Global Expresses, G550 In Collapsed Hangar
The bill to general aviation from last weekend's massive snowstorm on the east coast could hit tens of millions of dollars and most of that could come from the partial collapse of one building at Dulles International Airport. As we reported Saturday, part of the roof of Dulles Jet Center came down under the weight of the snow. At the time, all that was known was that there were aircraft inside but photos provided to AVweb by a reader show a scene that is enough to make any insurance executive shiver. Two Bombardier Global Express jets and a Gulfstream 550 appear to be in takeoff attitude inside the hangar, their tails pushed to the floor under the weight of the crushed structure of the building. It's not immediately known whether they can be repaired and it might be tricky getting them out from under the twisted steel.
The storm also took out Dulles Aviation's hangar at Manassas Regional Airport. Newspaper reports say there were no aircraft or people inside the hangar when it came down. The ordeal may not be over, however. A winter storm warning was issued Monday and up to 14 more inches of snow could fall by Wednesday.
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