The Runway 04/22 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja has been closed, following an emergency landing incident involving an aircraft belonging to Max Air flying from Yola on Sunday afternoon.
JournalNG gathered that the aircraft had two burst tyres during take off from Yola, but made an emergency landing with all passengers and crew safe.
The development affected flight operations, as Lufthansa Airlines flight LH594 was diverted to Port Harcourt.
Also, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been sent out that the Abuja Runway is closed as the aircraft which landed on the runway is yet to be evacuated.
MaxAir in a statement confirmed the accident. It read: “On May 7th, 2023, a Max Air flight with 143 passengers and 01 infant on board, departing from Yola at around 14:05, was scheduled to arrive in Abuja at 15:00. However, the aircraft experienced two tire bursts on landing Abuja, and the emergency response team quickly responded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
“We are pleased to report that all passengers and crew on board the aircraft are safe and sound. The airline has taken all necessary steps to ensure that the passengers are comfortable and are being taken care of during this time. They have been conveyed to the arrival terminal with their luggage and belongings.
“The aircraft tires are being replaced and the aircraft will taxi to the ramp for further investigations before being released for future flights.
“The airline would like to extend its appreciation to the airport authorities, emergency services, and all relevant agencies who responded promptly and professionally to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew on board.
According to NigerianFLIGHTDECK, the recovery team at the NAIA has now removed the disabled aircraft, while the runway is being inspected and swept for reopening.