Between January 2018 and October 202, no fewer than 24 emergency air returns occurred in the country.
Findings show that the majority of the reasons for the emergency returns were attributed to engine failure, bird strikes, bad weather and others.
A breakdown showed that Air Peace recorded the highest emergency air return during this period with a total of nine, followed by Arik air, Azman air and Max Air which recorded three each. However, Aero Contractors and Dana had two air returns each.
A further breakdown of the incidents showed that Delta Air recorded only one and Royal Air Maroc had one.
In 2022, a total of six emergency air returns were recorded, with Air peace recording two; Dana Air, two; while Max Air and Arik Air reported one each.
In 2021, two incidents occurred, with Max Air and Aero contractors recording one emergency air return each.
A total of nine emergency air returns occurred in 2019, with Air peace recording three air returns as well as Azman Air, while Max Air, Arik Air and Royal Air Maroc recorded one respectively.
A further breakdown revealed that in 2018, a total of six air return cases were recorded, but Air peace had the highest with three, followed by Arik Air, Delta Air and Aero Contractors recording one each.
On February 15, 2018, at least five passengers on board Delta Air sustained injuries. The Atlanta-bound flight made an air return less than an hour after it took off due to engine fault.