Nigeria shuts Abuja airport after plane veers off runway

By: | at 11:59 AM | Air Cargo  

Nigeria’s Abuja airport has been closed after a Saudi Arabian cargo plane veered off the runway, the aviation ministry said.

The plane ran off the runway but no one was hurt, ministry spokesman Joe Obi said, without naming the airline that operated the plane.

“The operation to remove the plane to a safe distance from the runway is under way. We hope to resume normal operations by the end of the day,” Obi said by telephone.

Airlines that fly to Abuja, Nigeria’s administrative capital, include British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, EgyptAir and Ethiopian Airlines. (Reuters)