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Details shared by attorney in Boise Airport hangar collapse lawsuit press conference

3 killed, 9 injured in 'catastrophic' hangar collapse at Idaho airport
Posted at 4:49 AM, Jul 10, 2024

BOISE, Idaho — Enrique Serna, a lawyer representing the families of two victims in the Boise Airport hangar collapse, discussed details of the lawsuit against the involved companies at a press conference, which was filed on July 9.

The press conference is available in its entirety in the video player below.

Boise Hangar Collapse Lawsuit Press Conference

Legal documents filed by Serna in federal court list Inland Crane, Big D Builders, Speck Steel, and Steel Building Systems as defendants in the suit. Walker Structural Engineering is also named in the lawsuit but is not currently a defendant in the suit according to Serna.

The suit alleges that on the day before the hangar collapse, January 30, 2024, workers at the site reported bowing beams and snapping cables. After this, Inland Crane allegedly removed four support cranes on January 31, and hours later the hangar collapsed.

Legal filings also detail other oversights by the defendants, alleging that the companies rushed construction of an unapproved and modified version of the hangar which led to the collapse of the structure.

Inland Crane released the following statement following the press release:
“Inland Crane expresses its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims in this tragic incident. While we mourn the loss of our partners, friends, and colleagues, all evidence demonstrates that Inland Crane and our employees are not at fault for this tragedy. We are confident that the judicial process will exonerate Inland Crane and our employees.”

An investigation into the situation by OSHA is expected to be completed by the end of July 2024.