The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has apologized “to Air Peace Airlines and our esteemed passengers for a runway incursion incident that prevented an Akure airport bound flight from landing for some minutes.”
Cows had taken over the runway of the Akure airport on Saturday. The news had first been broken by the Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose, who tweeted about it.
“Today, while at the Akure airport to board Air Peace commercial flight to Lagos, I witnessed cows taking over the airport runway and preventing aircraft no. 5NBQQ from landing for more than 15 minutes. Thanks to Capt. Inyang for saving the lives of passengers,” the governor tweeted.
Confirming the incident, FAAN said the Air Peace flight, which left Lagos for Akure could not land immediately as some cows had strayed into the runway of the airport.
“However, normalcy was restored quickly, as officers of the aviation security department quickly dispersed the cows from the runway and the aircraft was cleared for landing,” said FAAN in a statement.
Air Peace airlines also confirmed the incident, disclosing that the flight had to delay landing for about seven minutes.
“We confirm that the flight P4 7002 from Lagos had to delay landing into Akure airport today when the pilot-in-command sighted cows on the runway at 12.15pm,” the airline said in a statement by communications manager, Chris Iwarah.