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Nigeria's Abuja international airport closed
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A Saudi Air Boeing 747 cargo aircraft is pictured after it overran the runway crashing into a tanker truck at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja December 5, 2013.    REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
A Saudi Air Boeing 747 cargo aircraft is pictured after it overran the runway crashing into a tanker truck at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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ABUJA, Nigeria: Nigeria's Aviation Ministry says the international airport at the country's capital, Abuja, is closed with the runway blocked by a Saudi cargo plane.

Hundreds of passengers are stranded. Domestic airlines Arik Air and Aero Contractors cancelled all Thursday flights to and from Abuja. The British Airways Web site shows a flight due to fly to London at 9 a.m. Thursday has been rescheduled for Friday morning.

Aviation Ministry spokesman Joe Obi said a Boeing 747 cargo plane veered off at the maneuvering area of the runway and into a maintenance area after landing Wednesday night at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Obi said in a statement Thursday that concerted efforts are being intensified to remove the obstructing aircraft so that flights can resume.

 
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