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Cows Disrupt Air Peace Flight At Akure Airport

Hordes of cows yesterday afternoon prevented Air Peace flight from Lagos to Akure Airport from landing on the runway.


The cows, which invaded the runway caused the pilot, Capt. Williams Eyang to hover in the air for seven minutes before the runway could be cleared of the hordes of cows, which had invaded the runway to eat grasses.
Mr. Chris Iwarah, the spokesman for Air Peace in a telephone interview with our correspondent, confirmed the incident.
He, however, said that Aviation Security of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), had to clear the runway before the flight 7002 could land safely at the airport.
He explained that the control tower at Akure Airport advised the pilot to hold in the air, following the invasion of the runway by cows, adding that the passengers were calm when the pilot told them of the runway incident.
He said: “At 12:15pm today (yesterday), control tower at Akure Airport advised our flight 7002 to hold because cows were on the runway. Control towers Akure also immediately alerted FAAN AVSEC who quickly intervened, cleared the runway of the cow and advised the flight to land after about seven minutes of holding.

“Passengers on board were also fully informed on why the flight was holding and they were all calm until the flight landed. Also, when the flight was about to depart Akure for Lagos at about 1:06pm, FAAN officials also escorted the flight to ensure that there was no cow on the runway.
Besides, FAAN who confirmed the incident in a statement, also apologised to the airline and promised to continually uphold safety and security of passengers as top priorities.
Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN said that the Air Peace flight, which left Lagos for Akure could not land immediately as some cows had strayed into the runway of the airport.
She, however, said that 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.
She added: “The authority will like to assure travellers and the general public that efforts are already ongoing to close the gap that aided this incident.”

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