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97 air travellers escape crash in Dana Air

Passengers on Dana Air's 9am Abuja bound flight from Lagos on Monday escaped a crash after one of the engines of their aircraft witnessed bird strikes some minutes after takeoff..

The aircraft which took off from the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Lagos with 97 passengers onboard, had to effect an emergency landing at the international wing of the airport when sparks resulting into smoke emanated from its affected engine.

"Some minutes after we took off from the airport, the captain announced that there was a bird strike and it has affected one of the engines," said Adeleke Babatunde, a passenger onboard the flight.

The situation, which made some residents of Mafoluku, a community close to the airport, run out of their houses in order to avoid casualties, was meticulously controlled by the aircraft pilot who landed the flight 9J 995 plane some minutes after the incident.

"We saw the plane shaking as large smoke came out of its engines and we had to run out for safety," said a resident who gave her name as Uchechi.

Commenting on the incident, Jacky Hathiramani, chief operating officer for Dana Air in a statement admitted that the aircraft suffered bird strike, adding that the captain had to make an emergency landing in line with the airline's safety and service policy.

"All 97 passengers and crew disembarked the aircraft safely, and the aircraft was taken to the hanger," he said. "Most of the passengers were booked on alternative Dana Air flights to Abuja while a few who preferred a refund were given." Mr. Hathiramani, however, thanked passengers onboard the aircraft for their cooperation, as well the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and all airport authorities for their responsiveness and support.

Bird strikes or Bird Aircraft Strike Hazards (BASH) are collisions between airborne animals and man-made vehicles or aircraft.

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Comment by Akinse Omolara Christanah on April 22, 2010 at 11:47am
To God be the glory
Comment by Joke on April 21, 2010 at 2:14pm
Glory be to God.. Alleluyah.....
Comment by Akurise55 on April 21, 2010 at 12:10pm
WE RETURNS ALL GLORY UNTO HIM WHO HAVE POWER TO PROTECT AND DELIVER, MAY HIS BE PRAISE FOREVER AND EVER MORE. AMEN.
Comment by Dan Umar on April 21, 2010 at 11:32am
THANK GOD !!!!
Comment by musa kennedy on April 21, 2010 at 10:50am
may the Almigthy God be praised for mercy..........
Comment by richaadeleke on April 21, 2010 at 9:49am
THANK GOD !!!!
Comment by Moses K Tawose on April 21, 2010 at 7:36am
Thank God no life was lost and thanks to all that were involved in the prevention of the disaster......!!!
Comment by oma on April 21, 2010 at 6:33am
Father Lord,...u have done it again...so it shall continue to be....ur steadfastness is forever....
Comment by Frankiyo on April 21, 2010 at 12:35am
GOD you too much...!!!!
Comment by SAMMY on April 21, 2010 at 12:28am
All glory be to God for the protection of our beloved brothers
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