33 passengers escape death as engine of Overland plane catches fire in flight

Overland Airways says its flight OF1188 en route to Lagos from Ilorin experienced an “unusually high turbine temperature” on one of its engines, noting that all 33 passengers on board disembarked safely.

The airline said so in a statement Thursday.

Overland Airways said the incident happened on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 around 7:50 p.m. in the approach phase of the flight.

“Overland Airways wishes to advise the general public that its flight OF1188 from Ilorin to Lagos experienced an unusual high turbine temperature on one of its engines today, Wednesday June 15, 2022, at approximately 7:50 p.m.,” the company said.

“This happened in the approach phase of the flight and the aircraft landed safely as the crew skilfully implemented their standard procedures for such abnormal situations.

“The 33 passengers remained calm throughout the process and safely disembarked row by row in accordance with post-COVID-19 procedures after the aircraft stopped on Runway 18 Right at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos No passengers were injured in any way.

“Overland Airways commends the professional interventions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigeria (AIB-N) who were very quick and reassuring.

“Overland Airways regrets any inconvenience to its passengers and assures the traveling public of its total commitment to the safety of its services and its passengers.”

In 2018, a plane owned by the airline reportedly caught fire at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

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