Nigeria airways

Date:         26 Jan 98 01:46:29 
From:         Marc Schaeffer <>
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In the airliners mailing list there is a discussion about Nigeria
airways operating flights with only one engine on A310. I would like to
bring the discussion to this wider forum.

Can anybody confirm the attached 'story' ?
What sanctions can be taken against them ?
If the story is true Nigeria airways is an 'outlaw', IIRC they have no
landing right to the US, how about EU ?

You're going to have to believe me on this one. I flew on the Nigerian
Airways flight from Lagos to London on the A310. On takeoff from Lagos,
fire spewed from the left engine. We climbed to about 2,000 feet, then
promplty landed in Lagos again. I went to the cockpit, where the pilot
informed me that since we had a VIP on our flight that had to be in
London soon, we had to takeoff without the engine. So, we did. The
flight was terribly delayed due to the obvious loss in speed. I later
researched such instances with Nigerian Airways. I found out that this
was the third time NA had made the flight with one engine all the way,
but on several occasions had landed with only one.  More common was
cases where NA would make the flight with one engine out on the DC-10.
True story. I heard they even tried to make the British Airport
Association pay for the engine repair.

Comments would be highly appreciated,
Marc Schaeffer, Luxembourg --