By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
A major air accident was averted on Wednesday, after an Overland Airways aircraft made an emergency landing at the Murtala Mohammad International Airport, Lagos.
Overland Airways, in a statement issued on Thursday, said its flight OF1188 en route to Lagos from Ilorin experienced an “unusual high turbine temperature” on one of its engines, noting that all 33 passengers on board disembarked safely.
According to the statement, the incident occurred around 7:50pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in the approach phase of the flight.
“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 today, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, around 7:50 pm.
“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.
“Overland Airways salutes the professional interventions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, 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 the safety of its services and passengers,” the statement read.