FAAN diverts two Kano-bound aircraft to Lagos over runway light outage

Marcus Amudipe
Marcus Amudipe



Due to malfunctioning runway illumination in Kano State, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria rerouted two flights originally destined for Kano to Lagos.

FAAN stated that the weekend diversion of the two Kano-bound aircraft was caused by the failure of the Runway 06/24 edge light at the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano.

Director, Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua said, “On July 15, 2023, at about 1600hrs, the airfield maintenance team of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) observed that the runway lighting would not come on after the scheduled daily maintenance work of replacing old and weak Airfield cables with new ones at runway 06/24.

“The maintenance team immediately initiated fault-finding procedures along the cable route to identify the problem and restore power to the airfield lighting circuit.

“It was however observed that the entire runway circuit was affected, leading to the failure of the Runway 06/24 edge light, the Taxiway Alpha edge light, PAPI, and signage.

“As of 1900hrs local time, the fault had yet to be isolated and power supply to the runway could not be restored leaving Runway in a total blackout which affected night operations.

“At 2300hrs, after efforts to restore power supply to the runway failed, the Operations department initiated a NOTAM action for the closure of Runway 06/24 between the hours of 2300hrs on 15th July to 07:00hrs of 16th July 2023.

“FAAN regrets any inconvenience caused by the diversion of the 2 Kano bound aircraft to Lagos, due to the unserviceability of the runway lights of Runway 06/24.

‘Night operations have since resumed as new cables were installed on Sunday, 16 July, 2023 leading to restoration of all runway lights before commencement of night operations.“

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