Kaduna airport shut as fire razes control tower
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.