Blast sets off fire outside Egypt's Cairo airport

13 Juillet, 2018, 03:47 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Blast sets off fire outside Egypt's Cairo airport

A huge explosion in a military-owned petrochemical plant near the Cairo International Airport took place late on Thursday due to hot weather, said Egypt's army spokesman.

Preliminary reports state that the blast, which was loud enough to be heard throughout the Egyptian capital, was related to a fuel dump, which could have happened at a jet fuel depot just outside the airport. He has not offered any additional information.

The fire caused by the explosion is reportedly under control.

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Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister said the blast occurred at fuel two storage tanks outside airport perimeters.

All flights have been suspended at the airport while officials investigate the blast. IT is believed to have been caused by fuel tanks. In 2015, the faction managed to smuggle a bomb on board Metrojet Flight 9268 before it left Sharm El Sheikh International Airport on the peninsula, which led to the destruction of the aircraft in flight and the deaths of all 244 passengers and crew on board. Check Aeronautics for new details as they emerge.

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