The dramatic moment gale-force winds rip off airport roof in China

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2018, 12:52pm
UPDATED : Monday, 05 March, 2018, 2:46pm

Passengers fled in panic after gale-force winds ripped off roofing at an airport in eastern China.

Changbei Airport in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, was hit by high winds on Sunday, Huashang Daily reported.

In footage shared on social media, passengers scream and run after the covering over an entrance to a departure hall collapses during the gales.

Weather forecasters said the winds reached speeds of over 30 metres a second, equivalent to a violent storm and one category below a hurricane.

Nobody was reported injured in the incident.

A spokeswoman for the airport said flights were suspended briefly because the winds lasted for only a short time. The airport was running as normal on Monday.

One witness told the news website Qq.com: “We saw the sky turn dark. Then suddenly the winds became really, really heavy.

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“At first it didn’t affect the area [outside the airport], but after one or two minutes the winds became even stronger. The shelter at the entrance to block the rain crashed down. It was pretty scary.”

The airport went into service in 1996 and served more than 10.9 million passengers last year, China News Service reported.