May 24, 2006

Istanbul airport hit by blaze in cargo area

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A large fire broke out in a cargo area
of Istanbul's main Ataturk Airport on Wednesday, but there were
no immediate reports of any casualties.

Turkish television showed huge plumes of black smoke rising
above the airport that serves Turkey's largest city and firemen
battling the fire.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the blaze,
though Dogan news agency said it may have been caused by an
electricity short circuit.

Private news channel NTV said there were concerns that some
personnel were stuck in the area where the fire was raging.

The cargo area is about 1,000 metres (yards) from the main
passenger area of the airport.

Turkish Airlines said that so far there were no delays to
their flights.