Airpeace carrying 96 people from Lagos which was to be headed for Owerri, Imo State was said to be forced to make an emergency return back to Lagos after the aircraft developed engine failure minutes after take off.
The aircraft is said to be a Boeing B737-500, with 90 passengers and 6 crew members on board which was departing at about 7:35am local time and was reported of an engine failure at 7:47am local time and made a return, landing safely at about 8:06am with all occupants disembarked without injury.
Confirming the incident, the airline explained that it had to abort its Lagos to Owerri flight when the pilot in command noticed a change in the parameter of one of the engines mid-flight. It added that the aircraft returned to base in line with its safety procedures.
Air Peace’s Corporate Communications Executive, Stanley Olisa, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, hours after the incident occurred.
The statement from Air Peace, signed by Stanley Olisa, reads:
Today 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 the engines.
He reported the incident, took precautionary measure and returned to base in line with Air Peace safety operational procedures.
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 standards in its operations.
A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Accident Investigation Bureau confirmed the incident, saying that its investigators had commenced an investigation into the incident.
The statement reads: “The AIB team of safety investigators has commenced investigation.
“As the sole agency mandated to undertake the investigation of aircraft accidents and serious incidents, the bureau wants the public to know that it would be open to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence or information that may assist in this investigation.”