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    Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    Dana Air Grounded Aircraft after Lagos Airport Runway Incident

    Adeyemi Matthew

    The management of Dana Airlines has grounded its aircraft, with registration number 5N BKI, after skidding off the runway at the domestic winf of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, on Tuesday morning.

    The airline made the confirmation in a statement on Tuesday.

    Expressing regret, the airline noted that the aircraft which flew from Abuja to Lagos, skidded off the runway in an attempt to land.

    However, it expressed relief that no casualty was recorded, stating that it had informed the Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority of the incident.

    The statement read, “Dana Air regrets to inform the public of a runway incursion involving one of our aircraft, registration number 5N BKI, which was flying from Abuja to Lagos today 23/04/24

    “We are relieved to confirm that all 83 passengers and crew onboard the flight disembarked safely without injuries or scare as the crew handled the situation with utmost professionalism.”

    “We have also updated the AIB and NCAA on the incident and the aircraft involved has been grounded by our maintenance team for further investigation.”

    The management thanked the airport authorities and its crew for ensuring the safety of all passengers onboard the aircraft.

    The statement added, “We wish to thank the airport authorities, and our crew for their very swift response in ensuring the safe disembarkation of all passengers following the incident and our sincere apologies and appreciation to the passengers on the affected flight for their patience and understanding.

    “We wish to reassure our passengers that their safety will always be our top priority, and we are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

    Recall that in January 2018, a commercial aircraft belonging to Dana Air used its left wing to hit a fence at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

    Less than 24 hours after a chartered aircraft lost its tyres and landing gear at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the left wing of a commercial aircraft belonging to Dana Air, hit a fence at the facility.

    Reports say that a Dana flight, with registration number 5N-DEV from Port Harcourt, brushed the fence while trying to park after it landed at the NAIA.

    Eyewitnesses at the airport and passengers onboard the flight told our correspondent that no injury was recorded, but blamed the aircraft’s pilot for the incident.

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