Dana Aircraft overshoots runway in Portharcourt

Chukwuemeka Anoh | February 22, 2018
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Dana aircraft performing a flight from Lagos to Port Harcourt has overshot the runway and ended up in the bush in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
An aircraft belonging to Dana Air on Tuesday overshot the runway of the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers State, after it touched down.

It was gathered that the aircraft, with number 9J0363, flew into Port Harcourt after taking passengers from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The aircraft is said to have overshot the runway when it moves past a specified point unintentionally, and this can be as a result of too much speed or that the plane is unable to stop.
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.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident saying no one sustained injury in the incident.

She said, “A Dana aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt airport has overshot the Port Harcourt runway.

“The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.

“No casualty was recorded, as all passengers on board were safely evacuated.”
The statement from the airline, which was signed by its spokesperson, Kinglsey Enzewa, said the aircraft overshot the runway on landing when pressure caused by slippery runway or technical deficiency forced it to get out of the pilot’s control and skidded out off the runway.

Enzewa said the incident was caused by torrential rainfall and bad weather at the time of landing, but the passengers on board disembarked from the flight.
No casualty was recorded and all passengers and crew disembarked safely,” the statement said.

The airline also added: “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.


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