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How Dana Airlines plane plunged into the bush

An aircraft allegedly belonging to Dana Airlines on  Tuesday night overshot the runway at the Port Harcourt airport and ended up in the bush where passengers onboard were evacuated.

The flight originated from Abuja. Passengers shared pictures of the plane on social media.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)  Mrs Henrietta Yakubu said: “A Dana aircraft flight 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.”

Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), also confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said that the aircraft was partially damaged after it overshot the runway.

His words: “I learnt the runway has been closed, but it will be reopened before the next 30 minutes after inspection has been carried out on it.

“Forty-nine passengers were on board and safely evacuated. The aircraft came in from Abuja to Port Harcourt.“

Since its last crash on June 3, 2012 in Ishaga, Lagos, Dana Airlines has always been under a radar of suspicion by Nigeria’s air passengers. The crash, then, killed all the 159 passengers on board, including some people on the ground, where the plane crashed.

The was the second incident on Dana Airlines within a space of two, the first was the unexpected opening of the emergency door of one of the aircraft of the airline, upon landing.

 

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