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1 Dead, 13 Injured As New Airport Terminal Collapses

This is the moment the roof of an airport’s new under-construction terminal collapses leaving one man dead and a further 13 injured.

The incident took place on Tuesday evening at the new departure terminal of the International Airport of Ministro Pistarini, better known as the airport of Ezeiza, in the city of Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital.

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The accident took place around 4.20 pm when a footbridge built by the company TANE (a company which proves scaffolding and other material for construction work) collapsed, causing the death of the worker Jose Bulacio, who was the company’s foreman at the construction site.

According to the company in charge of the airport and another 33 in the country, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, the health department at the airport attended Bulacio and the other 13 injured workers before they were taken to the hospital of Ezeiza.

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People leaving the place after collapse of the building

The company said: “The emergency protocol was carried out, and all the workers were evacuated. It is important that all of the people involved in the accident were already treated and attended.”

The company added that “the construction work has been suspended. More than 60 companies are working on the construction”.

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Vanesa Silva, a worker for TANE, told local media: “I do not know more than what has been said all around, that a machine crashed against the structure and caused the collapse.”

Another unnamed worker said that “a scissor lift got stuck with the scaffolding and it collapsed. But the structure was already weak”.

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People leaving the place after collapse of the building

The company sent a message of condolence to the family of the worker and also added that the relatives of the victims are being supported by them.

Police and firefighters arrived at the scene to attend the emergency and used dogs to find out if there was anybody else among the debris.

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The construction of this terminal was being managed by the national government along with the company Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 who had invested around 8.5 billion ARS (119,915,319 GBP) in the construction work.

The new terminal is 48,000 square metres and it was going to be opened before the end of this year. It is three times bigger than the current terminal A and was created to enable the airport to deal with around 30 million passengers per year.

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Police and firefighters working in the area

The new area was named Zeppelin because of its roof and will house both national and international departures.

According to Ricardo Camano, spokesman for the Union of Construction Workers, “what happened was a tragedy” and he added that “the construction work had been reported for breach of security measures”.

Despite the accident, air operations were not affected.

It is unclear if the authorities are investigating the case.

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Police and firefighters working in the area

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Story By: Ana LacasaSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News


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