BOISE, Idaho – The Ada County Coroner has released the names of the three men who died in a private hangar collapse near the Boise Airport. The men, all of whom died at the scene, are 59-year-old Craig Durrant, 24-year-old Mariano Coc Och, and 32-year-old Mario Sontay Tzi. The cause of their deaths was blunt force trauma sustained in the accident, according to the coroner’s office.
Nine other individuals were injured in the collapse, with five of them in critical condition, according to officials with the Boise Fire Department. The privately-owned hangar was under construction by Big D Builders and located at West Rickenbacker Street and Luke Street. Inland Crane had been hired to assist with the construction.
According to Jeremy Haener, Vice President of Inland Crane, a crane was working to place an end truss when the hangar collapsed due to an unknown structural failure. He also stated that the crane boom snapped on impact.
Following the accident, the site was fenced off and Wright Street remained closed between West Rickenbacker Street and Orchard Street. As of now, representatives from OSHA are expected to provide further updates on the cause of the collapse and the future of the site.
The hangar was part of a larger construction project being undertaken by Big D Builders, which has been in operation in the valley since 1996. The absence of information concerning the nature of the structural failure has left members of the Boise community reeling. Various companies have shared their commitment to investigating the cause of the collapse, beginning with representatives of OSHA and including Inland Crane and Big D Builders. The community’s next steps in recovering from the incident are yet to be seen.