by Dolapo Adelana
Tragedy was averted Friday when a bird collided with a Dana Air flight this morning.
According to a statement by the airline, the flight enroute Port Harcourt from Lagos was safely returned to the Lagos Airport.
The passengers aboard the flight have since been transferred to another aircraft.
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See full statement below:
On 21st of April, one of our aircraft with registration number 5N-SRI operating our 11am flight from Lagos to Port Harcourt had an air return due Bird strike during take-off from Lagos, and our Captain took a professional decision and returned to the Lagos Airport.
A Bird strike is a collision between a bird and an aircraft which is airborne and as per standard safety procedure, which is the hallmark of our operation, our pilot returned to base.
Our guests have however been reprotected on another aircraft to ensure that their itinerary is not entirely disrupted. The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our engineers to determine the effect of the bird strike on the affected engine.
At Dana Air, the safety and comfort of our guests will remain a top priority to us and we will stop at nothing in our commitment towards offering a safe and reliable air transport.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.