Passengers have been evacuated onto the tarmac at Manchester Airport after reports that the floor was collapsing at the flight gate inside the terminal building.
Photos shared on Twitter by passenger Andrea Atherton show a large and troubling crack in the wall around a steel support beam. Atherton also said passengers, who had been waiting on a flight to Palma in Mallorca, had been evacuated outside after the temporary floors sounded as though they were “collapsing.”
Been stood for 20 minutes where the temporary floors sound like they are collapsing. Finally evacuated outside. Trying to go on my cruise. Not great communication Manchester airport. @GranadaReportspic.twitter.com/kJRjkdEZgY
— Andrea Atherton (@Andreamisty) May 29, 2018
Passengers were waiting to board their flight to Palma, the resort city and capital of the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca, when the incident occurred.
A spokesman for the airport confirmed the incident to RT, but said the structural issue is only affecting Gate 212 in Terminal 2. The gate is inside a temporary building while renovation work takes place.
One passenger told the Manchester Evening News: “About an hour ago there was a loud noise. Everyone was panicking. It looks like something is wrong with the building, it is collapsing. The fire brigade have evacuated the building. They didn’t tell anybody what was going on. We are now stood outside on the airfield.”
Atherton later tweeted that passengers were being allowed to board their flight.
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