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Thursday November 15, 2012
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Fire at Maiquetía international airport causes delayed flights


According to the user information service, the event was caused by a short circuit in the luggage conveyor belt area, at Gate 22. However, as explained by the airport director general, Luis Graterol, "the focus of the fire was in the administrative areas, on the basement of an airliner"

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The event started after 10:30 am (Photo: Cruz Sojo)
The event started after 10:30 am (Photo: Cruz Sojo) According to the user information service, the fire was caused by a short circuit in the luggage conveyor belt area, Gate  22 (Photo: Cruz Sojo) However, Luis Graterol, the airport director general, explained that "the focus of the fire was in the administrative areas, on the basement of an airliner" (Photo: Cruz Sojo) The roads towards the airport came to a standstill (Photo: @Dejosemaria) The new director of the airport specified that they would wait for a report on the findings (@Dejosemaria) In view of the large amount of smoke that reached the international terminal, authorities proceeded to the preventive eviction of users (Photo: Laureano Márquez via Twitter) Passengers in the area of international flights posted on the social networks that the alarm system failed (Photo: Laureano Márquez via Twitter) The fumes stretched out to the parking lots (Photo: Cruz Sojo) The schedule of a dozen of international flights, both arrivals and departures, was altered (Photo: Cruz Sojo) At 2:30 pm, some landings and takeoffs had not gotten back to normal (Photo: Cruz Sojo) International flights gradually restarted after  4:00 pm (Photo: @valenciahoy) Some arrivals were altered (Photo: @icnanperez) Minister of Air and Sea Transport Elsa Gutiérrez showed up on the scene. She, together with the airport director Luis Gustavo Graterol, monitored the gradual renewed  operations (Photo: @carlossevilla)
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