ValueJet Airlines, on Tuesday, said one of its aircraft, CRJ 900 Bombardier with registration number 5N-BXR, slipped while taxiing after landing safely and veered off the runway at Port Harcourt Airport in Rivers State.
According to the statement made available to LEADERSHIP, no damage was done to the aircraft.
The statement said the incident, which happened at 3.30 local time, was a minor one.
“The CRJ 900 Bombardier aircraft with registration 5N-BXR landed safely with passengers wondering what could have happened because the airplane landed safely without difficulty. The minor incident happened at about 3.30pm at the Port-Harcourt International Airport.
“Captain Stanley Balami reported that the aircraft encountered a slip due to algea on the taxi-way which made it unable to maintain the centre line. ValueJet remains a safe airline and all the airline’s operations are normal without glitch,” the Airline stated.
LEADERSHIP recalls that a major accident was averted two days ago on Sunday after a Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number: 5N-BYQ belonging to Aero Contractors nose-stucked after landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.
The serious incident occurred at about 10:47am after the plane, which departed the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos in the morning, had landed at the Abuja Airport.
Consequently, the runway of the airport was closed, pending the towing of the aircraft away to enable other aircraft to fly out and in of Abuja.
By Yusuf Babalola
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