There was panic at the Port Harcourt International airport when an Azman Air flight 5N-NAS from Lagos made an emergency landing. The aircraft was a Boeing 737. The plane had 114 passengers onboard before the incident occurred.
A close and confidential source to the airline said the incident happened at about 10:57 am on Thursday 3rd January, 2019.
According to the source; “35 minutes into the flight, the pilot-in-command had informed the Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) at Port Harcourt Airport of the breakdown of one of its engines and declared emergency immediately.
It was gathered that the ATC approved the emergency status for the pilot, but the pilot in an attempt to land missed the approach light and had to again.
Within this period, it was learnt that there was a huge panic among the passengers who were already informed of the incident.
Another report which was not confirmed said one of the wings of the Azman Air plane caught fire mid-air before the two engines failed in the air.
One of the passengers on the Azman Air flight who shared his experience on social media said that the pilot in command made several unsuccessful attempts to land before declaring an emergency.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the incident but said the aircraft landed successfully after the incident.
He said: “It is a safety issue. The airline has alerted us of the incident. The fact is that the aircraft had an engine issue mid-air, but it was able to land safely at the Port Harcourt Airport. After the incident, the airline had sent in another aircraft to airlift its passengers from Port Harcourt.”
Credit: Daily Trust