The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has alerted airline operators and other airport users that a bush fire incident has been reported close to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.
The Authority in a statement signed by General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu stated that air rescue and firefighting services are presently on ground and firefighting is in progress.
The statement said: “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform airline operators and other airport users that a bush fire incident has been reported at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.”
“Officers of the Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Services are presently on ground and firefighting is in progress.”
“However, the incident did not affect flight operations as normal flight operation continues unhindered.”
“The Authority will like to appeal to host communities around airports to please desist from burning bushes around the airports as this act is capable of jeopardizing safety of flight operations because of the prevailing weather condition in the country.”
“FAAN…. Committed to her core values of Safety, Security and Comfort,” It states.
The authority had in April 2019 alerted airline operators and air travellers of a similar incident at the airport.
According to atqnews.com, FAAN had informed passengers and the general public that there was a fire incident that affected some parts of the terminal building of Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri at about 1400hours.
The authority stated that the fire was however curtailed swiftly by officers of the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Department of FAAN.
She said there was no casualty and normal operations has since commenced at the airport.
She stated that the Authority has commenced preliminary investigations into the cause of the incident.