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Worker killed in blast at aircraft parts plant

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A worker died Sunday afternoon in an explosion at a plant that manufactures airplane parts, authorities said.

The unidentified man died just before 2:30 p.m. when an oven exploded at the M.C. Gill Corp. in the 4000 block of Easy Street, said Sgt. Richard Williams of the El Monte Police Department.

“We got a number of calls about the explosion,” Williams said. “No one knew where it was coming from. You could hear it from quite a ways off.”

M.C. Gill describes itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of original equipment and replacement baggage compartment liners for aircraft.

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Employees were working regular shifts when the accident occurred. Afterward, police evacuated and sealed off the facility pending an investigation. There were no other reports of injuries, police said.


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