Dana Air plane lands inside bush after overshooting runway


Panic spread through the Dana aircraft with number 9J0363, as it stopped at the edge of the bush - with its nose dangling precariously.

The Consumer Protection Council of Nigeria has directed Dana airline to provide medical and psychological support to passengers on its plane which skided off the runway on landing at Port Harcourt airport on Tuesday evening.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident.

Less than 24 hours after the Dana Air incident at Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), Port Harcourt, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has dispatched two of its investigators to Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) to commence investigation into major incident.

Dana Air, while reacting to yesterday's incident, blamed it on bad weather influenced by torrential rain.

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"All onboard were evacuated safely with no reported casualties and the airport was briefly closed for safety reasons and reopened after proper assessment this morning".

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 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, " the airline said.