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AL FIREFIGHTER DISCUSSES TRAINING BURN RECOVERY

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 17:42

The Opelika firefighter who nearly died in a horrific training accident back in March is speaking about the explosion, his will to survive and how his painful recovery was made possible because of his physical condition.

The day before Christmas, Anytime Fitness in Phenix City released the inspirational video focusing on Opelika Fire Captain David Davis’ accident and recovery on their Facebook Page.

“Honestly I believe the only reason I did survive, and the doctor told me it was because I was in good physical shape. Someone who wasn’t in as good physical condition probably would have died due to the infection much less the trauma. They only gave me three days to live, and they were gonna amputate my hands, but I just decided they were going to be wrong,” said Davis.

Captain Davis is a 16-year veteran firefighter. On March 15th, Davis was training with other firefighters at an abandoned home along Anderson Road when there was an explosion. The accident led to Davis suffering 2nd and 3rd-degree burns on 30% of his body. Firefighter Henry Williford was treated for smoke inhalation.

In a previous interview with News 3, Opelika’s Fire Chief Byron Prather said Captain Davis’ recovery is a testament to Davis’ desire to overcome challenges.

Captain David Davis returned the Opelika Fire Department a few months ago. Davis continues his intense physical fitness routine and hopes his story of survival will inspire others to take control of their health and fitness.

 

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AFFF: EX-WORKERS AT FLORIDA FIRE COLLEGE FILE SUIT

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 17:38

Six former employees of the Florida State Fire College and two of
their spouses have filed a class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of
firefighting suppressants used at the college, which they claim led them to
develop various cancers and diseases from exposure.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida,
alleges the companies were negligent and purposefully hid findings of studies
that showed chemicals in the suppressants were carcinogenic and dangerous to
the environment. The former employees allege the manufacturers knew about
the adverse effects of their products since the 1970s but continued to
manufacture, advertise and sell the products to consumers.
Manufacturers listed on the suit number 10 in total and include The 3M
Company and Tyco Fire Products, L.P.
“All of the Defendants are sophisticated and knowledgeable in the art and science
of formulating (aqueous film-forming foam) products,” the lawsuit states. “They
understood far more about the properties of and the biodegradability of their
additives than any other customer. They chose not to use their knowledge to
design safer products.”
Aqueous film-forming foam contains two chemicals — perfluorooctane sulfonate
and perfluorooctanoic acid — which are the main focus of the suit.
The Environmental Protection Agency describes them as man-made chemicals
toxic to animals and humans that are readily absorbed after oral exposure and
that are persistent in the environment, according to an agency fact sheet. In
humans, the chemicals tend to accumulate in the blood plasma, kidney and liver.
They are used in firefighting to suppress fires that involve fuels such as
petroleum and other flammable liquids.
Ex-workers at Florida State Fire College le suit
Plaintiffs listed on the lawsuit include a firefighter instructor and various
employees on the administrative side of the college who suffered from thyroid
disease, kidney disease, breast cancer and parathyroid cancer, according to the
lawsuit.
They claim the class they represent includes firefighters and instructors,
administrative employees and others who may have been exposed to the
chemicals through contaminated groundwater around the college, 11655 NW
Gainesville Road. No specific number of class members is listed, but the lawsuit
estimates it is in the hundreds.
Class members could have been exposed to the chemicals through consumption,
inhalation or skin absorption. Plaintiffs formerly of the administrative side of the
college claim they came in contact with the chemicals through their
accumulation in the college’s pipes, faucets, showerheads, appliances, sinks and
drinking water fountains.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection tested wells at the college
in August. In two of the three wells, which provide the college’s water supply,
officials found levels of the toxic chemicals in the water to be between 250,000
and 270,000 parts per trillion, more than 3,000 times higher than the EPA
recommended 70 parts per trillion for drinking water.
Some class members may have been exposed but have not yet suffered health
consequences. The lawsuit does not place a time period on when the chemicals
were used at the college.
The lawsuit calls for a jury trial and an award of damages totaling more than $5
million, according to the complaint.
The plaintiffs also ask for the establishment of a medical monitoring program for
class members who haven’t presented illnesses yet, bankrolled by the
manufacturers. The suit calls for various tests to be included in the program to
monitor the thyroid function, liver function, screen for kidney cancer, testicular
cancer and reproductive or infertility issues.
Plaintiffs also argue the manufacturers should be found negligent and grossly
negligent for failing to adequately warn consumers of their product’s dangerous
effects, failing to place adequate warnings on the product’s containers, failing to
take reasonable precautions and steps to enforce a safe method of handling their
products and failing to develop and utilize a safer substitute, according the suit.
The plaintiffs are represented by Miami-based Ferraro Law Firm.
Defendants have not filed any responses to the complaint yet, according to
federal court records.

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EX-FLA. FIRE COLLEGE EMPLOYEES SUE OVER EXPOSURE TO FIREFIGHTING FOAM

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 13:01

By Katie Pohlman, Daily Commercial:

Six former employees of the Florida State Fire College and two of their spouses have filed a class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of firefighting suppressants used at the college, which they claim led them to develop various cancers and diseases from exposure.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, alleges the companies were negligent and purposefully hid findings of studies that showed chemicals in the suppressants were carcinogenic and dangerous to the environment. The former employees allege the manufacturers knew about the adverse effects of their products since the 1970s but continued to manufacture, advertise and sell the products to consumers.

Manufacturers listed on the suit number 10 in total and include The 3M Company and Tyco Fire Products, L.P.

“All of the Defendants are sophisticated and knowledgeable in the art and science of formulating (aqueous film-forming foam) products,” the lawsuit states. “They understood far more about the properties of and the biodegradability of their additives than any other customer. They chose not to use their knowledge to design safer products.”

Read the full story here.

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Today is Wednesday the 26th of December, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:52

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas yesterday, and are are now starting to focus on next week’s New Year’s celebrations!

Be safe out there!

Tom

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At least one dead after plane crashes into Sioux Falls neighborhood Christmas evening

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:49

Joe Sneve, Makenzie L Huber and Megan Raposa, Sioux Falls Argus Leader

At least one person is dead after an airplane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Sioux Falls early Tuesday evening.

Reports came into Metro Communications shortly after 5 p.m. that a plane had crashed into a residential neighborhood in the 4200 block of south Birchwood Avenue, causing multiple homes to catch fire. 

Regan Smith, Sioux Falls Emergency Manager, confirmed at least one person succumbed to injuries sustained in the incident, believed to be the pilot of the small frame, small engine aircraft, and there could be more fatalities.

“We’re still investigating, and there may be more fatalities,” he said during a 7 p.m. briefing with media on scene.

Two homes sustained exterior damage from the crash, Smith said, and four homes were evacuated while fire and emergency crews work to stabilize the scene.

“We’re working this through the evening as far as continuing the search and seeing what’s going on in the neighborhood and making sure that everything is OK,” Smith said.

Smith said the plane was southbound when it crashed into the residential neighborhood, leaving a “large debris field associated with the scene” in its wake.

It’s unclear the number of occupants in the plane or in the homes. The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation.

‘There was just fire everywhere’ 

Grace Chinn lives in the house at the corner of Woodwind Lane and 51st Street, just west of one hit by the plane. It crashed in her backyard, and she said she’s not sure, but at one point her deck might have been on fire. She and her family were going about their Christmas night when they heard the crash.

“We felt it more than heard it,” Chinn said. “It shook our whole house.”

The family was evacuated not long after the crash.

Across the street on 51st Street, neighbor Brian Monahan was wrapping up desserts and a gift exchange with his family when he saw the plane out his front window. As it nosedived into the space between the two homes, he rushed to help.

“I sprinted over there and there was just fire everywhere,” Monahan said. “It was hard to tell what was plane.”

He estimated 20 others were there to help within a few minutes, grabbing fire extinguishers and putting out a fire on a neighboring deck before police and fire officials arrived on scene.

His daughter, Quinn Monahan called 911 immediately. It wasn’t long before a crowd of dozens of people came out to see the aftermath of the crash.

“I’ve never seen that many people in my neighborhood,” Monahan said.

Neighbor Tim Helgeson, who lives across from Chinn on the west side of Woodwind Lane, said he heard a commotion and saw what he described as a fireball outside his window, and he thought a house exploded. He tried calling 911 five times, but the line was busy.

“It felt like a cement truck racing down the street and then, boom,” Helgeson said. 

T.J. Nelson, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Paul TenHaken, declined to comment until the scene was secured and more information about the incident becomes clear.

Sioux Falls City Council Rick Kiley, who represents the neighborhood and lives a few blocks away, offered his sympathies.

“This is a terrible tragedy anytime but to have it occur on Christmas just makes it even worse,” he said. “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible event.”

https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2018/12/25/plane-crashes-into-sioux-falls-homes/2412287002/

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777 Loses Electrics, Lands Heavy In Brazil

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:42

By Russ Niles

The Aviation Herald is reporting that a TAM Boeing 777-300 made a successful but dramatic emergency landing in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Wednesday. Flight 8084, with more than 350 people on board, was still on the climb on its way to London when it experienced an almost total electrical failure shortly after takeoff from Sao Paulo, about 300 miles southwest. The lack of electrics made it impossible to jettison fuel so overheated brakes on the fully loaded widebody caused all the tires to deflate on landing. Belo Horizonte is a major regional city and its airport has a 10,000-foot runway so the crew headed there. There were no injuries and the plane had only minor damage.

The lights went out less than an hour into the flight and the crew was left with only VHF radio, emergency lighting and a few cockpit displays powered by the emergency ram air turbine. The crew essentially made a night VFR approach and landing with some vectoring help from ATC. The flight crew met with passengers after they were safely in the terminal and answered questions.

https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/777-Loses-Electrics-Lands-Heavy-In-Brazil-232028-1.html

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Small Plane Crashes In Haulover Beach

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:41

By Mike Cugno

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A small plane crashed in the surf line along Haulover Beach on Monday.

Chopper4 over the scene spotted the plane, which was upside down, bobbing in the lapping waves near the shore. It was Collins Avenue and 108th Street.

The four people who were inside the plane all got out safely. They had minor injuries.

“I was sitting on the beach and the plane was coming down and the engine was putt, putt, putt, putt, putt. And he had to make a crash landing on the beach and he tried to land right where the water and the sand meet and when he hit it flipped upside down,” said witness Chet Molner.

“Well, they were very fortunate because obviously with a plane crash we encounter more major injuries but they were lucky. They were very lucky this time,” said Julio Diaz, Ocean Rescue Lt.

Authorities say the Cessna was flying south when it had engine problems. That’s what forced the pilot to park his plane right in the surf.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/12/24/small-plane-went-down-off-sunny-isles-beach/

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Vietjet plane lands on wrong runway at Cam Ranh Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:39

By Doan Loan, Xuan Ngoc

Authorities are investigating why a Vietjet Air plane landed on the wrong runway at the Cam Ranh Airport Tuesday.

The plane carrying 163 passengers took off at 11:14 a.m. from Cam Ranh International Airport in the south central coast to Ho Chi Minh City.

Several minutes after takeoff, a technical alarm forced the captain to bring the plane back to Cam Ranh Airport. However, it landed on an unauthorized runway, a mistake similar to one committed by a Vietnam Airlines plane at the same airport last April.

Weather conditions were optimal and all systems were fully functional at the point of landing, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said Tuesdsay.

No passenger or crew member was hurt by the landing mistake. Another flight was arranged for all passengers to continue their journey.

The incident was deemed “serious,” second only to aviation accidents in Vietnam’s classification of errors, prompting the CAAV to suspend the flight crew pending further investigation.

The CAAV has also decided not to allow an increase in the number of flights by the budget air carrier to the country’s major airports like Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Cam Ranh and Da Nang before a thorough inspection on its operational processes is carried out.

The Cam Ranh International Airport has two runways, only one of which is active. The other had completed construction but was not operational yet.

Vietnam currently requires markings only for runways that are already in use. No markings are needed for those still under construction.

Following the Vietnam Airlines incident, the CAAV has suggested changes to the regulations to prevent similar incidents in the future, including the marking of unused runways.

Vietnam’s aviation industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The country served 106 million air passengers this year, up 12.9 percent from last year and highest of all time.

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietjet-plane-lands-on-wrong-runway-at-cam-ranh-airport-3859474.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:38

25 Years ago today: On 26 December 1993 a Kuban Airlines Antonov An-26B stalled and crashed on approach to Gyumri-Leninakan Airport, Armenia; killing 35 on board.

Date: Sunday 26 December 1993 Time: 20:57 Type: Antonov An-26B Operator: Kuban Airlines Registration: RA-26141 C/n / msn: 12903 First flight: 1983 Engines:Ivchenko AI-24VT Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 31 Total: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 36 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN) (   Armenia) Phase: Landing (LDG) Nature: Cargo Departure airport: Krasnodar Airport (KRR/URKK), Russia Destination airport: Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN/UDSG), Armenia

Narrative:
The An-26 was operating on a cargo flight from Krasnodar (KRR) to Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN). The airplane was loaded with two poorly secured cars and petrol cans. Prior to takeoff the pilot decided to allow 31 passengers on board the flight as well. The airplane was now overloaded.
Weather at the destination was poor with a visibility of 200 m in fog, which was below minima. Nevertheless the crew attempted to land. The airplane contacted the ground as the pilot attempted a go-around. The aircraft stalled and crashed inverted to the left of the runway, 2,990 metres behind the runway threshold.

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Early video from Prince George’s County, MD house fire

Statter 911 - Tue, 12/25/2018 - 22:34

Christmas Day fire on Dade Street

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MI FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT LARGE APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 12/25/2018 - 15:44

A firefighter was injured and an apartment complex was evacuated as crews tackled a large fire Christmas morning in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights and Shelby Township police and fire departments were at the scene Tuesday morning at the Sterling Troy Apartments at the 34400 block of Dequindre near 15 Mile. City of Warren and Clinton Township firefighters also responded.

Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin said the fire began around 9 a.m. in the middle rear of the complex and extended to the front and through the roof.

“We had a fire that was well advanced when they got here. We’re still investigating but we think we know the cause but are not willing to say,” Martin said. “Several residents were trapped and my guys went in and got them all out, hopefully, we’re still trying to account for everybody.”

Martin said no residents have suffered major injuries but some were temporarily trapped along with firefighters.

Buy PhotoFirefighters from Sterling Heights, Shelby Township, Clinton Township and Warren worked to put out a blaze at the Sterling Troy apartment complex on Christmas morning, 2018 (Photo: Sarah Rahal/The Detroit News)

“One of my firefighters broke his leg and is currently undergoing surgery at Beaumont Hospital,” Martin said. ”Two my other guys got trapped but were able to get out on their own unharmed.”

Shuttles transported displaced residents to a nearby senior center.

“We need to get them out of the elements,” Martin said late Tuesday morning. “There is significant damage. Some apartments are just completely destroyed. We are not sure how many people are displaced at this point, but it’s a lot.”

Black smoke could be seen from 14 Mile and Dequindre. Ten fire trucks and one ambulance closed off Dequindre Tuesday morning as firefighters battled the fire from the ground and three ladders above.

Resident Koran Williams said she was woken up by neighbors banging on her door screaming fire at 9:13 a.m.

Buy PhotoRed Cross workers assist displaced residents at the scene of a huge fire on Christmas morning at the Sterling Troy Apartments in in Sterling Heights. (Photo: John T. Greilick, The Detroit News)

“I opened the door and saw the floor was already blackened with black smoke coming towards me,” said Williams, who has lived in the complex for two years. “I called 911 at 9:15 a.m. and I ran out the front and my fiancé stayed back to knock on doors with other neighbors and he made it out. Firefighters said they got everyone out.”

Williams made it out with her coat, slippers and said she’s happy she fell asleep with her engagement ring on.

“I  don’t know what started the fire but the smoke was coming from the back,” said Williams, 24. “All I know is that we’re not allowed to have a real Christmas trees in this apartment due to the hazard they could cause if they catch on fire.“

Klara Nurce lives on the far end of the building and said she was evacuated at 9:30 a.m.

“We were just in our pj’s celebrating Christmas when fighters evacuated us,” Nurce said.

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Firefighter Natalie Dempsey, Mizpah (NJ) VFC, killed responding in POV

Statter 911 - Tue, 12/25/2018 - 14:56

Young firefighter dies in Christmas morning crash

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MA FIREFIGHTER FALLS THRU FLOOR AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 12/25/2018 - 12:15

A firefighter fell through a hole in the floor while battling a blaze at a multi-story home in New Bedford early Tuesday morning, officials said.

Crews responding to a home on Summer Street for a report of residents possibly trapped by fire on an upper floor after midnight found flames shooting from two windows at the rear of the building, according to the New Bedford Fire Department.

Everyone was safely evacuated from the home but a firefighter fell into a waist-deep hole on the third floor, officials said. He was later pulled out by two fellow firefighters.

It’s not clear if the firefighter was injured.

Six people were displaced by the blaze and the Red Cross is assisting.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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IA FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS FALL INJURY AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 20:12

Authorities say New Star Liquor has about $25,000 in damages after an early morning fire.

Crews were called to 315 Fletcher Avenue at 1 a.m.

When crews went in the front doors they found a fire in the office area of the liquor store. The fire was extinguished from its original location, but it had extended into the attic.

Firefighters breached into parts of the ceiling to check for any fire and to ventilate the smoke.

Authorities say the office area, surrounding hallway, and the walls of the room next to the office were damaged in the fire. The front doors also had to be removed in order to get into the store.

Authorities say a firefighter had a minor injury after falling from icy conditions.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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2 SAN FRANCISCO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FATAL FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 15:24

A man was killed and a woman is in critical condition after a house fire in San Francisco’s Laurel Heights neighborhood.

The fire was reported on Clay Street between Cherry and Maple Streets.

A firefighter was also injured while responding to the scene.

“Once they got in the fire rolled over them, knocked one over the porch area. That’s where the firefighter got burned. He was transported, he should be OK,” SFFD Deputy Chief of Operations Mark Gonzales said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

https://abc7news.com/4958824/

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FAIRFIELD, CT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 15:23

Fairfield firefighters had a rough fire on their hands this morning, and residents had a close call as the flames spread through their home.

Officials say a teenage girl, in a neighboring house, heard the screams of help from the people next door early in the morning. They were trapped on the second floor of the house as toxic smoke-filled the home on Puritan Lane. The girl called first responders, and they were on the scene within minutes.

Gifts sit on the front lawn as firefighters work to douse the flames in this Fairfield home.

Firefighters say the residents had to make a life-threatening escape, using the vines on the side of the house.

While fighting the blaze, officials say a firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his face while searching the home for any more people inside the home. The firefighter was treated, and released from the hospital.

“Unfortunately, this is now the third fire where residents were trapped on the second floor in recent history,” said Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir.

Last year, a fire on Morehouse Lane sparked on Christmas Night and in September 2017, a fire occurred on Old Post Road; both fast-moving fires forcing residents to jump from second floor windows.

Kalapir said, “Fires are burning hotter and faster due to modern-day residential furnishing, and residents have limited time to get out. Early response times by firefighting forces are essential, and families need to practice emergency exit fire drills in the home.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighter injured, residents make daring escape from Fairfield blaze

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AUSSIE FIREFIGHTERS REFUSE TO WORK IN CHEMICAL-CONTAMINATED FIRE STATION

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:59

By Mark Brook, Daily Mail:

Firefighters at the contaminated Largs North Fire Station in Adelaide have refused to go back to work unless the site can be confirmed safe for employees.

The United Firefighters Union told the Metropolitan Fire Service this week firefighters wouldn’t return to the site and instead would be based out of nearby Port Adelaide.

Recent tests conducted at Largs North Fire Station revealed above average levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), a toxic chemical used in firefighting foam.

Blood tests on 300 South Australian firefighters also revealed 126 had above average levels of the chemical in the body, with 15 found to have extremely high levels.

Read the full story here.

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Today is Monday the 24th of December, the Eve of Christmas, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:43

On this, the eve of Christmas, and throughout this entire holiday season, I’d like to ask everyone to take time during the rush of the holidays to enjoy the things in life that really matter.

Relish the quiet moments spent with friends, families and loved ones. May the wonder of Christmas surround you throughout the Season.

I’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to the men and women, and their families, of those who are serving in the military, to the fire fighters, police officers, paramedics, medical evacuation pilots and crews, dispatchers, nurses, and doctors that are working to protect all of us over this Christmas holiday…

Thank You for what you do to ensure our safety and security.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season!

Tom

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Small Plane Crash Lands at John Wayne Airport, No Major Injuries

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:24

By City News Service

A small plane crash-landed today at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa, authorities said.

It happened at 4:15 p.m., airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson said.

“A Piper PA28-140 aircraft with two passengers on board crash-landed on Runway 20R,” Thompson said. “There were minor injuries, no one was transported to the hospital.”

There was a small fuel leak as a result which was contained and there was no fire, she said. The Orange County Fire Authority was removing the aircraft with a crane.

“Runway 20R is open and available for use,” Thompson said. “Airport is functioning normally, with no impact to scheduled flights.”

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Small-Plane-Crash-Lands-at-John-Wayne-Airport-No-Major-Injuries-503396421.html

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One Killed in Plane Crash at Lakeland Linder International Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:23

By Spectrum News Staff

LAKELAND, Fla. — A 64-year-old Plant City man was killed Saturday when a small plane crashed at Lakeland Linder International Airport, according to authorities.

  • 64-year-old man killed in plane crash at Lakeland airport
  • Gary Alan Mansell was performing “touch and go” landings
  • NTSB is investing the cause of the crash 

Gary Alan Mansell, a student pilot, was performing “touch and go” landings on the runway in a BRM Aero Bristell Light-Sport plane. On his third attempt, the plane took a hard left and crashed into the ground, authorities said.

The plane then burst into flames, according to authorities.

The Lakeland Fire Department responded to the scene and within minutes extinguished the fire.

Mansell died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2018/12/22/one-killed-in-plane-crash-at-lakeland-linder-international-airport

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