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Worker injured in Learjet explosion at ET Regional Airport

A worker running tests on a Learjet 45 has been seriously burned when an explosion occured in the Arrowsmith Hangar of the East Texas Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Hangar workers rushed to the man's aid after the explosion, and were able to get him away from the plane. That man was airlifted to a Dallas burn unit from the scene for treatment. His name has not been released. 

After rescuing the injured man, the workers pushed the jet out of the hangar to prevent any further damage. 

"It could have been a lot worse if the employees here at Arrowsmith had not reacted the way they did. They did a great job getting this fire extinguished and getting the aircraft out of the hangar," said Airport manager Virginia Hall.

Gregg County Sheriff's Airport division deputies and the Gregg County Fire Marshal were on scene, and describe the fire as a flash fire that occured during a precipitation test on the aircraft. The employee is Dallas-based.

The incident occured around 1:15 pm.

"According to our first responders the flash fire self extinguished itself but not before injuring the worker causing burns", Lieutenant Mike Claxton said this afternoon.  "The injured man was transported by air to a Dallas burn hospital," Claxton said.

"We are conducting a fire investigation at the scene utilizing Airport assets including the Fire Marshal," Claxton added.  "Of course we hope that the investigation can determine the cause and or origin of the fire," Claxton said.

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