The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has said that the fire that caught one of the fuel tanks at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday afternoon was caused by a fuel spillage during maintenance works by staff.
“It has been established that the staff at the aviation fuel firm were carrying out routine maintenance on fuel tank 4 to drain out the remaining fuel segments using diesel – powered pump whose drainage tube disengaged from the pump causing fuel to spill and trigger the fire outbreak” the statement read.
CAA said the Airport fire and Rescue Services team were able to contain the fire and control the spread of the fire to other fuel tanks.
“The fire alarm went off at 16:05 hours and was immediately responded to by the airport fire and Rescue service team at 16:10 hours. The team managed to put out the fire in time” the statement read.
The fire outbreak on Tuesday caused panic among people at the airport who scampered for safety as seen in various video clips circulated on social media.
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