A Delta Air Lines Flight DL055, which departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at about 11:05 pm on Tuesday made an air return to Lagos barely 31 minutes into the 11-hour flight, following a breakdown of one of the two engines mid air.
At least, five passengers sustained injuries. It was gathered that the injured passengers and crewmembers were rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Air Force Base Clinic and FAAN Medical Centre for speedy medical attention
One of the engines of the Delta Airlines flight developed an engine problem mid-air.
The airline confirmed the incident in a statement, where it explained that the flight 55 from Lagos to Atlanta, which took off around 10:50pm, returned to Murtala Muhammed International Airport less than an hour later.
“The A330-200 had a problem with one of its two engines. The flight landed safely and passengers were evacuated onto the runway down emergency slides.
“Airport fire crews met the plane as it landed.”
The company promised to rebook the passengers on a flight on Wednesday.
“The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority,” the statement said.
It added that the injuries were “non-critical”.