Aero said that its flight NG181 Boeing 373-500 series aircraft with over 100 passengers from Lagos to Kaduna was professionally handled by it pilots.
A statement by the airline stated that what happened was that 25 minutes after the plane took off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, the aircraft got depressurized and that because of that the pilot had to descend to 10,000 feet .
The airline, however did not say the feet the plane was before it descended to 10,000 feet.
Aero further stated that since the airline has a maintenance facility in Abuja, the pilot decided to fly the aircraft to Abuja where it finally had an emergence landing.
According to Aero, “Yesterday Aero flight NG181 which departed Lagos at 18:28 pm to Kaduna undertook an emergency landing in Abuja following a depressurization of the Boeing 737-500 aircraft. About 25 minutes after take-off, the cabin got depressurized and based on sound professional training, the pilot descended to 10,000 feet above sea level; the oxygen masks were automatically released from overhead compartments.”
The airline added that on landing in Abuja, another aircraft was brought in for the passengers to continue their journey to Kaduna
“Since we have maintenance base in Abuja, our technical crew diverted the flight and landed in Abuja, while another aircraft was provided for the onward journey of our esteemed passengers. This second aircraft was used for the return journey to Lagos from Kaduna,” the airline said
The airline said that it regretted the trauma its passengers may have suffered as a result of the incident and the consequent delays.