- What could have led to a tragedy at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos was miraculously averted on Tuesday, February 16
- One of the tyres of a Boeing aircraft got bust after landing on the runway
- The incident led the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to close the runway temporarily
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The runway of the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos has been closed temporarily by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
According to Henrietta Yakubu, the FAAN’s general manager of corporate affairs, the decision of the association came after a landing incident involving a Boeing 737 Azman Air aircraft, Premium Times reports.
Yakubu disclosed that although one of the tyres of the plane burst upon landing, all the passengers and crew members on board were safely evacuated.
The FAAN official added that the agency, alongside fire fighting services and allied bodies, is working to remove the aircraft from the runway.
Meanwhile, the federal government had issued a schedule for the partial resumption of international flights, after months of suspension due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
Legit.ng reported that a tweet by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday, September 5, 2020, showed that the flight schedule was signed by its director-general, Captain Musa Nuhu.
The aviation agency in the document dated September 4, stated that a maximum of 200 passengers per incoming flights would be allowed into the country.
It explained that the limitation was due to the limited number of approved incoming passengers at 1,280 per airport on a daily basis.
The schedule, which was addressed to all aviation stakeholders and foreign airline operators flying into the country, however, stated that there was no limit on the number of outgoing passengers from the country.
The statement read:
“Kindly note due to the limited number of approved incoming passengers (1,280) allowed daily per each airport, it is not possible to accommodate the requested schedule of airlines."
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.