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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Fatal Kinder Morgan Pipeline Explosion that Killed 2 in Arizona

Arizona Pipeline Explosion Lawyer | NTSB Report Kinder Morgan Pipeline Explosion Coolidge, AZ

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the deadly pipeline explosion that tragically killed a father and his teenage daughter in Coolidge, Arizona, over the summer.

While Board investigators are a long way from determining a cause, they did note that pressure in the pipeline was below the maximum allowable operating pressure just before the blast.

Pipeline Was Operated by El Paso Natural Gas

The August 15th explosion erupted around 5:30 a.m. along a 30-inch natural gas pipeline operated by Kinder Morgan subsidiary El Paso Natural Gas. The blast was seen and heard for miles and ignited a fire that would burn for more than two hours.

The force of the explosion also ejected a 46-section of pipeline into the air.

3rd Victim Flown to Maricopa Medical Center with Severe Burns

The flames quickly spread to a farmhouse about 120 feet from the site of the blast. The remains of two missing people were eventually found inside the home and later identified as a man in his 60s and his 14-year-old daughter.

The girl’s mother managed to escape the burning home but had to be airlifted to Maricopa Medical Center with burns on 50% of her body.

The farmhouse was destroyed.

NTSB Awaiting Results of Pipeline Testing and Analysis

According to the NTSB, the pipeline that ruptured was installed in 1985 to transport crude oil. The line was converted to natural gas service about 20 years ago and acquired by Kinder Morgan in 2012.

The federal investigation is ongoing. The NTSB has submitted fractured and intact sections of the pipeline for lab analysis and testing. However, identifying the probable cause of the blast will likely take a year or more, even once those results are available.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the Arizona Corporate Commission are coordinating with the NTSB.

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