Fire incident forces terminal closure at Murtala Muhammad Airport

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has diverted all flight operations from the E wing of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, MMIA due to a fire incident on Thursday.

It is reported that the fire is said to have started in the early hours of Thursday following the detection of smoke at E54 bridge.

The Airport Fire fighting teams were immediately dispatched to the scene to stop the fire which had cut off the power supply at the section of the old international terminal.

FAAN confirmed this in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Mrs. Obiageli Orah via their official X handle.

According to the statement, a quick intervention of the airport firefighters saved the day.

The statement reads “At 05:29 hrs, smoke was detected billowing from the E54 Bridge, leading electrical engineers to immediately cut off power to the entire E Wing.

“The Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS) team was quick to respond, arriving at the scene by 05:30 hrs.

“Initial suspicions point to sparks from an electrical unit as the cause, but a thorough investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire. The incident, which had escalated into a fire, was brought under control by 06:41 hrs.

“Efforts to ventilate the smoke from the building are in progress. In the meantime, all flight operations in Terminal 1 of MMA have been diverted to the D Wing.”

In addition, it said all flight operations in terminal 1 of MMA have been diverted to the D wing as more details would follow later.

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