Five people have sustained injury as a result of an emergency evacuation following an accident involving an aircraft of the United States Delta Airline, on Tuesday night in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Lagos-Atlantic Delta Airline “flight 55” was barely 36 minutes air-bound when its left engine had caught fire mid-air, leading to an immediate air return and emergency landing. After the emergency landing, the pilot announced the evacuation of all passengers on board within 90seconds via emergency slides.
According to a statement released by Delta Airline on Wednesday, one of its aircraft arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to airlift its Nigerian passengers who were affected by the accident to the United States, adding that “The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority.”
The airline is the oldest airline still operating in the United States, having an history that has been traced with accidents and incidents that leaves little to be desired.
In a later development, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has commissioned a joint investigation into the Delta Airline accident. partnering with the AIB includes the United States National Transportation Safety Board and investigators from Delta Airlines.
While making the announcement regarding the investigation, the Commissioner of AIB, Akin Olaturu also expressed his disappointment in the airline for violating the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) that mandates that such accident is reported to the country where it occurred.
Speaking in an interview with journalists at the Lagos airport, Olaturu said “Am disappointed in Delta. It is one of the world’s biggest airlines in the world for not respecting our own nation and laws of the land. Delta as an airline has refused to notify AIB in accordance with the law of our country. There is what they call country of occurrence and Nigeria is a country of occurrence of this incident”.
Delta Airline, however, filed in a report to the United States National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) , notifying the board of the incident without fulfilling the recommended Practices of the ICAO.
Information regarding the duration of the investigation was not provided. However, the AIB commissioner noted that “This is a serious incident and by law, we are investigating it. Unfortunately, we cannot notify ICAO on this serious incident as we are still waiting for Delta to give us information as to this serious incident.”