PANICKED passengers sobbed and chanted prayers after a plane’s engine caught fire mid-flight and filled the cabin with smoke, The Sun reports.
Mobile phone footage shows the chaos on board the Aero Contractors flight to Lagos in Nigeria after thick smoke set off the fire alarms on Tuesday.
The plane reportedly “started smoking” 20 minutes into the flight – but the 53 passengers had to endure another 35 terrifying minutes in the air.
Many were heard coughing and spluttering in the video because the crew did not release the oxygen masks – instead suggesting passengers use their handkerchiefs.
Oriakwu Okwesilieze, who was on board the flight from Port Harcourt, posted a video showing the passengers screaming and saying prayers. She tweeted: “I escaped death on Aero flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos.
“It can only be God. I’m thankful father. “20 minutes after take-off, our aero contractor flight started smoking. For 35min we were chanting prayers, screaming, panicking….
“The smoke was so thick we couldn’t see, the blades were sparking. “Every One on this aero contractor flight could have died today but for God. I’m grateful. Nigerian airports need new directors/ flights.”
She revealed many on board started chanting “sue, sue, sue”. “But I’m just grateful to be alive and on ground,” Ms Okwesilieze tweeted.
“Funny thing is no apology or explanation was given to anyone.” Priye Diri tweeted: “My bestie was there also. She called me crying. She is still shook.”
The plane was reportedly carrying 53 passengers, including a seven-month-old baby. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is now investigating the cause of the engine fire, according to Sahara Reporters.
A spokesman for Aero Contractors said: “The cabin crew reassured the passengers and handed out wet towels to them as a precautionary measure for such incidents.”