The Federal Airport Authority Nigeria (FAAN) has said that the blackout at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), on Friday May 8, 2012, was caused by generator failure.
This disclosure was made by a source with the organisation, who pleaded anonymity yesterday.
Recall that blackout on the runway forced international and local airlines to cancel their scheduled flights.
A development that forced officials to divert inbound flights to land in other airports like Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and Port Harcourt while departing passengers who had been checked in were later dispersed and asked to come back on Saturday.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP, the source said that the blackout was caused because the generator that powers the runway was faulty.
The source said: “Currently the airport is being refurbished by Julius Berger and we had a dedicated generator for the runway alone but we actually don’t know what happened because during the blackout the terminal buildings were not affected as there was light in the buildings.”
He further said that investigation was ongoing to decipher the actual cause of the malfunction of the generator.