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FAAN diverts flights due to fire at Lagos airport

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Flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), in Lagos faced disruption yesterday as a fire broke out at terminal one, prompting the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to divert flights to the D Wing.

FAAN’s Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Obiageli Orah reported that the incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

“At 05:29 hrs, smoke was observed emanating from the E54 Bridge, leading to the immediate shutdown of power to the entire E Wing by electrical engineers.

“FAAN’s Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS) team responded swiftly, reaching the scene by 05:30 hrs.

“While initial suspicions suggest sparks from an electrical unit as the likely cause, a comprehensive investigation is underway to determine the fire’s origin.

“By 06:41 hrs, the situation, which had escalated into a fire, was successfully contained. Ongoing efforts are focused on ventilating the building to clear out residual smoke.”

This incident follows a recent event on April 23 when FAAN redirected flights from the local airport to the international terminal due to a Dana Air plane veering off the runway at the Lagos airport.

The FAAN’s prompt response and effective management of the situation demonstrate their commitment to ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport facilities. Flight operations are expected to resume normalcy once the investigation is concluded and necessary safety measures are implemented.

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