Houston hangar collapse crushes LearJet nose
An aircraft hangar has collapsed at Houston Hobby Airport, crushing the nose of a LearJet 45.
Photos posted on local news website khou.com show that the LearJet was not fully inside the hangar at the time of the collapse.
The front of the hangar collapsed onto the nose of LearJet 45XR MSN 45-430 / N813CW, crushing it in the process.
FAA database records show that the LearJet was registered to Jet Linx, which also own the hangar.
According to local reports, the hangar collapsed during ‘microburst’.
A microburst is an intense vertical wind that is created during a thunderstorm.
The weather in Houston was stormy at the time, with frequent rain showers.
It is unclear from the images posted on the internet if any other aircraft were in the hangar at the time of collapse.
Jet Linx offers a private jet card, with its website saying the company currently has 1,321 members. The website also states that it has 104 aircraft in its fleet.
The images on the khou.com website show a number of other aircraft parked around the hangar that seem to be undamaged.
Houston Hobby is one of the busiest airports in the US for private-jet movements, and is home to over 150 business jets.