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Small plane crashes in Rutherford County

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:21


The highway patrol confirmed Monday that a small plane crashed in a remote part of Rutherford County.

The plane went down Sunday night off of Deer Path, west of Union Mills. There were no injuries.

The highway patrol responded to the call just after noon Monday. The pilot was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The investigation has been handed over to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Plane makes emergency landing in Chesapeake

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:20

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) — Virginia State Police said a plane in Chesapeake made an emergency landing in a field off of Shillelagh Road near Chesapeake Regional Airport.

City police dispatch received the call around noon and contacted state police.

Chesapeake Fire Department told 13News Now there were no injuries or damage to the plane.

The pilot told us the 4-seat single-engine plane was fairly low when it suffered a partial loss of power, prompting an emergency landing.

He said he flies regularly east of the Mississippi. He’s had his pilot’s license since 2009.

The trip he was on was recreational and he was flying from Rockingham County NC Shiloh Airport.

The pilot had this to say about having to land the plane: “It was a rush of adrenaline, not much else to think about other than where you can land when you only have 30 seconds to decide.”

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Pilot Found Dead at Site of Mahaska County Plane Crash

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:18

MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa  —  Investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash that claimed the life of one person. 

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office officials responded to the 2000 block of 210th Street in Oskaloosa on a report of an aircraft having crashed. The preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft hit a power line, which then caused the plane to crash into the ground, but there is not yet information as to why the aircraft was flying so low.

First responders found the pilot deceased when they arrived on scene. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of family members. No one else was in the aircraft at the time of the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting in the ongoing investigation into the crash.

Pilot Found Dead at Site of Mahaska County Plane Crash

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A scary landing at Newport Airport – Home-built plane with two aboard

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:16

Daily News

One of our intrepid homegrown reporters tells us that early Saturday afternoon a pilot out of Astoria, with another person aboard, was coming in for a landing at Newport in his twin-engine aircraft when something suddenly went wrong.

As they neared the ground, his rudder-control lever froze in the left position, causing the aircraft to veer away from the runway. As you can see in the photo the plane appeared to have come to a cushioned stop thanks to some strong but flexible coastal brush. Reports say the pilot and his passenger were shook up but otherwise they’re okay. It’s like the old saying: Any landing you walk away from is a good landing.

National Transportation Safety Board staff will, no doubt, be visiting the crash scene to figure out what happened to the rudder control or anything else that may have contributed to the “home-built” aircraft’s less-than-elegant return to Earth.

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FAA Certifies 767-2C Aircraft

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:14

Configuration Is The Core Of The USAF KC-46 Tanker

The FAA has granted Boeing’s KC-46 tanker program an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) for its core 767-2C aircraft configuration, verifying that the fundamental design of the KC-46 tanker is safe and reliable.

The 767-2C is a modified version of the company’s commercial 767 with revised structure, wiring and plumbing. “This is a key building block for the KC-46 program in that it retires risk and builds confidence as we continue our test efforts and work to complete the next phase of certification,” said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager. “The U.S. Air Force is getting an efficient, reliable, combat capable tanker and we appreciate the FAA’s collaboration to ensure the aircraft is the best it can be.”

In order to receive the certification, Boeing’s team, which included Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security personnel, completed a series of analyses and lab, ground and flight tests that focused on the aircraft’s fundamental capabilities including avionics, auto-flight and environmental control systems, as well as its new fuel system. The resulting data validated that all systems operated as intended.

The ATC is one of two FAA airworthiness certifications required for the KC-46 program. A combined Boeing/Air Force team has been concurrently completing Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) work, which encompasses the military systems that are installed on the 767-2C to make it a tanker. “We continue to make good progress on the STC effort – 83 percent complete at present – and have moved into the FAA flight-testing phase,” Gibbons added.

The program has six aircraft that have supported various segments of ATC and STC testing. Overall they have completed 2,200 flight hours as well as more than 1,600 “contacts” during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft.

The KC-46, derived from Boeing’s commercial 767 airframe, is built in the company’s Everett, Wash., facility. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 34 of an expected 179 tankers for the U.S. Air Force.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.

(Image provided with Boeing news release)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:12

24 Years ago today: On 26 December 1993 a Yugavia Antonov 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 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 Airplane 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

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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Video from two-alarm antiques market fire in Virginia

Statter 911 - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 00:59

Fire Monday night along Route 1 corridor of Fairfax County

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Pre-arrival video from Kansas garage fire

Statter 911 - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:45

Fire in Junction City

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:43

From His wife Angie:


Brian asked me to post an update on him to hopefully make it easier to inform everyone of what we know so far.

Brian was on a fire run earlier this morning and a tree fell on him.  He has a fractured skull, brain bleed, right orbital bone crushed,  and left broken wrist.

He has been talking some so that’s a great sign.

They just brought him back from CT and did more X-rays also.  We are waiting on those results to find out if he needs surgery and to see if his shoulders and leg is ok.

Please say lots of prayers for him and our family and pray he gets back to what he loves soon.

Thanks to all of the amazing first responders that have been our family for years and checking on him. — with Brian K Robertson.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:39

For the last 25 years, Bossier Parish Fire Dist 1 (not to be confused with Haughton Fire) has put Santa and the children of the FD members on top of their trucks and drove down every street in the district waving and throwing tootsie rolls. It is always a wonderful time and old and young look forward to the last Saturday before Christmas when Santa rides by on a fire truck!

Bob has been Santa in one Truck or another at least 13 times. There has never been accident – NEVER – that I am aware of. Safety is of the utmost concern always.

Saturday morning, Bob was in the Dogwood neighborhood and while the truck was preparing to t]urn around, the slow left turn found a small pothole and Bob was tossed off the right side of the truck, chair and all. I wasn’t a witness of his mid air flight but did see him once he was on the ground, not moving…. yes, I freaked out and ran to him screaming that he “fell from the truck!” Twice for sure. Maybe more. It was the strangest thing to see Santa Bob laying face down and not moving!

I am so thankful for the fast actions of our First Responders, Paramedics and FF on scene with us!

He was transported to University Health and quickly evaluated. He has a small gash on a the back of his head, broken collarbone, clavical, 4 broken ribs and had internal bleeding around his left kidney. They went in and stopped the bleeding and determined this morning PRAISE GOD they didn’t need to do surgery on his shoulder. Another PRAISE that they thought he has a fractured vertebrae (T area), but Neuro said no break!

He is being moved to a room tonight thank God! I fully expect God to keep blessing us and send him home tomorrow!

Thanks to BPFD1 family, Doyline FD family, Cross Point Baptist Church family, Chaplains Matt Kenny, Bubba Daniels and Anthony Baker, Pastor Shane Nugent and sweet daughter Sommer for keeping us prayed over ALL day yesterday while I was a MESS!

We continue to be truly overwhelmed and Blessed by the many calls and offers of help with ANYTHING we need. We love you all and we know how much you love Fireman Bob and Ms Dixie.

Keep the prayers coming and know that God is in control and always has been!

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 08:05

There was a serious responding fire apparatus crash this evening (Christmas eve) in North Carolina. It happened involving a Shingle Hollow VFD (Rutherford County, SE of Ashville) apparatus-where their first responder unit was turning our for an EMS run. They were reportedly forced off the road by a passing vehicle, when the driver of that on coming vehicle was fidgeting with an interior light and crossed the center line, ending up in the medical truck’s path, forcing the truck off the road to avoid the crash. The emergency rig ran up an embankment and overturned. The driver was entrapped but was rescued, treated and transported with NLT injuries.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 12:28

Well we are not sure if Christmas is still coming or not this year with this recent news from the Webster Parish, LA Fire Department’s Facebook Page:

Prayers are needed for one of our Firefighters. Our Training Officer, was thrown from the top of a fire truck while being Santa in Haughton.

He is currently in surgery. Will update as soon as information becomes available.

Bob is out of surgery and recovering. He will be in need of additional surgeries in the next couple of days.

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Fire & Iron MC Surprise Lowcountry Firefighter’s Family With Christmas Cheer

SCOnFire - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:26
Berkeley County, SC – This year’s Christmas wasn’t going to be easy for one lowcountry firefighter, whose youngest son is currently hospitalized awaiting a heart transplant. The situation was brought to the attention of the Station 28 chapter of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club who decided something needed to be done. Gathering donations which ...


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