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Litany of woes as 2 Air Peace collide, Dana aircraft loses engine mid-air, Aero engulfed in flames

Litany of woes as 2 Air Peace collide, Dana aircraft loses engine mid-air, Aero engulfed in flames

Less than 24 hours after two Air Peace aircraft collided at the Murtala Muhammed airport Lagos, a Port Harcourt bound Dana aircraft lost one of its engines mid-air, forcing it to make an emergency landing at the Lagos airport.

The incident which left the passengers stranded, followed a bird strike.

Also, about 48 hours earlier, an Aero Contractor aircraft was engulfed in smoke while trying to land at the airport in Lagos.

Reacting to the incidents, Dana’s spokesperson, Kingsley Ezenwa in a statement, said the safety of the passengers was chief priority of Dana Air.

Ezenwa further said that engineers were examining the aircraft to establish if to entirely change the engine or remove some of its blades.

He said, “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 to bird strike during take-off from Lagos,” he said.

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“Our captain took a professional decision and returned to the Lagos airport. As per standard safety procedure, which is the hallmark of our operation, our pilot returned to base.

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“The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our engineers to determine the effect of the bird strike on the affected engine.”

However, alternative provision was made for the passengers afterwards and they arrived at their destination safely.

In a related development, two aircraft belonging to Air Peace had on Thursday reportedly collided while trying to manoeuvre their way around the tarmac of the local terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

Less than 48 hours before the Thursday collision, an Aero Contractor aircraft was engulfed in smoke while trying to land at the airport in Lagos.

 

 

 

 

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