96 passengers of an Air Peace aircraft were forced to make an emergency return to Lagos when the aircraft developed an engine failure minutes after takeoff.
The aircraft, a Boeing B737-500, departed Murtala Muhammad Airport, in the morning for Owerri, Imo State, with 90 passengers and six crew members on board.
After take-off at 07:35 am local time, the flight crew reportedly announced an engine failure minutes later, at about 07:47 am local time, and subsequently made a return to Lagos. The aircraft landed safely at 08:06 am local time and all occupants disembarked without injury.
The airline confirmed the incident and explained that it had to abort its Lagos to Owerri flight when the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of the engines mid-flight. It added that the aircraft returned to base in line with its safety procedures.
Air Peace’s Corporate Communications Executive, Stanley Olisa, released a statement on Tuesday, shortly after the incident.
“Today at about 07:47 local time, our Lagos to Owerri flight, which was already airborne was aborted when the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of the engines.
“He reported the incident, took precautionary measure and returned to base in line with Air Peace safety operational procedures.
“The aircraft safely landed in Lagos at about 08: 06 local time. There were no injuries as the passengers were safely deboarded from the aircraft.
“The pilot has reported the incident to appropriate authorities.
“Air Peace apologises for the incident and assures its customers and other Nigerians that it continues to maintain high safety standards in its operations,” Olisa stated.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, Accident Investigation Bureau also confirmed the incident, saying that its investigators had commenced an investigation into the incident.
The statement read: “The AIB team of safety investigators has commenced investigation.
“As the sole agency mandated to undertake the investigation of aircraft accidents and serious incidents, the bureau wants the public to know that it would be open to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence or information that may assist in this investigation.”