Plane Crash Averted as Aircraft Loses Engine Mid-Air
A potential plane crash in Nigeria was averted on Friday as an Arik Air aircraft carrying over 100 passengers and crew on board lost one of its two engines mid-air.
According to Sahara Reporters, the aircraft, a Boeing 737 with the registration number 5N-MJD, departed Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, for Jos when the pilot discovered that the plane had lost one of its engines during the flight.
The aircraft was reportedly already 60 miles away from Lagos before the incident occurred.
Immediately after the pilot discovered the problem, he contacted the Lagos control tower, which granted him emergency landing status.
Passengers panicked when they were informed that the aircraft would return to Lagos.
When the aircraft landed in Lagos, it could not taxi out of the runway and it took the intervention of the Airport Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services (ARFFS), a department in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to tow the aircraft to the hajj and cargo terminal area of the airport in order for the passengers to disembark from the aircraft.