FAAN Reopens Lagos Airport Runway After Dana Air Incident

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has reopened Runway 18L/36R at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, after a short closure caused by a Dana Air jet sliding off the runway on Tuesday.

Obiageli Orah, FAAN’s Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, confirmed this in a press statement issued on Wednesday.

The statement read, “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is pleased to notify the public and all stakeholders that Runway 18L/36R was reopened for flight operations at 19:58hrs.

“This development follows the earlier closure of the runway this morning due to an incident involving a Dana Air aircraft, with registration number 5N-BKI, which overshot the runway during its landing sequence.

“Prompt actions were taken by our 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 that could impede flight safety, Orah added.

According to the announcement, the FAAN Operations Division and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency conducted a joint inspection of the runway surface and determined that it was safe to resume operations.

FAAN noted that the area impacted by the overshoot was very muddy, demanding intensive cleaning measures to ensure safety.

“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,” she said.

Orah apologised for any inconvenience caused, stating, “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.

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

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