By Eric Tataw – Thursday May 16, 2019.
A Turkish Airlines plane bound to the Douala International Airport in Cameroon has made an emergency landing in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, airport officials have told National Telegraph.
The Boeing 737-900ER left Istanbul Airport in Turkey at about 5 PM (GMT+3), Wednesday May 8, 2019 for the Douala International Airport in Cameroon, our source said.
The carrier was due to land in Douala at 10:50 PM the same day but instead made an emergency landing at the Nsimalen International Airport in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde after spending over 1:30 mins within the airspace of the Douala Airport struggling to land to no avail.
A passenger who was aboard the plane said after spending over 1:30 mins in the air struggling to land, they finally landed at Nsimalen at 12:25 AM, Thursday May 9 before flying back to Douala at about 3 AM where they finally landed safely at about 3:35 AM, May 9.
Turkish Airlines has issued no official statement on the incident explaining the cause of the incident but passengers say it was due to poor weather conditions. It was raining heavily on that day and the wind was severe, said a passenger to National Telegraph.
In a related development, a military helicopter owned by the Cameroon armed forces crashed in Oku, a precinct in North West Cameroon, early Monday May 13, 2019 killing one and injuring six others, a document from Cameroon’s Defense Minister has confirmed.