Sunday, September 11, 2011

UPDATE: Sept. 8 weather incident at Nellis Air Force Base

Released by Nellis Public Affairs

Release Number: 110904

9/9/2011 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A canopy which provides protection from the elements for aircraft maintenance and support personnel on the east side of the Nellis Air Force Base collapsed when a microburst, a sudden, violent downdraft of air over a small area; hit the base at approximately 5 p.m. Sept. 8. Eight military members received minor injuries and were treated at the Mike O'Callahan Federal Hospital and all have been released.

In addition to the injured military personnel, vehicles in the area as well as the walls and the concrete pad holding the structure were also damaged. Thirteen aircraft, including 11 F-16s and two A-10s, were in individual bays were under the structure at the time of the incident. Recovery operations are ongoing, the incident is under investigation and the full extent of the damage to the aircraft and other resources in the area is currently being assessed.


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