FAAN is yet to reopen the Lagos airstrip as Xejet planes remain stuck

The Xejet aircraft that skidded off runway 18L of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos is still stuck on the grass edge, LEADERSHIP reports.

LEADERSHIP reports that the incident occurred around 11:29 a.m. on Saturday, during heavy rain at the airport.

However, when this report was filed early on Sunday morning, the aircraft was still stuck and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) runway 18L is yet to reopen for aircraft landing.

Confirming the report, the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a statement titled “Preliminary Report on the Runway Incident at Ikeja Local Airport” that the aircraft was recovered from the grass verge was suspended due to nightfall on Saturday.

According to him, the emergency services will meet again on Sunday morning to continue the recovery process.

“The agency received an emergency call via its toll-free emergency numbers, 112/767, regarding an aircraft 5N-BZZ that skidded off the runway during landing and became stuck in the mud, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the local airport, Ikeja, about 3:03 p.m.

“This prompted the immediate deployment of the Agency’s response team to the scene of the incident. Fortunately, there were no casualties in the incident.

“After painstaking efforts by the Agency response team and other stakeholders to recover the aircraft failed, the FAAN Regional Director, Mr. Arewa, advised that recovery operations should be suspended due to nightfall and that emergency services be deployed again on Sunday morning had to come together. Repair work suspended. The LASEMA response team and equipment have returned to base,” said Dr. Oke-Osanyintolu.

Other agencies participating in the LASEMA Response Team include airport officials, the FAAN fire brigade and aviation security.