An Air Peace flight, B737-500, carrying 96 people, heading to Owerri from Lagos, was forced to make an emergency return back to Lagos after the one of the engines developed a failure minutes after takeoff.
The aircraft which departed Lagos at 07:35am local time, developed the engine fault which the cabin crew discovered at 07: 47am. It subsequently made a return to Lagos and landed safely at 08:06am, with all occupants disembarking without injury.
Confirming the incident, Air Peace explained that the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of the engines mid-flight, which was not visible durning regulated checks before flights are cleared for take off.
Stanley Olisa, Air Peace Corporate Communications Executive, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday hours after the incident occurred.
“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 apologizes for the incident and assures its customers and other Nigerians that it continues to maintain high safety standards in its operations.”
The General Manager,Public Affairs, Accident Investigation Bureau, issued a statement confirming the incident and said it was currently being investigated.
“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.”