Approximately 11am this morning a call went to all area emergency personnel. In hanger 1748 at the San Marcos Airport, there was an explosion and fire which completely destroyed one aircraft.
The San Marcos Fire Department minimized the damages and saved the other aircraft in the hanger by responding quickly. There was one staff member, believed to be part of the maintenance crew, transported to Central Texas Medical Center with minor burns, he is expected to be released today.
At the on-site press conference, Mike Baker, San Marcos Fire Chief, said during the post accident press conference, “We saved the other four planes, and there were no firefighter injuries.” He noted that the heat was very intense and there was heavy smoke upon his arrival. The fire was put out using CAFS – Compressed Air Foam System.
Richard Mendoza, Director of Public Works and Airport, said, ”I found out in the public work building, we heard it over the radio frequencies.” Mendoza also noted the airport is not FAA certified an thus not required to report incidents but he has reported the event to the San Antonio FAA.
A press release will be available later today on the incident from the City of San Marcos and Melissa Millecam.
The airplane burned completely but the other aircraft were spared
From Staff Reports
EDIT: Attached the press release from the City of San Marcos.
One airplane was destroyed and four other planes were saved after San Marcos Fire Rescue responded to an explosion and fire at a hangar at San Marcos Municipal Airport around 11 a.m. Friday.
One person was reported to be injured and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, according to Fire Chief Mike Baker. No other information was available about the victim or where the person was taken.
Firefighters responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. reporting an explosion at a private hangar owned by Berry Aviation. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy dark smoke coming from the hangar.
The fire was extinguished within ten minutes, Chief Baker said. The San Marcos Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.
A 28-passenger turbo prop airplane in the hangar was destroyed, according to Richard Mendoza, Director of Public Works and Aviation for the City of San Marcos.
Berry Aviation operates as the fixed base operator at the San Marcos Municipal Airport located on Highway 21. The company offers corporate and executive charters, aircraft maintenance, as well as aircraft and fuel sales.
By MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director – City of San Marcos