– Dana air plane was forced to make an emergency landing
– The aircraft lost one of its engines mid-air
Passengers on a Dana Air plane had a scare when the aircraft they were on lost one of its engine mid-air forcing it to make an emergency landing.
According to Sahara Reporters, the incident happened on Friday, April 21 when the plane was travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt and it lost one of its engines.
No lives were reported lost although a number of passengers were scared.
The airline released a statement explaining it was a bird strike that caused the incident.
“On 21st of April, one of our aircraft with registration number 5N-SRI operating our 11am flight from Lagos to Port Harcourt, had an air return due Bird strike during take-off from Lagos, and our Captain took a professional decision and returned to the Lagos Airport.
“A Bird strike is a collision between a bird and an aircraft which is airborne and as per standard safety procedure, which is the hallmark of our operation, our pilot returned to base.
“Our guests have however been reprotected on another aircraft to ensure that their itinerary is not entirely disrupted. The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our engineers to determine the effect of the bird strike on the affected engine.
“At Dana Air, the safety and comfort of our guests will remain a top priority to us and we will stop at nothing in our commitment towards offering a safe and reliable air transport.”
This incident is happening just as two airplanes belonging to Air Peace Limited collided at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos state.
According to the report, the incident occurred on Thursday, April 20 while one of the planes was trying to manoeuver its way out at the apron wing of the local terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MM2) Ikeja, Lagos.
The incident has been confirmed by Air Peace spokesman Chris Iwarah who told journalists that the airline has stopped the affected aircraft from flying.