An aircraft belonging to Nigerian airline, Value Jet, with 62 passengers and 5 crew members skidded off the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State on Tuesday.
“The airline confirmed the incident in a statement, saying the “ValueJet aircraft slipped on taxi turn after landing safely and cleared off the runway at Port Harcourt airport. No damage to the aircraft. The incident happened at 3.30 local time.
“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 3.30 pm at the Port-Harcourt International Airport. Captain Stanley Balami reported that the aircraft encountered a slip due to algae on the taxi way which made it unable to maintain the centre line.”
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), however, stated that the incident was classified as ‘a serious accident.’