Collapse at Boise Airport: 3 deaths, 9 injuries
Three people lost their lives, and nine were injured following the collapse of a hangar near Boise Airport in Idaho on Wednesday evening, around 5:00 pm. MT.
According to a press release issued by the Boise Fire Department, the collapse occurred at a private hangar at W Rickenbacker Street and Luke Street. Immediately after the hangar collapsed, rescue teams arrived and tried stabilizing the situation.
Three people were pronounced dead at the location, and nine suffered injuries, with five of them in critical condition. The injured parties were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
- We do not know precisely what caused the hangar collapse. Our focus now is on supporting our team and partners during this difficult time - said a Jackson Jet Center company representative responsible for the construction of the new hangar.
- Tonight, there was a catastrophic collapse of a metal structure at a construction site. First responders found a hectic scene and worked to secure and rescue victims (...) Division Chief of Operations Aaron Hummel said the Boise Airport, the City of Boise, and all first responders extend their deepest sympathies to those impacted.
The causes of the accident are currently being investigated by representatives of OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
The crash did not affect airport operations. All flights took place as scheduled. There were traffic difficulties in the streets near the airport.
Source: Associated Press, NBC News, People