"On Feb. 20, our aircraft (9J0363) operating the Abuja - Port Harcourt route skidded off the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport, as a result of the bad weather and torrential rain at the time of landing".
"An aircraft operated by Dana Airlines was involved in an accident yesterday, February 20, 2018 at the Port Harcourt International Airport".
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident.
The statement from the airline, which was signed by its spokesman, Kingsley Ezenwa, 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 skided out off the runway.
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He also said that AIB was informed of the incident immediately it occurred by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the airline. None of the 44 passengers and six crew on board was injured.
'We also wish to applaud the captain for exhibiting the highest safety standards and handling the situation professionally, " the airline said.
However, 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 yesterday.
"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".