The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has began investigation into the smoke in an Aero Contractors aircraft enroute Lagos from Port Harcourt.
Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday.
NAN reports that the Aero Contractors flight NG316 was engulfed in smoke about 20 minutes after take off, causing panic among the passengers.
The situation prompted the deploying of fire fighting trucks to the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2, Lagos to curtail any fire when the plane carrying 52 adults and one infant finally landed.
Adurogboye told NAN that the NCAA had been notified of the incident, adding that the aircraft was immediately grounded for investigations.
He said: “Our team of investigators are currently working to find out what caused the smoke because that is part of the responsibility of the NCAA.”
Similarly, the media consultant to Aero Contractors, Simon Tumba, confirmed that the airline’s management, led by Captain Ado Sanusi, had ordered for full scale investigation into the incident.
Tumba, in a statement on Wednesday, said the management also commended the pilot and the entire crew for the professionalism they displayed in handling the situation.