"Mad panic" as Manchester Airport terminal ‘evacuated due to structural damage’

Part of Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 was evacuated after a crack formed in the floor of a temporary gate lounge, sparking "mad panic" and confusion for passengers.

Travellers reported loud noises as the crack suddenly formed, with one saying it sounded like the floor was "collapsing" and another describing "mad panic".

One photo posted online showed a crack in a wall next to a steel beam.

Passengers gathered on the tarmac after the lounge was evacuated, although they complained of poor communication before they were told to leave.

One passenger tweeted a photo of people gathered outside the terminal.

He wrote: "Mad panic after loud noise. No announcement, everyone just sat (in danger area?) waiting. Not great."

Another traveller wrote: "Been stood for 20 minutes where the temporary floors sound like they are collapsing.

"Finally evacuated outside. Trying to go on my cruise.

"Not great communication Manchester airport."

A spokesman for Manchester Airport said a "small" crack developed in the floor of a temporary gate lounge.

He said the incident affected passengers on one flight and the lounge was evacuated as a precaution.

The situation was investigated and passengers were allowed back inside a short time after the lounge was evacuated.

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