4 hurt when hangar collapses at Newark Liberty Airport

Hanger collapse at Newark Airport in New Jersey.

CBS New York

NEWARK, N.J. -- An old United Airlines hangar being demolished at Newark Liberty International Airport partially collapsed, sending four workers to the hospital.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the collapse occurred early Wednesday afternoon.

He says the four men had injuries that weren't considered to be life-threatening. Pentangelo says nine workers were inside the building at the time and all are accounted for.

CBS New York reports that Port Authority Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting units were there, along with PANYNJ ESU and the regional Urban Search and Rescue team.

No aircraft were in the hangar at the time. Pentangelo says it is now owned by the Port Authority and hasn't been used for 10 years.

CBS New York reports that the building is rich in history and has welcomed many VIPs, including President Nixon who spoke there in May, 1971 after taking a helicopter tour of Gateway National Recreation Area, according to sources.

Newark is a major hub for Chicago-based United.