From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
Nigerian leading carrier Air Peace yesterday notified the Accident Investigation Bureau of a serious incident involving it aircraft, a Boeing 737-500 with registration marks, 5N-BUJ.
The aircraft, which departed the Murtala Muhammad Airport at 0735 local time was enroute Owerri from Lagos with 90 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
The airline said, the flight, which was already airborne was aborted when the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of engines, he reported the incident, took precautionary measure and returned to base in line with Air Peace safety operational procedures.
The AIB also confirmed that from the information provided by the Air Traffc Control (ATC), the flight crew declared engine failure at 07:47 local time and subsequently made an air return to Lagos.
A tease statement by the airline stated that “today (Tuesday) 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 engines.
He reported the incident, took precautionary measure and returned to base in line with Air Peace safety operational procedures.”
The document, signed by the Air Peace Corporate Communications Executive, Mr. Stanley Olisa added that” 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 apologises for the incident and assures its customers and other Nigerians that it continues to maintain high safety standard in its operations”
The AIB team of safety investigators has commenced investigation into the incident, the industry investigative agency told reporters in Lagos.