It appears that a tug driver must have had a big shock when the right side main gear of the business jet he was towing collapsed into a manhole after the cover broke due to the weight of the jet. Then to make matters worse the newly laid tar also allowed the second wheel to sink. The question to ask is why Lanseria’s engineering department has specified plastic manhole covers and why the manhole has not been surrounded by the correct reinforced concrete to required specification? The airport should know that the main gear on business jets have a very high loading on pavements and therefore the correct specifications should be stipulated especially within the applications where aircraft traffic is to be expected.
This is going to be an interesting insurance claim, because who will be held liable?
- The tug driver and his company?
- Lanseria International Airport?
- The contractor who has been appointed to install the new access gate system?
- The engineer who specified the application and should have inspected this?