At least five people were injured after Delta passengers used emergency slides to evacuate a flight that had returned to the Nurtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, the airline said on Tuesday.
The Airbus A330-200 had an issue with one of its two engines, Delta said.
Flight 55 landed safely but five passengers suffered minor injuries during the evacuation while the plane was on the runway, according to CNN.
The passengers evacuated the plane using escape slides — an unusual occurrence that shows the seriousness of the incident.
The flight was headed to Atlanta. Delta’s website indicates an Airbus A330-200 has 234 seats. It has two Pratt & Whitney PW4000 turbofan engines.
The full statement reads: “Delta Flight 55 from Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta returned to Lagos International Airport Tuesday after an issue with one of the A330-200’s two engines. The flight landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides. Airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival. Delta’s customers were bused back to the terminal.
Delta is aware of five customers reporting non-critical injuries as a result of the evacuation.
Delta teams are focused now on providing overnight hotel accommodations to customers and will rebook customers on an alternate Delta aircraft Wednesday afternoon. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority.”
The engine’s manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, said in a statement that it’s working with “authorities to assess the situation.”