Flights into Lagos suspended as Azman aircraft overshoots Lagos airport runway

  • Runway 18/R closed till 3am on Wednesday
  • Int’l airlines to remain on ground
Authorities have this evening shut down the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja-Lagos following the obstructing of one of the runways by an AZMAN aircraft which operated into Lagos from from Abuja
Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) states that all international flights are to remain on ground until 3am February 17, 2021 when the runway would be opened.
It was learnt that the aircraft overs-shot the runway at the domestic terminal while trying to touch down at the airport, after the aircraft tyres burst on landing.

Passengers successfully disembarked from the aircraft and no casualty was recorded.

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria late this evening announced a temporary closure of Runway 18R/36L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

Azman aircraft stuck on Lagos airport runway after over

Spokeswoman for FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement said the closure was due to a landing incident involving a Boeing 737 Azman Air aircraft with registration 5N SYS, and flight number ZQ2325. The aircraft, she disclosed had a tyre burst after landing on this runway.

She said all passengers and crew on board the aircraft were safely evacuated at 1908 hours, and officials of FAAN Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Services, AIB and NAHCO are already working to ensure the aircraft is towed out of the runway, so as to restore normalcy.

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The aircraft, a Boeing 737-500 with registration 5N-SYS named Sani Yunusa Sarina was coming  from Abuja and said to have had burst tyres on landing.

The aircraft blockage has caused a complete closure of the Runway since 6:30pm on Tuesday deterring other airlines from flying and causing cancellation of flights of several airlines with affected passengers taking out their frustrations on airport staff that are not aware of the situation.

Wole Shadare