It seems like the spate of aircraft mishaps for the year is still not yet over. Yesterday, a Saudi Arabian B747 cargo aircraft overshot the Abuja runway, running into a maintenance area of the runway and stopped.
LEADERSHIP newspaper reported that they got an eyewitness who told them that there was no casualty from the incident , saying that only the plane sustained some damage on its frame.
He added that six persons were on board the cargo plane when the incident occurred.
When contacted, the special media assistant to the minister of aviation, Mr Joe Obi, confirmed the incident to journalists in a statement made available last night.
He said, “A Saudi Arabian B747 cargo aircraft landed safely in Abuja this night (yesterday night) but finished the maneuvering area of the runway and ran into a maintenance area of the runway and stopped.
“No casualty and plans are on to move the aircraft after the AIB’s visit soon.”
This will be the third major aircraft incident in a Nigerian airport since the October 3, 2013 aircraft accident involving the Associated Airline chartered flight that crashed in Lagos killing about 15 souls on board.
Others included the Kabo Air aircraft incident with 512 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia en-route Sokoto Airport, the IRS aircraft with about 90 passengers and crew in Kaduna Airport and the Dana Air’s air return incident in Port Harcourt which resulted in the grounding of its flight operations by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).