On 15th May, 2019 at about 17:43 h, a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUK, owned and operated by Air Peace Limited departed Port Harcourt International Airport (DNPO) for Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; as a scheduled flight APK7091, operating on an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan.
The flight departed DNPO with 118 persons on board including 6 crew members (2 flight crew and 4 cabin crew). The Captain was the Pilot Flying (PF) while the co-pilot was Pilot Monitoring (PM).
At 19:24 h, the aircraft was on final approach to Runway 18R. The crew called Control Tower (CT) requesting information about the Runway condition. CT reported that the approach path was clear but there was thunderstorm on the take-off path Runway 18R.