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Aviation Ministry "regrets" Abuja airport closure

05 December 2013, 16:08

Abuja - Aviation Ministry has issued an apology to travelers that were left stranded following the closure of the Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The facility was closed following a near mishap on Wednesday when a Saudi Arabian B747 Cargo aircraft, upon landing, veered off at the manoeuvring area of the runway and ran into a maintenance area of the runway resulting in an abrupt stop.

"While it must be noted that the incident is not a plane crash, the Federal Ministry of Aviation regrets all inconveniences this must have caused our esteemed air travelers and airport users. Concerted effort is being intensified to remove the obstacle and restore normalcy," Joe Obi, Special Assistant on Media to Minister of Aviation, stated on Thursday.

He said normal operations would resume immediately the aircraft was removed.

He said meanwhile, the Ministry would continue updating the public on progress made towards restoring normal operations at the airport.

The Aviation Ministry, particularly Minister Stella Oduah, has come under fire for the spate of air crashes in recent months.

While human error and obsolete equipment has been blamed for the crashes, the minister has courted controversy by calling these "inevitable acts of God."

- CAJ News

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