Overland Airways flight OF1188 from Ilorin to Lagos yesterday developed an engine problem at about 7.50 pm which caused panic but the aircraft landed safely and the passengers disembarked unhurt despite the serious incident.
This is just as the Accident Investigation Bureau-Nigeria (AIB-N) said that it has been notified of the serious incident involving Overland Airways aircraft ATR42 with registration mark 5N-BRQ Flying from Ilorin and that investigation has commenced.
The airline commended the professionalism displayed by officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N) over yesterday’s incident involving one of its aircraft.
The airline disclosed this in a statement it issued on the incident, describing the interventions by aviation agencies as prompt and reassuring.
The airline regrets the inconvenience the incident may have caused the passengers and assured the traveling public of its full commitment to the safety of its services and passengers.
On the cause of the incident, the airline’s Manager Corporate Business Development in the statement said that its flight OF1188 from Ilorin to Lagos experienced an unusual high turbine temperature on one of its engines yesterday at about 7:50 pm which occurred in the approach phase of flight but the aircraft landed safely as the Crew skillfully implemented their standard procedures for such abnormal situations.
The statement further said that 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,” the Overland statement reads.
Meanwhile, AIB-N in a statement by Tunji Oketunbi said that its investigators have been dispatched to conduct an investigation into the occurrence and that investigation is ongoing.
The AIB-N added that the serious incident occurred on runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport(MMIA), Lagos at about 18.40 pm on June 15, 2022.