Barely one week after the fatal air crash involving Dana Air in Lagos, the Nigerian aviation sector on Friday evening again left huge questions over its safety, after runway lights at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport went off, thus making it impossible for planes to either take off or land.
All the international planes that were meant to land at the airport in Abuja were re-routed to Lagos and Port Harcourt. Lufthansa, British Airways, and Air France flights had to land in Lagos where passengers where offered accommodation, while an Arik Flight coming from Port Harcourt was forced to return to PH.
This is the third time this year that blackouts will be recorded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, and they are yet to find a permanent solution to it.
In February, a British Airways flight from London landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja in darkness, and it was reported to the minister for power, Professor Barth Nnaji by the minister for agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina, who was on the flight.