Some passengers on a Port Harcourt-bound flight from Lagos Airport, that lost one engine have been recounting their experience on social media.
A plane belonging to Azman Air had to make an emergency landing after it lost one of its engines on its way to Port Harcourt. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has begun an investigation into the incident which occurred on Thursday.
Twitter user, Saratu, @s-dot, was one of the passengers. She shared a video of the scene inside the plane after the plane landed and passengers could be heard heaving sighs of relief as well as thanking God for the safe landing.
She tweeted alongside the video: “This is what happens when people land after spending two hours between Lagos and PH in a plane that nearly tumbled and couldn’t land three times. Never been more grateful for a safe landing.”
Further explaining what happened, Saratu said, “One engine gave out, causing the pilot to lose control of the plane somewhat. Our plane moved sharply left, then sharply right, like it wanted to tumble. Then three failed attempts at landing, circling unsteadily each time. It was a pretty terrifying two hours.
“We also flew over water twice, what looked like a swamp, quite low. Flying low means you burn more fuel so I was also worried we’d run out of fuel.”
Another Twitter user, Korie Tochi @arc_korietochi, shared her experience in a Twitter thread, detailing the scene inside the plane and the eventual landing of the plane.
Tochi revealed that she saw the smoke, soon after the plane lost its engine and that was when the turbulence started. She said the plane started to vibrate and was unable to land.
She added that it was on the fifth try that the plane eventually landed and that opened the floodgates of emotions of passengers on the flight.
Tochi tweeted, “So I almost died today. But apparently God isn’t done with me yet. I know I’ll check out one day but it will be in my 90s when I am old, bent over and lost all my teeth. I boarded @AzmanAir 9:30 am 3/1/2019, Lagos to Portharcourt. I settled in between a man in his mid 50s.
“And a girl of about nine years old, some of her missing teeth reminded me of my daughter Kamsi. I looked out of the window and noticed I was seated close to the engine. I sighed and muttered “my ear go hear am today”. I also noticed there where seemly more kids than adults too.
“We took off smoothly and I closed my eyes and dozed off. I woke up to a tap by a flight attendant. She made to give me a pack of snacks, I declined. Not ready to spoil my coffee and crossaint breakfast.(this would have been my last breakfast).
“I was about to close my ears again when I heard it, the engine hit something. Must be a bird, Ithought as the plane vibrated slightly. I would have waved it aside if the flight attendant didn’t come peeping out the window. I followed his gaze and saw the smoke.
“WHAT!!!! Is this for real??? And that was the beginning of our nightmare. The plane started vibrating. The pilot annouced we would land by 10:55 We neared the runway,oya tyre come out, for where!!!We went back up amidst vibrating plane and cries of scared kids.
“The pilot tried 3 other times to land the plane and it didn’t work. Na then I know say water don pass garri. Fire was coming out of the engine. I bent down and prayed for my kids. I confessed my sins and asked God for forgiveness. Sent my sis Luu and my closest friend a text.
“Didn’t go into details because I didn’t want them to panick. A certain peace envloped me. I was ready to die. I told myself Jeff knows where all my important documents are. He will answer any questions as I am about to die without leaving a will.
“I closed my eyes and waited for the inevitable to happen. Then the plane turned a fifth time and faced the runway. An elderly man got up and implored all of us to start thanking God for the miracle he was about to perform in our lives. We all started screaming and shouting, ‘thank you Jesus’.
“I looked out the window and we were nearing the runway again. I shut my eyes and prayed vehemently that this will be it. God please do it for my kids’ sake. God heard us. The thud of the plane landing was the best feeling ever. I wept.
“Tears of gratitude. Everyone was crying. People hugged each other. At that moment we were one. Not Hausa or Igbo or Yoruba. Just a group of people united in our fears and prayers. We survived. We didn’t die. We alighted to the jubilation of the Airport workers. They witnessed it.
“They were down there praying for us. Fire service already poured water on the runway to minimise the impact in case we crash landed. God and the pilot’s expertise saved us. God, who am I that you are mindful of me? Please let me go and hug my children one more time,” she concluded her Twitter thread.
This is what happens when people land after spending two hours between Lagos and PH in a plane that nearly tumbled and couldn’t land three times.
Never been more grateful for a safe landing. pic.twitter.com/PfXBuTAe5f
— S-dot (@saratu) January 3, 2019