FAAN Re-Opens Lagos Airport Runway.

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The federal airports authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the reopening of runway 18L/36R at Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos, following a temporary closure caused by a Dana Air Lagos bound flight skidding off the runway on Tuesday.

This was disclosed in a press release signed by the director of public affairs and consumer protection, FAAN, Obiageli Orah, on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the FAAN operations division and the Nigerian airspace management agency have jointly inspected the runway surface and deemed it safe for the resumption of operations.

FAAN acknowledged that the area affected by the overshoot was significantly muddy, necessitating extensive cleaning efforts to restore safety.

The statement read: “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.” 

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