NSIB probes Aero contractors over runway incursion at Abuja airport

The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) said it has commenced investigation into a serious incident involving a Boeing 737 with registration number 5N-BYQ operated by Aero contractors Airlines.

The incident occurred around 10:47 am on Sunday after the aircraft landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Lagos.

The Bureau in a statement by its Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Dr James Odaudu stated that the aircraft had its nose wheel stuck in the grass verge with its fuselage on the runway while the aircraft was exiting the runway via A4.

The bureau said the incident led to the temporary closure of the runway.

The statement reads: “The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, has been notified and has commenced investigation into a serious incident involving a Boeing 737 with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BYQ belonging to Aero contractors Airlines, which occurred around 10:47am (Local Time) on 12th November, 2023.

The aircraft upon landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Lagos and in a bid to exit the runway via A4 had its nose wheel stuck in the grass verge with its fuselage on the runway.

“Consequently, the runway was closed pending the towing of the aircraft from the runway.

“There was no injury or fatality.”

The Bureau urged the public to support it with information in form of pictures, video or recording evidences to assist in conducting a comprehensive investigation.

It added that it would appreciate the general public and press respect the privacy of the people on board and not assume the cause of the incident until formal report is released.

Culled from The Nation