A mild drama played out yesterday at the diplomatic car par of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos as no fewer than 12 exotic cars were damaged when hot air from a wide-body cargo aircraft blew off the roof of a building at the E-wing of the terminal, which in turn fell on the vehicles.
The incident which reportedly occurred at about 7.39p.m threw the entire terminal into a state of panic and confusion as some drivers and other personnel fled the area in fear. A staffer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) who was on duty at the terminal said there was a bang at the diplomatic car park at the time the roof fell on the cars.
The source further said about two people sustained minor injuries, while the debris of shattered windscreens littered the floor. “We heard a loud bang and everyone initially fled. Later, some security personnel stormed the place. Thank God no life was lost. It is shocking. This sort of thing has never happened before,” he said.
While confirming the incident, Yakubu Dati, the Spokesman of FAAN said that “there was a minor incident at the MMIA.
“But there is no such thing that an airplane ran into cars. I am still trying to get the real details but I think it has to do with the wind from the aircraft that blew off the roof. I’m still trying to get the real details but I think it has to do with the wind from the aircraft that blew off the roof which later hit some cars,” he noted.