#GlendaPH damages 2 planes at NAIA
MANILA, Philippines – Even planes are no match to the strong winds of Typhoon Glenda, which damaged two international air carriers parked at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday, July 16.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) did not allow a Singapore Airlines B777-300 and a Malaysian Airlines B-737-800 to fly after the two planes incurred damage Wednesday.
The Singapore Airlines flight SQ915 was pushed away about 30 feet from where it was anchored on Bay no. 6 despite being tied to a 50-ton tow truck.
The leading edge of its left-hand wing was torn, while the engine cover, which collided with the passenger tube, had an 8-inch dent.
The Malaysian Airlines flight MH805, meanwhile, damaged its right-hand fuselage after it smashed on a mobile metal staircase. It was parked in one of NAIA’s remote parking areas.
According to Captain Amado Soliman, head of the Air Safety Foundation, the planes were temporarily airborne when strong gusts of winds flew over their wings. These made both planes – which weigh approximately hundreds of tons each – lighter.
When Typhoon Glenda passed through NAIA, it had winds of up to 122 km per hour, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
Both planes will remain grounded at NAIA awaiting investigation.
NAIA suspended operations at 7 am Wednesday, resuming only at 11 am after runways 13-31 and 06-24 were inspected and cleared of debris. (READ: Cancelled flights: Wednesday, July 16)
An Eva Air flight BR271 from Taipei was the first flight to land in NAIA at 11:30 am
The halt in operations stranded 302 domestic flights and 93 international flights. – Rappler.com
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