(Changes day of incident to Wednesday in 2nd paragraph)
ABUJA Dec 5 Nigeria's Abuja airport has been
closed since Wednesday night after a Saudi Arabian cargo plane
veered off the runway, the aviation ministry said on Thursday.
The plane ran off the runway late on Wednesday but no one
was hurt, ministry spokesman Joe Obi said, without naming the
airline that operated the plane.
"The operation to remove the plane to a safe distance from
the runway is under way. We hope to resume normal operations by
the end of the day," Obi said by telephone.
Airlines that fly to Abuja, Nigeria's administrative
capital, include British Airways, Lufthansa,
Air France, EgyptAir and Ethiopian Airlines.
(Reporting by Joe Brock; editing by Tom Pfeiffer)