MANILA, Philippines – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) faced a major crisis to start off 2023, as faulty electrical systems caused the airport operations to come to a standstill for almost an entire day.
The outage could have been avoided if not for the delays in repairing and maintaining crucial components that keep communication and navigation systems running.
A Senate investigation found that no proper maintenance had been made on air traffic equipment for the past two years.
The automatic voltage regulator, used to maintain a constant voltage, was only repaired earlier this May, months after the disastrous outage.
In this episode of Newsbreak Chats, Rappler’s resident economist JC Punongbayan and multimedia reporter Lance Spencer Yu break down the events that led to the airport outage, how the timeline of events was put together, the challenges that came with its coverage, and actions that have been taken by authorities since.
Watch Newsbreak Chats on Thursday, May 25, at 4 pm. – Rappler.com