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Last updated: 24 April 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 20 February 2018
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operator:Dana Air
Registration: 5N-SRI
C/n / msn: 53020/1789
First flight: 1990
Total airframe hrs:66109
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC) (   Nigeria)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Abuja International Airport (ABV/DNAA), Nigeria
Destination airport:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO), Nigeria
Dana Air flight 363 departed Abuja for Port Harcourt, Nigeria at 18:06 hours local time. The first officer was the Pilot Flying (PF) while the captain was the Pilot Monitoring (PM).
Following an uneventful flight, the crew reported that the aircraft arrived overhead Port Harcourt Airport at about 18:43 and was vectored by Air Traffic Control (ATC) to descend to 3500ft and on a heading to cross the extended centre line of runway 21. Having crossed the extended centre line, the crew assessed and discussed the approach: the weather as depicted on the weather radar, and noted that there were no clouds from 7nm to the threshold. The aircraft was cleared for a localizer approach runway 21 and to descend initially to 2400 ft.
The PF executed a left turn and a gradual descent, intercepting the localizer at 17nm on the POT VOR/DME while descending to 2400ft on QNH 1008. The localizer was captured while in the descent on Auto Pilot 2 (AP2). The Minimum Descent Altitude (MDA) was adjusted to 460 ft for Glide Slope out approach. The crew observed there was weather between 17nm and 7nm on the VOR/DME, but the ride on the approach was comfortable. At this time, the aircraft was in a landing configuration, flaps 40.
The captain reported taking over control of the aircraft at 6nm and disengaged the auto pilot at 400 ft AGL, made slight adjustments and touched down between 1000 ft to 1500ft from the threshold of the 9,843 ft long runway.
The crew reported that the runway had experienced recent rain before arrival and after touch down, looked and felt contaminated with flood of water that did not drain well.
Spoilers and Reversers were deployed and brakes was applied. The aircraft continued on the landing roll, crossed the end of the runway to the blast pad. The aircraft came to a stop at a distance of 298 m from the end of runway 21, slightly left of the extended centre line.
After the aircraft came to a complete stop, engines were shut down and emergency power switch was turned ON. The emergency light came ON, all other lights were OFF and the Public Address System was not working, the lead crew had to open the cockpit door to obtain emergency evacuation instructions from the captain.
Emergency evacuation was carried out using only the left forward main door and the escape slide on this door did not deploy.
All persons on board were evacuated unhurt.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation ongoing

Runway excursion

» AIB Nigeria

METAR Weather report:
19:00 UTC / 20:00 local time:
METAR DNPO 201900Z 24013KT 1500 TSRA BKN006 FEW018CB 22/21 Q1006 NOSIG


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Abuja International Airport to Port Harcourt Airport as the crow flies is 443 km (277 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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