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Aviation => Aviation News (General) => Topic started by: KB4TEZ on December 27, 2019, 11:09:49 AM

Title: Authorities respond to explosions at Beechcraft in east Wichita
Post by: KB4TEZ on December 27, 2019, 11:09:49 AM

Emergency crews are responding to reports of multiple explosions at the Beechcraft facility in east Wichita.

Officials were called just after 8 a.m. Friday to a possible nitrogen tank explosion at 370 North Webb Road. At least one person suffered serious injuries, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor.

Webb Road was closed from Central to Kellogg. Cessna sent an alert to employees that plants 3 and B15 were being evacuated. The facility is owned by Textron.

Employees say that over the last four years, they've spent a lot of money fixing up plant 3. It's also where Textron builds its prototypes. They say there is lots of composite work done at that plant and some items can be highly explosive.

Depending on what exactly happened at the plant, Cessna's work on the 408 SkyCourier could be delayed, according to employees.