A devastating incident unfolded near Boise Airport as a privately owned jet hangar, under construction, collapsed on Wednesday evening.
The tragedy resulted in three fatalities and nine individuals sustaining injuries.
The Boise Fire Department reported that the collapse occurred around 5 pm, leading to a chaotic scene with critical injuries among the victims.
Details of the Incident:
According to Division Chief of Operations Aaron Hummel, the hangar collapse was described as a ‘catastrophic collapse of a metal structure at a construction site.’
Emergency responders worked diligently to secure and rescue victims.
Hummel noted that it was a comprehensive collapse, and while the cause remains unknown, everyone present during the incident has been located and accounted for.
Injuries and Specialized Rescue Efforts:
Out of the nine injured, five are in critical condition, receiving treatment at local hospitals.
Some victims were on a hoist or elevated platform when the structure collapsed, necessitating specialized rescue efforts.
Additionally, a crane was reported to have collapsed during the incident, adding further complexity to the rescue operation.
Investigation into the Cause:
Authorities are actively investigating the cause of the hangar collapse, which occurred adjacent to Jackson Jet Center, a facility offering private airplane charters and maintenance.
The Boise city permitting records indicate that the contracted builder, Big D Builders, had obtained permits for the construction of a 39,000-square-foot jet hangar at a cost of $6.2 million.
The project included a concrete foundation and a metal building.
Statements from Officials and Affected Parties:
Jessica Flynn, CEO of Jackson Jet Center, expressed condolences in a statement, saying, ‘Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this horrific event.’
While the exact cause of the collapse remains unknown, Flynn emphasized the focus on supporting their team and partners during this challenging time.
The hangar collapse near Boise Airport has left a community in mourning, with three lives lost and several others grappling with critical injuries.
The ongoing investigation aims to uncover the factors contributing to the tragic incident, shedding light on potential safety concerns in construction practices.
As authorities work to determine the cause, the incident serves as a somber reminder of the risks associated with construction activities and the importance of stringent safety measures.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn