The Medview Air aircraft, a Boeing 737-400 with Reg.No 5N BPAs which made an air return to the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Sunday following a faulty engine has been grounded and would undergo recertification by officials of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) before it will return to service.
According to Sam Adurogboye, Media Assistant to Director General of the NCAA, "The airline engineers will have to work on the aircraft after which the NCAA safety inspectors would recertify it by flying it empty. If certified okay, then the aircraft will be cleared to return to service."
The Medview Air aircraft with 74 passengers on board was on a scheduled flight from Lagos to Abuja-Yola earlier on Sunday morning but made an air return to Lagos about 15 minutes after take-off following what eyewitnesses said was 'a big bang' in one of the aircraft engines.
Joe Obi, Special Media Assistant to the Aviation Minister, said the plane had taken off at 12 noon, but the aircraft pilot noticed a surge in one of the engines, and immediately applied the necessary safety precautionary measure by returning the aircraft to base.