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NSIB investigates ValueJet runway incident at Port Harcourt airport

by Samson Echenim

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has launched an investigation into the runway incident involving a ValueJet aircraft at the Port Harcourt airport.

A ValueJet aircraft with 62 passengers skided off the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State at 3.30pm on Monday.

While there was no casualty, some passengers onboard the CRJ 900 bombardier aircraft were reported to have suatained injuries.

A statement from the airline said the plane skidded off the runway after landing on an algae-infested portion of the runway.

The airline stated: “The CRJ 900 Bombardier aircraft with registration 5N-BXR landed safely with passengers wondering what could have happened because the airplane landed safely without difficulty.

“Captain Stanley Balami reported that the aircraft encountered a slip due to algae on the taxiway which made it unable to maintain the centre line.

“ValueJet remains a safe airline and all the airline’s operations are normal without glitch.”

In less than a week, Nigeria’s airports have experienced two plane accidents.

On Sunday, an incident involving a Boeing 737 Jet with registration number 5N-BYQ owned by Aero Contractors Airlines, crash-landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja.

Also last week, a private HS25B aircraft operated by Flint Aero also crash-landed in Ibadan, Oyo State.


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