AIAA Statement on Explosion at Beechcraft Manufacturing Facility in Kansas Written 30 December 2019


CONTACT: Michele McDonald

December 30, 2019 – Reston, Va. – Along with the rest of the aerospace community, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) wishes a speedy recovery to the more than a dozen workers injured on 27 December when a nitrogen line ruptured at the Beechcraft aircraft manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas.

“Textron Aviation, Beechcraft’s parent company, is focused on the continued safety of the Beechcraft workers as well as the needs of the families of those injured during this holiday season––a focus AIAA wholeheartedly supports,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “Safety and security are a priority for the aerospace industry and extend from the dedicated workers who build the airplanes to the passengers who rely upon us to get them safely to their destination. We are confident the investigation of what led to the incident will help inform the safety-first culture of the aerospace community.”

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