Nigeria

Flights grounded in Akure Airport over huge hole on runway

Travellers who had planned to fly on domestic flights via the Akure Airport in Ondo State were on Monday prevented from embarking on their journey.

Flights in and out of the domestic airport could be made following the discovery of a huge hole on the runway.

Following the development, which was yet to be ascertained on how it happened; management of the airport prevented flights from the airport.

According to a source in the airport, the hole was discovered during the routine checks on the runway as well as other airport facilities.

The source further revealed that miscreants were suspected to have dug the huge hole on the runway in order to cause plane crash in the airport.

He added that relevant authorities have been notified of the development with security operatives already deployed to the airport.

In a reaction, the spokesperson of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, stated that there were cracks discovered on the runway during the routine checks on Monday but saying the cracks had not affected the flight operations in the airport.

Henrietta, however, declared that the repair works had commenced on the cracked portions on the runway.

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