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Passengers stranded as aircraft overshoots Abuja airport runway


Scores of air travellers were stranded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja early today as an aircraft belonging to Skybird which overshot the runway late Wednesday and got stuck on it disrupted other airlines’ flight operations in the early hours.

Available information on the incident indicated that the Gulfstream 4 aircraft, landed through Runway 22 and was stuck on the Runway Safety Area (RESA). The RESA is about 30 metres from Runway 22 end.

While the cause of the incident had not been officially declared, some sources linked it to the wet runway surface at the time of the incident.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in a statement issued by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, early this morning confirmed that the runway had been re-opened for normal operations.

She assured air passengers and other stakeholders of the safety of the runway and other facilities at the airport, adding however that the opening of the runway to take arrivals and departures is subject to a reduced threshold of 3,000 metres.