A Turkish Airline with not less than 173 passengers aboard Istanbul bound cheated death at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Wednesday when a petrol tanker refuelling it reportedly burst into flame.
The incident, which occurred around 10.45p.m. triggered
pandemonium at the airfield as those around the scene took cover.
It was learnt that the timely intervention of men of Fire Service
Department of the airport saved the day as they battled the inferno
for over an hour to restore normalcy.
A competent source at the airport confided in Vanguard that
gallant fire service men mobilised and pushed off the aircraft, a
Boeing 747, from the trouble spot before concentrating on
extinguishing the inferno.
The account revealed that the visibly shocked passengers
hurriedly disembarked into a waiting bus that conveyed them to an
unnamed five-star hotel in the city.
Although, the aircraft was not damaged by the inferno, but the
airliner was said to have cancelled the scheduled flight to enable
their demoralised passengers recover from shock.
However, it could not be ascertained at press time when the
aircraft would continue its flight against the backdrop that it was
certified air worthy by officials of National Civil Aviation Authority,
Attempt to speak to the airline operator over the development
failed as the Corporate Affairs Manager, AbdulHameed directed
that enquiries should be directed to airport officials who were also
keeping sealed lips.