The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has begun an investigation into the incident involving an Azman Air Lagos-Port Harcourt flight which occurred on Thursday.
The General Manager, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the development in Lagos on Friday.
The airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft with registration number 5N-NAS had made an emergency landing at the Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa, after one of its engines reportedly failed.
Adurogboye explained that the NCAA would investigate the incident in line with standards and international best practices.
“We don’t have all the information yet but I can tell you that an Azman Air aircraft was involved in an incident yesterday en route Lagos to Port Harcourt.
“The aircraft had an engine issue but it was able to land safely and the airline had to send another aircraft to pick their passengers from Port Harcourt.
“Our team of inspectors are on the ground and will carry out checks to ascertain what led to the incident.
“Our engineers will check the aircraft and talk to the flight crew,’’ he said.
According to him, the essence of the investigation is to determine the next line of action and come out with recommendations that promote air safety in the country.
Safety Record learnt that the incident occurred at about 10:57 a.m. on Thursday when the flight was approaching the Port Harcourt airspace.
According to an informed source in the industry, the aircraft had already flown for about 35 minutes when the pilot-in-command informed the Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) at Port Harcourt Airport of the breakdown of one of its engines and declared an 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 reposition again.
Within this period, it was learnt that there was panic among the passengers who were already informed of the incident.
An unconfirmed report claimed that one of the wings of the aircraft had caught fire mid-air before one of the two engines failed.