In the second such incident in a week, a big glass door at domestic terminal of the airport here today came crashing down, causing panic among passengers and security personnel and raising questions about quality of the material used in the construction of the terminals.

The about 20 feet by 15 feet glass door at Gate No.4 of the departure area collapsed around 9 am, a peak hour with four different flights scheduled to leave the airport around the time, airport sources said.

A glass panel in the same area but located at a height of about 30 feet also collapsed, they said.

The incident occurred even as passengers, booked on the four flights, were entering the airport through the gate. The passengers were gripped by panic and even the security personnel on duty at near the gate ran away, they said.

A boy suffered scratches caused by the falling glass pieces in the incident, the latest in a series of incidents involving collapse of false ceiling, glass doors and cracking of granite slabs at the new terminals, built at a cost of over ₹2,000 crore and inaugurated by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in January 2013.

On March 31, a sensor glass gate collapsed at the terminal, injuring an employee of the airport.

The recurring incidents have raised questions about quality of the material used in the construction of the airport terminals.

The international terminal is yet to be put to full use as only departures are being operated from the new one.

(This article was published on April 6, 2014)
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