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Delta Air plane in the early hours today made emergency landing at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos shortly after taking off when the pilot of the plane noticed that the left engine of the aircraft caught fire mid air in-flight.
The pilot of the Delta Air flight DL 055 (ATL) ETG immediately contacted the control tower at the Lagos Airport to prepare for emergency landing.
All emergency aviation officials were immediately contacted and fire fighters placed on standby.
After landing successfully, all the passengers aboard were quickly evacuated via the emergency sliding door within few minutes.
Although there is no death recorded as at the time of filing this report but quite a number of crew 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.
Meanwhile, the incident led to the closure of the runway as the Delta Aircraft was on the Runway for over one hour thereby preventing KLM, Lufthansa and Air France already positioned for takeoff from departing.
The aircraft was later towed with a push back truck to the open parking bay close to Boarding gate E 63. The flight was cancelled and rescheduled for a date yet to be specified and communicated.

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