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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:42

No one knows what exactly happened inside the Canby Park rowhome that claimed the lives of three Wilmington firefighters except those fighting the blaze that night.

A year later, though not without difficulty, survivors are beginning to publicly to tell their stories.

It was just before 3 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2016, and two of the firefighters about to run into a blazing home soon would be dead, another would die later from her injuries and others would be hurt.

The first fire truck with water on the scene was Engine 1, driven by firefighter Kevin Weems.

“I knew it was what we would call ‘a good fire,’ meaning it would take a lot of work,” he said.

Flames already were visible from the rear of the building by the time Ladder 2 arrived, and they sounded a second alarm to summon another company as backup.

The building, a two-story, middle-of-the-row structure, was spewing smoke from both floors. The first floor “flashed over” and fire erupted.

Lt. Christopher Leach and firefighter Joseph Ryan entered the front door. Lt. Eric Haley, Lt. John Cawthray and firefighters Brad Speakman and Ardythe Hope began to knock down the fire with water before heading inside.

Buy PhotoWilmington firefighter Brad Speakman talks about his life a year after he was severely injured and burned in the Canby Park fire that killed three of his fellow firefighters.  (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)

“I happened to go past a gentleman who was holding a few kids who said there were people still inside the structure,” Speakman said. Firefighters would later find out this wasn’t true.

The fire on the first floor was extinguished quickly and firefighters finished a search of the living area before moving toward the second floor to continue looking for trapped residents.

Squad 4 arrived and split into two teams. Lt. Burdon Tyson and firefighters Vinnie Denisio and Jacob Craig went to the front of the house to begin searches with Ladder 2. Senior firefighter Jerry Fickes and Terry Tate went to the back of the house.

“There’s a lot of radio traffic and the radios weren’t working that well in that area,” Tate said.

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Weems recalled hearing Leach’s voice over the radio giving a status report from the back of the building. As always, Weems said, he sounded calm.

“We get into a lot of high-stress situations, and the tone of his voice always stayed the same,” Weems said. “It takes a lot to keep your composure in chaos.”

Unable to enter the back of the house because of heavy fire conditions, Fickes and Tate entered an adjoining building to search for trapped victims and spreading fires. Both were using oxygen to breathe because of the heavy smoke, Tate said.

At the same time, a crew from Ladder 2 with support from Engine 5 was moving to the second floor in the burning building. Simultaneously, a group from Engine 1 was attempting to extinguish fires en route to the basement steps.

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Wilmington firefighter Ardythe Hope died Dec. 1 from injuries sustained in a rowhome blaze in September. (Photo: WILMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT/SUBMITTED)

Suddenly, the living room floor collapsed. With it went Leach, Speakman and Hope into the still-burning basement.

The other firefighters on the first floor were forced to dive out the front door as the fire conditions from the basement engulfed the first and second floors in more flames.

“I felt the floor starting to go,” Speakman said. “I told my officer the floor was collapsing… It happened fairly quickly and all at once.”

Most of what happened next was a blur for the firefighter.

“It’s hard to say what you’re thinking at the time of falling, but you’ve just got to switch into more of a survival mode at that point,” Speakman said. “I just did what I thought was necessary to get myself out.”

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Next door, Tate and Fickes heard the news come over their radio.

“I took maybe four or five steps up the stairs to go into the kitchen from the basement, and we heard the mayday,” Tate said. “‘Mayday, mayday. Engine 1 Officer to Command, I’ve lost my nozzleman.'”

Tate and Fickes left the neighboring home and rushed back to the blazing fire.

“It’s like turning on a light switch, from normally searching a structure to make sure there’s no fire extending into this adjacent structure to rescue mode because there’s a down fireman,” Tate said.

“I could hear somebody screaming for help.”

Trying to enter the basement, Tate said he pulled up a thermal imaging camera to try and locate the person calling for help.

“I see a veil of steam come in front of my camera. I can see the color change,” Tate recalled. “That steam came from crews in the front fighting the fire through the collapse.”

Tyson, Denisio and Craig were spraying water from the front door into the basement to knock down the fire and get to the trapped firefighters.

Buy PhotoA memorial along the fence of the row home on Lakeview Road in Canby Park where Wilmington Firefighters Ardythe Hope, Christopher Leach and Lt. Jerry Fickes were all killed. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal)

Burned and littered with debris, Speakman said the few minutes he was in the basement run together.

But he now knows Craig, seeing him trying to pull himself up, yanked him from the basement and out the front door.

“He’s my hero, and Vinnie assisted him. But these guys didn’t just stop with me,” Speakman said. “The rest of the guys who were there, they went down and did extraordinary acts.”

Weems helped carry Speakman off the porch and into the street to paramedics. Speakman sustained burns to more than 30 percent of his body, and today still is recovering even though he’s returned to work.

“He was in a lot of pain but he was conscious,” Weems said. “I took his mask off, and I was afraid of what I was going to see.”

Behind the house, Tate and Fickes saw a path open in front of them from water spraying through the collapsed floor, Tate said. Fickes went first with Tate right behind.

“I’ve never entered a structure like this in my entire life working in the fire service,” Tate said. “It looked like somebody turned an orange light bulb on in there.”

Tate and Fickes were stopped by refrigerators that had fallen in front of them. Tate said he looked back to see if their exit route was still clear and noticed something frightening above them.

“The floor joists were on fire,” Tate said. “If they’re on fire, that doesn’t bode well. In that moment, I said, ‘Jerry, we’ve got to hurry up.'”

Tate said Fickes was preparing to climb over the refrigerators, but Tate heard someone calling for help to their left — it was Leach, though they didn’t yet know it.

Buy PhotoKate Maxwell, girlfriend of Lt. Christopher Leach, holds one of his favorite pictures of himself while on the job. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal)

“Chris is a little bit buried in debris. He’s talking, he just couldn’t stand,” Tate said. “I told Chris, ‘I got you, brother.'”

The chaos, debris and tight quarters forced Fickes and Tate to execute what he described as a reverse fireman’s carry with Leach facing Tate and Fickes assisting in holding him up.

Tate tripped and Leach tumbled onto him. They lifted Leach back up. Tate said he was no longer talking but was still breathing.

“As we step back into the center of the garage, I could hear someone yelling from the outside,” Tate said. “‘Get low! Get low! Get low!’ The ceiling is coming down because the floor joists were burning.”

Suddenly, they struggled to see, Tate said, recalling it was “like someone dumped some cream in your coffee, like someone poured salt into the water and stirred it up.”

The yelling from above continued.

Firefighter Jimmy Grieco appeared as if from nowhere, Tate said, and became the fourth person trying to tug Leach to safety. Grieco lost his grip on Leach, Tate said, and grabbed Tate.

The tug-of-war had Grieco pulling Tate and Tate pulling Leach, he said, but Leach was caught on debris. The second collapse came suddenly, sending dining room and kitchen flooring, furniture and appliances onto the men.

Grieco was able to pull out Tate, but Leach and Fickes were still inside.

Tate had burns on his hand, face and back. He didn’t realize this until he was leaning against a firetruck outside and pulled off one of his gloves.

Wilmington firefighters Jerry Fickes (left) and Christopher Leach are shown in a composite image. They were killed Sept. 24 fighting a fire in Canby Park. (Photo: PROVIDED BY WILMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Crews found Fickes unconscious and in cardiac arrest. He was removed from the building, turned over to EMS and transported to the hospital where he died.

Hope was removed through the back basement door. She was transported by helicopter to the hospital and then the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania. She ultimately succumbed to her injuries after more than a 60-day fight with burns on more than 70 percent of her body.

Leach was found in about three feet of debris in the rear half of the basement. He was last to be removed from the building, and Weems said firefighters covered his body with an American flag from a neighboring fire company.

Leach was posthumously promoted to captain. Fickes and Hope were posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

A year later, the department is still healing.

“It’s a small department, said Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue. “But we are still getting on those trucks every day and doing our job because I believe that’s what Chris, Jerry and Ardy would want us to do.”

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Two Women Die In Lee County House Fire

Two Women Die In Lee County House Fire
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Today is Friday the 21st of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:57

We’ve been down the past two days with computer/internet issues, but have figured out a way to get this report out to end the week.

Today we said good bye to the remaining friends and Brothers and Sisters that hung around beautiful Louisville, Kentucky for one last day. It was an awesome week of learning, networking and friend making! I wish safe travels to all still making their way home from the conference.

Wednesday evening, the new Executive Board of Directors was announced;

Jason Graber – Chairman

Ted Costa – First Vice Chair

Larry Lippel – Second Vice Chair

Matt Mauer – Secretary

Ron Krusleski – Treasurer

The organization also welcomed two new directors, Duane Kann and Rachel Benezette

Now here are the news stories to do a little catching up and closing out the week…

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!




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Istanbul’s Ataturk airport reopens after jet crash, Turkish Airlines CEO says

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:38

Reuters Staff

ANKARA (Reuters) – Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport was reopened to traffic on Thursday after a private jet crashed on the runway, causing authorities to suspend flights, the head of Turkish Airlines said on Twitter.

The jet, registered as TC-KON, crashed after reporting a malfunction as it was taking off, the state-run news agency Anadolu said. The flight was heading to the Ercan airport in northern Cyprus, Anadolu reported.

Police said the jet’s two pilots, a cabin crew member and a passenger were slightly injured in the crash.

The jet’s rear end was detached from the aircraft, with emergency teams and firefighters at the crash site, images from a Reuters photographer on the scene showed.

The jet had briefly burst into flames after crashing, causing traffic at the airport to be suspended, Anadolu said.

Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Bilal Eksi said both runways at the airport were now operational.

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Cargo plane makes emergency landing, temporarily shuts down PI airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:33

Anthony Brino


A cargo plane made a successful controlled emergency landing in Presque Isle Wednesday morning after the pilot determined that the plane’s landing systems were not functioning.

The Northern Maine Regional Airport was temporarily closed at around 11 a.m. Wednesday when a Wiggins Airways plane carrying U.S. Postal Service cargo made the emergency landing, according to Presque Isle City Information Officer Kim Smith.

The airport was closed until about 2 p.m. as the damaged plane remained on the runway and officials investigated. Smith said shortly before 3 p.m. that the main runway would remain closed indefinitely pending cleanup and further investigation, but that passenger planes were now flying in and out using the other available runway.

Late Wednesday morning, the pilot contacted the airport staff from the air by radio to alert them of his situation. Airport staff helped him confirm that his landing wheels were not coming down and helped coordinate his planned emergency landing, Smith said.

Fire crews laid down foam on the runway for fire prevention while the pilot flew around the airport in circles to use up fuel before attempting the landing, Smith said.

The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board and was not not visibly injured, but was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center for evaluation, Smith said.

The pilot did have military experience and I’m sure that that played into the fact that it was a safe landing, she said.

Wiggins Airways President of Operations Donna Nixon said Wednesday evening that the pilot was not injured and had since left the hospital.

She said the Beech B99 was flying cargo from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Presque Isle. Nixon said she could not discuss the cargo being flown for customers and had no comment when asked to confirm whether any U.S. mail was on board.

Nixon said Wiggins Airways was cooperating with the authorities investigating the incident and could not comment on the status of the plane at that point.

There was not any fire associated with the landing, although it is not clear if the plane was damaged, Smith said.

At one point early afternoon, crews could be seen loading cargo from the downed plane onto a truck.

In the terminal shortly after noon, Logan Hebert of Caribou said he had been on his way to Florida when he learned that his 11:45 a.m. flight had been cancelled.

I just can’t believe it, Hebert said. I’ve been worried about [Hurricane] Jose for two days, right, and the winds down there, and then to hear a cargo plane (went down)  I knew cargo planes came in here, but I can’t believe I got bumped because of a cargo plane.

He planned to spend the next couple of hours in the airport doing work online while waiting for a later flight that afternoon.

Star-Herald writer Josh Archer contributed to this report.

Cargo plane makes emergency landing, temporarily shuts down PI airport

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S.C. law enforcement investigates the cause of the Barnwell Co. airport fire

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:27

By Alesha Ray

SOUTH CAROLINA (WJBF)  The South Carolina state law enforcement is investigating the cause of a fire at the Barnwell County Airport.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in the north hangar of the airport.

The Fire Chief in Barnwell County says five planes were damaged, and will likely be considered totaled.

He says he believes the hangar itself is also a total loss.

Two planes were able to be saved with no damage at all.

Nobody was injured in that fire.

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Malfunctioning aircraft lands safely at Yeager Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:22

After burning off excess fuel for two hours to reduce risk of a possible fire, the pilot of a twin-engine aircraft with malfunctioning nose landing gear and two passengers on board made a safe emergency landing at Charleston’s Yeager Airport on Tuesday as fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles lined the runway.

Ten minutes before the landing, the 1976 Piper PA flew past Yeager’s control tower to allow Federal Aviation Administration personnel to verify if the nose gear failed to deploy, as instruments aboard the aircraft indicated. After receiving word that the gear was only about 30 percent down, the pilot circled the airport a final time and began a landing approach. At about 4 p.m., the aircraft’s rear gear touched down and the aircraft traveled on an even plane down the runway for several hundred yards before decelerating enough to cause the nose gear to contact the runway. A moment later, the plane nosed down and the aircraft pitched forward and came to an abrupt but safe upright stop after using less than one third of Yeager’s runway.

Within a few seconds, an aircraft door opened and two young men in T-shirts and shorts exited the plane and jogged to a nearby fire truck parked along the runway. The man apparently piloting the plane joined them a few seconds later. No injuries were reported.

I was told the people on board were a little nervous, but glad to be safely off the aircraft, Terry Sayre, Yeager’s executive director, said a few minutes after the emergency landing.

The identities of the pilot and passengers weren’t immediately known. According to its tail numbers, the aircraft was registered to G.B. Air in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sayre said.

The pilot was expected to be interviewed by an FAA investigator, who was on the scene at the time of the landing.

Yeager officials said the aircraft was in the process of returning to Frederick, Maryland, its point of departure, after completing an aerial survey job over West Virginia when its instruments indicated a problem with the nose gear.

After the landing, Yeager’s runway remained closed for about 55 minutes while the aircraft was towed from the site and the pavement was swept for debris. One commercial flight had to be diverted before the runway was declared open by FAA officials.

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Plane Lands at Old Naval Air Station

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:20

Dennis Evanosky

A pilot landed his American Champion Scout single-engine aircraft on Runway 13-31 of the long-closed Alameda Naval Air Station on Tuesday morning. The plane was in the business of hauling a banner like the ones typically seen at sporting events.

The pilot noticed the plane was experiencing mechanical problems and chose the abandoned runway at the old Naval Air Station as the safest place to land. The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded.

No injuries and no damage to the plane occurred, according to AFD Captain James Colburn.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Duke Life Flight Accident

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:19

Witnesses Reported Seeing Smoke Coming From The Aircraft Before It Went Down

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred on September 8 involving a Duke Life Flight helicopter in North Carolina. Four people, including a patient, were fatally injured when the aircraft went down. 

According to the report, On September 8, 2017, about 1120 local time, a Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH MBB BK117-C2 helicopter, N146DU, was destroyed when it impacted terrain on a wind turbine farm in Hertford, North Carolina. The commercial pilot, two flight nurses, and one patient were fatally injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and a company flight plan was filed for flight that departed the Sentara Albemarle Regional Medical Center Heliport (NC98) about 1108. The flight was destined for the Duke University North Heliport (NC92). The helicopter was operated by Air Methods Corporation under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

According to the operator, on the morning of the accident, the pilot and both medical crew flew from their base at the Johnston Regional Airport (JNX), Smithfield, North Carolina to the Elizabeth City Regional Airport (ECG), Elizabeth City, North Carolina for refueling. They arrived at ECG about 0924, and loaded 70 gallons of fuel. About 1011, the crew radioed the company operations center and advised they were departing for NC98, and had 2 hours of fuel on board. They arrived at NC98 about 1022. At 1108, the pilot radioed the company operations center and advised that that they were departing for NC92 with 2 hours of fuel and four people on board. There were no further communications with the helicopter.

Preliminary data transmitted from the helicopter showed that it departed NC98 to the northwest, climbed to about 1,000 ft mean sea level (msl) and then turned west. The helicopter climbed to about 2,500 ft msl and continued on a westerly track at a groundspeed of about 120 knots. About 8 minutes after takeoff, the helicopter began a turn toward the south. About 1 minute later, the transmitted data ended at an altitude of about 1,200 ft msl and a groundspeed of 75 knots, while the helicopter was on a southeasterly track.

Several witnesses reported observing smoke trailing behind the helicopter while it was in flight. The smoke was described by some witnesses as “heavy” or “dark”, while others reported the color as “black”, “dark blue” or “blue.” One witness reported that the helicopter was “hovering” and “not travelling forward” while it was a “couple of hundred feet” above the wind turbine farm. Another witness reported hearing a “popping noise,” he then observed the helicopter turn left, then right. It then descended quickly and appeared “in control” with the rotors turning before he lost sight of it. The helicopter impacted a shallow turf drainage pathway, about 30 ft wide and 2,000 ft long, located between two fields of 8 ft tall grass, on a wind turbine farm. The fuselage came to rest in a 7 ft wide ditch in the center of the pathway, and was oriented on a heading of 261° magnetic. No ground scars were present leading toward or away from the main wreckage.

Examination of the wreckage revealed that all the major components of the helicopter were present at the accident site. The cabin had collapsed downward and was partially consumed by a postcrash fire. The tailboom remained largely intact. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit area to the rotor systems and engines. All main and tail rotor blades remained attached to the rotor hubs. The No. 4 (red) main rotor blade was found rotated about 180° in the hub with its pitch links fractured and partially melted. None of the main or tail rotor blades exhibited leading edge damage, chordwise scratches, or other evidence of rotation. The outboard 4 ft of No. 1 (yellow) blade came to rest in the 8 ft tall grass adjacent to the drainage path. The grass on either side of the blade was undisturbed. The tail rotor shaft remained attached to the transmission. The transmission could not be rotated by hand.

No foreign object damage was found on the axial compressor blades of either engine. No damage was observed on the visible portions of the turbine blades at the rear of either engine. The gas generator of the No. 1 engine moved freely when rotated by hand, the No. 2 engine gas generator would not rotate. The No. 1 engine fuel shutoff valve was found in the open position. The No. 2 engine fuel shutoff valve was damaged and its position could not be determined during the field examination. The No. 2 engine rear turbine shaft bearing exhibited discoloration consistent with overheating and lack of lubrication. The bearing roller pins were worn down to the surface of the bearing race. The end of the turbine shaft aft of the nut exhibited rotational nonuniform damage.

The helicopter was equipped with an on-board audio and video recording system. The unit was thermally damaged; however, the memory device remained intact. The unit was sent to the NTSB vehicle recorder laboratory for examination. According to FAA airworthiness records and helicopter maintenance records, the helicopter was manufactured in 2011. The helicopter’s most recent 30-hour engine inspection was completed on August 15, 2017. At that time, the helicopter and both engines had accrued 2,673 total hours of operation. Several additional inspections were completed during scheduled maintenance on September 1, 2017. At that time, the helicopter had accrued 2,710 total hours of operation. According to the operator, a daily airworthiness check is performed by a mechanic.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument-helicopter. His most recent second class medical certificate was issued on October 6, 2016, at which time he reported 4,362 total hours of flight experience. According to the operator, the pilot had accrued 1,027 hours of flight time in the  same make and model as the accident helicopter, and had been employed with Air Methods Corporation since August 2009. The helicopter was retained for further examination.

(Source: NTSB. Image from file)

FMI: Preliminary Report

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NTSB alerts and videos focus on dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:15


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board has issued two safety alerts to increase awareness among aircraft mechanics and pilots of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Safety Alerts SA-070 and SA-069 warn mechanics and pilots that the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated — a dangerous prospect given that many internal combustion engine airplanes are heated by air warmed by exhaust systems using a heater shroud.

A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas into the cockpit, with sometimes fatal results.

A recent post in the NTSB’s blog Safety Compass detailed an investigator’s efforts that led to determining carbon monoxide poisoning’s role in one such fatal crash.

The NTSB encourages aircraft mechanics to inspect exhaust systems, air ducting, firewalls, and door and window seals thoroughly at every 100-hour or annual inspection.

The agency encourages pilots to install a carbon monoxide detector on the instrument panel of their aircraft, noting that detectors with aural alerts and a flash notification are more likely to draw a pilot’s attention to the potentially lethal condition.

The NTSB also produced companion videos for the alerts, available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel:

NTSB alerts and videos focus on dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

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White House Nominates Bruce Landsberg For A Term On The NTSB

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:14

Must Be Confirmed By The U.S. Senate For The Post

The White House nominated aviation safety expert Bruce Landsberg to serve on the NTSB, citing his impressive track record on aircraft safety issues.

Landsberg is the former president of the AOPA Air Safety Institute, and currently serves as the senior safety adviser for the organization.

Landsberg, an award-winning expert on pilot safety, has written hundreds of articles on aviation safety and helped develop dozens of online courses. He also has worked with regulatory agencies and other aviation safety stakeholders, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the National Weather Service, as well as various industry groups including NBAA. A former U.S. Air Force officer, he has written a periodic “Safety Pilot” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, and a popular blog in AOPA ePilot.

The White House said it would nominate Landsberg for a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and upon confirmation by the Senate he would be designated NTSB vice chairman for a term of two years.

“Bruce has demonstrated a passion for aviation safety through his long and successful career,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His work with federal agencies, industry groups and other stakeholders makes him a perfect choice to serve on the NTSB. His impressive breadth of experience and no-nonsense approach to safety will be an important asset in the board’s work. We hope he wins quick Senate approval, and we look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Landsberg, who was born and raised in Maryland, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Maryland. Before joining AOPA, he held management positions with Cessna and FlightSafety International. He has logged more than 6,000 hours of flight time and holds airline transport pilot, single-engine, multiengine and instrument flight instructor certificates. He has served as the industry co-chair of the FAA’s runway safety program and for the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee.

In 2010, he led a session on single pilot safety at NBAA’s annual convention in Atlanta, GA, using actual air traffic control tapes to reconstruct an accident involving a single pilot in a small business aircraft.

Last year, Landsberg participated in an NBAA session on aircraft-based meteorological observations, which focused on the availability and utility of aircraft-based weather observations.

The Senate recently approved another general aviation industry veteran Robert L. Sumwalt III to be the 14th chair of the NTSB. Sumwalt is a former member of NBAA’s Safety Committee who managed a flight department for a utility company in South Carolina before being appointed to the NTSB in August 2006. He is scheduled to speak at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) on Oct. 10 in Las Vegas.

(Source: NBAA news release)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:12

51 Years ago today: On 22 September 1966 an Ansett-ANA Vickers Viscount crashed near Winton, Australia following a no.2 engine fire, killing all 24 occupants.

Date: Thursday 22 September 1966 Time: 13:03 Type: Vickers 832 Viscount Operator: Ansett-ANA Registration: VH-RMI C/n / msn: 416 First flight: 1959 Total airframe hrs: 18634 Cycles: 6586 Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 525 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20 Total: Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 16 km (10 mls) WSW of Winton, QLD (   Australia) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Mount Isa Airport, QLD (ISA/YBMA), Australia Destination airport: Longreach Airport, QLD (LRE/YLRE), Australia Flightnumber: 149

Narrative: Ansett-ANA Flight 149 took off at 12:08 for a 73-minute flight to Longreach. The flight progressed, apparently uneventfully, until 12:52 when the Longreach-Flight Service Unit heard the crew of VH-RMI say that it was on an emergency descent and to stand by. Two minutes later the aircraft advised that there were fire warnings in respect of no. 1 and 2 engines, that one of these warning conditions had ceased and that the propeller of the other engine could not be feathered. At 12:59, information from the crew of VH-RMI, relayed to Longreach through–the crew of another aircraft in the vicinity, indicated that there was a visible fire in no. 2 engine and that the aircraft was diverting below 5000 ft, to Winton.  The Vickers Viscount was descending at an indicated airspeed close to 170 knots between 3500 and 4000 ft above ground level . At this point the port wing failed upwards between engines 1 and 2. It struck the top of the fuselage, which at the same time was cut open by the blades of the no. 1 engine, and fell away from the remainder of the aircraft . The cabin shell above floor level was quickly broken away by air loads until eventually the rear fuselage and empennage also separated from the aircraft. The remaining forward fuselage, with the lower mid fuselage, starboard, wing and, engines and port wing stub with the no. 2 engine still attached, struck the ground at the edge of a clay pan and was immediately engulfed in flames.

Probable Cause

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The means of securing the oil metering unit to the no.2 cabin blower became ineffective and this led to the initiation of a fire within the blower, which propagated to the wing fuel tank and substantially reduced the strength of the main spar upper boom. It is probable that the separation of the oil metering unit arose from an out-of-balance condition induced by rotor break-up but the source of the rotor break-up could not be determined.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:01

One civilian is dead and 4 Firefighters have been injured in a crash involving a car and a Louisville (Kentucky) Fire & Rescue fire apparatus around 0845 hours this morning.

Initial reports are that the fire apparatus was headed to an emergency call with lights and sirens, when it collided with a green car. 

According to cops, witnesses, stated that the fire truck was going west on Algonquin in an emergency mode, and there was a green Mercury that was at the corner of McCloskey and Algonquin, apparently at a stop sign. That vehicle went out into the intersection and collided with the fire apparatus resulting in a fatality.

Cops say the fire truck had the right of way, but the spokesman added that there was a stop sign — but no stop light — at the intersection. The Firefighters suffered minor physical injuries. More to follow.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:51


One civilian is dead and 4 Firefighters have been injured in a crash involving a car and a Louisville (Kentucky) Fire & Rescue fire apparatus around 0845 hours this morning.

Initial reports are that the fire apparatus was headed to an emergency call with lights and sirens, when it collided with a green car. 

According to cops, witnesses, stated that the fire truck was going west on Algonquin in an emergency mode, and there was a green Mercury that was at the corner of McCloskey and Algonquin, apparently at a stop sign. That vehicle went out into the intersection and collided with the fire apparatus resulting in a fatality.

Cops say the fire truck had the right of way, but the spokesman added that there was a stop sign — but no stop light — at the intersection. The Firefighters suffered minor physical injuries. More to follow.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 9-21-2017-1000 hrs  

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