No Restart in Sight for Typhoon-Hit Kansai International Airport

Society

Osaka, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture was closed on Tuesday after a runway and other areas were submerged by tidal waves as powerful Typhoon Jebi battered western Japan, and there is no prospect for its restart at the moment, according to its operator.

At the airport on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, the terminal building and other facilities were also exposed to seawater.

Furthermore, a drifting 2,591-ton tanker crashed into the only bridge between the airport island and the opposite shore, raising the need for safety checks before the damaged bridge is reopened.

The access bridge was closed before the accident, due to strong winds.

The Japan Transport Safety Board has appointed three investigators to conduct an on-site investigation from Wednesday.

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