Incoming flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport experienced delays of 2 hours and beyond due to a red alert lightning warning last Sunday, June 9. A red alert lightning warning means lightning is prevailent in the area which poses great danger to the passengers and personel working at the ramp area during those moments. Ground movement for ramp personel were temporarily suspended due to the danger of lightning which may strike them.
“NAIA is now experiencing a succession of flight arrivals as a result of a 2.5 hours suspension of ground movement for ramp personnel and flights. This is due to a red lightning alert that prevailed from 6:40PM until 9:15PM last night (June 9),” the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement on Monday.
NAIA ramp operations were back to normal at around 10 pm.
Seven flights were diverted to Clark due to the bad weather.
Last 2017, a 21-year old ground worker at Southwest Florida International Airport was hit by a lightning bolt while he was standing near a Sun Country aircraft. The lightning struck the tail of the aircraft and a bolt discharge went on to hit the worker causing him to collapse. The worker suffered 3rd degree burns.
During a red lightning alert, personnel, staff, crew, and passengers are not supposed to be in the open tarmac.