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A major tragedy was averted on Tuesday when a Dana Air Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number (5N DNA) opted for an emergency landing in Abuja after one of its engines had developed a major fault mid-air.
The airline had also confirmed the incident in a statement which they had put out while detailing that the incident took place at about 2:52 pm.
Dana Air had also stated that all 100 passengers were unhurt and disembarked safely at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Part of the statement read: “Our Abuja-bound Boeing 737 aircraft with registration number (5N DNA) embarked on an emergency landing today, 19th July 2022, due to an indication on one of its engines,” the statement said.
“The pilot in command briefed the passengers on the incident and landed the aircraft safely at the Abuja Airport.”
The airline added that the aircraft has been grounded for immediate attention by the team of engineers and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been briefed on the incident.
Domestic airline operators under the umbrella of the Airline Operators of Nigeria have declared that the rising operational costs occasioned by aviation fuel price hikes, foreign exchange shortage, among other reasons have the potential to push the base economy flight ticket to ₦100,000.
The spokesperson for local airlines/Chairman, United Airlines, Professor Obiora Okonkwo, gave this hint when he spoke in an interview with reporters on Wednesday in Abuja.
Aside from the lingering aviation price hike crisis, the airline chief said local operators were being compelled to source foreign exchange from the parallel market at high rates due to a lack of adequate supply from the Central bank of Nigeria via the commercial banks.
For that reason, he said an increase in the base economy flight ticket to at least N100,000 might be inevitable for all domestic airline operators if the current situation persists.