FAAN says what was seen was hydrant released by the automated fire detector.
FAAN says the incident shows the efficacy of the newly installed fire detector and protection equipment at the airport.
The Federal Airport Authority Of Nigeria (FAAN) has said no fire incident occurred on Saturday afternoon at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
It was gathered that some passengers had panicked when the saw smoke in part of the airport terminal.
According to FAAN, what the passengers saw was residue from the hydrant which was released by the automated fire detector and protection machine installed in the airport’s new terminal.
Speaking with Channels TV, the Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma maintained that there is nothing to be afraid of as what happened showed the efficacy of the newly installed fire detector and protection equipment at the airport.
Corroborating her boss, FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement said that the incident occurred in the equipment room of the new terminal at the airport at about 3 pm.
According to her, the building was designed with an in-built fire detection and protection system, which is activated when it senses high ambient temperatures and sprays fire extinguishing agent.
“The residue of powder sprayed by the system was seen in the cloud, there was no fire at all.
“The incident was however swiftly curtailed by the in-built fire detection and protection system at the new terminal that triggered automatically,” part of the statement reads.
FAAN, therefore, reassure passengers and the general public that there is no cause for panic, as the incident has been put under control and the firemen are clearing the remnants of powder after which operations will resume.