A Lufthansa Airlines’ flight en route Frankfurt from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Saturday night made an emergency air return after the plane developed technical problems midair.
Newsmen learnt that the aircraft had travelled for about two hours before the fault was detected by its pilots.
A passenger onboard the flight said travellers were astonished when the pilot announced that the flight would head back to Lagos upon detecting a technical hitch.
The passenger, who pleaded not to have his name published, said, “We were surprised at the announcement because we had spent close to two hours flying. In fact, the atmosphere onboard became tense following the announcement and we only became relieved when the plane landed at the airport.”
When contacted, the Media Consultant, Lufthansa Airlines, Mr. Hakeem Jimoh, said the air return was to ensure safety of lives and property.
He said, “Yes, the return was for safety reasons. It (the aircraft) returned to run some checks because there was a technical problem, and in order to be sure, the plane had to come back.
“The flight came back around 11pm, so the plane flew for about one hour. The departure time was 10pm, and it was a normal Lufthansa flight from Lagos to Frankfurt, Germany.”
Jimoh said that passengers were rescheduled to fly on Sunday night, adding that they were lodged in Lagos.
“The passengers were taken to the lounge and the waiting area of the airport. They were finally taken to a hotel where they spent the night for it is important to always put safety first no matter what. Of course, we regret the inconvenience, but safety must be given priority in this business,” he added.