Abuja Airport Shut After Aero Contractor Plane Overshoots Runway


The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has been temporarily shut after an aircraft overshot the runway.

Involving a Boeing 733, owned by Aero Contractors and registered as 5N-BYQ, the incident occurred around 10:47am (Local Time) on Sunday.

The inbound Aero plane from Lagos landed at the Airport and was taxiing on Runway A4 when its nose wheel got stuck to the ground.

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has commenced investigation into the incident after it was notified.

Confirming the incident in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, NSIB Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Dr. James Odaudu, said there was no injury or fatality.

“The aircraft upon landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Lagos and in a bid to exit the runway via A4 had its nose wheel stuck in the grass verge with its fuselage on the runway,” he said.

“Consequently, the runway was closed pending the towing of the aircraft from the runway. There was no injury or fatality.

“The NSIB, hereby, solicits information from the general public in forms of pictures, video or recording to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.”


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