7 August 2013

Kenya: Committee Set Up to Investigate JKIA Inferno

A massive fire shut down Nairobi's international airport on Wednesday with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the ... ( Resource: Huge Fire Closes Nairobi International Airport )

President Uhuru Kenyatta was earlier today at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the scene of a fire that razed the terminal 1 arrival section this morning to assess the damage caused.

Emergency services managed to contain after the airport was cordoned off. No casualties were reported in the fire whose cause is yet unknown.

The national carrier's Group Managing Director and CEO Dr Titus Naikuni sought to assure the public that there were no casualties in the incident and that none of the aircrafts were damaged.

"All our staff and customers are safe and there is no damage to the aircrafts. All our transit passengers are being facilitated to hotels in Nairobi and Mombasa," Naikuni said. The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has urged for calm as police conduct investigations to establish the cause of the fire.

A committee was formed to evaluate the situation and ensure the resumption of operations at the earliest possible opportunity. The committee is chaired by the Cabinet Secretary For transport and infrastructure Eng. Michael Kamau.

With the exception of emergency landings, all other air traffic has been diverted to Kisumu international airport, Eldoret international airport and Moi international airport in Mombasa as JKIA was closed down following the fire.

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