Medview Air which was recently issued an Air Operator’s Certificates (AOC), yesterday made an air return on its Abuja bound flight from the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) with 74 passengers on board.
Information gathered by our correspondent revealed that 15 minutes
after take-off from the airport, there was a bang in one of the two
engines of the Boeing 737-400, which prompted the pilot to quickly
return to base.
The incident led to panic among the passengers onboard the aircraft.
As at the time of filing this report, it was gathered that the
aircraft engineers together with the safety officers of the Nigerian
Civil Aviation Authority were working on the aircraft to ascertain the
cause of the bang.
Besides, when the aircraft finally made an air return to Lagos, some
of the passengers who were previously onboard refused to travel with it
while others agreed to be put on another aircraft of the airline already
on ground at the tarmac.
Speaking on the issue, the General Manager, Med-View Airline, Mr.
David Babatunde confirmed the incident, but explained that air return
was normal in global aviation industry, saying that the pilot took the
precautionary safety measures by returning to base.
Babatunde stated that the engineers were still looking at the cause
of the incident and would submit their findings to the management and
He said, “On take-off, about 15 minutes in-flight, we had a bang on
one of the two engines, an upsurge. So, the captain took a safety
precautionary measure and decided to shut down the engine and return to
base. The aircraft was heading to Abuja with 74 passengers.
“The engineers are looking at the cause of the upsurge and the
passengers were immediately disembarked and put into another aircraft,
which eventually took them to Abuja. As I am talking to you right now,
the passengers are already in Abuja.”