Dana Aircraft overshoots Runway at Port Harcourt Airport
Dana Aircraft overshoots Runway at Port Harcourt Airport
The marooned Dana Airline plane 5N-SRI now parked in the bush
22 February, 2018, 13:51
A Dana Air aircraft flying from Lagos to Port-Harcourt has reportedly overshot runway at the Port-Harcourt International Airport Tuesday night.
An aircraft overshoots the runway when it moves past a specified point unintentionally.
No casualties were reported, with all passengers on board safely evacuated, the statement added.
The Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Aviation arm of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, James Odaudu, stated that the Port Harcourt airport was briefly closed for safety reasons after the incident occurred.
The Dana incidence is coming barely a week after Delta Airline also had serious incident and had to make an air return to the Murtala Muhammed Airport for an emergency landing.
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The crash then killed all the 159 passengers on board, including some people on the ground, where the plane crashed.
He also confirmed that AIB had commenced investigation into the incident in accordance to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13, while NCAA has heightened safety oversight over the operator.
When THISDAY visited the airport yesterday morning, there were frantic efforts by passengers to reschedule flights as the FAAN Port Harcourt reportedly shut down operations after the incident.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria had said the mishap could have been caused by a heavy rain accompanied by strong wind and storm.
Babatunde said, "The Council understands that Dana Air has provided logistic support and accommodation to passengers".
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