Probe set after roofing materials hit Caticlan-bound airplane

Raoul Esperas

Posted at Aug 14 2016 04:22 PM

Roofing materials are left unattended on top of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 during the monsoon rains. Photo by Raoul Esperas

MANILA -- The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is conducting a thorough investigation after roofing materials flew and damaged an airplane of Cebgo, Inc. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 on Saturday.

In a telephone interview with ABS-CBN News, airport general manager Ed Monreal said he is still waiting for the final incident report.

Monreal said that Cebgo, a sister company of budget airline Cebu Pacific, was forced to cancel the flight, displacing hundreds of passengers bound for the leisure island of Boracay. 

Monreal added that NAIA Terminal 4 manager Joy Mapanao in her initial report disclosed that Global V Construction Company, a private contractor, was tasked to repair the roof of the terminal. 

Work was stopped due to heavy rains. However, the roofing materials at the work area adjacent to the domestic airport tarmac were not properly secured. Because of the strong winds from the monsoon rains, the roofing materials flew and hit the parked plane.

Monreal added that the MIAA is closely coordinating with Cebu Pacific as to the extent of damage to the aircraft and to work out on the cost of repair -- if ever there will be -- through the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). 

Monreal is also waiting for the explanation of Global V to determine its negligence and liability with MIAA and to avoid similar incidents in the future.

"Definitely we have to establishe accountability of the construction firm and implement measures to avoid a repeat of the incident," Monreal said. 

Cebgo flight DG 6235/6236, departing and arriving from Caticlan, was eventually cancelled because of the incident.

According to the advisory of Cebu Pacific, affected passengers were transferred to other flights.