Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said no fire incident occurred at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja on Saturday.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement in Abuja, said there was only an equipment alarm triggered by high temperature.
Yakubu explained that the new international terminal was equipped with fire alarm that squarely responds to high temperature.
She explained that because of the prevailing high temperature in Abuja, the equipment triggered an alarm at the terminal, adding what appeared like smoke was actually the powder from the equipment.
According to her, the incident was however swiftly curtailed by the in-built fire detection and protection system at the new terminal that triggered automatically.
“The building was designed and built with this protection system. The system comes up when it senses high ambient temperatures and sprays fire extinguishing agent.
“The residue of powder sprayed by the system was seen in the cloud, there was no fire at all.
“The Authority will like to reassure passengers and the public that there is no cause for panic, as the incident has been put under control and our firemen are clearing the remnant of powder after which operations will resume,” she said.
An eye witness said that the incident, which occurred at about 3pm was earlier believed to be fire.
He said the incident also caused a lot of panic that led to suspension of operations at the terminal.
According to him, it appears the fire alarm is very active which made the situation to be quickly curtailed.
Meanwhile, FAAN has announced resumption of flight operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja new terminal hours after fire scare on Saturday.
FAAN’s Regional General Manager, North Central, Mr Sani Mahmud, said that normalcy had since returned to the terminal.
Mahmud said that Turkish Airlines’ Abuja-Istanbul flight TK064 had commenced checking in as at 9 p.m.
“This is to inform you that THY FLT TK064 enroute ABV-IST has commenced checking in processes in the NITZ and everything has been hitch free,” he said.
There was panic earlier at the terminal when smoke emerged from a section of the facility leading to suspension of operations at the terminal.
FAAN later disclosed that there was no fire outbreak, explaining that the incident was as a result of the system that came up when it sensed high ambient temperatures and sprays fire extinguishing agent.
FAAN further explained that the residue of powder sprayed by the system was what was seen in the cloud as smoke.