23rd October, 2014
By Simon Ateba
Smoke was sighted at Lagos International Airport on Thursday, triggering fears of a fire incident.
“There was a minor smoke incident at the departures hall of the international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 11:45am today, Thursday, November 23, 2014,” said Yakubu Dati, spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.
Dati said that the smoke was quickly traced to the electric panel room on the second floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the incident was caused by a short circuit at the panel room which was quickly arrested by the engineers on duty,” he said.
He added ; “The Authority wishes to assure the traveling public and other airport users that there was no immediate danger to anyone as a result of the incident neither did it affect flight operations at the terminal.
“The Authority has directed the Directorate of Engineering and Maintenance to commence immediate investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the said short-circuiting of the cables.”