Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

AIB begins investigation into DANA Air incident

AIB begins investigation into DANA Air incident

It will be recalled that 49 persons escaped death after the aircraft which flew from Abuja to Port Harcourt skidded off the runway when landing.

"On Tuesday, 20th February 2018, one of our aircraft operating Abuja-PHC skidded off the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport as a result of very stormy weather and severe winds upon landing".

The passengers were subsequently evacuated by emergency officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Meanwhile, the Consumer Protection Council has called for better treatment of those involved in the Dana Air incident in Port Harcourt.

In June, 2012, a Dana aircraft crashed in Ishaga area of Lagos, killing all the passengers on board.

Although the airline has blamed the latest incident on bad weather, Nigerians are not having any of it.

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"A Dana aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt airport has overshot the Port Harcourt runway", Henrietta Yakubu, spokeswoman of the agency, said in a statement.

The airline commended the pilot for how he handled the issue, adding that all passengers and crew disembarked safely.

"No casualty was recorded and all passengers and crew disembarked safely".

But in this case, it was learnt that the incident, which had no casualty, was suspected to have been due to heavy rainfall in Port Harcourt.

'We also wish to applaud the captain for exhibiting the highest safety standards and handling the situation professionally, " the airline said.

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