'Glenda' winds drag 2 parked airplanes in NAIA

Posted at 07/16/2014 2:12 PM | Updated as of 07/18/2014 10:00 AM
A Singapore Airlines plane was damaged after being dragged by strong winds due to 'Glenda.' Photo by Raoul Esperas

MANILA, Philippines – Two commercial aircraft parked at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were damaged due to strong winds brought by typhoon "Glenda."

NAIA-Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta, citing a report by Manila International Airport Authority operation manager Alvin Candelaria, said strong winds dragged two parked planes of Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, causing it to hit runway equipment.

Basanta said a Boeing 777 aircraft of Singapore Airlines was dragged by winds by about 5 meters, causing it to hit an air bridge.

The incident damaged the plane’s left wing and caused a dent on the left engine.

A Singapore Airlines plane was damaged after being dragged by strong winds due to 'Glenda.' Photo by Raoul Esperas

Basanta said the aircraft could have crashed into the NAIA-Terminal 1 building if it did not hit the equipment.

Meanwhile, a Boeing 738 plane of Malaysia Airlines also sustained damage when it hit a mobile service stairs after it was dragged and spun by strong winds.

The front right portion of the plane was damaged.

“Due to very strong winds, we have 2 plane incidents. First involving an aircraft of Singapore Airlines on the ground damaging its left wing after it hit one of the air bridges of Terminal 1. Another is Malaysian Airlines plane which fuselage was damaged after it turned some 45 degrees to its side hitting a service stairs stationed nearby while it was parked at remote parking of the cargo terminal,” said airport general manager Jose Angel Honrado.

Candelaria, meanwhile, has advised Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines to secure their planes to prevent further damage.

Both planes have been grounded pending an investigation.

Passengers of affected flights will be assigned to another aircraft. -- Report from Raoul Esperas