Landplane engine catches fire in flight, pilot declares emergency

A crew of four from Overland Airways successfully landed a distressed plane on Runway 18R at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Wednesday night after the plane’s engine caught fire in flight .

The ATR 42 plane, which has 37 passengers on board, was en route Ilorin-Lagos when the plane suddenly developed a major failure.

The pilots had sent a Mayday to the Lagos control tower.

Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications. It is an international radio distress signal used by ships and aircraft.

The captain of the stricken plane is believed to have been on approach to Lagos when the incident occurred.

The Lagos Airport Control Tower has therefore warned the Airport Emergency Response Team, including the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Fire Service, following from Mayday.

The pilot eventually landed the faulty aircraft safely on the international airport runway amidst a fully prepared airport emergency response team.

The aircraft registration number is 5N-BRQ. Overland later released a statement confirming the incident.

The statement read in part: “Overland Airways wishes to advise 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 at approximately 7:50 p.m.

“This happened in the approach phase of the flight and the aircraft landed safely as the crew skilfully implemented their standard procedures for such abnormal situations.

“The 33 passengers remained calm throughout the process and safely disembarked row by row in accordance with post-COVID-19 procedures after the aircraft stopped on Runway 18 Right at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos No passengers were injured in any way.

“Overland Airways commends the professional interventions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigeria (AIB-N) who were very quick and reassuring.

“Overland Airways regrets any inconvenience to its passengers and assures the traveling public of its total commitment to the safety of its services and its passengers.”

Several airport officials who spoke about the development on condition of anonymity said it was good the flight was already on approach to Lagos when the plane developed the problem.

Accident Investigation Bureau spokesman Tunji Oketumbi could not comment on the incident immediately, saying the agency had not yet been notified.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr Sam Adurogboye, could not immediately be reached as his telephone line did not connect when our correspondent made a call.

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