Passengers Stranded As Abuja Airport Shut -PM News, Lagos

By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

As frantic efforts are on to clear the runway of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja which was blocked on Wednesday line by a cargo plane belonging to Saudi Airline.

The blockage of the runway by cargo plane which was involved in an accident while landing yesterday has disrupted flights into the airport, and left thousands of passengers stranded across the country.

Though local flights are taking off from the Airport,authorities have barred international flights and flights from other local airports from flying into Abuja, in what Yakubu Dati, spokesperson for Federal Airport Authority, FAAN said is a precautionary measure by authorities to ensure safety of the flying public.

P.M. NEWS learnt that following the incident, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency issued a Notice To Airmen on Thursday morning indicating that the airport had been closed to both incoming and outbound planes.

P.M. NEWS gathered that London bound passengers on British Airways, which were to leave early this morning are still waiting at the airport as at the time of filing in this report.

Only domestic flights out of Abuja are allowed to fly out of Nnamdi Azikwe Airport.

However,thousands of passengers coming to Abuja are stranded at different airports in the country as flights to Abuja are not being allowed to take off.

P.M. NEWS gathered that the situation has led to rowdy scenes among stranded passengers in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Kano among others.
It was also gathered that international flights coming into the Airport are being diverted to Lagos.

A British Airways flight scheduled to land in the Airport early this morning was diverted to Lagos.

“What we are trying to do now to ensure safety which is paramount in all we do is that we have suspended all flights coming to Abuja until we evacuate the aircraft,” Dati said while confirming the incident.

“Even as at yesterday, flights are still coming to Abuja, but we just have to be extra careful before we allow flights to continue,” he added
Dati also said officials of Accident Investigation Bureau are already investing the incident, while officials of FAAN and NAMA are coordinating the evacuation of the aircraft.

He added that the aircraft will be evacuated within few hours so that flight into Abuja can continue.

PM NEWS learnt that the incident involving the cargo plane happened around 10 pm on Wednesday night.

PM NEWS learnt that the Saudi Arabian cargo plane overrun the runway in Abuja and ran into a maintenance area of the airport as it was landing.
The Boeing 747 cargo aircraft was also reported to have burst into flames but fire was promptly put out at the airport.

“A Saudi Arabian B747 cargo aircraft landed safely in Abuja this night but finished the maneuvering area of the runway and ran into a maintenance area of the runway and stopped. There are no casualties. Plans are on to move the air craft after the AIB’s visit soon,” Joe Obi, the spokesperson of Nigeria’s ministry of aviation said while confirming the incident.

He however added that the plane landed safely.

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SO MUCH FOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

For those who love empty big names, there you have it. International this, International that, Giant of Africa, Largest population in Africa and other NONSENSE.
Yeah, you have international airport at Abuja with only one runway that's why the damn airport is closed to all air traffic now. If there is a second runway, the closure would have lasted for few hours. And moronic Nigerians are saying that Stella Oduah is really "doing a great job" just because she painted some airports and upgraded Enugu, an airport that was built in 1960 by the Fed Gov to "international" standard.

SO MUCH FOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

For those who love empty big names, there you have it. International this, International that, Giant of Africa, Largest population in Africa and other NONSENSE.
Yeah, you have international airport at Abuja with only one runway that's why the damn airport is closed to all air traffic now. If there is a second runway, the closure would have lasted for few hours. And moronic Nigerians are saying that Stella Oduah is really "doing a great job" just because she painted some airports and upgraded Enugu, an airport that was built in 1960 by the Fed Gov to "international" standard.

BMW Vehicle Vs Towing Vehicle

It is unfortunate for the Aviation Minister and the Management of FAAN to approved hundred of millions for the purchase of BMW instead of Heavy Duty Towing equipment.
Shame on you to run begging to hire heavy duty lorry from a Construction coy. (Julius Berger)to evacuate grounded Cargo Plane from ever busy International Airport.
Pls.be Remembering the inevitable {death} and Judgement Day.

Scale of Preference for Aviation Minister

It is unfortunate that The Nigerian Airport authority had to hired HEAVY DUTY TOWING CRANE from Julius Berger Construction Coy. to Move the Cargo plane from runway. so Oga honourable Minister prefer for and approved Billions of Naira to Purchase bullet proof Cars instead of Air Craft towing equipment and stakeholders {Management} of FAAN are afraid to Challenge her just for fear of losing job. Thank God one day the inevitable will come and everyone most account for his deed.

Oduah's evil aura!

The evil aura that now surrounds Stella Oduah seems to be telling Nigeria that this could portend something more serious in the aviation sector. We all know that aviation disasters are relatively few in number but very devastating when they happen. This is a warning to the Nigerian administration to take action before something dire happens on account of this aura. Stella could be assigned other duties if it is the desire of the administration to still retain her after all the scandals she had passed through. The lives of humans far transcend the strive to maintain the 'comfort' of a single individual.

What is Madam Oduah doing

What is Madam Oduah doing about towing this thing... is there No towing truck amongst the operational vehicles bought by her ? If its Nigerian Aircraft in Saudi Airport it will make international News.

It is unfortunate that

It is unfortunate that passengers have to wait for 24 hours before a tow crane can be mobilised probably by hiring julius berger to clear the run way.for the mean time Abu a arikair bound passengers are stranded @ kotoka accra airport since 6am with little or no explanation from arikair. So sad indeed.

ARMOURDE CARS

MONEY ALREADY BLOWN ON STRETCHED AUTOS,ARMOURED CARS,COSMETIC RENOVATIONS AND UNNECESSARY WRANGLING WITH BICOURTNEY

madam oduah our airports

madam oduah our airports require heavy duty cranes not BMW,

TOW TRUCK vs ARMOURED BMW

It's unfortunate that something like this happened since yesterday and the flight is still left on the runway. Do the management mean to say that there is no tow truck that can move this cargo plane off the runway or is it the money for the purchase of the tow truck that was used in the purchase of the bullet proof BMW? Stella Oduah please, answer

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