Passengers panic as plume of smoke seen at Dhaka airport

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jul 16,2018 | Updated: 23:42, Jul 15,2018


Terminal 1 of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport -- New Age file photo

Smoke rose up in the departure hall of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport’s Terminal-1 following a fire incident on Sunday evening causing panic among passengers.
The authorities said that no casualties were reported and no flight was hampered.
‘No operation was hampered… and now the situation is absolutely normal,’ airport director Group Captain Abdullah Al Farooq told New Age over telephone.
Officials suspected that the fire could originate from an electrical device’s fault and the Fire Service and Civil Defence were trying to find the reason and the source.
The officials said that the smoke started spreading at 6:30pm prompting the authorities to switch off the electricity for the block for a while.
Being informed, seven fire engines rushed to the spot but did not get any flame.
New Age received a photo that showed the police cordoned off the smoke areas and the passengers were kept out of danger.
On August 11, 2017, a fire broke out at Air India office on the second floor of the airport and 10 fire engines were engaged to douse the fire.

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