Nigeria's Abuja international airport reopens

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The international airport at Nigeria's capital, Abuja, reopened Thursday after being closed for nearly 20 hours because a Saudi cargo plane had an accident on landing and blocked the runway, the Aviation Ministry said.

Hundreds of angry passengers trying to get to Abuja were stranded at domestic airports around this oil-rich West African nation. One British Airways flight from London was diverted to Lagos and another flight from Abuja to London was postponed from Thursday morning to Friday.

Aviation Ministry spokesman Joe Obi said the Saudi Boeing 747 blocking the runway at Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport had been moved, allowing flights to resume late Thursday afternoon. He said the cargo-carrying jumbo jet had veered off at the runway's maneuvering after landing Wednesday night.

Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau said it was investigating an accident involving the plane but gave no details.

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