British Airways B747 runway excursion at Abuja Airport
A British Airways B747-400 went off the runway at Abuja Airport, while turning around to backtrack the runway on Saturday morning, 16 June 2012. The aircraft missed the last available exit of the runway, which is shortened at the moment for renovation works, and had to turn around to exit the runway. The runway excursion led to no damage to the aircraft and nobody was hurt; the aircraft performed the return flight to London on the same day.
The length of the runway at Abuja Airport is currently reduced to 3,000/2,200 meters, and the Nigerian airlines had earlier called for a closure of the airport, as it would be unsafe for large aircraft to land at the moment. Several flights were also diverted last week Friday due to a blackout at the airport. The incident reminds of an accident that occurred at Lagos Airport in 2003, when a Hydro Air Cargo B747F (ZS-OOS) landed on a closed runway.