Salvation Army Responds to Austin Plane Crash

The Salvation Army, Austin Area Command, deployed a mobile feeding unit to the downtown office building that houses the federal IRS offices after it was struck by a single engine plane a little after 10:00 AM Thursday morning.

At the request of the Austin Emergency Operations Center, Salvation Army staff and volunteers remain on site providing food and hydration to the first responders. It is anticipated that the Disaster Canteen will continue to serve responders for several days as the investigation into the crash takes place.

As of 10:00 PM on Thursday evening The Salvation Army had served:
• 1000 drinks
• 550 sandwiches
• 700 snacks
• 200 bags of chips

The Disaster Canteen and 2 staff members remained at the scene of the crash through the night serving the firemen, police and investigators who were awaiting permission to enter the building. The Salvation Army is serving breakfast and lunch to responders, including staff from the Chaplain Services of the Austin Police Department who are available to talk with those giving aid and employees from the office building.

It has been confirmed that two people died in the building as a result of the plane crash, in addition to the pilot, and 13 individuals were taken to hospital with injuries, two in critical condition.

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