HANNIBAL | Both fuel tanks at Hannibal Regional Airport are fully operational again. The announcement was made last week by Andy Dorian, the city's director of central services.
In an email to members of the Hannibal Airport Advisory Board on Feb.12 Dorian reported that both the 100 low lead and Jet A tanks were “back up and running.”
The sale of 100 low lead was suspended in mid December after a pair of flash fires within an hour caused minor damage to the pumping system for that aviation fuel.
Following the Jan. 9 meeting of the airport advisory board Dorian said it was anticipated that the sale of 100 low lead would resume later in the month of January. He added, however, that it could take a bit longer, depending on when the necessary parts arrived.
While the fires did “very, very minimal” damage to the 100 low lead canister which houses the fuel system's filter, because 10 to 15 other “minor (maintenance) things” also needed to be done to the 100 low lead system the decision was made to perform all the upgrades at once.
Although the December fires were confined to the 100 low lead fuel system, the Jet A pump also was shut down for a day as a precaution.
The loss of 100 low lead fuel sale revenue for over a month was not expected to have a major impact on the airport's bottom line, said Dorian in January. He explained that during the winter months the sale of 100 low lead is typically far less than Jet A sales.
The fires occurred on Dec. 13 while personnel from R.L. Hoener of Quincy, Ill., were changing out the fuel filters on the 100 low lead pump. A static charge occurred causing a “small fire,” Dorian said. The blaze reignited approximately an hour later and was quickly extinguished.