A flight operated by Aero Contractors Airline from Lagos to Abuja had a runway excursion incident on Sunday morning, causing the temporary closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
The Boeing 733 aircraft with registration number 5N-BYQ slid off the runway while trying to exit via A4 and got its nose wheel stuck in the grass verge.
The passengers were safely disembarked from the aircraft and no injuries or fatalities were reported.
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has commenced an investigation into the cause of the incident, which occurred around 10:47 a.m. local time.
The NSIB spokesperson, Dr. James Odaudu, confirmed the incident in a statement and appealed to the public to provide any evidence that could assist the investigation. He said the NSIB would release a preliminary report within 30 days of the occurrence.
The incident caused panic among the airport staff and passengers, as the runway was blocked by the aircraft until it was towed away.
The airport authorities announced the closure of the runway and advised the airlines and the public to reschedule their flights.
“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.”
Aero Contractors Airline is one of the oldest airlines in Nigeria, operating domestic and regional flights. The airline has not issued any official statement on the incident as of the time of writing this report.