Posted by Sade Williams
A Dana aircraft with registration number 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt airport, on Tuesday, overshot the Port Harcourt runway.
According to the airline and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.
Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN’s image maker in the statement says ‘no casualty was recorded, as all passengers on board were safely evacuated’.
Also, a statement released by the airline in Lagos and signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa, reads: On Tuesday , 20 February 2018, one our aircraft (9j0363) operating the Abuja – PH flight, skidded off the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport, as a result of the bad weather situation and torrential rain at the time of landing.
‘No casualty was recorded and all passengers and crew disembarked safely.
“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.
“We wish to reassure our guests that their safety and comfort remain our top priority as always and we shall continue to adhere strictly to the high standards and recommended practices as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority”.