DELTA AIRLINES ABORTS FLIGHT OVER FIRE WARNINGS
A Delta Airlines which departed Lagos for New York has aborted its flight over fire warnings.
The Delta Air Flight DAL55 Airbus 332 with 219 POB Registration N858NW took off at 2151utc on Tuesday- February 13, 2018 when the crew noticed abnormal engine condition in one of its two engines.
Consequently, the Pilot in Charge (PIC) made an air return after declaring emergency at 2159utc. All emergency services were provided to assist in the passengers’ evacuation and to contain the fire.
Some of the passengers who sustained injuries were rushed down to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for prompt medical attention.
In line with safety standards, the international Runway (18R) was promptly closed to traffic while the domestic Runway (18L/36R) was opened to other flights for emergency operations.
However, at time 0020UTC (1:20 am Local Time), the international Runway (18R) was reopened to traffic after the aircraft was evacuated from the Runway and a Runway sweeping and inspection conducted.
This incident was classified as serious incident in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) classification, and investigation was handed over to Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).
The flight has been rescheduled for Wednesday-14th February, 2018 and affected passengers are already being checked in for departure.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wishes to commend the prompt response of Airport Safety Services and other stakeholders.
NCAA wishes to reassure the travelling public, airlines and other aviation stakeholders of her continued commitment to Aviation safety and security.
GM, Public Relations