All Passengers Rescued As Dana Aircraft Crash Lands In Port Harcourt
Dana Aircraft on Tuesday overshot the runway of the Port Harcourt airport in Rivers State and skidded into the nearby Omagwa bushes.
Just last week, the airline survived an embarrassing situation when an emergency door fell off on landing in Abuja.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) confirmed the incident.
Reports indicated that the 49 passengers on board the flight were petrified by the incident but were evacuated from the bush when the pilot was able to stop the aircraft.
FAAN’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, said no one sustained any injury in the incident
The incident was suspected to have been caused by torrential rain and heavy wind and storm which occurred in Port Harcourt but it was yet to be confirmed whether the pilot defied report indicating bad weather on the route.
The statement from the airline, which was signed by its spokesman, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the aircraft overshot the runway on landing when pressure caused by slippery runway or technical deficiency forced it to get out of the pilot’s control and skied out off the runway.
Ezenwa said the incident was caused by torrential rainfall and bad weather at the time of landing, but the passengers onboard disembarked from the flight unharmed.
“No casualty was recorded and all passengers and crew disembarked safely,” the statement said.
The airline also said: “We commend the Pilot-in-command who was able to control the aircraft to a complete stop before passengers and crew disembarked. We also wish to applaud the Captain for exhibiting the highest safety standards and handling the situation professionally.”