Former United Hangar At Newark Collapses
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The old United Airlines hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport – shuttered when it negotiated for a new hangar with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a relationship that is under federal probe – collapsed on Wednesday.
Four people were hurt, two of them seriously, according to nj.com.
The old hangar was being prepped for demolition and was no longer in use by either employees or aircraft. The four people who were hurt were from the demolition crew. It is not known if the planned demolition that was scheduled to take place today will go on.
Nine people total were in the building when it collapsed, and all are accounted for.
United built a sparkling new hangar at Newark after negotiating with the Port Authority. But as part of the negotiations, United is conducting an internal probe – and the feds are conducting their own investigation – as to whether special accommodations were provided for then-Port Authority Chairman David Samson.
Samson had a weekend home in South Carolina. United once had a route between Newark and Columbia, South Carolina that it had shuttered because it wasn’t profitable. The airline suddenly brought the route back, and now investigators want to know why.
In the wake of the dual investigations, United CEO Jeff Smisek and two other executives suddenly resigned on Tuesday.
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