The Abuja bound flight departed Kano airport at 1:20 with about 60 passengers and was expected to land Nnamdi Azikwe International, Airport, Abuja at 2:05 but the plane was prevented from landing due to some military planes on special operation at the airport.
According to Sahara Reporters, the flight finally landed without clearance from the control tower after complaining of fuel shortage.
Air Azman in a swift response to the report, described it as untrue and misleading. Azman said the report was an attempt to damage their reputation and will not be handled lightly as their legal team is already working to sue the Sahara Reporters.
According to a press statement released by Azman Air, their flight with the registration number ZQ2332 was among the aircraft held in the Abuja airspace.
Azman Aircrew informed the passengers of these developments accordingly to surmount panic in the cabin. After been held for 45 minutes, our experienced crew already diverted back to Kano when they were informed that the terminal is now open, and they cleared for landing which was done smoothly and safely.
This is to notify the General public that the information in this report is untrue and misleading. This is just a scheme by this source to get the attention of the public. This is defamatory to what we represent and will not be handled lightly. #FlySafeFlyAzman
This is to Notify the General public that the information in this report is untrue and misleading. This is just a scheme by this source to get attention of the public. This is defamatory to what we represent and will not be handled lightly.#FlySafeFlyAzmanhttps://t.co/kfpPpxCPro
In another statement issued by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) obtained by nigerianflightdesk, the agency noted that Azman Air Pilot did not declare an emergency. All civic aircraft were held at about 20 – 30 nautical miles as military aircraft take off or land. The statement reads.
Azman Air has welcomed its 5th Air Craft as part of their bid to tap into the already saturated international routes.
According to the General Manager of the Nigeria fastest growing Airline, Suleiman Lawan revealed that the newly acquired Airbus A330 would be specifically used to flying the Kano –Jeddah route, Kano-Dubai route and Kano-China route.
The new Aircraft was welcomed yesterday with the traditional water salute at Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano in the presence of the Emir of Kano, Mohammad Sanusi, 11, Kano State Governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and other big wings.