US-bound Delta jet engine bursts into flames, makes emergency landing in Lagos

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A Delta Airlines aircraft on Tuesday night made emergency landing in Lagos after one its engines caught fire mid air.

The airline said an engine issue forced the flight from Nigeria to Atlanta to turn back and make an emergency landing at the airport it departed from.

AP quoted Delta as saying Flight 55 from Lagos to Atlanta, Georgia, left around 10:50 p.m. local time Tuesday and returned to Lagos International Airport less than an hour later.

A Delta statement says the A330-200 had an issue with one of its two engines. Delta says the flight landed safely and passengers were evacuated onto the runway down emergency slides. Delta says five passengers reported “non-critical” injuries during the evacuation, but the statement didn’t elaborate.

The airline says it was providing hotel rooms for the passengers and would rebook them on another Delta flight Wednesday afternoon.

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