Panic struck in the early hours Wednesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as a Delta Airlines Airbus 330-200 with capacity for 244 passengers, developed an engine fault an hour after takeoff from the airport.
Sources revealed that the pilot noticing the engine on fire initiated an emergency return to the Lagos Airport.
Airport sources hinted that the pilot had informed Aerodrome Fire and Rescue Safety Unit of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to prepare for emergency landing.
Five passengers got injured as the emergency evacuation took place.
A section of the runway was closed for the aircraft to land safely, with the help of relevant authorities.
While, a section of the runway closed to traffic and the fire in the aircraft engine put out, some operations were disrupted.
Confirming that the aircraft is still on ground, an official of FAAN said it had been towed from the runway to allow other planes to landing and take off.
An official of another aviation agency said though the fire has been quenched, the aircraft is still lying near the runway.