Russian Norilsk Airport was evacuated after false fire alarm

Norilsk AirportThe Russian Alykel Airport in Norilsk was evacuated due to fire alarm. The local authorities took all the necessary measures and inspected the facilities of the airport. No fire was detected and it was estimated the fire alarm was false. Within three minutes the malfunction in the device was eliminated and all the evacuated passengers were allowed to return to the airport.

As explained in the Emergencies Ministry in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the airport staff acted in accordance with the rules and immediately responded to the fire alarm signal.

The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. The local authorities will check also the version about sabotage.

Alykel Airport is a large airport in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, located 35 km west of Norilsk. Alykel is the only functional airfield around Norilsk. It handles medium-sized airliners and is serviced by 24-hour operations. Since it is capable of handling widebody jets, it is a diversion airport on Polar route 1. Since Noriilsk doesn’t have road or railroad connection to the rest of the country, the airport is the main gateway to the city.