Although no life was lost in the incident involving a Dana Airline aircraft in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, it nonetheless came with a heavy loss to the federal government.

The federal government announced on Wednesday that when the plane overshot the runway, it damaged ground navigational equipment at the airport.

According to the government, the MD83 aircraft, with registration number 5N-SRI and flight number 0348, had 54 people on board, including five crew members.

It also stated that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had heightened safety oversight on the airline, adding that the Accident Investigation Bureau had commenced investigation into the incident in accordance with the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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The Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Aviation arm of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, James Odaudu, stated that the Port Harcourt airport was briefly closed for safety reasons after the incident occurred.

Odaudu noted that the airport was “reopened after proper assessment on Wednesday morning”.

In a statement issued in Abuja, Odaudu said, “damage to the aircraft (was) substantial with damage to ground navigation equipment".

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