Dulles Jet Center Vows To Rebuild

 - February 23, 2010, 10:02 AM

Dulles Jet Center–which is now closed after three of its four 40,000-sq-ft hangars collapsed on February 6, succumbing to the weight of more than 32 inches of snow–plans to rebuild at its site on the west side of Washington Dulles International Airport. David Landow, who owns the facility along with his father Nathan and brother Michael, told AIN, “We are presently closed for all business [hangar and ramp] while repairs are made to Hangar D and the Flight Services Building [terminal building] and while plans for the reconstruction of the damaged hangars are prepared. We will reopen in phases, but no estimate yet on when that will start to occur.” The roofs of Hangars A, B, and C collapsed completely, while Hangar D suffered structural damage but remains standing. No Dulles Jet Center personnel were injured in the mishap, but 14 business jets–Gulfstreams, Bombardier Globals and Dassault Falcons–were crushed by structural beams. According to industry sources, all of the damaged aircraft are write-offs, with damages for the jets estimated at more than $300 million. Nathan Landow wasn’t able to put a dollar figure on the damage to the facility itself, but when the 160,000-sq-ft hangar complex opened in late 2006 it was estimated to have cost $60 million to build.