Fire At Kano Airport; Aircraft Damaged, Fuel Tanker Burnt To Ashes

Turkish Airlines

Fire service officials averted what could have been a tragedy at the Aminu Kano International Airport last night as they scrambled a response to a sudden fire that caught a fuel tanker feeding a Turkish airlines aircraft, a witness has said.

The tanker was however burnt to ashes while the aircraft, an Airbus 340, which was to airlift passengers from Kano to Istanbul, was partly damaged.

The flight was subsequently cancelled with the passengers, most of whom had arrived the airport, disappointed.

Garba Shehu, the Media Consultant to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was travelling with his family, told PREMIUM TIMES the aircraft was saved from being completely burnt following a quick decision by officials to hurriedly tow it away from the burning truck.

Mr. Shehu said, “The Airbus 340 aircraft which had the burning truck under its wings made a miraculous escape following a decision to tow it away from the fire just in time before the fuel-laden tanker burst into a towering flame.

“The flight taking my family and I, among many other passengers to Istanbul from Kano was cancelled a short while ago following indications that the aircraft, even though not destroyed, was partly damaged on its wing.

“Fire engines at the airport emptied their contents without any serious impact on the raging fire, which burnt without let until it had consumed the oil tanker.”

The cause of the fire remained unknown as officials of the airport and other aviation authorities could not be reached this morning. Officials of Turkish Airlines could also not be reached as at the time of this report.

PREMIUM TIMES recalls that Kaduna airport was temporarily closed on April 20 after fire ravaged the airport’s control tower, completely destroying the facility.

Flights only resumed a day later at the airport after a mobile control tower was brought in from Abuja.

Authorities said at the time that investigations had been commissioned to determine the cause of the fire.

The result of the investigation is yet to be made public.



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  • Gideon Orkar

    Kwashiokor will blame Jonathan for this

    • redeem

      i hear Kwashiokor is to call a world press confab at the Portharcourt International airport this afternoon- with the aid of Amaechi ati tinubu-of APC-to tell the globe how Jonathan was seen late last night at the tarmac with a gallon of patrol hidden inside his resource control hat-with ten match boxes-animals

    • Shehu


  • Falken

    There is no plane from Kano direct to Istanbul. Are you sure it was a A340 (picture is A320) and what would be the flight number in that case ?

    • Ziggy

      There is a plane to Istanbul Turkey from Aminu kano airport

    • wiki

      started February 2014 kan-istbul

      • Falken

        Ok. No *DIRECT FLIGHT* but IST via Djamena. Boeing 737-900 instead of Airbus A340 in the article. TK585. No pic. Do I have to suppose the whole story is a fake ?

        • tsunami1earthquake

          Don’t dismiss a story as fake on the basis that the reporter could have mistaken the make of the aircraft. After all not everybody knows these differences between a Boeing and an Airbus; these are technical matters.

  • S.A

    Caution and proper care has to be made by the airport authority, infrastructures already put in place by the federal government should be properly managed.

  • redeem

    another boko haram instigated fire incident-at the airport-after the crash of the airforce chopper sabotaged by agents of boko haram in the air force-in maiduguri

  • HassanAbdullahi

    fire figthers good job

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  • tsunami1earthquake

    This is what happens when investigations are hushed up. If we had known the cause of the fire in Kaduna, we probably would have taken steps to avert this one in Kano. Was it sabotage? Was it terrorist attack? Or what was it? As we now know terrorism on aircraft is scaling up as we now see that of the downed Malaysian MH17 in Ukraine. And Nigeria has its own crop of terrorists, like the Boko Haram. Let us run a transparent government to help us avert serious problems. Nigeria now has to repair this Turkish Airline Airbus but what about the international infamy this has caused?