Cold and wet weather caused our aircraft to crash land - Airline

The airline noted that stormy and windy weather caused the Dana aircraft runway overshoot in Port Harcourt.

In a statement to Pulse, the airline noted that 'inclement weather caused the Dana aircraft runway overshoot in Port Harcourt.'

"On Tuesday, 20th February, 2018, one of our aircraft operating Abuja​-PHC skidded off​ the runway ​at​ the Port Harcourt International Airport as a result of ​very stormy weather and severe winds upon landing.

"Thankfully there were no casualties and all our passengers and crew on board were disembarked safely with the timely response from the ground emergency services.

"We are grateful for the swift reaction of the emergency response teams and safe evacuation of all on board," the statement reads.

Dana commends pilots

The airline also used the opportunity to commend the pilots of the aircraft for being able to navigate the aircraft to a complete stop without casualties.

"We commend our pilots who were able to navigate the aircraft to a complete stop under the circumstance and brought all the precious lives of our passengers and crew to safety."

Dana aircrafts crash lands in Port Harcourt airport

On Tuesday night, February 20, 2018, a Dana aircraft which took off from Lagos has crashed landed in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The plane with registration number 5N-SRI overshot the runway and ended up in the bush.

Dana Crashes

On February 7, 2018, the exit door of a Dana aircraft allegedly fell off upon landing at the Abuja airport.

According to a passenger, who recounted the ordeal on Twitter, the door had been rattling throughout the flight and eventually pulled off as the plane was taxing at the airport.

"Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout the flight. As we touched down, it fell off. Scary stuff." the passenger identified as Ola Brown had tweeted via his handle - @NaijaFlyingDr.

Following the public condemnation that Brown's tweet generated, Dana responded in a press statement to clarify the reports, saying the emergency door could not have fallen off if it had not been opened by a passenger.

The airline is often criticised for the poor maintenance of its planes, which has caused the death of many passengers.

Infamous Dana crash

In June 2012, the airline's MD 83 jet navigating from Abuja crashed into a Lagos community killing all 153 passengers on board.

The aircraft, marked 5N-RAM, disappeared from the radar scope of the Lagos Air Traffic Control after communication from the tower to the pilot in command failed, before it crashed into the residential building on Tolulope Street, in Toyin area of Ishaga.

The aircraft hit a power line and subsequently crashed into the building which comprised of six flats.

It exploded on impact and razed the building.

Dana reassures passengers after Port Harcourt crash land

In the early hours of Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Dana, in a statement to Pulse, reassured its passengers of safety while flying any of its aircraft.

The airline said: "We wish to once again reassure our guests that their safety and comfort will remain our top priority and we shall continue to adhere strictly to high standards and recommended practices as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority."

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