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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:11

That’s one stolen vehicle for Albuquerque firefighters, one giant moon for Albuquerque police.

Police say a man dropped his drawers beside a stolen fire department vehicle after leading officers on a wild chase across town through a brick wall, fire hydrant and into oncoming traffic Thursday morning.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik said 35-year-old Anthony Pacheco stole an Albuquerque Fire Rescue sport utility vehicle from a station off East Central. From there he led police on a brazen chase — striking police and civilian vehicles — leading to a dead-end street near Gibson and Girard.

Drobik said Pacheco, clad in an AFR jacket, jumped on the SUV and flipped officers off before he jumped down and “mooned them.”

Pacheco was arrested without “further incident.”

Nobody was injured in the incident, but vehicles were damaged, including the stolen Chevrolet Tahoe that was totaled. Pacheco is charged with assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a peace officer, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

AFR spokesman Tom Ruiz couldn’t give an exact time when the vehicle was stolen from a garage of the firehouse near Central and Pennsylvania NE. But he said it happened in the middle of the night as the firefighters slept.

“Someone went out to the apparatus bay and the truck was gone,” Ruiz said. “A vehicle that’s used to keep the citizens of Albuquerque safe and respond to emergency calls is now out of service.”

Ruiz said AFR is doing an internal investigation to find out how Pacheco got into the firehouse and stole the SUV. Pacheco told police he found the keys inside and took it so he could “try and find his friend.”

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, the vehicle was reported stolen around 3 a.m. and police found it near Alameda and San Pedro NE. They tried to use a spike belt to stop the SUV, but Pacheco went off the road, almost hitting an officer and striking his police vehicle.

Police say they pursued Pacheco to a dead-end where he drove through a cinder block wall and escaped. Officers caught up with him at a Costco near Central and Eubank SE, and Pacheco fled again.

According to the complaint Pacheco drove at high speeds, ran red lights and crashed into a vehicle and fire hydrant. Eventually he came to a dead-end near Wellesley and Crest SE, where he surrendered.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:44

Three firefighters were hurt while responding to a house fire in Cumming early Friday, Forsyth County Fire said.

One firefighter was hurt fighting the blaze when part of the structure collapsed in the Vickery Lake subdivision. Another fire truck responding the call overturned on the way to the fire.

The firefighters were taken to North Fulton Hospital and officials said they had minor injuries.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:11

A fire Thursday night destroyed a building at a Brandon church.

Firefighters responding to New Testament Church, 913 Dew Bloom Road, found the Fellowship Hall on church property fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 25 minutes, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, and the main church building was not affected.


A firefighter was hospitalized after collapsing away from the fire, officials said, and the cause appears unrelated to the flames. A parishioner who attempted to douse the flames with a garden hose suffered minor smoke-related smoke injuries.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:22

Suffolk Fire-Rescue responded to a house fire in the 3500 block of Arthur Drive early Thursday morning.

According to dispatch, the call came out at 5:47 a.m., and the first unit arrived on scene in the rural Whaleyville borough at 5:58 a.m. Arriving crews said there was heavy fire showing from the single-story residence.

One occupant, an adult man, received emergency medical assessment and treatment, and was taken to a local hospital due to smoke inhalation. One firefighter was also treated for heat exhaustion.

Both occupants of the home will be displaced, as the home was declared a total loss. The Fire Marshal’s office will be handling the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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Today is Friday the 19th of April, 2019 – Good Friday

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:10

We close out the week with the following stories…

I wish you all a safe and blessed Easter weekend!


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Pilot killed in fiery plane crash at Fullerton airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:58

By Oscar Flores

FULLERTON, Calif. (FOX 11) – A pilot was killed in a fiery plane crash at the Fullerton Airport Thursday evening. 

A twin-engine Beechcraft Duke plane crashed while departing from Runway 24 at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division.

Officials the aircraft rolled to the left and caught on fire killing the pilot on board. The plane was traveling at about 80 mph and was around 50 feet off the ground when the crash occurred, said the Fullerton Fire Department.

The crash was reported before 8 p.m. The pilot, someone in their 50s, was the only person on board, the FAA said. Their condition is unknown.

The fixed-winged aircraft, registered to KMA Technology Solutions LLC, appeared to be heading to Heber Valley, Utah when the incident occurred.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

No further details were immediately known.

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ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:56

Curry County Sheriff’s Office confirms two people died in a plane crash near Brookings this afternoon. An investigation is still underway.

UPDATE: On Thursday April 18th, 2019 just after 4:00p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Brookings PD, reporting that they had got a couple calls about a possible airplane crash. Callers reported seeing a plane go down north of the Brookings airport near Henderson Road. Sheriff’s Deputies along with Search and Rescue, Brookings Fire, Cape Ferello Fire and Harbor Fire Departments responded to the general area. A call was made to Cal Ore Life Flight and they were able to get two helicopters up in the air to search the area.

Around 4:45p.m., the plane was found by the areal search team. Ground search crews responded and found two people in the plane, both from Del Norte County, California. Both people were dead when crews arrived.

The NTSB and FAA investigators were notified and are making arrangements to travel to the scene to complete the investigation. At this point, the names of the two subjects are being withheld until the investigation is complete by the NTSB and FAA.

Updated 04/18/19 at 10:39p.m.

UPDATE: Curry County Sheriff John Ward confirmed two people died in the plane in Brookings just after 4:00PM today. No one on the ground was hurt. The two victims were said to be the only people onboard. Federal investigators have been called in to find the cause of the crash.

Updated 04/18/19 at 10:00p.m.

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Emergency crews have responded to a reported plane crash in Brookings, though many details remain unknown at this time.

The crash site appeared to be located somewhere between the Brookings airport and Henderson Road, on a large expanse of private property.

A deputy posted at an access gate to the property did confirm to NewsWatch 12 that there had been a crash somewhere beyond that point, but could not give any more details pending further investigation.

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Emergency landing at Butte’s Bert Mooney Airport; no injuries reported

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:54


A single-engine plane with two men aboard made an emergency landing at Bert Mooney Airport just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

There were no injuries, said Jeff Miller, Butte-Silver Bow fire chief.

The plane was piloted by a Helena man, 71, and carried a passenger, 61, from Philipsburg. 

Miller said the airport received a distress signal just before the plane was supposed to land at 9:50 a.m. The pilot said the plane could not lock down its landing gear. The gear would extend but not lock.

The plane flew around the airport to burn off about 30 gallons of fuel and prepared for an emergency landing. The pilot was in direct contact with the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department as well as the plane’s manufacturer, Miller said.

Pam Chamberlin, Bert Mooney Airport director, said one wheel collapsed when the plane touched down but the other wheels remained operational.

She said the plane veered off the runway into a safety area.

Flying the plane was Larry Klaas, a retired real estate developer from Helena, accompanied by Mark Hudgens, a Philipsburg resident and the former manager of the town’s Riddick Field airport.

Klaas, who has 50 years of flight experience and formerly served as an airplane salesman in Seattle, said the plane is repairable, the wing having sustained minor damage.

He described the landing as mild, noting that the plane skidded at the end of its landing and turned about 180 degrees, hitting a runway light with its wing.

When Klaas took off in the plane, a Lancair IV-P, from the Bert Mooney Airport Thursday morning, he immediately noticed that the landing gear was not retracting properly.

According to Klaas, there was a problem with the hydraulic system that controls the gear, which only partially retracted the gear, leaving it in an unlocked position.

The two on the plane followed emergency protocol, checking to make sure there wasn’t an electrical malfunction and trying to control the gear manually. They maintained communications with emergency personnel on the ground while Hudgens phoned an advanced training pilot. They also performed flying maneuvers in an effort to restore the gears’ functionality.

“We did everything,” said Klaas, noting that their only choice was to land the plane with the malfunctioning landing gear.

Before touching down, Klaas and Hudgens turned the engine off, just in case things didn’t go well and the plane caught fire.

“I didn’t get too scared,” said Klaas, whose training kicked in. “You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do,” he said, adding that it’s better to stay calm rather than to panic and make a mistake.

Hudgens, who has been flying since he was 13 years old, described the Lancair IV-P as the “fastest single-engine piston airplane there is.” Klaas is the owner of the plane.

Hudgens was relieved when the plane landed — who wouldn’t be? he said. The two managed to stay cool enough to grab lunch after the incident.

“We kept our heads on straight, made a plan, and everything went well,” said Hudgens.

Firefighters and all emergency workers were at the site prepared to help once the plane landed, Miller said.

“All credit goes to the pilot. He did all he could to troubleshoot,” Miller said. “This was one of those cases where we have time, we had time to get as many resources there as possible.”

Chamberlain said the plane has been towed off the runway and all operations are back on at the airport.

There were no air service interruptions as a result of the emergency, she said.

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Freeway in San Bernardino

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:50

By Jason Kandel

Traffic was snarled Thursday afternoon after a small plane landed in lanes of the 215 Freeway in San Bernardino, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the emergency landing, reported at 2 p.m. near the University Avenue exit, according to Caltrans.

The single-engine Vans RV-4 lost engine power and made an emergency landing on the northbound I-215 just north of the I-210 around 2 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate.

The plane landed safely and there was no damage to the aircraft or to any vehicles, Gregor said.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:49

19 Years ago today: On 19 April 2000 an Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 crashed on approach to Davao; killing all 131 on board.

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2000 Time: ca 07:00 Type: Boeing 737-2H4 Operator: Air Philippines Registration: RP-C3010 C/n / msn: 21447/508 First flight: 1978-01-19 (22 years 3 months) Total airframe hrs: 68475 Cycles: 79522 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 124 / Occupants: 124 Total: Fatalities: 131 / Occupants: 131 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 6,5 km (4.1 mls) from Davao (   Philippines) Crash site elevation: 152 m (499 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines Destination airport: Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO/RPMD), Philippines Flightnumber: 541

Air Philippines Flight 541 left Manila (MNL) at 05:21 and was due to land at Davao (DVO) around 06:45. At 06:56, while approaching Davao, the crew were told to discontinue the ILS runway 05 approach because of traffic on the runway (probably Philippine Airlines flight 809 which had just landed). A request to carry out a VOR/DME approach and landing in the opposite direction (runway 23) was approved by ATC. Last radio contact was at 07:01 when the pilot reported 7 miles out. Nothing more was heard from the flight when ATC tried to clear the flight to land around 07:03. The Boeing slammed into a coconut plantation in Mt. Kalangan, Sitio Camanlangan in Barangay San Isidro, disintegrated and caught fire. The accident site is around 500 feet above sea level; at that point the altitude of the aircraft should have been 1500 feet.
Weather was said to have been fair with a low cloud ceiling for Davao.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 03:28

4/19/1995 The Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, OK bombing killed 168 and left over 800 injured after a Ryder truck containing 5,000 pounds of fertilizer and nitromethane mixture detonated. A massive rescue operation that continued over a period of 17 days and involved eleven task forces, USAR Teams, and an Incident Management Team was mounted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

4/19/1993 a Religious group, The Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventist Church, complex fire killed forty-seven near Waco, TX ending a 51-day standoff between the federal government and an armed religious cult.

4/19/1895 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from the injuries he sustained after a wall collapsed at a 4-alarm bakery fire at 210 N. Front Street.

4/19/1899 a Milwaukee, WI firefighter “died of injuries sustained at fire the day before at 1st Ave and Burnham.”

4/19/1900 an Indianapolis, Indiana firefighter “died from injuries he received March 14 while fighting a fire at C.B. Cones clothing factory, when a wall collapsed on him.”

4/19/1922 a Chicago, IL firefighter died after suffering from asphyxiation at a fire.

4/19/1942 a Boston, MA firefighter “died from injuries he received when he fell from an aerial ladder, which was located at about the 5th-floor level, and he landed on the turntable of the ladder truck. The fire was in a 6-story building at 201 State Street and 102-104 Central Street, Downtown. Four-alarms were transmitted on Box 1286, (India & Central Streets).”

4/19/1972 a Calgary, Alberta, Canada firefighter “was trapped and succumbed to the smoke and flames in the Beachcomber Restaurant blaze at Seventh Ave. and Fifth St. S.W. The fire also injured seven other firefighters.”

4/19/2015 a Southwest Miami-Dade brush fire burned nearly 2,000 acres in the forest area along Southwest 157th Avenue, stretching from Bird Road to Eighth Street.

4/19/2014 two children died in a Rockaway, (Queens) NY fire that apparently started after a child experimenting with a lighter in a basement bedroom ignited something on the bed shortly before 11:50 p.m.

4/19/2002 four were killed and 133 injured when 14 passenger cars on the Amtrak “Auto Train” derailed near Crescent Florida; the “train consisted of two engines, 16 passenger cars and 202 automobiles stacked in 23 specially designed cars” and was on tracks owned, operated, and maintained by CSX.

4/19/1998 Tempe, AZ warehouse was destroyed by fire when an improperly designed sprinkler system failed to control the fire in rack storage of Group A plastic commodities stored to 15 feet; the total loss was approximately $6 million.

4/19/1993 a fire in a psychiatric institute in South Korea killed forty.

4/19/1989 off the coast of FL an explosion in a gun turret onboard the Battleship Iowa killed forty-seven sailors.

4/19/1983 a fire at the Central Community Home in Worcester, Massachusetts, licensed by the city for lodging and boarding rooms for former mental health patients (deinstitutionalized) killed seven of the twenty occupants in a three-story wood frame building with open stairs, combustible interior finish, and no sprinkler protection. The fire was discovered under a bed on the second-floor about 2:00 a.m. The “patient” dragged the mattress to the bathroom where it flared into a full-flaming condition. “The fire rapidly spread throughout the second floor creating untenable conditions on the second and third floors including both stairways.” “Although the occupants were apparently alerted early to the fire, they did not have time to escape from the building before exit access corridors and the exits themselves became untenable due to fire.”

4/19/1975 the Princess Irene ship fire killed twenty on the Rhine River in Germany.

4/19/1923 the Essex Castle Apartment House fire in Lynn, MA killed five. The fire started on the second floor near the elevator shaft and cut off all stairways.

4/19/1881 Anna, IL an insane asylum was destroyed by fire and left one dead. The fire started in the bathroom on the fourth floor in the north wing of the Illinois Southern Hospital for the Insane, around 11:30 p.m.

4/19/1880 the town Keytesville, MO was destroyed by fire that originated in State Senator Mackey’s Hotel, and was spread by a fierce gale.

4/19/1879 over half of the town Eureka, NV was destroyed by fire, that left 2,000 people without shelter.

4/19/1873 Baltimore, MD telegraph office was heavily damaged by fire after a battery acid explosion.

4/19/1902 the last and most powerful in a series of earthquakes, a magnitude 7.5, shocks Western Guatemala that killed more than 2,000 and 50,000 were left homeless.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:14

By Anna Guth, Point Reyes Light:

On the treacherous frontlines of the Tubbs Fire that roared through Santa Rosa two years ago, many firefighters left behind the gear that shields them from the harmful chemicals associated with urban fires: the blaze burned so hot and fast, they had to move quicker than the weight would allow.

One-hundred and eighty firefighters who fought Northern California fires during the last two fall seasons are part of a new study facilitated in part by Sharyle Patton, a longtime Bolinas resident and the director of the Biomonitoring Resource Center at Commonweal.

Last month, Ms. Patton received the highest “white helmet” award from the San Francisco Firefighter Cancer Prevention Foundation for her work over the past two decades to address the elevated health risks associated with fighting fires.

“Watching Sharyle and the others take that award was somewhat of a turning point: beyond wondering if there is evidence, we are moving closer toward how we take better of ourselves, of our families,” said Heather Buren, a lieutenant with the San Francisco Fire Department who participated in another recent study on which Ms. Patton worked, involving women firefighters in San Francisco.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:41

By Christine Ferretti, Detroit News:

A judge on Wednesday turned down a request from the city’s fire union to halt a policy that directs firefighters to clean up blood and bodily fluids at accident and medical scenes.

The Detroit Fire Fighter Association filed suit last month asking for an injunction until an unfair labor practices complaint over the newly inked rules could be resolved.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Hathaway made the ruling after a full day of testimony, directing that the dispute be handled by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. A hearing is set for next week, said fire union President Mike Nevin.

“Our members and the public were done a great disservice today,” Nevin said after the hearing. “Basically, (the judge) left us in limbo. We have no idea what doing out here.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:30

By Jen Chung, The Gothamist:

A huge four-alarm fire ripped through businesses in Marine Park, Brooklyn this morning, and firefighters are still at the scene trying to get the blaze under control. [Update: The five-alarm fire was under control by 10:30 a.m. More details below.]

The fire broke out around 6:16 a.m. at 2118 Flatbush Avenue, where E Sushi is located. Thirty-nine FDNY units responded. One firefighter was injured and is in stable condition now.

The fire was under control by 10:30 a.m. FDNY Assistant Chief Richard Howe said at the scene, “We were met with heavy fire on arrival. The fire was located in the cockloft area, which is below the roof and above the ceiling. Units made an aggressive attempt to extinguish the fire. After a period of time, the decision was made, for the safety of the members, to withdraw to an exterior attack. The units did a very good job containing the fire to two commercial occupancies. We had three minor injuries to Firefighters. It was a very challenging fire.”

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Video: Rescues at Baltimore County apartment fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:02

Two brought down ladders at Thursday fire

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 07:33

An assault that led to a shooting and a standoff at a burning home left two men dead and a woman injured Tuesday afternoon on the South Side.

San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus said a man, believed to be in his 50s, was assaulting his wife at about 4 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Belden Ave.

“He beat her up very, very severely,” McManus said. When she escaped, she began running across the street to a neighbor’s home, investigators said.

The suspect grabbed a rifle and began firing at his wife from inside the house as she fled, police said.

Their neighbor, a man in his 60s, was coming out of his own house to see what was going on when he was shot by the suspect, McManus said.

“We understand there might have been a history between” the suspect and the neighbor, he said.

The wife managed to evade her husband’s gunshots, according to police.

McManus said the suspect set fire to his home just before the arrival of officers, who began evacuating neighbors.

As officers surrounded the home, the suspect had taken a prone position on the porch and was still firing shots, the chief said. It was unclear who he was targeting.

Police dragged the wounded neighbor into an alley and out of the line of fire so that first responders could treat him.

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood said that EMS pronounced the neighbor dead.

“SWAT eventually arrived on scene and they felt that (the suspect) was a threat and they fired a couple of rounds at him,” McManus said. “He did not move when he was shot.”

Investigators said the suspect may have been dead already, but it is not known whether he took his own life or died from the SWAT officer’s shots.

The fire then engulfed both the home and the suspect’s body, McManus said.

EMS took the woman to University Hospital for treatment with severe facial injuries, Hood said. Police are still investigating the incident.

Hood said when firefighters received the all clear from officers, they moved in to fight the fire.

“Until that suspect is down we’re not going to attack a fire. We don’t want to become a victim,” Hood said. “We also have potential live ordinance going off. so we wanted to make sure we have an all clear.”

With wind gusts of about 25 miles per hour, Hood said the flames would have spread faster had there not been a vacant lot between the suspect’s house and the nearest home.

“Otherwise it probably would’ve burned this whole block down,” Hood said.

During the standoff, a few embers had reached a nearby home. Medics wearing combat gear were able to get close and stop the spreading smoke and cinders.

The fire chief said they saved two dogs, a classic vehicle and a large fuel load stored in the house.

“A lot of training goes into what we do from Fire and PD preparing for events like this, so the coordination is good and we’re happy about that,” Hood said.

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Today is Thursday the 18th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:56

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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Helicopter crashes due to high winds

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:53

By: Joanna Guzman

DONNA, Texas – High winds to blame for a helicopter crash in Donna. The crash happened around noon on Old La Blanca and Mile 11 North Road.

Authorities say the pilot lost control of the helicopter due to strong winds.

The pilot suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators and Texas DPS troopers now handling this incident.

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JetBlue flight makes emergency landing in Orlando after departing from Fort Lauderdale

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:52

By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a plane traveling from Florida to North Carolina had to make an emergency landing.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that JetBlue flight 1126 took off from Fort Lauderdale Monday night but was diverted to Orlando International Airport.

An airport spokeswoman says there may have been a reported pressurization issue, but JetBlue didn’t immediately confirm what the problem was.

The plan had been carrying 97 people. No injuries were reported.

The flight was back in the air about five hours after landing in Orlando and made it to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday morning.

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