By Oladapo Okeowo
Passengers and other users of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos were thrown into a panic earlier today when a part of the Departure Hall started vibrating.
Many feared the structure, which houses check-in counters 37-41 and is in use by the Royal Air Maroc, was about to collapse.
According to the SaharaReporters, the incident occurred around 2 am and did not stop for a long while.
The reason for the vibrations is yet to be ascertained even though firefighters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as well as the engineers were immediately called in.
According to a source, every aspect of the terminal was checked but nothing was found and no one has any idea what it might be.
“However, we know that structure is due for total rehabilitation and not the cosmetic rehabilitation carried out on it about three years ago by former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah. The entire cables and even materials in that building are weak and need attention.”
This incident comes on the heels of the fire outbreak that gutted the office of South African Airways and which disrupted flight operations for over two hours.
In response, Royal Air Maroc relocated its affected counters out of the area to enable its staff check in passengers.