A Roof Collapse has Occured at Delhi Airport Amid Heavy Rain

Part of the roof has collapsed at Delhi Airport Terminal 1 early Friday morning, killing 1 and injuring 6. The collapse happened amid heavy rain at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), the country’s busiest airport, causing all domestic departures to be suspended. While the story is still developing, images of the collapse are starting to appear on social media.

The collapse occurred around 5:00a local time in the terminal’s arrival area and rescue operations are underway. The collapse crushed vehicles in the drop-off area, falling on private cars and taxis, and multiple deaths have been reported as part of the collapse.

At the time of this post, hundreds of flights have been delayed and dozens have been cancelled with that number expected to grow. The airport released the below statement after the collapse.

A recent update shows that flights at Terminals 2 and 3 are operating as usual while all Terminal 1 departures have been delayed until 2:00p local time.

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 1

Terminal 1 at Delhi Airport, where the collapse occurred, recently underwent a massive renovation and expansion project. The new, expanded terminal was opened this year and billed as “A Gateway to New India” The upgrades expanded the terminal from 60,000 square meters to 190,000 square meters.

Terminal 1 is the the largest domestic terminal in India with an annual capacity of over 40 million passengers. It primarily hosts flights by IndiGo and SpiceJet.

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Exterior of Terminal 1 at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi prior to the collapse.


Part of the terminal roof collapsed at Delhi Airport amid heavy rain early Friday morning. Details are still emerging but there are reports of at least one person killed and six injured due to the collapse. Terminals 2 and 3 are operating normally but departures from Terminal 2 have been delayed.

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