FAAN Reopens Runway 18L/36R Following Dana Air Incident on Tuesday

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), through its Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Mrs. Obiageli Orah, has released a press statement clearly stating that it has reopened the runway 18L/36R for flight operations.

It will be recalled that the flight runway was immediately closed for operations following an incident involving a Dana Air aircraft which overshot the runway during landing process at the domestic wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Tuesday morning.

Full Press Statement:

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) 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 (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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