Strong Wind Delays More than 200 Flights in Beijing

13:00, December 12, 2010      

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This photo taken on Friday, December 10, 2010 shows the debris blown off from the roof of the No.3 Terminal building in Beijing Capital International Airport. [Photo: Beijing Times]
Strong wind swept Beijing on Friday, which tore up the roof of No.3 Terminal (T3) building and delayed more than 200 flights at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), The Beijing News reports.

An anonymous employee of BCIA's News Center said, the wind, with speed up to a maximum 26m/s or 10-grade, blew away part of the metal plate on the roof of T3 building, and its debris scattered on the runway, causing the runway's temporary close.

The employee added, BCIA started its emergency plan, the path connecting the airport high speed road and the entrance of T3 building was under temporarily traffic control.

Until 5 p.m. Friday, strong wind, along with heavy snow in Northeastern China, has led to delays of more than 200 flights at the BCIA.

According to the report, the strong wind has begun to taper down and the operations of BCIA returned to normal until now.

Additionally, Friday's heavy snowfall in northeastern China forced the closure of highways and airports, including Jilin and Liaoning provinces and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Source: CRIENGLISH. com

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