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Today is Friday the 25th of May, 2018 – Start of the Memorial Day weekend.

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 34 min ago

Today starts the 2018 Memorial Day weekend here in the United States.

This coming Monday is Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our country’s armed forces. 

This entire three-day weekend is about a lot more than barbecues, baseball and the beach, and it’s not a patriotic celebration of military might, it is a remembrance of the 1 million plus casualties of all our wars who never made it home.

National Moment of Remembrance

The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December of 2000 and asks that at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

Here are some additional ways that you can honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country:

– Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.

– Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon.

– Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.

– March in or attend a parade.


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Engine Thrust Reverser Departs Aircraft on Landing in Indonesia, Aircraft Ends Up in Grass

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 46 min ago
Date: 25-MAY-2018 Time: 14:10 Type: Boeing 737-2K2C (Adv) Owner/operator: Jayawijaya Dirgantara Registration: PK-JRM C/n / msn: 20943/405 Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4 Other fatalities: 0 Airplane damage: Minor Location: Wamena Airport (WAVV) –    Indonesia Phase: Landing Nature: Cargo Departure airport: Jayapura-Sentani Airport Destination airport: Wamena Airport (WAVV)

A Boeing 737 operated by Jayawijaya Dirgantara suffered a runway excursion at Wamena Airport,Papua, Indonesia.

After landing, when the thrust reversers were deployed, the no.2 engine reverser clam shell doors with supporting structure separated from the airplane.

Directional control was lost and the aircraft ran off the runway onto the grass.

The aircraft carried 12,500 kg of cargo.

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Stansted Airport plane collision – Ryanair flight hit by another PLANE on tarmac at Stansted Airport

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 48 min ago

An airport spokesman said both planes were required to return to the stand after the ‘minor airfield incident’ at around 9.15am on Friday

By Ellie Cambridge and Richard Wheatstone

A RYANAIR flight was clipped by another plane this morning as both prepared to take off from Stansted Airport.

The aircraft, set to fly to Dublin as hundreds head to Ireland today to vote in the abortion referendum, was hit by a Primera plane.

The wing of a Primera flight to Malaga clipped the tail of a stationary Dublin-bound Ryanair aircraft as they were both on the taxiway – before three fire engines raced to the scene. 

Genevieve Hulme Beaman, aged 29, from Dublin, told the Independent: “My whole reason to get home is to vote, so as long as I get home to vote it’s fine.

“You can vote until 10pm. I wanted to be there to support the women there, I have a lot of friends who are very emotional today and they could do with the support. It’s not ideal to be here. I booked this early flight to be there for the whole day.”

An airport spokesman said both planes were required to return to the stand after the “minor airfield incident” at around 9.15am today.

Tom Hart, 30, was on board the Primera flight when he felt the blow from the Ryanair jet.He says around 200 passengers are now stranded at Stansted Airport and haven’t been offered an alternative flight until 1.30am.

He told Sun Online: “We had already been delayed because of technical issues and as we were on the taxiway we felt a blow.

“I wasn’t sure what had happened, it felt like there had been a strong wind, then we looked out of the window and it became clear what happened. 

“We had to wait on the plane for around an hour before we were brought off and you could see dents in the wing of our plane.

“We’re now totally stranded and the earliest alternative flight they’ve been able to offer us is 1.30am tomorrow morning.

“There have been no representatives from the airline giving us any information and it’s been left to general airport staff.

“People are furious. We’ve got a wedding to get to tomorrow and other people have seen their plans thrown into chaos.”

“No injuries have been reported and no evacuation was required from either aircraft,” the spokesman added.

“As a precaution, airfield operations were briefly suspended, but all flights have now resumed.”

The Irish polls officially open today, with many citizens around the world flying home to cast their votes.

They are voting on a referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution, which prevents the Irish Government from legalising the procedure.

Another Irish passenger hoping to get back in time to vote said she was “extremely annoyed” by the delay.

Stansted Airport plane collision – Ryanair flight hit by another PLANE on tarmac at Stansted Airport

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Small plane makes emergency landing near Spruce Creek Fly-In, Volusia deputies say

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 51 min ago

Pilot suffers minor head injury

By Adrienne Cutway – Web Editor, Jennifer Ortega – Reporter

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – For the second time this week, a small plane went down near the Spruce Creek Fly-In community, officials from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday afternoon.

Deputies referred to the incident as a crash, but said it appears the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing. The plane went down in the woods about 50 feet from a resident’s yard near State Road 415 at 4:20 p.m. Thursday.

That location is in the Spruce Creek Farms subdivision, which is about half a mile from the Spruce Creek Fly-In community.

“You couldn’t see anything because the plane went down in the timber and there’s a field before it,” said Karen Rieman, who, along with a neighbor, watched as the red plane come down.

The plane came very close to the back of a home, just yards away from a swimming pool, Rieman said.

Pilot Arthur Taxman, 71, was the only person on board the small propellor plane, deputies said. He suffered a minor head injury in the crash but he is not a trauma patient. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies said Taxman made an emergency landing after experiencing a mechanical failure.

“(He’s) super-lucky,” said Frank Vitale, who lives nearby. “The odds of someone living in a plane crash is very low.”

On Tuesday night, a Cessna 140 crashed about four miles away. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said student Nandish Patel, 22, died in the crash and instructor Chase Zinn, 23, was seriously injured.

“(It’s) pretty ironic, especially (considering the crashes were in) such close proximity of each other,” Vitale said.

When contacted about the incident Thursday, Embry-Riddle officials said they had no information to provide.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating both incidents.

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Troopers: Pilot hit by own plane at Clermont County Airport

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 52 min ago


A pilot in Clermont County was hit by his own plane Thursday afternoon. 

Several emergency crews were called to a reported plane crash at the Clermont County Airport, located at 2001 Sporty’s Drive, near Batavia.

The plane did crash, officials said, but it never actually left the ground.

Investigators with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said a pilot attempted to “hand prop” a plane – or start the aircraft propeller by hand-spinning it.

But troopers on the scene said the pilot forgot to put on the brake, and the plane began to move without the pilot.

The moving plane struck the pilot and injured him. The severity of his injuries are unknown.

Officials said the plane continued to move after hitting the pilot.

The owner of the airport was somehow able to stop the plane by using his SUV, running his vehicle into the tail of the plane. Specifics of how that happened remain unclear.

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Small plane crashes near Lake Hood

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 55 min ago

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – A plane has crashed near Lake Hood airport, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

AFD says the pilot was able to walk away from the crash and was not injured.

According to Cleo Hill, spokesperson for the Anchorage Fire Department, the crash was reported at 4:30 p.m. The plane crashed on land, not into the water, Hill said.

NTSB investigator Shaun Williams tells Channel 2 that operations at runway 32, plane crashed, remain suspended as the investigation continues.

The plane is an experimental light sport Belite Chipper.

Witnesses nearby say they saw a plane upended over the fence, upside down.

Lake Hood is a seaplane base operated by the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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Boston-bound flight makes emergency landing after bird strike

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 56 min ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A Boston-bound JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing after the plane hit a bird shortly after takeoff Thursday morning.

The JetBlue flight was headed to Boston from Buffalo when the terrifying incident occurred.

Passenger Jess Mursezewski spoke with Boston 25 News Anchor Daniel Miller and said she was seated behind the right wing when she felt something go wrong after takeoff.

She said one of the plane’s engines started making strange sounds and it started to lose power before starting to descend.

“I’ve been on planes before, and I noticed the engine actually, like, dropped,” Mursezewski said. “The overall plane dropped in power and dropped in acceleration.”

Mursezewski said that she and her fellow passengers had a slight moment of panic during the situation.

“We kind of looked at each other and we knew this wasn’t exactly normal,” Mursezewski said.

The plane eventually turned back towards Buffalo after the incident, and the captain had a unique reason to give passengers on the plane.

“The Captain came on and he said, you know, we may have had a potential bird strike,” Mursezewski said.

Once the plane landed and went back to the gate, crews checked the engine and determined the aircraft hit a seagull, breaking an engine blade.

According to the FAA Bird Strike Database, this is the 11th bird strike at Buffalo’s airport since 2017.

Logan Airport, a much busier airfield, has had 33 incidents.

Mursezewski said no one was injured and she is taking another flight to Boston to attend this weekend’s Boston Calling festival.

However, after the flight, Mursezewski’s mother was quick to point out another famous bird-strike accident.

“‘Jess, you basically had a Sully on board, you realize that?” Mursezewski recalled. “‘Like he was able to get you back. You didn’t even know you had a bird strike. I said, ‘Yeah, I’m really lucky.’ She said, ‘Thank god he was able to get you safely home.'”

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Aer Lingus Jet Clips Terminal At San Francisco International Airport

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 57 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) — A passenger jet arriving at San Francisco International Airport got too close to the terminal as it taxied to the gate Wednesday, hitting the building with its wing tip and causing minor damage.

An SFO spokesperson said an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin was being taxied in by a tractor into the terminal when the tractor crew misjudged the turn and the wing clipped a concrete pillar.

The spokesman said there was paint damage to the Airbus A330 wing but a maintenance crew would make a full inspection of the wing.

There were no injuries to anyone on board but the inspection may impact any departing flights on the airline, the SFO spokesman said. Passengers were able to de-board the plane about an hour after the incident.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 2 hours 59 min ago

39 Years ago today: On 25 May 1979 an American Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago; killing all 271 on board.

Date: Friday 25 May 1979 Time: 15:04 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 Operator: American Airlines Registration: N110AA C/n / msn: 46510/22 First flight: 1972 Total airframe hrs: 19871 Engines:General Electric CF6-6D Crew: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Passengers: Fatalities: 258 / Occupants: 258 Total: Fatalities: 271 / Occupants: 271 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 2 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, IL (ORD) (   United States of America) Crash site elevation: 204 m (669 feet) amsl Phase: Takeoff (TOF) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America Destination airport: Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America Flightnumber: AA191

Flight 191 left the gate at Chicago-O’Hare at 14:59 and taxied to runway 32R. At 15:02 the flight was cleared for takeoff. The takeoff roll was normal until just before rotation at which time sections of the No. 1 engine pylon structure came off the aircraft. During rotation the entire no. 1 engine and pylon separated from the aircraft, went over the top of the wing, and fell to the runway. Flight 191 lifted off about 6,000 feet down the runway, climbed out in a wings level attitude, and reached an altitude of about 300 feet agl with its wings still level. Shortly thereafter, the aircraft began to turn and roll to the left, the nose pitched down, and the aircraft began to descend. As it descended, it continued to roll left until the wings were past the vertical position. The DC-10 crashed in an open field and trailer park about 4,680 feet northwest of the departure end of runway 32R. The aircraft was demolished during the impact, explosion, and ground fire. Two persons on the ground were killed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The asymmetrical stall and the ensuing roll of the aircraft because of the uncommanded retraction of the left wing

outboard leading edge slats and the loss of stall warning and slat disagreement indication systems resulting from maintenance-induced damage leading to the separation of the no.1 engine and pylon assembly procedures which led to failure of the pylon structure.
Contributing to the cause of the accident were the vulnerability of the design of the pylon attach points to maintenance damage; the vulnerability of the design of the leading edge slat system to the damage which produced asymmetry; deficiencies in FAA surveillance and reporting systems which failed to detect and prevent the use of improper maintenance procedures; deficiencies in the practices and communications among the operators, the manufacturer, and the FAA which failed to determine and disseminate the particulars regarding previous maintenance damage incidents; and the intolerance of prescribed operational procedures to this unique emergency.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:14

A woman died Wednesday after she was wounded in a police-involved shooting along US-41 in Gurnee, officials said.

According to officials, officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle with a bullet hole in the door. Upon arrival, officers found the woman driving a car with an unconscious male occupant.

When paramedics arrived to assist the man, the woman fled authorities in the vehicle and crashed into a fire truck and drove into a tree-lined area, a Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesperson said.

After the crash, the woman fled on foot. Authorities eventually found her standing in the southbound lanes of US-41 near Grand Avenue, brandishing a long-barreled firearm, according to authorities.

Video from a witness showed the woman standing on the highway, holding the gun while surrounded by officers. Her behavior appeared to be erratic and she appeared to take pills at one point. Before she was shot, she pointed the weapon at police.

“Scary. Scary. I am scared. I’m still shaking. I almost faint,” said Dragica Pesic, Gurnee resident.

Police have not said where on the body the woman was shot.

The woman and man were transported to a local hospital, where the woman died. The man was treated and released.

“We have evidence technicians working,” said Sgt. Christopher Coveilli, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force. “They’re going to look at any potential video that may exist, if there’s squad car video, body worn camera video.”

Police shut down US-41 between Delaney Road and Washington Street for several hours for the investigation. Potential evidence, including at least six guns and a pill bottle, were lined up along the road.

Officials said the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending investigation.

Police are investigating whether the incident might be related to an earlier barricade situation in nearby Antioch, or to a Monday bank robbery, also in Gurnee, committed by a man and woman armed with an AK-47.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety


Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:02

An investigation is underway after an overnight fire at a strip mall on Key Biscayne.

The several stores in the mall on Crandon Boulevard were damaged.

More than 30 firefighters battled the flames and tried to keep it from spreading to other buildings including a nearby post office.

One firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries.

No word on what sparked the fire.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

Today is Thursday the 24th of May, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:03

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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T-38C Talon II jet crashes outside Columbus AFB

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:01

By: Kyle Rempfer

A U.S. Air Force T-38C Talon II jet trainer crashed outside Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Wednesday morning, base officials have confirmed.

Both pilots were able to eject safely from the aircraft, according to an Air Force press release. 

The aircraft crashed at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in a remote area near Columbus Air Force Base.

Local law enforcement and first responders arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and both pilots were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

The first responders were able to extinguish a fire that resulted from the impact, and secured the area, according to base officials.

There are no houses or other structures in the immediate area of the crash, according to the Air Force.

“Additional details will be provided as soon as they become available,” Air Force officials said in their statement.

The T-38C Talon II is a is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles. However, Air Education and Training Command primarily uses the T-38 for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training, which is held at several Air Force installations, including Columbus.

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Passenger plane evacuated at Redding Municipal Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:49

by Mindy Schack, Joshua Copitch

REDDING, Calif. —


According to the Redding Fire Department, a United SkyWest flight was taxiing on the runway, on its way to San Francisco when “a haze” started to fill the cabin, Tuesday night. Following safety protocol, the flight with 40 passengers on board was evacuated on the tarmac.

Passengers were then taken to the terminal, where they waited for a later flight.

Officials said there was no fire and the pilot believed the smoke was from an air conditioner malfunction.

Another plane was sent from San Francisco, carrying a mechanic to repair the plane. There are no reports of injuries.

According to an airport official, some passengers were able to book the next flight to San Francisco. SkyWest flight 5318 left Redding at 10:50 p.m. and arrived in San Francisco at 11:39 p.m.


A passenger airplane reportedly had to be evacuated at the Redding Municipal Airport Tuesday night.

Shascom dispatchers say at 7:44 p.m., they received a report of smoke in the cockpit of a passenger plane. Redding Fire is responding .

Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray said that a “passenger jet” was being evacuated on the runway.

We have a reporter headed to the scene. We will update this article as soon as we learn more.

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Passenger jet makes emergency landing at Shannon

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:46

By Patrick Flynn

A transatlantic jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon.

United Airlines flight UA-17 was travelling from Heathrow in London to Newark in the US with 216 passenger and crew on board.

The flight was just 30 minutes into its journey and was approaching the Irish coastline when the crew declared an emergency.

The crew reported a pressurisation issue and requested permission to divert to Shannon.

The Boeing 767-400 jet was cleared to descend and divert to Shannon where emergency procedures were put in place ahead of the aircraft’s arrival.

The plan also involved alerting the local authority fire service; the HSE’s National Ambulance Service and Gardaí.

Three units of the local authority fire service from Shannon Town along with a number of HSE ambulances were mobilised to the airport.

Additional units of the fire brigade from Ennis were sent to a holding point off the M18 motorway near Dromoland.

The flight landed safely at 1.54pm taxied to the terminal accompanied by fire crews. Engineers were also waiting to investigate the issue.

It has yet to be confirmed whether the flight will continue its journey today.–844645.html

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On Mosquito Helicopter Accident

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:44

Pilot Says Amateur-Built Aircraft Experienced A Loss Of Power During Flight

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident involving an amateur-built Mosquito XE helicopter that resulted in the serious injury of the aircraft’s pilot. 

According to the report, on April 24, 2018, about 1403 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Mosquito XE helicopter, N911CY, was destroyed by a postimpact fire after a hard landing shortly after takeoff from Gaines Valley Aviation Airport (NY06), Albion, New York. The private pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to an FAA inspector, the pilot advised him while hospitalized that after takeoff, while flying about twice the height of powerlines in a westerly direction over a field, the helicopter experienced a partial loss of engine power. He began looking for a place to land, and then the engine experienced total loss of power. He indicated that the helicopter did not have adequate main rotor rpm to autorotate, and as a result it impacted hard.

A witness who was driving on Gaines Road near NY06 reported observing the helicopter hovering approximately 6 ft above ground level adjacent to hangars. He then observed the helicopter ascend “straight up” to about twice the height as nearby powerlines, and then proceeded in a westerly direction crossing Gaines Road. He observed a “small piece” separate and then heard a popping sound that was immediately followed by a grinding sound. The helicopter then began a steep descent during which time a “second piece” separated from the helicopter. The helicopter impacted the ground and immediately burst into flames. He called 911, then responded to the accident site and rendered assistance to the pilot until first responders arrived.

The helicopter, which was equipped with an Innovator Technologies Inntec 800 two-stroke, two cylinder, 85 horsepower engine, was retained for examination.

(Image from file. Not accident aircraft)

FMI: Report

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Plane was upside down before crash that killed suburban activist Rob Sherman, safety board says

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:42

by Robert McCoppin 

Chicago Tribune

Rob Sherman’s plane had flipped over before it crashed into a farm field, killing the well-known Chicago-area activist and frequent political candidate. 

Investigators from National Transportation Safety Board said that suggests he might have become disoriented before his small aircraft hit the ground.

The cause of the crash, though, remains unknown, since there was no evidence of a plane malfunction during flight, the NTBS concluded in a recent findings.

Sherman known for his fights to rid suburban governments of symbols of religion, died on Dec. 9, 2016, when his light sport aircraft crashed while inverted, according to the report. He was 63.

“It is possible that the pilot became spatially disoriented and lost control of the airplane; however, given that the pilot had been flying at night and that there were no mechanical anomalies identified during the investigation, the reason for the loss of control could not be determined,” NTSB Chief Investigator Pamela Sullivan wrote.

Sherman’s sport pilot’s license did not authorize him to fly at night, when the crash occurred. He had a 90-day endorsement for night flight but that had expired more than a year before. He had 274 hours of flying experience, all in that plane.

It was shortly after 6 p.m. when Sherman took off from Poplar Grove Airport, a small airstrip 70 miles northwest of Chicago along which he lived after moving from Buffalo Grove to pursue his interesting in flying.

Sherman was en route to a holiday for the Experimental Aircraft Association at Schaumburg Regional Airport. There were few clouds, no precipitation, light winds and visibility of 10 miles.

His plane was last spotted on radar about 2,600 feet above ground, and he made no radio transmission to indicate a problem, the NTSB reported. The wreckage was found the next morning in a frozen farm field in Marengo, about 12 miles from his destination in Schaumburg.

The type of aircraft he flew, a Zodiac CH601XL SLSA made by Aircraft Manufacturing and Design, had a troubled history.

In 2009, the NTSB asked the Federal Aviation Administration to stop flights of the Zodiac CH-601XL, a low-wing, single-engine, two-seat craft, citing six accidents in which the plane broke up in flight, killing 10 people.

The FAA found the wing structure did not meet design standards, and suspended new airworthiness approvals for the aircraft until manufacturers reinforced the wings.

The accident report, which was issued in March, doesn’t mention that history, stating only that maintenance logbook records showed that Sherman’s airplane’s wings were modified in 2010 in accordance with the manufacturer’s safety alert.

Flight-tracking equipment on board Sherman’s plane was damaged in the crash, and no data about the flight could be recovered.

Light-sport aircraft like Sherman’s are small, simple-to-operate, low-performance aircraft, according to the FAA, and limited to two seats, 1,320 pounds and a maximum airspeed of 138 mph. The plane was also available as an amateur-built version in the FAA’s experimental category.

Light sport aircraft do not undergo FAA design review or approval, but if the manufacturer asserts they meet certain specifications and pass ground and flight tests, they can be approved for flight.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:39

23 Years ago today: On 24 May 1995 a Knight Air Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante crashed near Leeds/Bradford Airport, U.K. following the failure of both artificial horizons; all 12 on board were killed.

Date: Wednesday 24 May 1995 Time: 17:51 Type: Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante Operating for: Knight Air Leased from: Euroair Registration: G-OEAA C/n / msn: 110256 First flight: 1980 Total airframe hrs: 15348 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9 Total: Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 10 km (6.3 mls) NE of Leeds/Bradford Airport (LBA) (   United Kingdom) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Leeds/Bradford Airport (LBA/EGNM), United Kingdom Destination airport: Aberdeen-Dyce Airport (ABZ/EGPD), United Kingdom Flightnumber: NE816

On the morning of 24 May 1995 the aircraft had returned to its base at Leeds/Bradford from Aberdeen, U.K. on a scheduled passenger flight landing at 09:44 local time. The crew, which was not the one later involved in the accident, stated that all of the aircraft’s systems and equipment had been serviceable during the flight. Some routine maintenance was performed on the aircraft which was later prepared for a scheduled passenger flight, NE816, to Aberdeen. It was positioned at the passenger terminal where it was taken over by the crew which was to operate the service, comprising the commander, who occupied the left hand seat, the first officer and a flight attendant. Nine passengers were boarded.
The weather at Leeds/Bradford Airport was poor with Runway Visual Range (RVR) reported as 1,100 metres; scattered cloud at 400 feet above the aerodrome elevation of 682 feet and a light south-easterly wind. It was raining and the airfield had recently been affected by a thunderstorm. The freezing level was at 8,000 feet and warnings of strong winds and thunderstorms were in force for the Leeds/Bradford area.
The crew called ATC for permission to start the engines at 17:41 hrs. Having backtracked the runway to line up, the aircraft took-off from runway 14 at 17:47 hrs and the crew was instructed by ATC to maintain the runway heading (143°M). The aircraft began to turn to the left shortly after becoming airborne. One minute and fifty seconds after the start of the take-off roll and as the aircraft was turning through a heading of 050° and climbing through 1,740 feet amsl, the first officer transmitted to Leeds/Bradford aerodrome control: “Knightway 816 we’ve got a problem with the artificial horizon sir and we’d like to come back.” The aerodrome controller passed instructions for a radar heading of 360° and cleared the aircraft to 3,000 feet QNH. These instructions were read back correctly but the aircraft continued its left turn onto 300° before rolling into a right hand turn with about 30° of bank. About 20 seconds before this turn reversal, the aircraft had been instructed to call the Leeds/Bradford approach controller.
The aircraft was now climbing through an altitude of 2,800 feet in a steep turn to the right and the approach controller transmitted: “I see you carrying out an orbit just tell me what i can do to help”. The first officer replied: “Are we going straight at the moment sir” The controller informed him that the aircraft was at that time in a right hand turn but after observing further radar returns he said that it was then going straight on a south-easterly heading. The first officer’s response to this transmission was: “Radar vectors slowly back to one four then sir please”.
The controller then ordered a right turn onto a heading of 340°. This instruction was correctly acknowledged by the first officer but the aircraft began a left hand turn with an initial angle of bank between 30° and 40°. This turn continued onto a heading of 360° when the first officer again asked “Are we going straight at the moment sir” to which the controller replied that the aircraft looked to be going straight. Seconds later the first officer asked: “Any report of the tops sir”. This was the last recorded transmission from the aircraft, although at 17:52 hrs a brief carrier wave signal was recorded but it was obliterated by the controller’s request to another departing aircraft to see if its pilot could help with information on the cloud tops.
At this point, the aircraft had reached an altitude of 3,600 feet, having maintained a fairly constant rate of climb and airspeed. The ATC clearance to 3000 feet had not been amended. After the controller had confirmed that the aircraft appeared to be on a steady northerly heading, the aircraft immediately resumed its turn to the left and began to descend. The angle of bank increased to about 45° while the altitude reduced to 2,900 feet in about 25 seconds. As the aircraft passed a heading of 230° it ceased to appear on the secondary radar. There were four further primary radar returns before the aircraft finally disappeared from radar.
There had been a recent thunderstorm in the area and it was raining intermittently with a cloud base of about 400 feet and a visibility of about 1,100 metres. Residents in the vicinity of the accident site reported dark and stormy conditions. Several witnesses described the engine noise as pulsating or surging and then fading just prior to impact. Other witnesses saw a fireball descending rapidly out of the low cloud base and one witness saw the aircraft in flames before it stuck the ground. All of the occupants died at impact. From subsequent examination it was apparent that, at a late stage in the descent, the aircraft had broken up, losing a large part of the right wing outboard of the engine, and the right horizontal stabiliser. There was some disruption of the fuselage before it struck the ground.
The airborne structural failure that had occurred was the result of flight characteristics which were beyond the design limits of the aircraft following the loss of control shortly before impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The following causal factors were identified:
i) One or, possibly, both of the aircraft’s artificial horizons malfunctioned and, in the absence of a standby horizon, for which there was no airworthiness requirement, there was no single instrument available for assured attitude reference or simple means of determining which flight instruments had failed.
ii) The commander, who was probably the handling pilot, was initially unable to control the aircraft’s heading without his artificial horizon, and was eventually unable to retain control of the aircraft whilst flying in IMC by reference to other flight instruments.
iii) The aircraft went out of control whilst flying in turbulent instrument meteorological conditions and entered a spiral dive from which the pilot, who was likely to have become spatially disoriented, was unable to recover.” (AAIB)

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