Beginning April 5, the Santa Barbara Airport will be carrying out a remediation project at the site of the 2019 C-130 aircraft crash landing.
International engineering and environmental services firm Langan Corporation will be leading the project to remove contaminated soil from the site of the non-injury crash.
The contaminated soil will then be taken by truck to Kettleman City — which hosts a large hazardous waste facility — for disposal, while the excavated areas will be backfilled with clean soil nightly.
The aircraft accident took place on Aug. 25, 2019 when a private C-130 aerial oil-spill dispersant aircraft crash landed on the main runway of the airport while attempting to make an emergency landing.
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the crash was due to an engine air duct failure.
There were seven people onboard the plane and none were injured. The main runway was shut down for 19 hours for investigations of the wreckage, leading to the cancellation of 24 commercial flight departures and 19 arrival flights.
The clean-up effort will take place through the beginning of June, with work being done on the airport property from midnight to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
No impacts to flight operations are expected during the completion of the project, according to airport officials.
“Impacts to normally scheduled airport operations, including Commercial Air Service, are not expected,” the City of Santa Barbara said in a news release. “Langan is working closely with Airport Administration and (the Federal Aviation Administration) to ensure safe and efficient operations throughout the project.”
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