A Singapore Airlines plane was damaged after being dragged by strong winds due to 'Glenda.' Photo by Raoul Esperas
MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is planning to file an insurance claim against Singapore Airlines after one of its parked planes was dragged by strong winds, causing damage to the airport’s air bridge.
MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said airport authorities are now in the process of assessing the damage, which is initially estimated to cost around P500,000.
Honrado said that after the assessment, the legal department will handle the insurance claim against the airline.
"I’m sure both of us are insured and this is an unforeseen event that nobody wants to happen," he said.
The Boeing 777 plane of Singapore Airlines, which was dragged 5 meters by strong winds while parked in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway, sustained damage in its left wing and left engine frame.
The airline has yet to issue a statement on the extent of the plane's damage.
A parked aircraft of Malaysian Airlines was also dragged by winds and sustained damage in its fuselage. [http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/07/16/14/glenda-winds-drag-2-parked-airplanes-naia]
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is still investigating the incident.
CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said both planes are still barred to depart Manila pending the investigation and proper departure clearance. -- Report from Raoul Esperas