A private jet hanger that was being constructed at Boise Airport (BOI) in Idaho, United States (US), has collapsed killing five people and injuring nine more.
Boise Fire Department confirmed that on January 31, 2024, at around 5pm local time, a large metal structure that acts as the main frame of the hanger suffered a “catastrophic collapse”.
As well as the three fatalities, five of the nine people injured are said to be in a critical condition at local hospitals.
It is understood that those killed and hurt were all working at the construction site. Some workers were said to be using a hoist or other elevated platforms at the time of the collapse.
A crane being used to construct the new 39,000-square-foot Jackson Jet Center private jet hanger also collapsed during the incident.
When they arrived, firefighters worked to stabilize the structure and rescued multiple victims who were injured or trapped.
“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,” said Division Chief of Operations Aaron Hummel. “The Boise Airport, City of Boise, and all first responders extend their deepest sympathies to those impacted.”
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Private jet company Jackson Jet Center which provides business aviation facilities and hangar space at Boise Airport described the incident as a “horrific event”.
“Tonight, our hearts go out to everyone affected by this horrific event, especially those with loved ones on site when this tragedy occurred. We’re immensely grateful for the rapid and professional response of Boise Fire, Boise Police and Ada County Paramedics along with the expert care of our area hospitals,” a spokesperson for Jackson Jet Center said.
They added: “This occurred just west of our existing Jackson Jet Center at our new 39,000-square-foot steel hangar under construction, where dozens of dedicated people were working on site. We do not know exactly what caused the hangar collapse. Our focus now is on supporting our team and partners during this difficult time.”
The names of those who died will be released by the Ada County Coroner’s Office pending notification of next of kin.
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