FAAN Reopens Lagos Airport Runway Following Dana Air Incident

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has officially announced the reopening of Runway 18L/36R at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos after a temporary closure resulting from a Dana Air plane skidding off the runway on Tuesday. This information was conveyed in a press release issued by FAAN’s Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Obiageli Orah, on Wednesday.

According to Orah’s statement, the runway was reopened for flight operations at 19:58hrs following prompt action taken by FAAN’s emergency response team to evacuate and recover the aircraft involved in the incident. Comprehensive clearing operations were subsequently conducted to ensure the runway was free of any debris that could compromise flight safety.

FAAN’s Operations Division, in collaboration with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, conducted joint inspections of the runway surface and confirmed its safety for the resumption of operations. Efforts were made to efficiently clean the area, facilitating the swift resumption of operations on Runway 18L/36R. Orah expressed FAAN’s commitment to ensuring the safety, security, and efficiency of air transport operations at Lagos Airport and appreciated the patience, understanding, and cooperation of passengers, airline partners, and stakeholders during the temporary closure.

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