NSIB cautions over speculations, likely cause of ValueJet’s taxi-way ‘excursion’, begins probe

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) said it had been notified about an incident involving a Bombardier CRJ-900LR aircraft with nationality and registration 5N-BXR belonging to ValueJet Airlines which occurred around 3:32 pm (Local Time) on November 14th, 2023 at the Port-Harcourt International Airport.

The Bureau’s Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection of NSIB, Dr. James Odaudu in a statement late Tuesday said the agency had commenced the process of unraveling the immediate and remote causes of the incident, stressing that its investigators were already at the scene.



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He stated that the aircraft with 62 passengers and five crew upon landing at the Port Harcourt International Airport from Lagos, overshot the runway at runway 03.

According to him, “There was no injury or fatality, as all the passengers and crew members were safely evacuated and no damage to the aircraft was reported.”

He appealed to the public and the media to avoid speculations about the likely causes, while also respecting the privacy of those on board.

The NSIB is a multimodal investigation agency charged with the mandate to investigate transportation accidents and serious incidents in Nigeria with the aim of identifying the probable causes and proffering safety recommendations that can prevent reoccurrence.

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