The headquarters of Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Lagos is on fire.
There are no recorded human causalities from the fire which was reportedly caused by electrical faults, some documents and equipment are said to have been destroyed.
An official of National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, identified as Frank, said the Audit unit of FAAN was heavily affected by the fire. Other sources claim that the communications and engineering unit were also affected, but Henrietta Yakubu, Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, said the incident did nit affect air operations.
She said “The incident is being investigated right now to find out the cause of the outbreak,” she said in a statement Tuesday Morning.
“The fire department, in collaboration with the Lagos State Fire Department and other security agencies however responded swiftly by curtailing the spread of the fire, as normalcy is being restored already”.
A Lagos-bound Air Peace plane on Saturday made an air return some minutes after taking off from the Port Harcourt International Airport, according to an official.
The General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Adurogboye said an alarm was raised about fire in the cabin which forced the pilot to make the air return.
“The flight crew did the right thing by returning to base to check the situation,’’ he said.
The NCAA spokesman, however, said the aircraft did not crash land, adding that there was no panic as the pilot properly briefed the passengers before landing safely.
“Air return is a precautionary flight safety procedure that must be adopted in the event of a snag.
“The pilot acted according to Standard and Recommended Practices,” Adurogboye said.
He also reiterated the NCAA’s commitment to safety of Nigeria’s aviation sector.
NAN leant that another aircraft was later provided to convey the passengers to Lagos.
Another Bristow helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos area on Wednesday morning.
The chopper, our correspondent gathered, disappeared from radar after it took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
The chopper crashed at 136.70 nautical miles from AEHA Field in Bonny Island, inward MMIA.
There are 11 people on board the helicopter at the time of the accident.
The Spokesman of the National Emergency Agency ( NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.
He said personnel of the Nigerian Navy and other emergency handling agencies have rescued all the passengers alive.
Farinloye said,” It is Bristow Helicopter that ditched into the high seas. Nigerian Navy and others have rescued the occupants. Nobody died. We are still trying to get the coordinates of how the chopper crashed into water.”
Officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said the chopper’s debris had been recovered.