FAAN Reopens Runway 18L/36R Shortly After Dana Air Incident

FAAN Reopens Runway 18L/36R Shortly After Dana Air Incident

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says Runway 18L/36R was reopened for flight operations at 19:58hrs, yesterday after the earlier closure of the runway that morning due to an incident involving a Dana Air aircraft, with registration number 5N-BKI, which overshot the runway during its landing sequence.

A statement signed by Mrs. Obiageli Orah, FAAN’s Director of Public Affairs & Consumer Protection says prompt actions were taken by FAAN emergency response team “to evacuate and recover the aircraft from the site. Subsequently, comprehensive clearing operations were conducted to ensure the runway was free of any Foreign Object Debris (FOD) that could impede flight safety. The FAAN Operations division and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have jointly conducted a thorough inspection of the runway surface and deemed it safe for the resumption of operations. An appropriate Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued in this regard.

We acknowledge the area affected by the overshoot was significantly muddy. A concerted effort was made for the thorough and efficient cleaning of the area to facilitate the swift resumption of operations on Runway 18L/36R.

FAAN wishes to express its gratitude to the traveling public, our airline partners, and all stakeholders for their patience, understanding, and cooperation during the temporary closure. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused.

Ensuring the safety and security of our passengers, staff, and airport operations remains our top priority. FAAN is committed to providing a safe, secure, and efficient air transport environment for all users of our airports. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria thanks everyone for their continued support and understanding.”

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Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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