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Australian tourist plunges into sinkhole at airport

September 1, 2015 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59An Australian tourist has plunged into a sinkhole at Manila’s main airport. The floor gave way beneath the 40-year-old man as he walked to the transit gate.

A report on the incident delivered to the chief of operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, Rafael Regular, has appeared on Facebook.

Picture of repairs to collapsed floor at NAIA terminal 2 provided by Manila International Airport Authority media affairs division.

Picture of repairs to collapsed floor at NAIA terminal 2 provided by Manila International Airport Authority media affairs division.

The report said airport staffers helped the tourist climb out of the hole, which was a metre square and 60 centimetres deep.

The tourist, who arrived from Hong Kong last month on the same day he fell into the hole, was shaken but unhurt and filed no complaint. The incident surfaced only when it appeared on Facebook. Had an elderly or infirm traveller been the victim, the outcome could have been worse.

NAIA Terminal 2 manager, Rico Gonzalez, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer the Manila International Airport Authority was checking the floor throughout the airport for other possible sinkholes.

Gonzalez said the section of flooring that collapsed was reclaimed by Philippine Airlines (PAL) over a year ago. It was a sunken garden until PAL asked for more space because it felt the pathway to its transit lounge was too narrow.

When the garden was removed, the contractor apparently failed to properly fill in the deep hole it left behind.

NAIA has also run into problems with dodgy air conditioning, malfunctioning toilets and leaking ceilings.

Written by Peter Needham

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