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Pilot dies after crashing military plane near Lake Amistad

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 45 min ago

DEL RIO, Texas – A small military plane crashed near Lake Amistad Monday, killing the pilot and sending another person on board to the hospital.

The Laughlin Air Force Base said the pilot of the plane died, while the other person was transferred to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center.

The Air Force said it was one of their planes assigned to the Laughlin Air Force Base that crashed at about 4 p.m. Monday. The crash happened approximately 14 miles northwest of the base.

“Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen,” said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander. “We are a close knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it. Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security.”

The Val Verde Sheriff’s Department and Laughlin Air Force bases are investigating. Emergency crews are on scene.

Officials are asking people traveling in the area to not block the flow of traffic during the investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

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UPDATE: Officials release name of helicopter pilot

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 47 min ago


DPS Trooper Dan Buesing confirmed to Newschannel 6 the pilot, who died, following a helicopter crash in Electra as Gideon William Carmichael, 25.

Carmichael was the only person in the Robinson R22 Beta helicopter. The aircraft went down around 3:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon at Business 287 and Jennings Road.

His body has been sent to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for an autopsy.

Law enforcement officials said the man is believed to be from Haskell, Texas. His name will not be released until next of kin is notified.

The pilot was working for a local rancher and was using the aircraft to herd cattle prior to the crash.

An eyewitness told law enforcement officials once the helicopter hit the ground a fire did spark. Officials said the pilot struck power lines before crashing.

Electra Police Chief Michael Dozier said the Federal Aviation Administration is on its way. Chief Dozier also said Oncor is reporting two power lines are down following the crash.

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Caught on camera: Plane crash lands on Florida road

Statter 911 - 5 hours 48 min ago

Pilot and passenger walk away from crash near Clearwater

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Small Airplane Lands Without Landing Gear at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 49 min ago

A pilot successfully landed a small plane with defective landing gear at a Maryland airport Monday afternoon.

The plane circled St. Mary’s County Regional Airport for more than 90 minutes before executing the emergency landing on its belly, which Chopper4 captured on camera.

A man could be seen getting out of the plane without issue after it stopped on a runway.

St. Mary’s County Fire and Rescue was on hand for the landing.

A crane was used to remove the plane from the runway.

St. Mary’s County Regional Airport is a small airport in southern Maryland.

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Pafford identifies three men who perished in medical helicopter crash near DeWitt

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 51 min ago

Pafford Medical Services has identified the three people killed on Sunday in the crash of a medical helicopter near DeWitt.

Pilot Michael “Mike” Bollen, 46, of Hot Springs; Pafford flight nurse James “Jim” Lawson Spruiell, 61, of Sulligent, AL; and Pafford flight paramedic “Trey Auld” John Auld III, 26, of Shreveport, LA, died in the accident.

The helicopter was flying from Pafford’s base in Pine Bluff to Helena Regional Medical Center. The Bell 207 GPX helicopter was owned by maintained for Pafford Air One under a contract with Air Methods Corporation. Bollen was employed by Air Methods.

The crash was reported by a resident in the area about 8 p.m.

Federal investigators were due to arrive at the crash site in rural Arkansas County on Monday.

Pafford issued a statement on Twitter saying that the company was “devastated by the sudden loss of three of our team members. At this time we have no words, only prayers for the families and loved ones involved.”

The statement was signed by Greg Pafford, John Pafford and Jamie Pafford-Gresham.

A later statement by Dustin Ross, director for Pafford Air One, said, “We are all devastated by profoundly saddened by the tragic loss of these valued EMS colleagues and friends. We will continue to try and comfort the crew’s families as well as everyone in our employ.”

Pafford helicopters operate from stations in Pine Bluff, Ruston, LA and Clarksdale, MS.

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NTSB report details dangerous maneuvers by Roy Halladay before deadly crash

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 52 min ago

Roy Halladay skimmed the Gulf of Mexico and flew his aircraft within 75 feet of beach-adjacent homes before his crash earlier this month, according to a preliminary report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency did not provide a specific cause of the fatal incident that occurred earlier this month, but it used data retrieved from the former pitcher’s plane to detail his 17-minute flight.

Halladay was the only person aboard his two-seat ICON A5, an amphibious plane with folding wings designed to serve as a recreational vehicle, when it plunged into the Gulf near Tampa on Nov. 7. The two-time Cy Young Award winner, who was 40, was found with his plane, which was upside down in about 4.5 feet of water.

NTSB investigators said in their report that Halladay took off from a lake near his home in Odessa, Fla., located north of Tampa, and climbed to just over 1,900 feet before descending as he neared the coastline. When Halladay crossed over U.S. Route 19, a highway that runs along Florida’s West coast before ending on the south side of Tampa Bay, he was at about 600 feet.

When Halladay reached water, he was only 36 feet in the air, and he subsequently skimmed the surface at 11 feet while traveling at about 105 mph. He then passed close to the homes, and his last recorded altitude was about 200 feet.

A witness told the NTSB that he saw the plane climb to between 300 and 500 feet before turning and going into a dive at about a 45-degree angle. TMZ Sports published video of a plane reported to be Halladay’s flying very low over the Gulf, and witnesses told the website that the aircraft was repeatedly making sharp ascents and descents to within a few feet of the water.

The former Blue Jays and Phillies ace, who retired in 2013, logged about 700 hours of flight time starting in that year, according to the report. He had 51 hours in A5 planes, including 14 in the one that crashed, which he acquired in October.

Halladay shared his excitement about his new plane on social media. “Real life is better than my dreams!!” he said in one post.

“Sadly, this looks like a typical case of pilot hot-dogging,” Ross Aimer, a 33,000-hour pilot who heads an aviation consulting firm, told the Tampa Bay Times. Aimer noted that Halladay “came way too close” to the beach-adjacent properties and could have been subject to punishment from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The NTSB has yet to determine to what degree the crash was caused by Halladay’s maneuvers, or if there were technical or structural malfunctions. The man who led the design of the A5 died while flying one in California, and the agency cited pilot error as the cause in that case.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 54 min ago

27 Years ago today: On 21 November 1990 a Bangkok Airways DHC-8 crashed during a missed approach procedure at Koh Samui, killing all 38 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 21 November 1990 Time: 18:15 Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-103 Operator: Bangkok Airways Registration: HS-SKI C/n / msn: 172 First flight: 1989 Total airframe hrs: 3416 Cycles: 2998 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120A Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33 Total: Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 38 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 5 km (3.1 mls) SW of Koh Samui Airport (USM) (   Thailand) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand Destination airport: Koh Samui Airport (USM/VTSM), Thailand Flightnumber: 125

Flight 125 left Bangkok at 09:58 UTC with IFR clearance to Samui at FL210. Samui Tower was contacted at 10:45 and the crew were told runway 17 was the active runway and that the weather was fair with rain southwest of the field. Wind was later reported at 030 deg/10 knots and the runway was changed to runway 35. On base leg for runway 35 the flight continued ahead instead of turning right for finals. A missed approach procedure was executed with flaps still fully extended and both pilots were confused about which way to go. Samui Tower instructed them to turn left because of a mountain on the right side. BKP 125 entered an area of heavy rain and rolled to the left. Both pilots were disoriented as the aircraft continued to descend in a left wing down attitude. The aircraft eventually impacted into a coconut plantation at a 147 knots speed, 36deg nose-down and 75deg left roll.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The pilot experienced spatial disorientation which resulted in improper control of the aircraft. Factors which contributed to accident were as follows: (1) The pilot flew the aircraft into bad weather condition which had very little or no visual reference; (2) Channelized attention occurred when all of the pilots concentration were focused on looking for the airport and neglecting to do proper cross checking or monitoring the aircraft attitude; (3) Confusion of pilots, poor teamwork or poor cockpit co-ordination in monitoring the flight instruments might contribute to loss of situational awareness and improper control of the aircraft through their false senses.”

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Detroit EMS captain gets job back after firing over racist Facebook posts

Statter 911 - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:29

Arbitrator ordered reinstatement against the recommendation of the department.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:30

A firefighter was injured Monday in a blaze that destroyed a home on Garvin Road, officials said.

About 23 firefighters, along with police and ambulances responded to the fully-involved fire at 219 Garvin Road Monday afternoon.

A man, who was not identified, was in the garage working on a car when the fire started, but he was able to get out safely, Fire Chief David Beradesca said. The man’s wife arrived on scene later. One firefighter was hurt on scene, officials said.

When firefighters arrived at about 1 p.m., they observed “heavy fire” and smoke coming from the garage area. Beradesca said the blaze had already engulfed the attic area and spread across the length of the home.

A neighbor, who did not wish to give her name, said she had never seen anything go up so fast.

“I turned around and all of a sudden I saw flames,” she said Monday afternoon. “That’s when I yelled in the house, ‘Bob, call the Fire Department.’”

Bob Mordecai, the neighbor’s husband and a retired fire liutenant, said he was in the basement on the computer when his wife yelled for him to come outside.

“I came running out, and I saw it was fully involved. I told [my wife] to make sure [the male resident]’s not in the house, and I went in and called 911,” he said.

The firefighters did “a great job” attacking the fire, Mordecau said, but the fire had a “head start.”

Along with windy conditions, the firefighters had to be called out of the home at one point due to the heavy volume of the flames, Beradesca said. A section of the roof also collapsed. However, after the firefighters regrouped, they were able to extinguish the blaze using both water and foam, the chief said.

After extinguishing the fire, firefighters remained on scene to checkthe house and make sure it had not spread. Beradesca said the department was expected to stay at the scene for hours. While it will be the building inspector’s final decision, Beradesca said the house will most likely have to be condemned.

Beradesca believes the fire started in the garage area, but he won’t know the exact cause until the investigation has been completed, he said. Fire Marshal Brian Dolan is leading the investigation and is concentrating on the garage, officials said.

The couple next door lamented the fire, expressing their sadness over the timing as the holidays right are around the corner and describing the affected homeowners as “good neighbors.”

The two residents of the home are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:28

A Kansas City, Kan., firefighter was taken to the hospital Monday with a minor injury sustained while battling a fire near North 25th and Wood Avenue.

Further details surround the firefighter’s injury were not immediately available.

According fire chief John Paul Jones firefighters were first dispatched to the home around 9:36 a.m. after heavy smoke was showing. They then commenced an interior attack.

Firefighters tell Fox 4 the fire rekindled from Sunday.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:21

A firefighter is recovering after responding to a fire early Sunday.

It happened in the 4200 block of Broadway Street just after 1:45 a.m. when fire officials were called to a residence fire.

Officials said the home had been under construction.

The firefighter got stuck in a hole in the floor and hurt his shoulder.

IFD said the fire caused $50,000 in damages to the home.

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Today is Monday the 20th of November, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:11

We’re back from the IBARFF cruise where a great time was had by all!

It was a lot of fun spending time with ARFF family cruising around the Caribbean, solidifying friendships in beautiful surroundings.

Now to get back to work, here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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Three dead after medical helicopter crash in eastern Arkansas

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:02

DEWITT, Ark. — Three people are dead after a medical helicopter crashed in eastern Arkansas.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed the helicopter went down Sunday night near the Arkansas County town of DeWitt, about 60 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to DeWitt at the time of the wreck. Lunsford said no patients were on board.

FAA investigators were called to the scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board was notified.

The helicopter belonged to Pafford EMS. The company said on its Facebook page that it’s “devastated by the sudden loss of three of our team members.”

Additional details about what caused the crash are not yet known.

Three dead after medical helicopter crash in eastern Arkansas

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Two unhurt after small plane clips tree during emergency landing in Clearwater (w/ video)

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:01

By Langston Taylor, Times Staff Writer

CLEARWATER — Two men walked away unhurt from a small airplane after it clipped a tree and spun around as the pilot tried to make an emergency landing on Keene Road, deputies said.

Pilot Marc Benedict, 61, and passenger Gregory Guinee, 55, of Clearwater, were not injured when the single-engine, four-seat Rockwell Commander 112 crashed about 10:25 a.m. Sunday along Keene Road at Sunset Point Road, said Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Daniel DiFrancesco.

WATCH: Dash cam video of the plane crash from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Benedict experienced engine trouble as he was returning to Clearwater Air Park from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, DiFrancesco said. He had taken off for Zephyrhills about 9 a.m. and took off about 10 a.m. for the return trip.

Benedict reported engine trouble while flying southwest over On Top of the World, a 55-plus community in Clearwater, and attempted to land on Keene Road.

The left wing hit a tree in the road’s median, causing the plane to spin around and come to a stop on a sidewalk.

An investigation is under way but deputies said there was no indication of impairment. The Federal Aviation Administration was scheduled to take overe the probe.

Keene Road was expected to be blocked until the plane could be towed away.

Wayne Owens, 49, heard the crash from his house on Bentley Street, just one house away from where the plane landed.

Owens, an electrician, thought it was a car crash before he noticed the downed tree and mangled plane. He’s heard of other plane crashes nearby.

“I feel very uneasy about it,” he said. “I didn’t think about it until after I bought the place that we’re right in the direct line of the airport.”

This is a developing story. Stay with for updates.

Contact Langston Taylor at 727-893-8659 or Follow @langstonitaylor.

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San Jose plane crash: “The house was shaking,” three injured

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:59

Two people on board the aircraft suffered major injuries

SAN JOSE — At least three people were home — two brothers and a sister in their teens and early 20s — when a single-engine airplane crashed into their house Sunday afternoon in a busy subdivision, injuring all three on board, but hurting no one on the ground.

“I was watching TV and I heard a loud sound. The house was shaking,” said the 22-year-old brother who didn’t want to give his name. He said no one was in the front room at the time of the crash.

The siblings ran outside and, with neighbors who rushed over, helped pull a young man and two young women from the plane, he said. Two of those aboard had suffered major injuries.

The pilot, who had just taken off from nearby Reid-Hillview airport around 3 p.m., reported a “system failure” and was turning back when the plane crashed into the home’s front converted garage, said San Jose Fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort.

The plane barely missed power lines and rooftops and parked cars before plowing through a rose-covered trellis over the driveway and slamming into the house. Only the nose of the plane breached the front room, but the exterior wall buckled under the force of it. The wings — and the remains of the broken trellis — stopped the plane from sliding deeper into the house.

The small plane wasn’t traveling much faster than a vehicle, Van Elgort said, probably between 30 mph and 50 mph.

“What it is, is a blessing, and thank goodness,” Van Elgort said, standing in front of the home Sunday afternoon as crews disassembled the plane to remove it. “This is a plane full of fuel, crashing into a structure on a Sunday afternoon in a neighborhood filled with residents.”

As many as 13 people live in the house in the 2100 block of Evelyn Avenue, near Capitol Expressway and Ocala, he said. Most of them weren’t home.

The 22-year-old who lived in the house was the first to race out to the scene.

“A guy was trying to crawl out,” he said. “He looked in pain. I was trying to help him.”

All three in the plane were taken to hospitals. Two were in critical condition and one suffered minor injuries, Van Elgort said.

Some neighbors were outside barbecuing or watching the Raiders game  when they heard the sputtering, then saw the crash.

“You could hear the engine puttering out. It took a quick turn,” said Jaime Santos, 49, who was having a tailgate party in his driveway with a dozen friends. He lives around the corner from the crash, northwest of the airport and under the main flight path. “We saw it descend and disappear.”

Santos, who has taken a first-responder course, told his buddies, “I gotta go. Let’s go,” and they rushed to help.

Gasoline was pouring out of the plane. Two of the victims were covered in blood, he said. One of the women had been laid out on the ground and appeared to be in and out of consciousness.

Tom Brimer, 48, had just pulled up to his house a few doors down when he saw the plane flying low. “Wait a minute. That plane’s not going to make it,” he said, just before it nose-dived into the house.

It isn’t clear yet who was flying the fixed-wing Cessna 172 aircraft, or how much experience he or she had. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The plane is registered to San Jose-based McClelland Aviation Inc.

All 13 people who lived in the house were displaced.

Photographer Karl Mondon contributed to this report.

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Mango plane’s engine damaged in bird strike at OR Tambo

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:58

Cape Town – A Mango flight has had to turn-around after one of the plane’s engines was damaged just after take-off from Joburg’s OR Tambo in an apparent bird strike.

Wheels24 editor Sergio Davids who was travelling on board the flight shared pics of the incident, which saw Mango flight JE 147 returning to OR Tambo airport on Sunday afternoon, 19 November.

According to Davids, who was returning to Cape Town when the incident happened about 15 minutes after take-off at about 14:00.

“I could hear the impact, followed by the horrid smell of smoke in the cabin.”

The co-pilot then came out and checked the engine and ran back to the cockpit, Davids told Traveller24

“He just went wide-eyed.”

“Shortly thereafter the pilot announced, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve suffered a bird strike. Please remain calm. We cannot continue on our way to Cape Town and have to turn around. The engine suffered damage but we will be fine to make it back.'”

Passengers have since been accommodated on alternative SAA flights as well as private chartered planes.

Davids says the passengers were in good spirits throughout, joking about the incident and the need “to send a squad of hawks out ahead of the next flight”.

Bird and wildlife management control

Bird trikes pose a serious safety risk to the overall aviation industry, as the impact can be as hazardous as hitting a bullet, causing major damage to the aircraft. Over the past few years Acsa has looked to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an integral part of its management of the airfield risk.

Bird and wildlife management control officers use handheld mobile computers with integrated global positioning systems to record information and track their patrols out on the airfield.

Wildlife Control Officers (WCOs) at OR Tambo International Airports are able to log their routes, make recordings of birds, other wildlife and any problems noted during their patrols – enabling them to produce reports more effectively and share key learnings as well as map out potential bird and wildlife attractants such as standing water, grass that requires cutting, or any other hazard.  The system is instrumental in enabling ongoing improvements in the management of birds and wildlife.

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One person confirmed dead in aircraft crash in Tehachapi

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:56


One person was killed Sunday night when an aircraft went down in the Capital Hills area of Tehachapi, the Kern County Fire Department confirmed.

At about 6 p.m., the fire department was informed of reports of an aircraft down north of Mill Street and Highway 58, Engineer Anthony Romero said.

Helicopter 407 out of Keene was called to the scene, and found the aircraft. Romero described it as a “small plane.”

“A single-engine Cessna 152 crashed under unknown circumstances near Challenger Drive and Vienna Street Sunday evening,” Federal Aviation Administration public affairs manager Ian Gregor wrote in an email to TBC Media.

The pilot was the only person on board, Gregor wrote.

About 20 Kern County firefighters were at the scene, and at one point Kern County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called upon.

It was not yet known where the Cessna originated, where it was headed and what led to the aircraft going down.

The coroner’s office was called to the scene.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, Gregor reported.

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ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:55

BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — According to Bladen County Emergency Director Bradley Kinlaw, a small single engine plane went down near the Bladenboro airport.

Kinlaw said the plane went down shortly after take off.

There were two people on the plane and Kinlaw said neither one on board were injured.

Kinlaw said they do not know at this time why the plane crashed and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating what happened.


Plane, then crane, wreck at Statesville Regional Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:53

By Shawn Taylor

A crane tipped over while recovering a small plane that was damaged after a hard landing Friday at the Statesville Regional Airport, according to officials.

The plane, a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron, had a hard landing in the afternoon, according to Statesville Fire Chief Spencer Lee. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.

The plane was attempting a touch-and-go landing when the left engine failed, causing the aircraft to shift hard to the side and run across the airfield. The landing gear was sheared off.

An FAA investigator arrived to inspect the crash. The Statesville Fire Department and N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Officials planned to use the crane from towing company Pro-Tow to help get the plane to a hangar for repair, Lee said.

During the operation, the crane toppled over. The crane leaked hydraulic fluid and diesel fuel onto the taxiway, according to Airport Manager John Ferguson.

It took several hours for Pro-Tow to right the crane, Ferguson said. The plane was eventually moved to a hangar.

Pro-Tow will help clean up the spill, according to Lee.

At no part of the day was the runway closed and the airport remained fully operational.

“Just one heck of a day,” Ferguson said.

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