Storm knocks down hangar at Portage County Regional Airport, damages planes

RAVENNA, Ohio - The strong storms that passed through our area Wednesday night damaged several airplane hangars at the Portage County Regional Airport and caused one to collapse.

John Trew, president of the Portage County Airport Authority, told NewsChannel5 that Hanger C, a 20 foot by 400 foot long structure, was somehow lifted off its foundation when the storm hit around 5 p.m.

Trew estimated the winds were between 56 to 64mph at the time, but he is still waiting for an official report from the National Weather Service to determine whether it was a possible microburst.

Approximately seven planes were damaged in the collapse.

There was minor damage to Hangars A, B and D as well that still need to be inspected by a structural engineer.

Trew said a fifth hangar is OK and the airport remains open, but access to the damaged hangars is limited at this time.

The airport is hoping engineers will inspect the structures by Monday so they can begin cleanup.

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