Kaduna air­port re­opens af­ter fire out­break

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Agabi, La­gos

A day af­ter flights into Kaduna air­port were tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended fol­low­ing a fire in­ci­dent which razed the tower, the air­port has been re­opened to traf­fic.

The Federal Air­ports Author­ity of Nigeria (FAAN) spokesman, Yakubi Dati, who con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment to news­men, said open­ing of the air­port was made pos­si­ble be­cause of a di­rec­tive by the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of NAMA, Engr. Ibrahim Ab­dul­salam, that the agency’s mo­bile tower which was in Abuja be im­me­di­ately de­ployed to Kaduna air­port.

He said the AIB is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire and ap­pealed for re­straint in spec­u­la­tions.

A fire broke out at the con­trol tower of the air­port on Sun­day and com­pletely de­stroyed air traf­fic con­trol fa­cil­i­ties, the Nige­rian Airspace Man­age­ment Agency (NAMA) had an­nounced.

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

The fire in­ci­dent was at­trib­uted to power surge which im­me­di­ately sparked fire that razed the en­tire tower.

All the per­son­nel on duty were safely evac­u­ated, NAMA said.

“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 said.

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