NCAA to investigate Delta’s plane emergency landing at Lagos airport

NCAA to investigate Delta’s plane emergency landing at Lagos airport

- NCAA had been notified of the the emergency landing by an Atlanta-bound Delta Air Lines flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

- The Authority said it was the duty of regulatory authority to investigate such occurrences in order to ascertain what led to it

- The flight was said to have landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Wednesday, February 14, said it would investigate the emergency landing by an Atlanta-bound Delta Air Lines flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA Sam Adurogboye disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Adurogboye said that NCAA had been notified of the incident, stressing that it was the duty of regulatory authority to investigate such occurrences in order to ascertain what led to it.

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He noted that the pilot acted in accordance with the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) by making an air return immediately the left engine of the aircraft caught fire in-flight.

NAN recalls that the Delta Air Lines flight 55 which took off around 10:50 pm on Tuesday, made an air return less than an hour later due to an engine fault.

The pilot announced the evacuation of all the passengers on board within 90 seconds, after contacting the control towers when the left engine of the aircraft caught fire.

A statement signed by the United States carrier’s media consultant in Nigeria Tope Awe, on Wednesday, said the A330-200 had an issue with one of its two engines.

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The statement read: ''The flight landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides.

''Airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival. Delta’s customers were bussed back to the terminal.

''Delta is aware of five customers reporting non-critical injuries as a result of the evacuation. Delta teams have provided overnight hotel accommod.''

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the left engine of a plane belonging to Delta Air on Wednesday, February 14, caught fire mid-air and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos shortly after take-off.

The pilot of the Delta Air flight DL055 (ATL)ETG, immediately contacted the control tower at the Lagos Airport to prepare for emergency landing.

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Source: Naija.ng

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