Runway at Lagos Airport Reopens After Dana Air Incident

Lagos, Nigeria – The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the reopening of Runway 18L/36R at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

This was conveyed in a statement signed by  Obiageli Orah, Director of Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, FAAN, on Tuesday in Lagos.

The runway was closed earlier on Tuesday following an incident involving a Dana Air aircraft, registration number 5N-BKI, which overshot the runway during landing.

The runway was reopened for flight operations at 19:58hrs after prompt actions by FAAN’s emergency response team.

According to Mrs Obiageli, the team successfully evacuated and recovered the aircraft from the site, and subsequent clearing operations were carried out to ensure the runway was free from any Foreign Object Debris (FOD) that could compromise flight safety.

Both FAAN’s Operations division and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) conducted a comprehensive inspection of the runway surface and have confirmed its safety for resumption of operations.

She added that a notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued to inform airlines and pilots of the reopening.

The affected area of the runway was reported to be significantly muddy due to the overshoot.

FAAN mobilized efforts to thoroughly clean the area, facilitating the swift reopening of the runway to minimize disruption to flight schedules.

FAAN expressed gratitude to the traveling public, airline partners, and all stakeholders for their patience, understanding, and cooperation during the temporary closure.

The authority also apologized for any inconvenience caused by the incident.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria extends its appreciation to everyone for their continued support and understanding as normal operations resume at the Lagos airport.


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