FAAN Says Abuja Airport Safe For Operations After Plane Overshot Runway

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Yemisi Izuora 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, says the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is safe for normal operations.

This assurance is coming after the partial closure of Runway 22, of the airport at about 2200hours yesterday, September 12, 2018 due to an incident involving a Gulfstream 4 aircraft being operated by Skybird that overshot the Runway while landing and consequently got stuck on the Runway End Safety Area (RESA).

The Authority in a statement said it has reopened the Runway to take arrivals and departures, subject to a reduced threshold of 3000metres.

Oriental News Nigeria reports that all flights to the airport were stuck after a local airline overshot the runway.

The incident was made public by a serving lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce who posted the development on Twitter stating that the holdup was because authorities had failed to get the right equipment to clear the runway.

He did not disclose the exact flight that had caused the situation but posted pictures of himself in the Dana flight and another of stranded flights on the tarmac.

“I am on a Dana Flight meant to leave Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport at 9PM but still stuck here because a plane overshot the runway and there is difficulty getting the right equipment to clear the runway. Both domestic and international flights are stuck. So much for the promised change!” his post read.

In February 2018, a similar incident happened when a plane overshot the runway and ended in a bush. The flight from Lagos to the city of Port Harcourt overshot the runway following which emergency response teams on ground were dispatched to the scene.

The operator in question, Dana Airlines, in a statement said all forty-four crew and passengers on board were safely rescued and blamed the incident on inclement weather.

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