Flights disrupted as fire breaks out at Victoria Falls airport

CAAZ says fire started a result of electrical fault in the tower's basement

By Caleb Chikwawawa

A fire broke out Wednesday night in the Air Traffic Control Tower of the Victoria Falls International Airport in what led to the disruption of flights, the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) has said.

The fire, according to CAAZ, was a result of an electrical fault in the tower’s basement.

In a statement, CAAZ Director General Elijah Chingosho said the fire was controlled before it could cause injuries and damage.

“The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) wishes to apologise to all its valued customers for the flight operations disruption which occurred this morning due to a fire incident as a result of an electrical fault in the basement of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Victoria Falls International Airport,” Chingosho said.

 “The fire, which occurred on the evening of 10 July 2024, was contained without further incident or damage, and no one was injured.

“The Authority would like to advise that the situation has normalised and that flight operations have since been restored as of 1018hrs this morning.

“The delays and inconvenience to all valued operators, passengers and other stakeholders are sincerely and deeply regretted.”

Business and operations at the airport returned back to normal as of this Thursday.

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