AIB Releases Preliminary Report On Abuja Airport Runway Incident


The Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, has released the preliminary report on the Skybird chartered aircraft which overshot the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday.

The preliminary report was released by the AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru,  in Lagos on Friday.

The report said the aircraft, a Gulfstream G IV, with registration number 5N-BOD, operating on an instrument Flight Rules, IFR, departed Murtala Muhammed International Airport; Lagos for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

According to the report, while landing, the aircraft overshot the runway and ended up in the mud, causing delay and flight cancellation at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The report stated that the rain on landing was heavier than the advise of slight rain by weather forecast, and that on landing, the aircraft did not slow down as normal.

According to the report, as at that time, the captain deployed the speed brakes manually and applied maximum braking system.

However, the deployment of thrust reverse could not stop the aircraft on the wet and slippery runway.

The report said that the aircraft exited the end of the runway and came to a stop in a mud; at a distance of 71m from the end of Runway 22 stop way.

It also indicated that no injury was sustained by the passengers and the crew on board when the aircraft finally came to a complete stop

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