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On and on…the jinx continues to hound the Philippines premier airport

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport © rappler.com
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport © rappler.com

AS the Manila International Airport Authority continues to look for solutions concerning the troubles besetting the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the “jinx” goes on and on.

On Tuesday afternoon, a glass panel near the boarding Gate 10 of the NAIA Terminal 1 suddenly broke. Luckily nobody was hurt.

Renz Calderon of the MIAA operations division said “vibration” produced by the two planes parked at Gates 9 and 11 may have cause the glass shattering.

The following day, a part of the gypsum board ceiling, which is about a meter in size, collapsed without warning leaving a big hole in the ceiling of the perfume section of the Duty Free Shop at the airport’s Terminal 1. Again luck has it that no one is injured.

Early this month, NAIA Terminal 3 suffered a five-hour power outage which stranded thousands of airplane passengers. The power outage is one in the series of unfortunate incidents besetting the over priced terminal.

Last January, an American plane passenger was injured by a falling ceiling at the pre-departure area of the ill-fated Terminal 3.

In 2013, gunmen aboard a motorcycle shot dead Zamboanga del Sur town mayor, his wife and two others in an ambush at the arrival area of NAIA Terminal 3.

Several years ago a distraught woman from Quirino province hanged herself from the fourth floor of the same terminal but survive.

A day before the woman’s attempted suicide, a seven by one-meter portion of the airport’s mezzanine ceiling fell on a luggage carousel immediately after passengers of a Cebu Pacific flight from Iloilo retrieved their luggage from the same conveyor.

The train of bad luck affecting NAIA’s Terminals and the failure of the airport management to respond properly prompted several middle level airport officers to suggest the hiring of a geomancer in a bid to end the string of unfortunate events that is rocking the controversial terminal.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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