Normal flight operations have resumed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja after the terminal was shut for 30 minutes to enable the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria evacuate a private jet that skidded off the tarmac.
This was disclosed by the General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu.
The airplane, belonging to Nest Oil also lost its landing gear in the process.
Though no lives were lost no injuries sustained, FAAN management said the temporary closure was in line with international safety procedures.
Recall that the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN Thursday closed the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for 30 minutes as safety precautionary measures after a private jet operated by Nest Oil skidded off the runway and lost its landing gear in the process.
However, no life was reported lost in the crash incidence.
The closure which lasted for about 30minutes saw flights to the airport diverted to alternate airports around Abuja. Some incoming flights were said to have been put on hold as the planes hover around the airport before they were given the clear signal to land .
The relevant aviation agencies have been notified about the incidence for investigation. Confirming the closure, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu General Manager, Corporate Affairs,
FAAN, said :
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to notify passengers and airport users that the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be closed for the next 30 minutes”. “This is to enable the Authority take safety precautions, as a private jet being operated by Nest Oil has just skidded off the Abuja runway”.
The aircraft lost its landing gear in the process but all hands are on deck to put the situation under control and normalcy would be restored within the hour.
Yakubu later also confirmed the reopening of the airport when she said :
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to notify passengers and airport users that the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is now open for normal operations. Management appreciates your understanding”.