Kaduna air­port shut as fire razes con­trol tower

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna & Chris Agabi, La­gos

Flights to Kaduna air­port have been tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended fol­low­ing a fire in­ci­dent which razed the con­trol tower. The fire com­pletely de­stroyed the air traf­fic con­trol fa­cil­i­ties, the Nige­rian Airspace Man­age­ment Agency (NAMA) an­nounced.

The blaze which started around 3pm yes­ter­day spread quickly and ripped through the con­trol tower de­stroy­ing all avi­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties in spite of the fran­tic ef­fort of the air­port fire fighters. The fire was calmed much later.

NAMA said in a state­ment that it has al­ready is­sued NOTAM (No­tice to Air Men) to that ef­fect in­form­ing the op­er­at­ing air­lines lo­cally and across the globe of this de­vel­op­ment.

The fire in­ci­dent was at­trib­uted to power surge which sparked fire that razed the en­tire tower. All the per­son­nel on duty were safely evac­u­ated, NAMA said.

A source who de­clined to be men­tioned said; “the fire was likely caused by elec­tri­cal fault.”

He ruled out ter­ror at­tacks.

The NAMA state­ment said its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Engr. Ibrahim Ab­dul­salam, has di­rected the im­me­di­ate de­ploy­ment of the agency’s mo­bile tower cur­rently in Abuja to Kaduna air­port to re­sume nor­mal ser­vices by sun­set to­day.

“There is no cause for alarm as we are on top of the sit­u­a­tion. Our mo­bile tower is ca­pa­ble of han­dling nor­mal traf­fic as it is well equipped with nec­es­sary ATC con­sole to do that”, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, as­sured.

Also, the Gen­eral Man­ager of Federal Air­port Author­ity of Nigeria (FAAN) Yakubu Datti yes­ter­day con­firmed the fire in­ci­dent in a state­ment and an­nounced the clo­sure of the air­port. He said in­ves­ti­ga­tion has com­menced into the cause of the blaze.

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