AIB Dispatches Investigators To Port Harcourt Over Dana Crash, Commences Investigation


Nigeria's aviation authorities on Wednesday opened an investigation into a passenger plane overshooting the runway in the southern city of Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

"We are grateful for the swift reaction of the emergency response teams and safe evacuation of all on board", the statement reads.

A passenger, Mr. Eru Omana, said the airline should have been temporarily suspended until proper investigations were concluded and the safety of the airline ascertained.

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"We have launched an investigation".

"The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, and Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, have been notified and already in control".

A Dana aircraft overshot the runway while landing at Port Harcourt global airport on Tuesday.

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In a statement issued in Abuja, Odaudu said, "Damage to the aircraft (was) substantial with damage to ground navigation equipment".

"The Ministry sympathises with the passengers on the aircraft over the traumatic experience and assures that government will not abdicate on its commitment to the safety and security of lives and property in the Nigerian airspace".

The aircraft with registration number 9J0363, was said to have slipped off the runway following heavy rain accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port-Harcourt.

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Before the Tuesday's incident, Dana Air fleet had been reduced to three from the initial six about a year ago.