Thursday, May 17, 2018

Contractor dead after falling from McCampbell-Porter Airport (KTFP) roof

A contractor working on the roof of the McCampbell-Porter Airport in Aransas Pass fell to his death around 10:20 a.m. Thursday, according to the San Patricio County Sheriff Leroy Moody.

Moody said contractors working for a construction company called Mexican National were doing some Hurricane Harvey-related repairs on the roof of a hangar. One of the workers, a 42-year-old Hispanic male, did not have his safety harness hooked up properly and stepped off the roof, falling all the way down.

The victim has not yet been identified. A Justice of the Peace has ordered an autopsy be done to see if there was anything medically wrong with him at the time of the accident.

The building being worked on at the airport is the Third Coast Squadron Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum.

According to County Judge Terry Simpson, the Air Force leases the hangar from San Patricio County. The organization uses it to house the museum and a collection of antique aircraft.

The airport manager believes Mexican National was a subcontractor and was made up of a group of family members. The workers had just started doing the roof repairs two days ago.

This was the second major incident to happen at the airport in less than a year. Last July, a man on a mower at the airport tried to get across a runway in front of an airplane and caused it to crash. Fortunately, there were no injuries in that case.

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