It was gathered that the plane, a Boeing 737-400 series marked 5N-BPA, departed Lagos around 12.15 pm but suddenly had a a problem with one of its engines forcing the pilot to make an emergency return to Lagos.
The pilot of the plane, which had 73 passengers on board, had to make a return mid-air when he heard a loud bang at the engine side of the aircraft. There was immediate loss of thrust on the same engine and as a precautionary measure the pilot made a return.
It reportedly swerved left and right for a few minutes before the pilot was able to control it and make a detour.
The plane landed safely with one engine and the passengers were thereafter transferred to another of the airline’s aircraft, a Boeing 737-80 series and flown to Abuja safely.
The Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Joe Obi, confirmed the incident, “A Medview aircraft 737-400 with registration number 5N BPA from Lagos-Abuja-Yola earlier today made an air return to Lagos about 15 minutes after take-off.
“The plane had taken off at 12noon. The pilot of the aircraft, who noticed a surge in one of the engines, immediately applied the necessary safety precautionary measure by returning the aircraft to base.”
A team of investigators from the airline and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority have commenced investigations into the cause of the incident.