United Airlines Hanger 14 Collapse Injures 4

  • Sep 10, 2015 5:18am GMT

The old United Airline hangar 14 at Newark Liberty Airport collapsed unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, injuring four workers, according to the Port Authority. Also known as building 332, the structure was in the process of being demolished.

Nine people were working at the site, four were hurt and taken to University Hospital in Newark. Two of those treated had injuries described as minor and none were life-threatening. The hangar, which has not been in use for at least 10 years, was scheduled to be taken down by today.

Newark is the third-largest hub for United Airlines (after Chicago–O'Hare and Houston–Intercontinental). Approximately 13,000 employees are based at United's Newark hub, more than 700 United aviation maintenance technicians work in a new wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar. 400-plus United and United Express flights depart from Newark every day.

Newark Metropolitan, opened in 1928, was the first major airport in the United States. A trio of Art Deco buildings, the Administration Building, Brewster Hangar and the Medical Building, were built in 1934 and dedicated by Amelia Earhart in 1935. They were added to state and federal registers of historic places in 1980. In 2001, the Administration Building was relocated when a runway was lengthened, and they have subsequently been renovated. The terminal was once adorned with murals by Arshile Gorky, only two of which survive and are part of the Newark Museum collection.