Explosion at Beechcraft plant Kansas, Many injured in an explosion at a Kansas aviation manufacturing plant

Explosion at Beechcraft plant Kansas

Nearly a dozen people were injured on Friday morning when a nitrogen tank exploded at a Beechcraft aviation manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas, authorities said.
Part of a building collapsed after the explosion, The Wichita Eagle reported. Stephanie Harder, a spokeswoman for Beechcraft, told the newspaper that the explosion occurred on Floor 3, where the aircraft manufacturing and compound manufacturing operations are located.
Firefighters were called to the plant just after 8 a.m., KAKE-TV reported. At least one person suffered serious injuries, according to a Sedgwick County office supervisor.
Chief James Fromme, of the Wichita Fire Department, said a 4-inch natural gas line was severed, the Eagle reported.
A spokesman for Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell told CNN that it was too early to know the extent of the damage to the facility. The spokesman said the plant was closed for vacations, adding that officials expected “the injuries will be minimal.”
Police have blocked the area around the plant and an investigation is ongoing, KNSW reported.

There were no confirmed fatalities, officials said. Eleven people were taken to the hospital, according to Sedgwick County EMS Director Dr. John Gallagher. Emergency service providers also looked at four others, but they didn’t go to the hospital.
One patient had “potentially serious injuries,” Gallagher said, but he couldn’t provide specifics.
Beechcraft is owned by Textron Aviation and manufactures single- and twin-engine aircrafts.
All employees and contractors working at the plant Friday have been accounted for, Harder said.