The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has confirmed that Max Air NGL1649, a B737 plane with registration 5N-MBD, misplaced some tyres which precipitated the well-reported incident on Sunday.
The flight departed from Yola for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja with 144 passengers and 6 crew members.
In line with a press release by the Director-Basic of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, regardless of the minor incident, the protection of the NIgerian airspace is assured.
“Throughout touchdown at Abuja airport the plane misplaced some tires, the flight crew introduced the plane to a protected cease on Runway 22 at 2:57pm native time. All individuals on board have been evacuated safely and the airport emergency providers together with the rescue and hearth combating providers response was wonderful.
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“Abuja airport was shutdown as a result of disabled plane on the runway, as Nnamdi Azikwe Worldwide Airport is a single runway airport. A Discover to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued by NAMA accordingly. All related businesses together with NCAA, FAAN, NAMA and NSIB swung into motion collaboratively to make sure the immediate removing of the disabled plane from the runway and reopening of the airport for flight operations. A number of flights each home and worldwide flights have been stranded at Abuja airport , whereas incoming flights have been diverted to different airports.
“The broken wheels of the plane have been changed and the plane taxied on its energy from the runway to an assigned parking place. The runway was inspected and swept for harm and particles by officers of NCAA, FAAN and NAMA, after which the runway was declared protected. Subsequently, the airport was reopened for resumption of flight operations after 8pm.
“It has come to the discover of NCAA of sensational media experiences of the incident, classifying it as a crash touchdown thus creating panic and issues amongst the touring public. The media are urged to hunt clarifications and or data as to make correct experiences of any state of affairs.
“Nigeria Security Investigation Board(NSIB) and or NCAA will conduct an intensive investigation of this incident to find out the basis trigger and make applicable suggestions to stop any recurrence of such incident.
“The travelling public needs to be relaxation assured that NCAA and different aviation businesses will spare no efforts to make sure the continued protected flight operations in Nigeria as has been the case over a number of years,” the assertion learn.