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Delta airlines flight from Lagos to Atlanta catches fire

An Atlanta bound Delta Airlines Flight 55 aborted a flight early morning today when one of its engines was engulfed in fire. The incident happened at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Consequently, Runway 18R of the Lagos was closed to traffic until further notice while Runway 18L was made available for international departures on request with contingency measures in place.

The incident was said to have occurred at about past 12am today.

A top official of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) who spoke on condition of anonymity said the fire has “totally been put out now but aircraft still on the Runway”.

The source said Runway 18R closed to traffic until further notice while Runway 18L available for international departures on request with Contingency measures in place.

Meanwhile, the United States based airline, Delta has reacted to incident involving its Flight 55 which aircraft engine was engulfed in fire shortly after departing the Lagos airport early this morning.

The management of the airline in a statement made available to New Telegraph said Delta flight 55 from Lagos, Nigeria to Atlanta returned to Lagos International Airport Tuesday after an issue with one of the A330-200’s two engines. 

The flight, according to the statement landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides, stressing that airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival. 

It noted that “Delta’s customers were bussed back to the terminal”.

“Delta is aware of five customers reporting non-critical injuries as a result of the evacuation.

“Delta teams have provided overnight hotel accommodations to customers and will rebook customers on an alternate Delta aircraft Wednesday afternoon. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority”.

Source: newtelegraphonline