The Dana Air has confirmed that one of domestic aircraft, en-routing Port Hercourt from Abuja, was able to avert tragedy by safely crashed landing due to poor weather, with over 100 passengers aboard, whom were evacuated shortly after the incident at Omagwa neighborhood on Tuesday night.
It said that one its aircraft (9j0363) operating Abuja- PH flight skidded off runway at Port Harcourt International Airport, as a result of terrible weather consideration and torrential rain at time of landing
It was learnt that aircraft which took off from Lagos crashed landed in Port Harcourt and that the plane with registration number 5N-SRI over overshot runway before crashing into nearby bush where its passengers were rescued.
Confirming the averted tragedy earlier, sources from Emergency in the state, disclosed that there were no casualties as at time of rescuing passengers from the aircraft.
Had the plane crashed, as said by an eye witness over 100 passengers inckuding crew would have lost their lives, and as well put the nation into national mourning.
Through a statement released by the airline operator short after the reported incident, it said indicated that there was no casualty from the averted tragedy and that its crew were safe as well.
“We are thankful to God there were no casualties and all forty-four of our passengers and crew on board were disembarked safely with the timely response from emergency services. We are grateful for the swift reaction of the emergency response and safe evacuation of all on board.
“We commend the Pilot-in -command who was able to control the aircraft to a complete stop under the circumstances and brought all the precious lives of our passengers and crew to safety.
“We wish to once again reassure our guests that their safety and comfort remain our top priority and we shall continue to adhere strictly to the highest standards and recommended practices as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority”, it stated.