On 15th May, 2019 at about 18:43 h, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUK, owned and operated by Air Peace Limited departed Port Harcourt Airport (DNPO) for Murtala Muhammed Airport (DNMM), Lagos as a scheduled passenger flight APK7091, operating on an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan. The flight was dispatched with a fuel endurance of about 2 hours 35 minutes. There were 123 persons on board inclusive of 6 crew members (2 cockpit crew and 4 cabin crew). The Captain was the Pilot Flying (PF) while the First officer was the Pilot Monitoring (PM).
At 19:24 h, the aircraft was on final approach to Runway 18R. The crew called DNMM Tower (TWR) requesting information about the runway condition. TWR reported that the approach path was clear but there was thunderstorm on the take-off path Runway 18R.