Passengers panic over fire near airport in Penang

Thick, white smoke billowing from behind the cargo building opposite the runway of Penang airport on New Year's Day. The fire, caused by burning grass, was put out by the airport's firemen. PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Thick, white smoke billowing from behind the cargo building opposite the runway of Penang airport on New Year's Day. The fire, caused by burning grass, was put out by the airport's firemen. PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN • A fire near Penang International Airport terrified passengers and put the authorities on alert on New Year's Day.

Passengers at the airport terminal went into a frenzy when they saw thick, white smoke billowing from behind the cargo building opposite the runway.

The airport's emergency response team rushed to where two cargo planes were parked at the cargo terminal, not far from the fire. Firemen sprayed water over the fence, where the grass on idle land was burning, to stop it from spreading to the airport's grounds.

The smoke could be seen from kilometres away.

Malaysia Airports senior manager Mohd Nadzim Hashim later confirmed that the fire was not within the airport grounds and flights were not delayed by the incident.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 03, 2020, with the headline 'Passengers panic over fire near airport in Penang'. Print Edition | Subscribe