A Dana Air's plane performing a domestic flight 9J-343 from Lagos to Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Friday, April 21 made an emergency landing in Lagos following a mid-flight incident.
News making rounds suggest that the aircraft lost one of its engines, but the airline has issued a statement explaining what actually happened.
"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."
According to the statement, Dana Air accommodated the affected passengers on another aircraft for their trip to Port Harcourt.
The aircraft in question is currently being evaluated by the airlines 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." the statement added.