Aviation authorities were compelled to temporarily shut down the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Sunday, following a runway incursion involving an Aerocontractors aircraft.
The Lagos-Abuja flight operated by Aerocontractors landed at the Airport, and it was taxiing on Runway A4 when its nose wheel got stuck to the ground.
However, there was no fatality or injury as passengers were safely disembarked from the aircraft while efforts were made to remove the aircraft from the runway.
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has commenced investigation into the serious incident after it was notified.
The aircraft involved in the serious incident was a Boeing 733 with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BYQ which occurred around 10:47am (Local Time) on 12th November, 2023.
NSIB Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Dr. James Odaudu, who confirmed the incident said, “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.
“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 form of pictures, video or recording evidences to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.” [with report by Daily Trust]