By Etse Kassim, Abuja
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has called for a serious action over the near plane crash which involved Dana Airlines at the Port-Harcourt International Airport.
The Dana Airlines’ plane 9J0363, operating from Abuja to Port-Harcourt on February 20th, 2018, landed at approximately 19:30 hrs and overshot the runway.
Reacting to the development, Babatunde Irukera, CPC’s Director General, tasked relevant agencies to ensure the airline comply with minimum standards in accordance with prevailing Regulations under Part 19, Nigerian Civil Aviation Rules (NCAR).
The statement reads in part: “Thankfully, all passengers and crew were safely evacuated without injury. The Consumer Protection Council congratulates relevant airport and aviation authorities, as well as the airline for this safe evacuation and management of what could otherwise have been tragic.
“The Council further calls for calm as we await more information and a detailed investigation by the Accident Investigation Bureau in compliance with ICAO standards.
“In addition, the Council has been in communication with the airline and NCAA. The Council understands that Dana Air has provided logistic support and accommodation to passengers.”
Irukera said the Council in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and other aviation agencies remain available to all passengers in the sector to answer questions, provide assistance and required assurances at this and other times.
Recall that one of the planes in the Dana Airlines fleet, crashed in Lagos in June 2012, killing scores of persons on board.