By Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has sympathised withÂ passengers on the ill-fated Dana aircraft involved in an accidentÂ TuesdayÂ at the Port Harcourt International Airport.Â
Sirika, in a statement by the DeputyÂ Director, Press & Public Affairs of the Ministry of Aviation,Â James Odaudu, said: “The Ministry sympathises with the passengers on the aircraft over the traumatic experience and assures that government will not abdicate on its commitment to the safety and security of lives and property in the Nigerian airspace.”
According to Sirika, “An aircraft operated by Dana Airlines was involved in an accident yesterday February 20th 2018 at the Port Harcourt International Airport.
“The aircraft, with the following details; 5N-SRI, Flight Number: 0348, Type: MD 83, souls: 54 including 05 crew landed at the Port Harcourt runway 21 and overran the runway at 1751 UTC.
“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.”