Several passengers cheated death on Tuesday night when an aircraft belonging to Dana Air skidded off the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State and crashed into a nearby bush.
When an aircraft overshoots the runway, it means it moved past a specified point unintentionally, and this can be as a result of too much speed or that the plane is unable to stop. Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) secured perimeter scene of incident.
According to Sirika, "An aircraft operated by Dana Airlines was involved in an accident yesterday February 20th 2018 at the Port Harcourt International Airport".
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Panic spread through the Dana aircraft with number 9J0363, as it stopped at the edge of the bush - with its nose dangling precariously.
The issue of airline security has been at the fore in Nigeria after Dana Air's emergency door reportedly fell off two weeks ago.
"Thankfully there were no casualties and ALL passengers and crew on board were disembarked safely with the timely response from the ground emergency services".
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Responding to the uproar is being generated by concerned Twitter users, the airline noted blamed the incident on bad weather and heavy rain.
The CPC said in a statement that while all passengers and crew were safely evacuated without injuries, there was a need for thorough investigation to determine the cause of the incident. "We also wish to applaud the Captain for exhibiting the highest safety standards and handling the situation professionally".
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