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Ceiling collapse at Phuket Airport leaves one injured

PHUKET: One passenger was left with a head injury today when a large section of suspended ceiling inside the Domestic Departure Terminal of Phuket International Airport collapsed on him.

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Saturday 3 June 2017, 05:08PM


The incident occurred at 2:21pm today (June 3) as Mr Buncha Sanguannam, 58, was sitting at Exit 81-82 waiting for his 3:25pm Nok Air flight to Bangkok.

Mr Buncha was initially aided by airport staff but was later taken to Thalang Hospital where he is said to be receiving further treatment.

The area where the incident occurred has since been closed off so that an investigation can be carried out and the rubble cleared, confirmed an unnamed official from Phuket Airport.

The cause of this incident is due to a large section of rendering beneath the 2nd floor becoming dislodged due to deterioration caused by long-term use, this making the ceiling unable to bear the weight. This caused the ceiling and its frame to collapse and fall into the area where the passenger was sitting,” said the Airport official.

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Airport Director Ms Monrudee Gettuphan has coordinated with Nok Air to ensure Mr Buncha receives a full refund on his ticket, and she has also coordinated with insurance companies involved so they will come out to investigate,” the official added.

We will clear the area and check the ceiling for strength. Then we will perform ceiling repairs, including all lighting in the area.

Regarding the injured passenger, we have arranged for a team to monitor the progress of treatment at Thalang Hospital, and provide assistance in the case of request,” the representative said.

Phuket International Airport will provide assistance to the injured person as much as possible, and would like to apologise for this incident,” the official concluded.

 

 

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malczx7r | 05 June 2017 - 18:33:08

Got to agree with Tamvong, What sort of excuse is long term use of the ceiling???  Bit like the apartments in Bkk which collapsed due to being old (30 years) yes this is what your great investment in luxury apartments in Thailand gets you, absolutely poorly built very low standards of workmanship which will last less than a well made tailored suit! Waste your money at your peril.

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Kurt | 05 June 2017 - 16:35:58

The ex Phuket airport manager visited the victim of falling ceiling plates in Phuket airport domestic departure waiting hall in the hospital.
She brought some gifts, refund all ticketing finances and fork up all medical transport- and hospital bills.
That is a nice way of making excuse to the victim.

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tamvong | 05 June 2017 - 11:58:45

Huh? "Caused by long-term use"? Who exactly "uses" a ceiling? "unable to bear the weight"? The weight of what - people using it? Spider-Man perhaps? Such BS. Almost certainly poor original construction and/or water penetration, coupled with lack of maintenance and poor management. Kurt is right, this suggests the entire ceiling is dangerous - take care people.

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Kurt | 03 June 2017 - 21:32:07

What a bad thai Phuket airport thing.
Read: "The cause of this incident is due to, bla, bla, bla....long time use, bla bla bla...making the ceiling unable to bear the weight, bla bla,bla".

Is this a Phuket International airport manager excuse?
This is more serious and dangerous than her airport toilets she never checked until the Minister of transport came 2 time to Phuket airport to check toilets.

How about to put this Phuket airport manager on a non manager position?  ( some kind of inactive duty until somewhere a 7-Eleven shop offers her a position)
Now several years, time after time, she shown absolutely not to be able to function in this international airport position. 'Promote' her to a inactive post, somewhere in Isan or so, or a BKK 7_Eleven shop.
Thai government owns the thai and international travelers a explanation.
What diplomas, degrees this Phuket airport manager has. Are it real certifications or bought?

Anyway, according thai explanation now we know that the whole of domestic ceiling is not safety proof.

I not want guarantee of medical expenses when the ceiling parts are falling down due to management failures.
I want a safe waiting lounge ceiling while I wait for my departing flight.
Clear?

Foreign travelers, be aware of dropping ceiling parts, open your umbrellas above you children in Phuket Airport departure waiting hall.!

It sounds funny, but it can safe your life,.

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