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April 23, 2024

How Dana Air aircraft suffered runway excursion – NCAA

Dana Air

By Dickson Omobola

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has analysed how Dana Air aircraft suffered a runway excursion, saying upon landing, the aircraft’s nose wheel retracted, the nose collapsed and the aircraft veered off the runway into the grassy area.

Acting Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Chris Najomo, in a statement, said this was according to the observation of the Air Transport Controller, ATC, Tower.

He stated that passengers and crew onboard the aircraft disembarked and were evacuated safely while Runway 18L was closed.

The statement reads: “NCAA wishes to inform the public that on April 23, 2024, at about 08:25, a Dana Airline aircraft was involved in a runway excursion occurrence.

“The Aircraft, an MD82 with registration marks 5SN-BKI, departed Abuja for Lagos with 83 passengers and 6 crew members onboard. Upon landing at MMIA, the Air Transport Controller, ATC, Tower observed at C4 that the Nosewheel had retracted and the nose of the aircraft collapsed and the aircraft veered off the runway into the grassy area.

“Very importantly, all passengers and crew disembarked and were evacuated safely while Runway 18L was closed. In accordance with statutory procedures, the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, NSIB, has commenced its investigation into the occurrence.

“The NCAA reiterates its avowed commitment to a safe and secure aviation sector. In furtherance to this commitment, the Authority will be looking to implement the safety recommendations expected from the NSIB investigation while it carries out its own in-house safety assessment of the occurrence.”