Jet Blast Overturns Hangar


A hangar was destroyed and light aircraft were damaged at San Luis Obispo by the jet blast from an American Eagle CRJ on Friday. The airline was testing an engine on the aircraft and it worked well enough to flip at least one partially dismantled and parked Cessna and turn over a hangar on the general aviation ramp. Some aircraft in the hangar were damaged and other structures were damaged according to KSBY News. There were no injuries.

A video taken by local resident shows the RJ at the end of the runway with at least one engine running at high power with the blast directed at a ramp where several light aircraft were tied down. The hangar’s doors were open and facing the jet blast, which got under the building and blew it over on its back. There’s been no comment from American Eagle and the damage total wasn’t immediately available.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


  1. Is this the act of an inexperienced AMT and/or pilot making maintenance tests for full power? Somebody didn’t do his/her job with the maintenance checklist like ensuring prop or jet blast are cleared before full power is applied.

    • I agree, Bob. This video (which could be used as a learning tool on pilots/mechanics being more aware of their surroundings) is totally ruined by the self-absorbed dufus who’s so proud of himself for capturing a YouTube-worthy video. A sign of the times, I guess.