At least 7 injured as Clark airport damaged by Luzon earthquake

the ceiling at the departure area of the clark international airport is damaged, after a strong earthquake rocked parts of luzon
DAMAGED. The ceiling at the departure area of the Clark International Airport is damaged, after a strong earthquake rocked parts of Luzon on April 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of Lance Lauren

The control tower and passenger terminal of the Clark International Airport are damaged, prompting the suspension of operations

— (MANILA, Philippines) At least 7 people were injured at the Clark International Airport, which sustained damage following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake on Monday, April 22.

In a statement on Monday evening, Clark International Airport Corporation President Jim Melo said 7 people suffered minor injuries when part of the ceiling at the check-in lobby collapsed.

The 7 injured were immediately brought to a nearby hospital, Melo said.

Flights were also suspended starting 7:40 pm on Monday, as authorities began to assess the damage.

“Clark control tower has sustained a broken glass panel. Accordingly, the tower is not being utilized at the moment while awaiting full damage assessment,” said Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Jim Sydiongco.

While the runway was not damaged, parts of the terminal were destroyed, as captured in photos by those who were inside:

 

Canceled flights of Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, along with options for affected passengers, can be viewed here.

At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the earthquake did not affect takeoffs and landings, according to Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal. A runway inspection was also conducted to ensure safety.

Monday’s earthquake rocked parts of Luzon at 5:11 pm, with some areas in Pampanga experiencing intensities V and IV. At least 5 people were reported dead in the province.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the epicenter of the earthquake was located in Castillejos, Zambales.


by Aika Rey | Rappler.com

 

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