AIB commences investigation into Turkish Airlines’ incident in Port Harcourt

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has commenced an investigation into the serious incident involving Turkish Airlines at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA).

The airlines’ Airbus 330-300 aircraft incident with registration number TC-LOL occurred on December 31, 2019, when the aircraft had a burst tyre on landing on the airport’s runway.

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Mr Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs of AIB, said the AIB was notified of the serious incident about 3:30 am local time, on the day of the incident.

He said the aircraft was en-route Port Harcourt from Istanbul, Turkey with 295 passengers and 11 crew members on board when it suffered a burst tyre on landing on runway 21, Port Harcourt International airport.

The aircraft veered off the runway and managed to taxi to the new international terminal.

He, however, said that all the occupants disembarked with no injury.

The statement added: ”The bureau is open to receiving any video clip, relevant evidence or information that may assist in this investigation.”