Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fuel Spill Clue to Rockhampton Airport Portaloo Blast

The Morning Bulletin - Thursday 28 July - The Australian Defence Force (ADF) member seriously burnt during a portaloo explosion on Monday 25 July may have entered it after being exposed to a fuel spill, it has been revealed.

What caused the explosion has been the subject of widespread speculation, however, yesterday the Department of Defence said it believed the man, who suffered third-degree burns to 40% of his body, had fuel on his body and that contributed to the ignition.

The RAAF member suffered horrific burns to his face, head, arms, chest and airways. He was yesterday in a critical, but stable, condition in Royal Brisbane Hospital after earlier this week undergoing emergency surgery.

The Defence spokeswoman said the investigation into the cause of the accident was ongoing.

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