- Plane Crash Environmental Response
Burns & McDonnell provided emergency response, site assessment, remediation support and environmental management following the July 2013 plane crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California.
- Emergency response
- Spill containment
- Site assessment
- Regulatory interfacing
- Remediation plan
- Remedial implementation
The Boeing 777-28EER aircraft was destroyed in a landing accident at SFO. There were 291 passengers and 16 crew members on board. Three passengers died and 48 were seriously injured. The main landing gear and rear fuselage struck a sea wall, just short of runway 28L. The empennage separated at the rear bulkhead. The airplane then ballooned, yawed left and spun before it came to rest to the left of runway 28L, 735 meters (2,400 feet) from the seawall. A post-impact fire occurred when a fuel tank ruptured inboard of the No. 2 engine, spilling fuel on the hot engine, which caused the fuel to ignite.
Fuel (Jet A), motor oil and hydraulic fluid were released during the crash. Field activities included environmental support and spill containment during the relocation of the aircraft; sampling and analysis of soil; excavation of impacted soil; transportation and disposal of excavated materials as special waste; and soil sampling. Burns & McDonnell conducted a comprehensive soil and groundwater site assessment of contamination and is working with the stakeholders for any remedial activities efforts necessary.
- Urgent response
- Cleaning of fuel-affected runways
- Spill containment during lift and transport of aircraft
- Spill containment and environmental management at relocation site
- Coordination with numerous agencies
- Site assessment
- Laboratory analysis of soil
- Remediation of impacted soil
- Site restoration
- Regulatory reporting