Wednesday, June 23, 2021

UPDATED: Ali Modu Sheriff’s aircraft overshoots runway, Abuja airport shut


Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja has been partially shut down after an aircraft overshot the runway.

The incident occurred at 10pm on Wednesday night.

Inside sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that the 5N BOD Gulfstream 4 operated by Skybird Aviation is owned by a former governor of Borno State Ali Modu Sheriff.

It was gathered that traffic to the airport is diverted to either Lagos or Kano as only departure was allowed.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, later on Thursday announced the reopening of the airport.

A statement by Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, on Thursday disclosed that the aircraft overshot the runway while landing and consequently got stuck on the Runway End Safety Area, RESA.

Mrs Yakubu said FAAN had reopened the Runway to take arrivals and departures, subject to a reduced threshold of 3000 metres.

She assured airlines and passengers that the airport was safe for normal operations, adding that FAAN was committed to her core values of safety, security and comfort.

“This is following the partial closure of Runway 22, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 2200hours, on Wednesday night.

“The closure was due to an incident involving a Gulfstream four aircraft being operated by Skybird that overshot the Runway while landing and consequently got stuck on the Runway End Safety Area (RESA),” she added.

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