Passenger Films Terrifying Moment Plane Fills With Smoke As Engine ‘Catches Fire’

by : Francesca Donovan on : 20 Apr 2017 08:06

Frightening footage has captured the moment a plane-full of passengers scream and weep as the cabin fills with smoke.

Passengers could be heard weeping as their Aero Contractors plane became clouded with smoke just 20 minutes into a domestic flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos in Nigeria on Wednesday.

One passenger, Oriakwu Okwesilieze, who shared the scenes to Twitter, described how the ‘Aero flight went up in flames’ and the ‘blades were sparking’.


She wrote on Twitter:

I escaped death. I’m still shaky, this experience is one I can’t forget easily. Over 30 minutes we were chanting prayers as our flight was filled with smoke.

Aero flight went up in flames…one of the blades was burning. Twenty minutes after take off, the flight started smoking. For 35 minutes we were chanting prayers, screaming, panicking….like we just took off and I’m about to die? Nah! God can’t let this happen. The smoke was so thick we couldn’t see, the blades were sparking.

Pilot said we should calm down but something was burning, smelling and the smoke got thicker, the alarms went off but he said to calm down?

He said anyone that can’t breathe should use a wet handkerchief. Ha! All I could think about was my family. Hell no I’m not dying today.


Okwesilieze added, ‘I prayed and quoted all the Bible verses I could think of. I was shaking, the plane was moving up and down, women were screaming at the back. I’m just grateful to be alive.’

Okwesilieze said passengers were angry, explaining, ‘Everyone is shouting sue sue but I’m just grateful to be alive and on ground. Funny thing is no apology or explanation was given to anyone.’


However, an airline spokesperson has since stated everything was in order during pre-flight checks and the alarm only sounded when smoke filled the cabin after a passenger had used the on-board lavatory.


The plane made a successful emergency landing 35 minutes after take off and was met by several firefighter units. Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority are investigating.

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

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