Flights disrupted as Max Air plane crash-lands in Abuja

Multiple flights have been cancelled at Nigeria’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital Abuja after a plane crash-landed, disabling the runway.

The Max Air 737-400 flight experienced tyre bursts on Sunday as it landed in Abuja, from Yola, in north-eastern Adamawa state.

The management of Max Air said that all the 143 passengers, an infant and six crew members on board were safely evacuated with no casualties.

The incident has triggered many flight cancellations and delays across the country, according to local media.

The aircraft has since been moved and the authorities said they were clearing the runway for reopening.

Many passengers are reportedly still stranded at the airport.

A statement by the management of the airline said “On May 7, 2023, a Max Air flight with 143 passengers and one infant on board, departing from Yola at around 14:05, was scheduled to arrive in Abuja at 15:00.

“However, the aircraft experienced two tire bursts on landing Abuja, and the emergency response team quickly responded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

“We are pleased to report that all passengers and crew on board the aircraft are safe and sound.

“The airline has taken all necessary steps to ensure that the passengers are comfortable and are being taken care of during this time.

“They have been conveyed to the arrival terminal with their luggage and belongings.

“The aircraft tires are being replaced and the aircraft will taxi to the ramp for further investigations before being released for future flights.”

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