Flights diverted as Cally Air airplane nose wheels stuck on runway, passengers stranded, Abuja airport shut

Many airline operations were on Sunday disrupted over a serious incident involving a B737 belonging Cally Air but managed by Aero Contractors Airlines.

The incident was said to have occurred around 10:47 am (Local Time) when 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

Aero Contractors B737 aircraft

Consequently, the runway was closed pending the towing of the aircraft from the runway, leading to many aircraft that were on descent to hover for a few minutes before taking the decision to divert to the nearest airports or back to base.

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Many aircraft that were Abuja-bound before the incident happened diverted to Kano. ValueJet’s 11.20 am flight diverted to Kano while Dana Air’s Flight 9j335 came back to Lagos as the incident dislocated so many people’s travel plans and put a huge cost on airlines and their schedules to the Abuja airport.

The National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) in a statement on Sunday said, consequently, the runway was closed pending the towing of the aircraft from the runway.

Director, of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NSIB, Dr. James Odaudu said there was no injury or fatality.

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The NSIB, hereby, solicits information from the general public in the form of pictures, video, or recording evidence to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.

He noted that the Bureau can be reached through and NSIB_Nigeria on its social media platforms and on its emergency line +234-807-709-0909, stressing that the NSIB will appreciate that the general public and press respect the privacy of the people on board and not assume the cause of the serious incident until formal report is released.

His words, “The NSIB is a multimodal investigation agency charged with the mandate to investigate transportation accidents and serious incidents in Nigeria with the aim of identifying the probable causes and proffer safety recommendations that can prevent reoccurrence.”

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He further disclosed that the accident investigative body would release the preliminary report as soon as possible.

Wole Shadare

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