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Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Washington, D.C. after smoke found in cockpit

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:28

All 63 passengers and four crew members were safe and uninjured, according to a spokesperson.

By ALANNA RIZZA Staff Reporter

An Air Canada flight made an emergency landing in Washington, D.C. after pilots found smoke in the cockpit on Sunday evening. 

Flight AC 7618 took off from Toronto Pearson International Airport around 5 p.m. and was destined for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but made an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport. All 63 passengers and four crew members exited the plane on the tarmac and were not injured, according to a spokesperson for Sky Regional, which operated the Air Canada flight.

David Brown was a passenger on the flight and he told the Star that the plane was in the air for about an hour when the crew announced there would be an emergency landing. He said 15 minutes after the announcement, the plane had landed and evacuation slides were deployed on the front and back of the aircraft.

Brown said he and the other passengers were escorted to another terminal while baggage was taken off the plane. He said an Air Canada official told the passengers that they woud be given taxi vouchers for the remaining travel distance.

“I’m just glad to have landed safely,” Brown told the Star over the phone. He said he was on vacation in Toronto with his wife and 16-year-old son.

“Eveything was calm, but when we got off the plane that’s when the emotions came, but we’re all fine.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/03/25/air-canada-flight-makes-emergency-landing-in-washington-dc-after-smoke-found-in-cockpit.html

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No injuries after A-320 lands with nose gear misaligned at Fukuoka Airport in Japan.

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:26
Date: 24-MAR-2018 Time: 08:12 LT Type: Airbus A320-214 Owner/operator: Peach Aviation Registration: JA805P C/n / msn: 5304 Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 165 Other fatalities: 0 Airplane damage: Minor Location: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF) –    Japan Phase: Landing Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Osaka/Kansai International Airport (KIX/RJBB) Destination airport: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF)

Narrative:
Peach Aviation’s flight APJ/MM151 from Osaka/Kansai to Fukuoka, operated by an A320-214, became disabled on runway 16 of Fukuoka Airport, due to deflated both tires of the nose landing gear after landing.

The nose gear was misaligned (turned 90°) on landing.

Passengers were carried to the terminal by buses, and no personal injuries were reported among 159 passengers and 6 crew.

The sole runway at Fukuoka was closed for two hours and a half, causing 82 (including an international flight) cancels, 22 diversions and more delays of other commercial flights.

JTSB launched an investigation as a serious incident.

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Plane lands safely at T.F. Green after reported nose gear problem

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:24

By Jacqui Gomersall

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A plane landed safely at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick Sunday night.

53 people were on board the United Airlines flight from Chicago.

It was scheduled to land in Rhode Island, but had a reported problem with nose gear, according to Rhode Island Airport Corporation spokesman Bill Fischer.

We’re told, the plane landed without incident, but there was a steering issue once on the ground and it had to be towed to the gate.

The plane is now being inspected by mechanics.

Crews from the Warwick Fire Department had been staged at the airport, but were cleared once the plane landed, according to fire officials.

Plane lands safely at T.F. Green after reported nose gear problem

 

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WWII type aircraft makes hard landing in Columbia

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:23

WKRN web staff

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crews responded after a World War II type aircraft made a hard landing in Columbia Friday afternoon.

Officials said the M62 experimental fixed-wing aircraft landed in a pasture near Iron Bridge Road.

News 2 has learned the pilot, who was the only person on-board at the time, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

http://wkrn.com/2018/03/23/crews-respond-to-report-of-plane-crash-in-maury-county/

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Ladner man receives Decoration for Bravery

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:21

Dave Willis / Delta Optimist

Ladner’s Tobias MacDonald received a Decoration for Bravery from the Governor General in Victoria Wednesday.

He was part of a group of people who helped pull two individuals from a crashed and burning Cessna airplane in Crawford Bay in 2014. One of the victims died from the crash.

“There were flames everywhere,” he recalled.

MacDonald, 42, was outside barbecuing when he heard the plane crash. The plane had crashed onto a golf course and was upside down and on fire while he and other rescuers worked to free the two people onboard.

“My biggest memory is one of the tires popped maybe a few feet from my head, from the flames. It went ‘BANG’ and scared the hell out of me,” he said.

MacDonald, who teaches cooking at Vancouver Community College, was in Crawford Bay, which is east of Nelson, for his mother’s memorial.

He received a medal and certificate at the ceremony in Victoria.

“It was a huge honour,” he said.

“Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger,” the Governor General’s website explains.

http://www.newwestrecord.ca/business/ladner-man-receives-decoration-for-bravery-1.23212032

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Free skydives offered to firefighters, first responders in gratitude for work during Sonoma County wildfires

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:20
by CHRISTI WARREN – THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

One after the other, Sonoma Valley Fire Captain Jim Kracke and firefighter Max Psaledakis hurled themselves out of a plane Sunday afternoon, 10,000 feet over Novato beneath clear blue spring skies.

Psaledakis, 18, nailed the landing. A perfect step one, step two, onto the landing area at Gnoss Field.

His dad, fellow Sonoma Valley firefighter George Psaledakis, yipped and hollered as he watched his son return to Earth, filming the landing on his smartphone before heading over to give the teen a hug.

Kracke looked on from down the field, rubbing his ankle. His landing came about a minute before, and wasn’t quite so picturesque.

A good sport about it nonetheless, within minutes he was back to cracking jokes, all three firefighters discussing whether Max Psaledakis, a senior at Sonoma Valley High School, should perhaps consider a career as a smokejumper, the highly trained wildland firefighters who parachute into remote areas.

The trio were at Gnoss Field Saturday as part of a thank you to first responders, put on by Skydive Golden Gate owners Michael and Kate Knight — grateful that firefighters saved their Sonoma home when the October wildfires threatened their neighborhood.

Tandem skydives with the year-old company are usually $199, plus an extra $120 for a video and picture package, but the Knights wanted to give them away to first responders for free.

“It’s all we have to give,” Kate Knight said.

In all, 23 first responders and family members signed up for the skydive sessions, put on all day by Skydive Golden Gate.

“I said to Max, ‘well, I’m 59, so I’ve kind of seen and done everything,’” George Psaledakis said. “I feel fulfilled in life, and I said there’s one more way to fulfill my life.”

The two Psaledakis men and Kracke were together on the initial call the night of Oct. 8, responding together to a fire reported on Nuns Canyon Road. The night spiraled from there.

“We get maybe one or two structure fires a year, and that night we had a choice,” George Psaledakis said. “We had to pick and choose which ones we thought we could save. It was crazy.”

“Four days straight, no sleep,” Kracke said.

Sunday was their first time skydiving, and other than Kracke’s slight misstep, all went according to plan.

As part of the day, Gnoss Field Community Association pilots offered up their planes to the first responders, too, giving aerial tours of the burn scars in Sonoma and Napa counties.

The Psaledakis men climbed onboard a Cirrus SR22 piloted by Novato resident Rick Beach. Why did Beach volunteer? “It’s payback,” he said.

Flying north along Highway 101, he punched in the GPS coordinates for Glen Ellen, where the Psaledakis men live. It would mark the end of a loop that took the firefighters over some of the most devastated parts of the North Bay, including Coffey Park, Mark West and Fountaingrove — their scraped lots and charred landscape clearly visible from the air.

“A lot of emotions,” George Psaledakis said, hovering over Fountaingrove. “It’s pretty sad. I had survivor’s guilt for a few weeks.”

As the plane neared their Glen Ellen home, Max Psaledakis pointed out one of the houses they saved that first night.

“Yeah, that’s our neighborhood,” George Psaledakis said. “We almost lost it.”

You can reach Staff Writer Christi Warren at 707-521-5205 or christi.warren@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @SeaWarren.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8153288-181/free-skydives-offered-to-firefighters?artslide=3&sba=AAS

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:18

37 Years ago today: On 26 March 1981 a LOT Polish Airlines Antonov 24 emergency landed near Redzikowo, Poland, following propeller blade separation; killing 1 out of 52 occupants.

Date: Thursday 26 March 1981 Type: Antonov 24B Operator: LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze Registration: SP-LTU C/n / msn: 07306007 First flight: 1970 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 52 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP) (   Poland) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland Destination airport: Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP/EPSK), Poland

Narrative:
The Antonov crashed after the separation of a propeller.

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NASHVILLE FIREFIGHTER BURNED AT VACANT HOME FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:06

A firefighter was injured while fighting a blaze at a home on Claiborne Street in south Nashville early Monday morning.

The firefighter, who is said to have minor burns, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

There was no one living inside the home, but the flames started spreading to the house next door.

A man was inside the other home, and a neighbor helped get him outside to safety as crews fought to get the flames under control.

“It was intense. I was standing out here on the sidewalk a good 100 feet, and you can feel the heat from the billowing of the fire and the flames, and it was a vacant house, but it was amazing,” said neighbor Craig Hunner.

It’s unclear what sparked the blaze, as there was no electricity running to the home. Officials said they believe there may have been homeless people staying inside the house.

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Updated Details: York, PA Memorial Service

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:38

We want to clarify the memorial service for the Fallen York, PA Firefighters:

 

What: Memorial Service for Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony

Where: York Expo Center – Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave., York

When: Wednesday, March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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What is offensive about this picture? Or this video?

Statter 911 - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 16:18

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TORONTO FIREFIGHTER FALLS OFF ROOF AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 13:00

A Toronto firefighter who fell off a roof and as many as eight other people were injured in a fire that started in a semi-detached home in the Christie Pits area.

The fire started at 703 Dupont St.,  west of Christie St., at around 6 a.m. Sunday and spread to three other homes. Occupants of the dwellings managed to escape to safety.

Firefighters also saved a cat and her kittens from the flames.

The firefighter and three of the other injured people had to go to hospital for treatment. Toronto Fire reported the other injured people were assessed at the scene of the blaze.

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