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Explosion at Beechcraft aircraft facility on Friday morning

Authorities are responding to reports of an explosion at the Beechcraft aircraft manufacturing facility in Wichita.

Sedgwick County Dispatch says the explosion was reported around 8 a.m. at the facility in the eastern part of the city.  No details were immediately released.

Beechcraft’s parent company, Textron, didn’t immediately return phone or email messages from The Associated Press.  Sedgwick County spokeswoman Kate Flavin didn’t immediately return a telephone message from the AP.

The explosion comes amid troubles for the aircraft industry in Wichita, a major sector of the Kansas economy.

Boeing has announced that it will suspend production of its troubled 737 Max jetliner in January, forcing the state to consider helping to pay workers at Spirit AeroSystems, which produces the jet’s fuselages.

Earlier this month, Beechcraft parent Textron Aviation announced it would lay off an unspecified number of workers, most of them in Wichita.

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