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Harmattan disrupts flights

By Kenneth EHIGIATOR
Flight operations in the country were yesterday disrupted by hazy harmattan weather, which caused delays and, in some cases, outright cancellations.

Consequently, passengers were stranded at airports, especially those in the northern parts of the country, as the cloudy weather reduce weather minima requirement for landing to less than 400 meters above sea level, unacceptable for landing.

Vanguard gathered that the Dana Air early flight which took off in Abuja for Lagos could not land at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, as the pilot returned to Abuja.

It was learnt that the aircraft, an MD-83 aircraft took off for the second time in Abuja at about 11:00am, but was able to land in Lagos noon after the hazy weather had cleared a bit for landing.

Similarly, an Arik Air flight which took off at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, had to be diverted to Cotonou, Benin Republic, when the pilot could not bring down the aircraft due to bad weather.

The flight, a source told Vanguard, eventually landed safely in Lagos at past noon, and the late arrival of affected flights caused delays.


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