A total of 87 passengers and six crew escaped death on Saturday after an Air Peace plane on an Abuja – Port Harcourt flight overshot the runway while landing.
The aircraft 5N-BRN was landing at the Port Harcourt International Airport around 3pm when it overshot the runway.
All the passengers and crew escaped unhurt.
The passengers and crew were later evacuated from the hold of the aircraft.
The accident rekindled memories of the Sosoliso Airlines plane flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt that overshot the same runway on December 1, 2005,, killing 106 passengers and crew..
Spokesman for the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed the incident in a statement.
He said AIB had “been notified of the Air Peace flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt with 94 passengers and 6 crew members on board with Registration marks 5N-BRN;
The aircraft skidded off the Runway to the left about 1300m from the Runway 21 threshold at the Port Harcourt International airport. All passengers and crew have been evacuated safely. Accident Investigation Bureau has dispatched investigators who are on their way to the site”.
Spokesperson for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, said in a statement that the aircraft landed in a downpour.
She said all the passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the aircraft..
One of the passengers, Thank God Okorisha, posted a video of the forceful landing in Twitter.
He said: “I just narrowlly escaped a plane crash, coming out of this plane alive is definitely God. I don’t wish anyone this experience, not even my enemy.
It was raining heavily when we got to PH Airport, the pilot forcefully landed, eventually he left the runway and ran into the bush.”