2/8/2005 - HFD Responds to Plane Crash
HFD Responds to Plane Crash

On Wednesday, February 2, 2005, a corporate jet failed to gain altitude during takeoff from Teterboro Airport. The plane slid off the runway, crossed Route 46 and slammed into a warehouse. A fire ensued.

The Hackensack Fire Department responded, as did emergency personnel from the NY/NJ Port Authority, Bergen County HazMat Department, crews from Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Moonachie, and Teaneck.

Hackensack played an important role in responding to the disaster.  Answering a request for assistance from the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department, the HFD responded with an Ambulance, Engine Company, and Special Operations Collapse Team.

20 people were injured including 11 passengers on the plane, several morning commuters traveling on Route 46 and several firefighters.  One Hackensack firefighter was injured. He was treated by Ambulance personnel and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.  

The Hackensack Fire Department provided water supply to support foam operations designed suppress jet fuel fires.  Engine Co. 1 was used for this operation.  This team worked expeditiously to help contain the fire and prevent the spread of flames to neighboring buildings.

The Collapse Team provided technical expertise in assessing the structural integrity of the building after the collision and fire.  The team ensured that the building would not fail during search and rescue operations. 

The disaster of February 2, 2005 demonstrates the Department’s preparedness in handling any emergency situation that may arise.  The City acknowledges the dedication and commitment of its Fire, Police and Ambulance personnel. 

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