The management of Aero Contractors is set to probe the incident involving one of its flights from Port Harcourt to Lagos few days ago.
The spokesperson of the airline, Mr. Simon Tumba, explained that the pilot and the crew displayed professionalism in handling the situation.
He said, “The management has ordered full-scale investigation into the incident; preliminary reports have it that at 16:45 GMT, about 75 nautical miles to Lagos at 24,000 feet, the cabin crew observed that the cabin was misty. This was reported to the captain, who briefed the passengers accordingly, assuring them of a safe landing in Lagos in a couple of minutes.
“Expectedly, as announced by the pilot, normal descent was initiated into Lagos. While descending, however, a passenger went into the lavatory, after which the lavatory smoke detector alarm came on. The cabin crew again reported this incident to the captain and by this time, the smoke was getting denser in the cabin.
“Ready and armed with ‘Aft Cargo Smoke’ indication in the flight deck, the crew carried out the smoke dispersal procedures and contacted air traffic control at 16:55 GMT, requesting for emergency support services and proceeded to Lagos, which is the airport with the full complement of emergency support. At this stage again, the cabin crew reassured the passengers and handed out wet towels to them as a precautionary measure for such incidents.”
Meanwhile, a video surfaced online on Wednesday morning showing panic-stricken passengers praying in a smoke-filled aircraft belonging to the airline.
According to the airline, the flight, NG316, departed the Port Harcourt airport on April 18, 2017, at 4:08pm en route Lagos with 52 adults and one infant on board.