Murtala Muhammed Airport Runway 18L Closed After Xejet Aircraft Skids Off

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the closure of runway 18L after a Xejet airline aircraft skidded off the runway and into the grass verge.
This incident occurred on Saturday at approximately 11:29 AM, as the aircraft, carrying 53 passengers, was arriving from Abuja.
The runway excursion has led to the immediate shutdown of the runway, with authorities taking swift action to address the situation.
As per the latest reports, the aircraft involved in the incident is identified by its registration number 5NBZZ.
Fortunately, all passengers on board were safely evacuated from the scene with the assistance of fire and rescue officers who were promptly deployed to the area.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has confirmed the closure of runway 18L to ensure the safety of incoming and outgoing flights, pending further investigation and necessary repairs.
The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has already dispatched a team of investigators to the site of the incident to determine the cause of the runway excursion and to gather information for a comprehensive report.
This comes less than a month after a similar incident involving a Dana airline aircraft, which also skidded off the Lagos runway.
The safety of passengers and crew remains the top priority for aviation authorities, and the prompt response of emergency services in this latest incident is a testament to the commitment to maintaining high safety standards in Nigeria’s aviation industry.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau are working closely together to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted and that appropriate measures are taken to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
As the investigation progresses, the aviation community and the general public eagerly await the findings and recommendations that will emerge from this incident.
In the meantime, travelers and stakeholders in Nigeria’s aviation industry are advised to stay informed about any updates and to exercise patience as the authorities work to ensure the safety and smooth operation of the Murtala Muhammed Airport.
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