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Arik Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Lagos

arik airArik Air flight W3-662 had to return and make an emergency landing in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 11th.

The Boeing 737-700 plane took off for Jos, Nigeria, but had to return shortly afterwards after the crew needed to shut down one of the engines.

The plane landed uneventfully. All passengers and crew members remained safe.

Arik Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Nigeria

arik airArik Air flight W3-433 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Benin City, Nigeria, on May 12th.

The plane, heading from Warri to Abuja, Nigeria, was diverted after the crew reported they had to shut down one of the engines.

The plane landed uneventfully. There were 42 people aboard at the time; all of them remained safe.

Arik Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Heathrow Airport

arik airArik Air flight W3-101 made an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport in London, United Kingdom, on March 24th.

The Airbus A330-200, flying from Lagos, Nigeria, declared emergency landing due to a technical issue.

The plane landed safely. Everyone aboard remained unhurt.

Stowaway Found in Arik Air Wheel Well

What: Arik Air Airbus A340-542 en route from London to Lagos
Where: Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport
When: Oct 26, 2012
Who: 1 fatality
Why: The body of a man was discovered in the wheel well of an Arik Air Airbus after a flight from London to Lagos. The body had no identification. There is no indication how long the body remained there, nor where it came from.

According to officials the body was discovered “during a check on the aircraft panel as it was being prepared for another flight and that the undercarriage compartment of the Airbus A340-500 is big enough to accommodate a person, besides the space for the tires.”

Security at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport is reputed to be lax, and authorities have apparently been ineffective in eliminating illicit activities.

On taxi, wings of Nigerian Airforce C-130 and Arik Airlines Collide, No injury

What: Nigerian Airforce C-130
Where: Jos, Nigeria
When: July 14, 2012
Who: no injuries
Why: The jet was about to take off when “An Arik Airline Boeing 737-700 with registration No 5NMJI on a routine flight to Lagos brushed the wing of a parked Nigerian Air Force C-130 (NAF 917) at the Yakubu Gowon Airport.”

The tank 1 wing tip of the NAF C-130 was damaged. The wing of the Arik aircraft was dismembered.

The announcement was made by Wing Commander A. Makun, Deputy Director, Directorate of Airforce information.

The Air Force Jet was about to fly Airforce Military School and Airforce Girls Military School both in the Plateau State capital from Jos to Lagos. The flight was canceled.

Nigeria: Arik Air 737 Bird Strike

What: Arik Air Boeing 737-700 en route from Owerri to Lagos
Where: Owerri Nigeria
When: May 8th 2011
Who: 69 passengers
Why: While en route, the plane incurred a bird strike. The bird was ingested in an engine. The flight continued until there were severe vibrations on the right side of the plane (where the strike occurred).

Passengers aboard the flight said they experienced five minutes of terror (that lasted forever) as the right side of the plane was vibrating. Presumably pilots shut down that engine after five minutes.

The pilots made a safe landing in Lagos.

Stowaway Threatens Safety Rating

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Contact photographer Ken Iwelumo – Global Aviation Images

What: Arik Air Airbus A330-200 en route from Johannesburg South Africa to Lagos Nigeria
Where: Lagos
When: Sep 20th 2010
Who: 1 stowaway
Why: The body of a young Nigerian man was found in the wheelwell. How the stowaway accessed the airport and the aircraft is a mystery. There is inadequate oxygen in the compartment to survive. Due to the quick turnaround there, the body was not discovered in Johannesburg.

The carrier fears the incident will cause the airline to lose its recent Category 1 safety status US rating.

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