All the 33 passengers on board Overland Airways Flight, OF 1188, from Ilorin to Lagos on Wednesday landed safely at the international runway (R18R) of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, even though one of the two engines of the aircraft caught fire before it landed.
Reacting to the incident, the management of the airline explained that the aircraft experienced unusual high turbine temperature on one of its engines when it was in the approach phase to land in Lagos.
“Overland Airways wishes to inform the general public that its flight OF1188 from Ilorin to Lagos experienced an unusual high turbine temperature on one of its engines on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, around 7:50p.m.
“This occurred in the approach phase of flight and the aircraft landed very safely as the crew skillfully implemented their standard procedures for such abnormal situations.
“All 33 passengers remained calm through the process and safely disembarked row by row in accordance with post COVID-19 procedures after the aircraft came to a halt on the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, runway 18 Right.”
“No passenger was hurt in any way,” the management of the airline said.
The management also commended the prompt response of aviation agencies when they were apprised of the incident.
It said: “Overland Airways salutes the professional interventions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N), which were very prompt and reassuring.
“Overland Airways regrets any inconvenience to its passengers and assures the travelling public of its full commitment to safety of its services and passengers.”