Architect: Beijing airport damage not design flaw

By the Associated Press | November 24, 2011 | 1:10 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — One of the architects behind the busiest airport in Asia says substandard materials or installation are likely to blame for roof sections being torn off Beijing's three-year-old Terminal 3.

Shao Weiping said Thursday that design flaws are not responsible.

State media say passengers reported seeing bits of white and yellow roofing material blowing across runways and through parts of the $2.8 billion terminal on Tuesday.

It was the second time in a year that wind damaged the airport, which is second only to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in terms of total passengers.

Shao is an architect with one of the firms who collaborated on the structure, the Beijing Architectural Design and Research Institute.