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Yakubu Gowon Airport shut down

 By Taye Obateru 

Jos—Flights to Yakubu Gowon Airport Jos have been cancelled following the closure of the runway after an Aero Air plane had a minor accident while landing on Saturday.

The Airport Manager, Mr. Nehemiah Auta, told journalists on Sunday that there could be no take-off or landing of any aircraft until the damaged plane had been removed. The plane was still on the runway on Sunday pending the completion of investigations into the accident.

Several Lagos-bound passengers were stranded at the airport on Sunday as they were still waiting as at 4.30p.m. They told journalists they were waiting because they had not been told of the suspension of flights.

However, investigators from Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Accident and Investigation Bureau and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria arrived on Sunday to commence investigations into the accident.

They were seen moving round various parts of the airport and holding meetings for several hours, but refused to speak to journalists.

It was learnt that the Boeing 737 plane, which had 87 passengers and five crew members, veered off the runway on touching ground and it took the frantic effort of the pilot to steer it back to the runway. The unharmed but shaken passengers were promptly evacuated.

The plane is expected to be removed from the tarmac on completion of investigations to pave way for re-opening of the runway.


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