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A statement from Joe Obi, the Special Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah reveals that a Saudi Arabian B747 cargo aircraft landed in Abuja last night and swerved at the maneuvering area of the runway.
“The aircraft then ran into a maintenance area of the runway and stopped.”
According to the Ministry, there have been no casualties and efforts are in top gear to move the air craft away following a preliminary assessment visit by AIPB, NCAA, FAAN and other relevant agencies.
Flights for Abuja have been temporarily suspended to help aid quick evacuation efforts to clear the runway. Normal operations will resume immediately the aircraft is removed.
The statement insists that the incident is not a plane crash just as the Federal Ministry of Aviation regrets all inconveniences this must have caused air travelers and Airport users.
Concerted efforts are being made to restore normalcy.
As progress is being made in the evacuation of the aircraft, the public will be updated, the statement concludes.
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