The Consumer Protection Council of Nigeria, CPC has lauded what it called the safe evacuation of all passengers and crew from the ill-fated Dana Airlines Flight 9J0363 operating from Abuja to Port-Harcourt which overshot the runway and ran into the bush on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.
The Dana Airlines Flight 9J0363 had landed at approximately 19:30hrs and overshot the runway with about 50 Souls On Board (SOB) made up of 44 passengers and 6 crew.
While the cause of the incident is still unknown but under investigation.
In a statement made available to The DailyBells Nigeria, the CPC stated;
“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.
However, the Council further calls for calm as it awaits more information and detailed investigation by the Accident Investigation Bureau in compliance with ICAO standards.
The Council said it has been in communication with the airline and NCAA.
“The Council understands that Dana Air has provided logistic support and accommodation to passengers. The Council insists this must comply with minimum standards in accordance with prevailing Regulations under Part 19, Nigerian Civil Aviation Rules (NCAR).”
“An open, transparent, sensitive and responsive approach by the airline and relevant authorities is vital to sustaining confidence and assuring consumers. The Council welcomes this openness and attention to consumers, including providing medical or psychological support where necessary.
The Consumer Protection Council however said it is collaborating with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, other aviation agencies and service providers for all passengers in the sector to answer questions, provide assistance and required assurances at this and other times.
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