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Ultralight plane crash injures pilot

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:20


A pilot has received serious, but not life-threatening injuries June 18 after his aircraft crashed into a tree near the south side of Knife Lake, in the vicinity of the 255th Avenue and Keystone Street intersection.

According to Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Guy Lucking was flying an ultralight aircraft and attempted to land on a private airfield when he collided with a tree and the plane crashed to the ground.

Smith said it appears the pilot attempted a landing; when he realized he would need to make a second pass, Lucking allegedly attempted to increase altitude but failed to clear the trees in time.

The Mora Area Fire Department was called to the scene to extricate Lucking from the crumpled aircraft.

A helicopter landed at the scene and airlifted Lucking to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Smith described Lucking’s injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

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Fatigue Crack in Engine Led to 2015 Las Vegas Fire

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:17


A 2015 engine fire on a British Airways 777-236ER was caused by a fatigue crack in the high-pressure compressor stage 8 disk web and subsequent uncontained engine failure, which led to the detachment of the main fuel supply line, the National Transportation Safety Board found Wednesday. 

The September 8, 2015 fire occurred during the takeoff roll at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Two seconds after hearing a “bang,” the captain aborted the takeoff, and the jetliner came to a stop on the runway 13 seconds later. The 157 passengers, including one lap child, and 13 crewmembers evacuated via emergency slides. The flight’s destination was London-Gatwick Airport.

The captain ordered passengers to evacuate from the right side of the airplane. But the NTSB found that the unaffected right engine continued to run for 43 seconds after the captain’s order, resulting in jet blast blowing two emergency slides out of position and rendering them unusable for the evacuation. The passengers and crew were able to use two of the eight doors to leave the airplane before smoke and fire encroached the fuselage.

The NTSB found that the captain did not use his quick reference handbook to read and do checklist items. It was only when a third pilot in the cockpit noticed instruments indicating the right engine was still running that the engine was shut down. “Because the captain did not follow standard procedures, his call for the evacuation checklist and the shutdown of the right engine were delayed,” the report said.

The high-pressure compressor stage 8-10 spool in the left engine, one of two GE GE90-85BG11 engines on the airplane, had accumulated 11,459 total cycles. Investigators found that the crack initiated after about 6,000 cycles, much earlier than the engine’s manufacturer, GE, predicted; the cause of the crack initiation could not be identified. There were no additional cracks found on the disk during a post-accident inspection of the engine.

The disk web was not an area that either the Federal Aviation Administration or the manufacturer required to be inspected, so the crack went undetected. During maintenance in September 2008, when the high-pressure compressor was removed from the engine and disassembled, exposing the stage 8-10 spool, the surface crack length would have been about 0.05 inches. “If the disk web had been required to be inspected during this maintenance, the crack should have been detectable,” the report said. The lack of inspection procedures for the stage 8 disk contributed to the accident, the NTSB found. After the accident, GE implemented inspection procedures designed to detect disk web cracks.

The full report can be found here or on​

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Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline, Boeing and other companies

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:14

By Lori Aratani

The Washington Post

Eight passengers who were aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew apart filed suit Wednesday against the airline, Boeing and the companies that manufactured the engine, alleging that they failed to take proper safeguards to prevent the fatal tragedy.

One person died and several others were injured in the April 17 incident, the first passenger fatality on a U.S. carrier since 2009, and the first in Southwest’s 51-year history

“As a direct result of the frightful, death-threatening Flight 1380 incident, each Plaintiff suffered severe mental, emotional and psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries,” says the 20-page lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on behalf of passengers Cindy Candy Arenas, Jaky Alyssa Arenas, Jiny Alexa Arenas, Elhadji Cisse, Donald Kirkland, Beverly Kirkland, Connor Brown and Cassandra Adams. Joe Leos Arenas, the husband of Cindy Arenas, also is included in the suit. Though he was not aboard the flight, the suit contends he should be included because he has suffered, ” . . . the loss of consortium of his wife.”

Southwest, the Boeing Company, GE Aviation Systems, Safran USA and CFM International, were all named as defendants in the suit. Officials at Southwest, GE Aviation and Boeing declined to comment citing pending litigation. Officials at Safran USA and CFM International did not respond to requests for comment.

Flight 1380 had left New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the morning of April 17, and was headed to Dallas Love Field. About 20 minutes into the flight, one of the Boeing 737’s engines failed and broke apart sending pieces of shrapnel flying through the air. The pieces shattered a window and the change in pressure in the airplane’s cabin caused Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive from Albuquerque, to be partially pulled out of the plane. The flight diverted to Philadelphia International Airport where it landed without further incident. Riordan died.

In a preliminary report, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said they found evidence of metal fatigue on the fan blade that had broken off the engine. Shortly after the incident the Federal Aviation Administration ordered that airlines complete additional inspections of fan blades on planes with similar engines.

The suit contends that, “Southwest negligently failed to reasonably monitor, inspect, test, service maintain and repair the Aircraft and the Engine to keep its aircraft reasonably safe for its passengers, and to remove from service aircraft that were not reasonably safe.”

The suit comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General announced an audit of the FAA’s safety oversight of Southwest Airlines. In making the announcement, the IG’s office noted that recent events, including the April 17 incident, have raised concerns about FAA’s safety oversight program, particularly for Southwest. In addition, the IG’s office said it had received a number of complaints about operational issues at the airline, including allegations of deficiencies in pilot training.

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NTSB report: Pilot was awake for 17 hours before Lake Erie crash that left six dead

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:12

By Bretton Keenan

The three minutes of events leading up to a small plane crash in Lake Erie that left the pilot and five passengers dead has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The report also said the pilot had been awake for nearly 17 hours before the time of the accident.

The personal flight was intended to go to the Ohio State University Airport (OSU), according to NTSB. The plane had flown from OSU to Burke at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2016, and the pilot and passengers attended a sporting event before returning to the airport. John T. Fleming, the CEO of Columbus-based Superior Beverage Group, was piloting the plane. His wife, Suzanne, and their two sons, Jack and Andrew, and neighbors Megan and Brian Casey, were also aboard the aircraft.

NTSB shared what can be heard in the communications between air traffic control and the pilot of the Cessna 525C aircraft in the few minutes between takeoff from the Burke Lakefront Airport and when the plane crashed in the lake.

According to the NTSB report, at 10:55 p.m., the pilot was cleared for takeoff and he acknowledged. A minute and a half later, the engine power increased for takeoff and 15 seconds later the plane became airborne.

Then things went south.

A few seconds later, an automated voice said, “altitude,” and 14 seconds later, “altitude” was heard again, according to the report. Then a sound similar to a decrease in engine power can be heard, followed by the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), which provided a bank angle warning, NTSB said.

Shortly after, the tower controller instructed the pilot to contact departure control. The pilot tried to communicate with the tower controller, but communication was not received, suggesting the pilot did not have the microphone push-to-talk button depressed, according to NTSB.

The report said after tower control tried to contact the pilot again, the EGPWS gave a “sink rate” warning. The pilot tried contact the tower again without success. Then the EGPWS gave seven “pull up” warnings

A sound similar to the overspeed warning can be heard, which continues until the end of the recording, NTSB said.

The recording ends almost three minutes after the pilot was cleared for takeoff.

The tower controller continued to try and contact the pilot, but was unsuccessful, causing him to begin search and rescue procedures, according to NTSB.

According to the NTSB report, the pilot had accumulated a total of 56.5 hours in Cessna 525 airplanes. Of that time, 8.7 hours were as pilot-in-command, which included his practical test. He had 372.9 hours logged in a Cessna 510 airplane, which he owned for about two years before purchasing the plane in the accident.

The report notes that the plane passed its most recent inspection without any issues.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:10

23 Years ago today: On 21 June 1995 a Douglas C-54 air tanker crashed near Hemet-Ryan Field, CA following midair collision with a Beech Baron; killing 3 people.

Date: Wednesday 21 June 1995 Time: 11:08 Type: Douglas C-54G Operator: Aero Union Registration: N4989P C/n / msn: 36082 First flight: 1945 Total airframe hrs: 23507 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2000-3 Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Total: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Collision casualties: Fatalities: 1 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 1,6 km (1 mls) E of Ramona, CA (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Fire fighting Departure airport: Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT), United States of America Destination airport: Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT), United States of America

A Beechcraft 58P Baron (N156Z) operated by the US Forest Service took off from Ontario Airport at 08:00 for aerial fire suppression activities over the Butterfield Ranch about 30 miles northeast of Ramona Airport. Lead 56 flew over the fire area and conducted fire spotting and led several air tankers to specific drop areas. Lead 56 remained over the area until relieved by another Forest Service airplane, Lead 55, at 11:00.
At 10:22 Tanker 19, a Douglas C-54G, took off from Hemet-Ryan Field (HMT) for the third fire retardant drop in the same area. After the drop, it was instructed, along with other tankers to fly to Ramona Airport. Both the C-54 and the Baron arrived near Ramona at the same time.
The C-54 carried out a straight-in approach. The Baron, turning from base leg, struck the tail of the C-54. Both aircraft crashed and caught fire. The pilot of the Beech was killed and two residences and two vehicles were also destroyed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Inadequate visual lookout by the Beech 58P pilot, and the operator’s inadequate procedures concerning 360-degree overhead approaches.”

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Arrival video from 3-alarm rowhouse fire in Reading, PA

Statter 911 - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:40

Multiple homes damaged in fire Tuesday evening on Douglass Street

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