A part of the Departure Hall being used by Royal Air Maroc experienced an inexplicable vibration which caused massive panic early this morning at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA),
The area, which houses check-in counters 37 to 41, began vibrating at about 2 am, and stayed that way up to the time this report was being prepared.
A passenger of Royal Air Maroc, who identified himself simply as Abdul, told our correspondent on the phone at about 3 am that the reason for the vibration could not be ascertained, and said he feared the airport may soon collapse. Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity said their attention was drawn to the “unusual vibration” by some passengers and airline staff.
According to the source, immediately the department was notified of the vibration, they alerted firefighters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as well as the engineering department who immediately swung into action, but could not identify the cause of the vibration.
The source confirmed that many passengers went into panic as a result of the problem, and that processing of passengers was delayed.
No one seems to know the cause of the vibration, gotten from a source that;
“However, we know that structure is due for total rehabilitation and not the cosmetic rehabilitation carried out on it about three years ago by former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah. The entire cables and even materials in that building are weak and need attention.”
Efforts to reach Henrietta Yakubu, the Acting Manager of Corporate Communications of FAAN, to react to the development were futile as her mobile phone was switched off, and a text message to her remained undelivered as of the time of filing this report.
The Lagos international airport has been in the news for negative reasons over the years, sometimes for its poor infrastructure. Only three weeks ago, the office of South African Airways suffered a fire outbreak which disrupted flight operations for over two hours before it was brought under control.