is aware of five customers reporting non-critical injuries as a result of the evacuation.
“Delta teams have provided overnight hotel accommodations to customers and will re-book customers on an alternate Delta aircraft,” Mr Awe said.
NCAA said the aircraft had taken off from the Murtala Muhammaed International Airport, Lagos at about 9.51pm. when the crew noticed abnormal engine conditions in one of the two engines.
Nigerian authorities said it had handed over its investigation to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).
NCAA spokesman Sam Adurogboye explained that the classification was in line with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
“Some of the passengers who sustained injuries, were rushed down to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for medical attention.
“In line with safety standards, the international Runway (18R) was promptly closed to traffic while the domestic Runway (18L/36R) was opened to other flights for emergency operations.
“However, at time 0020UTC (1:20am local time), the international Runway (18R) was reopened to traffic after the aircraft was evacuated from the runway and a runway sweeping and inspection conducted.”
He said the incident was classified as serious in line with the ICAO classification, and investigation was handed over to AIB.