Delta Air plane from Nigeria to Atlanta was forced to return to the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, about 20 minutes after taking off when the pilot of the plane noticed that the left engine of the aircraft caught fire mid air in-flight in the early hours of Wednesday.
Delta Air flight DL055 (ATL)ETG from Lagos to Atlanta, Georgia, left around 10:50 p.m. local time Tuesday and returned to Lagos International Airport less than an hour later.
A Delta statement says the A330-200 had an issue with one of its two engines.
It added that the flight landed safely and passengers were evacuated onto the runway down emergency slides.
Crew member and passenger casualties were recorded and have been taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, Air Force Base Clinic and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Medical Centre for speedy medical attention.
Delta says five passengers reported “non-critical” injuries during the evacuation, but the statement didn’t elaborate.
Delta airlines flight 55 from Lagos to Atlanta returns back as engine catches fire mid flight. Here’s video from a passagenger after coming off the plane via emergency chute. pic.twitter.com/FCkZeippTO
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The airline says it was providing hotel rooms for the passengers and would rebook them on another Delta flight Wednesday afternoon.