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#1 » by Luvly31 (β525) » February 14th, 2018, 7:27 pm

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it has initiated investigate into what went wrong prompting an Atlanta-bound Delta Air Lines flight to make a return emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, told newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, that the NCAA had been notified of the incident.

He stressed that it was the duty of the regulatory authority to investigate such occurrences in order to ascertain what happened.

The Delta Airline flight 55 from Lagos to Atlanta, United States returned to the MMIA Tuesday night after an issue with one of the A330-200’s two engines.

The flight which was said to have initially pushed back at 22:40hrs had air return and emergency landing at 23:16hrs, when the pilot announced the evacuation of all the passengers on board after the left engine of the aircraft was said to have caught fire mid air.

Five persons were reported to have sustained varying injuries from the incident and had been taken to hospitals around the airport for treatment.

The Airline in a statement said, “the flight landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides”, and that “airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival”.

According to its statement, “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 rebook customers on an alternate Delta aircraft on Wednesday. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority.”


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