Faulty Fire System In Delayed Berlin Airport Traced Back To Fake Engineer

Luftbild des Flughafens BER "Willy Brandt" am 9.7.2013

Berlin’s yet to be completed Brandenburg Airport (BER) has faced another round of embarrassing news when Stern magazine reported that one of the engineers responsible for designing the airport’s faulty fire system wasn’t even a qualified engineer.

Alfredo di Mauro’s title on his business card was the only thing that showed that he was qualified for the job, and in an interview with Stern, he told the magazine that “no one asked about my university qualifications; that wasn’t necessary for the work we carried out.” It turns out that all di Mauro was ever qualified to be was an engineering draftsman.

Di Mauro worked on the BER project from 2006 until his firing just last month when it was finally discovered that his qualifications didn’t match up.

While the fire system is not the only issue that caused the airport to miss its 2012 opening, the failed smoke extraction system is one of the major fixes that still has not been addressed, and with this new information, the failure makes a little more sense.

 

Sources: The Local, RT
Photo: Günter Wicker / Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

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