Just past midnight, 5 May 2006: a fire broke out in the Sabena Technics Hangar 40.
Fire services from around the airport rescued to the scene, they could control the fire but couldn’t prevent the roof from collapsing. It took at least 24 hours to completely extinguish the fire.
Five people were injured. An employee of Sabena Technics suffered severe burns and had to be transferred to the hospital of Neder-over-Heembeek. Four firemen got slightly injured.
The approach road to the airport (201) was closed to all traffic due to the proximity of the hangar, as were two runways. Due to the uncertainty if the smoke contained dangerous chemicals, airlines suspended operations until the Ministry of Public Health announced that the smoke was not poisonous. Passengers were advised to use public transport to get to the airport.
4 aircraft were completely destroyed:
- Armavia Airbus A320 EK-32010 (3 days after an Armavia Airbus A320 crashed into the black sea)
- Armenian Airbus 320 EK-32001
- HellasJet Airbus A320 SX-BVB with Volare titles
- Belgian Air Force C-130 CH-02
Hangar 40 was used for major maintenance and at that time it was a very large blow for Sabena Technics.
Forum discussion of Sabena Technics hangar fire: http://www.luchtzak.be/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16633
Wednesday 23 October 2013, Secretary of State for Mobility Melchior Wathelet has inaugurated the new Jetair building at Brussels Airport, called Jetairport. An investment of 30 million euros.
Article by André Orban: http://www.luchtzak.be/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=51483