Portion of NAIA 1 ceiling collapses

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jun 07 2012 09:49 AM | Updated as of Jun 07 2012 05:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A portion of the ceiling at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA 1) collapsed Wednesday evening.

No one was reported injured in the incident, which occurred at the airport’s arrival area.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Angel Honrado said management had recently removed a non-operational escalator connecting the arrival and departure levels.

"When we removed the non-operational escalator, there was a big gap in the ceiling between the arrival and the floor of departure level,” Honrado told ANC’s Headstart.

He said a contractor had poured cement on the hole, which had to undergo seven-day curing. As a stopgap measure, he said the contractor covered the hole with a coco lumber covering.

“Unfortunately, the wood covering fell,” he said. “We will ask the contractor to find out what really happened.”

The MIAA chief, meanwhile, said they plan to begin the antiquated terminal’s retrofitting by early July.

The retrofitting hopes to repair the terminal’s structural defects and improve its airconditioning, fire protection, electrical and plumbing systems.

Honrado said the final step on the retrofitting is the architectural redesign of the terminal.