A pall of smoke yesterday engulfed the cabin of a Lagos bound Aero Contractor aircraft, leading to panic by passengers. Some of the passengers, who spoke to New Telegraph, said that panic gripped virtually all of them, who thought that the plane was going to crash.
They however praised the efficiency of the crew in calming hysteric passengers. It was learnt that midway into the flight, the cabin of the aircraft was filled with thick smoke thereby making passengers to scream loudly. An amateur video posted online showed passengers screaming and praying loudly while some looked edgy.
The Chief Executive Officer of Aero, Capt. Ado Sanusi, however said that he has ordered an investigation into incident. But the carrier denied that the lives of passengers were at risk. “Reports have it that at 1645 GMT about 75NM to Lagos at 24,00 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, 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 1655GMT, requesting for emergency support services and proceeded to Lagos, which is the airport with the full complement of emergency support.