A turboprop aircraft belonging to Overland Airways was, yesterday, severely damaged by fire while parked at the airline’s hanger at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), gathered that the ATR aircraft, with registration number, 5N-BPE, was being powered by the Ground Power Unit (GPU) when the incident occurred.
However, there were no casualties, as the fire was quickly contained by fire fighters from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Meanwhile, the Murtala Muhammed Airport II (MMA2) terminal in Lagos has reopened to flight services after two days of picketing by joint unions of aviation workers.
The terminal was reopened shortly after members of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) forced the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) to agree to recall their sacked members.
The Guardian learnt that officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Fire service arrived on time to put out the fire before it engulfed the entire aircraft and other aircraft parked within the vicinity of the hanger. The entire part of the airport area was filled with smoke during the incident.