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53 passengers on a Nigerian plane scream and pray as smoke fills the plane and oxygen masks failed when engine appears to catch fire (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Footage captured by a passenger showed the moment petrified passengers screamed and chanted prayers as smoke filled their plane when an engine appeared to catch fire after taking off in Nigeria.
Passengers said the plane began to move 'up and down' after take-off from Port HarcourtPassengers said the plane began to move 'up and down' after take-off from Port Harcourt
Panicked travellers could smell something burning about 20 minutes after take-off and smoke then began to fill the aircraft and alarms went off.
The plane was carrying 53 passengers, including a seven-month-old baby, Sahara Reporters said.
As smoke filled the cabin, oxygen masks failed to deploy and passengers were told to cover their mouths and noses with wet towels handed out by the crew, the report claimed.

Passenger Oriakwu Okwesilieze, who recorded the footage, said the Aero Contractors plane 'started smoking' about 20 minutes into a domestic flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos in Nigeria on Wednesday.
Smoke started to fill the aircraft shortly after departure from Port Harcourt to Lagos in NigeriaSmoke started to fill the aircraft shortly after departure from Port Harcourt to Lagos in Nigeria
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.
'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.'
The plane was met by firefighters when it made an emergency landing 35 minutes after take-off.
Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority and the airline are investigating the incident.
A spokesman for the airline - whose slogan is 'the reliable way to fly' - said everything appeared as normal during a routine pre-flight check of the plane. 

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