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.
“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.