Airport at Nigeria's capital blocked after incident involving Saudi Airline

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Flights in and out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja were blocked between Wednesday night and Thursday following the closure of the main runway at the airport, after a Saudi Arabian B747 cargo plane overshot the runway.

The nearly three-decade-old airport has only one runway that services both international and domestic flights.

A source said the cargo aircraft blocked the landing and taxi ways for arriving and departing planes, hence flights could not be cleared for departure to Abuja from different parts of the country while flights could also not depart from the city to other parts of the country and abroad.

The development has left many passengers stranded at the Abuja and other airports in the country.

A few planes which were already in the air at the time of the incident were diverted to alternative airports or forced to make air returns.

Aviation spokesperson in Abuja Henrietta Yakubu said no casualty was recorded in the incident, and that plans were underway to move the aircraft.

A second runway for the Abuja International Airport is still in the pipeline.
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05 december 2013 12:49:56




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