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

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:51

Pilot Was Fatally Injured When Wing Strut Failed

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has released its final report from an accident which occurred July 30 which fatally injured the pilot of a Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corporation (Quad City) Challenger II advanced ultralight aircraft equipped with amphibious floats. 

According to the report, the aircraft was one of two which departed Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO), Ontario, for a daytime visual flight rules cross-country flight to North Bay Airport (CYYB), Ontario. While en route, the 2 aircraft encountered strong winds and turbulence, and the pilots decided to land on the Ottawa River, near Mattawa, Ontario. During the landing, the occurrence aircraft (registration C-IGKT, serial number CH2-1199-1919) touched down hard. After a short lunch break, the pilots inspected the 2 aircraft and then flew to CYYB without further incident.

On 30 July 2018, the 2 aircraft departed CYYB at 0932 and climbed to between 1800 and 2000 feet above sea level for the return flight to CYRO. At approximately 0950, the occurrence aircraft’s right wing separated from the aircraft when it was over Talon Lake, Ontario, 14.3 nautical miles east of CYYB. The aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and collided with terrain in a wooded area. A post-impact fire ensued. The pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and the post-impact fire.

The pilot of the other aircraft overflew the occurrence site and landed on Talon Lake. At 0959, he met a local resident, who called 911 to report the accident. There was no emergency locator transmitter on board, and none was required by regulations.

Records indicate that the pilot was certified and qualified for the flight in accordance with existing regulations. He obtained a private pilot licence – aeroplane in December 2004 and had a valid Category 3 medical certificate. He had accumulated over 1330 total flying hours, with over 1230 hours on ultralights. The investigation found no evidence to indicate that the pilot’s performance was degraded by fatigue or other physiological issues.

The occurrence aircraft was manufactured and registered as an advanced ultralight in 2000. The occurrence pilot purchased the aircraft in May 2008. It was a 2-seat, long-wing variant with a 29.5?foot wingspan. Depending on the season, the aircraft was flown on wheels, skis, or amphibious floats. At the time of the occurrence, the aircraft was equipped with amphibious floats. The aircraft was also equipped with a heavy load saddle kit. The heavy load saddle kit was developed to provide the Light Sport version of the Challenger ultralight aircraft with greater lift and performance capabilities. It is a set of 2 spacers fitted to the fuselage longeron and provides a flat surface area at the attachment point with the bracket .

The examination of the aircraft concluded that the bracket that attached the right forward strut to the heavy load saddle on the fuselage had failed under nominal loading condition due to the presence of a large fatigue crack. The fatigue crack, which accounted for at least 60% of the cross-section of the base of the bracket, had been present in the bracket for some time before this occurrence. The secondary delamination cracks that were found in the bracket are considered abnormal for aluminum alloy.

The failure of this bracket allowed the lift strut to detach from the fuselage and the right front spar to twist and rotate upward under aerodynamic load. The right front spar tore away at the bracket attachment point to the main center beam and caused the wing to fail. Meanwhile, because the right-wing lift forces were no longer being transferred to the fuselage, the lift forces generated by the left wing caused the aircraft to roll to the right. As the right wing continued to fold back, the rear spar and rear lift strut failed, and the wing separated from the aircraft. This right wing separation resulted in an unrecoverable loss of control and collision with terrain.

It was determined that the fatigue crack on the right front lift strut bracket went undetected during the routine inspection cycle undertaken by the pilot and failed before the 500-hour stipulated life span. Although a bolt longer than specified had been used to attach the bracket to the lift strut, there was no evidence to indicate that the bolt had been overtightened or over-torqued. It could not be determined whether the hard landing the day before the accident contributed to the bracket failure.

(Source: Canadian TSB report. Image of accident aircraft provided)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:47

47 Years ago today: On 18 April 1972 an East African Vickers VC-10 jetliner overran the Addis Ababa runway after aborting takeoff due to a tyre failure; killing 43 out of 107 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 18 April 1972 Time: 09:39 Type: Vickers Super VC10-1154 Operator: East African Airways Corp. – EAAC Registration: 5X-UVA C/n / msn: 881 First flight: 1966-09-03 (5 years 8 months) Total airframe hrs: 18586 Engines:Rolls-Royce Conway 550 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 96 Total: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 107 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD) (   Ethiopia) Phase: Takeoff (TOF) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Addis Ababa-Haile Selassie I International Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia Destination airport: Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy Flightnumber: 720

East African Airways Flight EC-720 to London via Addis Ababa and Rome departed Nairobi at 06:55 hours. The flight to Addis Ababa was uneventful and the VC10 landed there at 08:23. During the transit stop at Addis Ababa, some freight was off-loaded together with 40 passengers. Fifteen passengers joined the flight and the airplane was refuelled. Start up clearance was given at 09:21 hours and the aircraft taxied out six minutes later via the eastern taxiway for takeoff on runway 07. The tower advised the aircraft that the wind was 5 knots and variable in direction. At 09:32 hours, as the aircraft was backtracking to the takeoff point, the pilot reported a number of dead birds on the runway. He requested that these birds be removed before the aircraft took off. A fire truck was dispatched to take care of this. The aircraft continued to backtrack down the runway and turned in the pad at the end. It then lined up on the runway and stopped a short distance from the threshold. At 09:38:40 hours, the tower cleared the aircraft for takeoff. Shortly after the aircraft had passed the mid-point of the runway, at or just below the V1 speed, the nose wheel ran over a steel jacking pad. This jacking pad belonged to a Cessna 185 that had departed 4:40 earlier. The pad punctured the right hand nose wheel tire. A loud bang was heard and severe vibration was felt on the flight deck. Almost immediately after the nose wheel tire had burst, the nose of the aircraft rose momentarily and then come down. The flight crew decided to abort the takeoff. The engines were throttled back and reverse thrust was selected. The aircraft continued down the runway, veering slightly to the right. Then the no.1 rear main tire burst. Just before the aircraft reached the end of the runway, it veered slightly to the left and ran approximately parallel to the centre line. After crossing a storm drain located at the end of the runway at right angles to the centre line, the aircraft became momentarily airborne as it left the lip of the embankment on which the 60 m stopway was laid. As it did so, the left outer wing of the aircraft struck a steel lattice tower forming part of the approach lighting system to runway 25. This ruptured the no. 1A fuel tank and the released fuel promptly ignited. Sixty metres beyond the end of the runway the aircraft fell heavily on to the lower ground 10.6 m below the runway level. It broke up immediately on impact and after sliding a short distance, came to rest and caught fire

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The accident was due to a partial loss of braking effort arising from incorrect re-assembly of part of the braking system, as a result of which the aircraft could not be stopped within the emergency distance remaining following a properly executed abandoned take-off procedure.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 03:59

4/18/1906 San Francisco, CA a magnitude (Mw) 7.8 earthquake occurred when the San Andreas Fault slipped over a segment about 275 miles long at 5:12 a.m. The subsequent fires killed 315+ and the fire ultimately destroyed over 500 city blocks almost 30,000 buildings of the downtown. “Shaking was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles, and inland as far as central Nevada.” “Fires immediately broke out, and because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them, firestorms soon developed citywide.” “On that morning a firefighter was standing the 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. night watch on the apparatus floor at the quarters of his company. Truck Company No. 1 was housed in a three-story brick building which was built in 1866 located at 22 O’Farrell Street. The violent force of the Great Earthquake shook the firehouse, causing the brick walls to collapse killing him.” “A firefighter on duty in the North San Pedro Quarters when the pre-dawn earthquake disaster overwhelmed San Jose. Attempting to escape from the collapsing firehouse, he was struck and killed by a falling section of brick wall.”

4/18/1896 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters “died from the injuries they sustained when a wall collapsed at the Railroad Depot at 32nd and Market Streets.”

4/18/1924 the Curran Hall fire, 1363 S. Blue Island in Chicago, IL killed eight firefighters. Curran Hall was a landmark 50-year-old brick building southwest of the Loop. “During its heyday, the four-story dance hall had been a popular party spot. But thanks to time and Prohibition, instead of dancing and fun, the hall now was home to several small businesses, including a leather goods store. Engine 107’s crew stretched a hoseline up the fire escape and into the burning second floor. They crawled on hands and knees through the heat and blinding smoke, inching their way to the seat of the fire. In those days firefighters had no breathing apparatus, so they had to follow the hose and crawl back and forth to the door to grab a breath of fresh air. After playing water against the flames for about a half hour, it began to darken, but the firefighters could sense something was wrong. Their instincts were confirmed when fire commanders outside began frantically screaming for their men to get out of the building. But the warning came too late because no sooner did the men from Engine 107 and Truck 12 begin scrambling for the fire escape when the building’s outer walls buckled, bringing down the entire structure, burying the firefighters inside. The collapse knocked out electrical power to the area, leaving those searching for trapped men to use flashlights. For several hours they dug by hand amid the possibility of a secondary collapse. When cranes were finally brought in eight bodies were dug out. Of the eight dead firefighters, six were from the firehouse at 13th and Oakley. One civilian had also been killed. A ninth firefighter, also from the Oakley station, died eight days later. Twenty others had been injured. A tenth firefighter suffered a fatal heart attack while serving as a pallbearer for one of the victims from Truck 12. Arson surfaced during the investigation of the Curran Hall fire. Flammable liquids had been used to start the fire, which originated inside the leather goods store on the second floor. Detectives learned that the store’s two owners had been in financial trouble, and that on the night of the fire, the pair had instructed their employees not to lock the rear doors. Witnesses later related seeing one of the men leave the building through the unlocked door shortly before the fire was reported. After a coroner’s jury returned a verdict of murder by arson, the two owners were indicted. At trial the defendants were acquitted because, despite an abundance of circumstantial evidence, nothing could be produced to prove that they had actually started the fire themselves. For the dead firefighters and their families, this meant justice had been denied.”

4/18/1896 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters died from the injuries they sustained when a wall collapsed at the Railroad Depot at 32nd and Market Streets.

4/18/2005 two Evanston, WY firefighters died while operating at a structure fire in a three-level end-unit townhouse. “Neighbors advised the firefighters that children were trapped on the second floor of the residence. A handline was pulled, and two firefighters advanced the line into the structure. The firefighters advanced the hose line to the second floor of the structure. A backup crew with a handline was entering the front door of the structure when an explosion occurred. The explosion blew the backup firefighters away from the building and caused windows to be blown out. After the explosion, the fire progressed rapidly. The backup crew was unable to gain access to the second floor. Another handline advanced from the rear entrance was able to knock down the fire sufficiently to allow access to the second floor. Approximately 15 minutes after the explosion, firefighters were able to remove the two firefighters from the structure. Both men were dead. The fire was burning in a concealed space. When a door was opened on the second floor, the fire extended with explosive force. The fire was electrical in nature, caused when storage boxes and floor planking were laid on top of electrical wires.”

4/18/2015 an unattended outdoor cooking fire quickly spread through chest-high vegetation at Prado Dam near Corona, CA and burned over 1,020 acres.

4/18/2013 Billings Montana a mobile home fire left four dead. The “mobile home fire that left four people dead began when two men lit an apron on fire in the kitchen while the victims slept following a party.”

4/18/1896 the Broadwater Mine explosion near Neihart, Montana killed seven miners around 11:15 a.m.

4/18/1917 the Pipestone, MN High School was destroyed by fire.

4/18/1983 a suicide bomber killed sixty-three including seventeen Americans at U.S. Embassy in Lebanon.

4/18/1974 the left-wing terrorist group Red Brigades started terrorizing Italy.


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Early video from Arlington County, Virginia house fire

Statter 911 - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:32

Wednesday fire on South Four Mile Run Drive

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:07

By Jack Fink, CBS DFWL

A pilot program could help Dallas Fire Rescue save money, costly equipment, and most importantly, lives.

On April 1st, the department began sending two retired engines no longer equipped to fight fires as blockers — a first line of defense — to keep first responders from becoming victims as they’re responding to car crashes and fires along busy freeways.

Assistant Chief Bret Stidham said, “Our number one reason for putting this program together is to make sure our first responders and the citizens are safe. The freeway incidents are some of the most dangerous to respond to so the blockers provide that extra security.”

The two “blocker” vehicles are kept at different fire stations and have often been deployed to scenes along I-30 in East Dallad and on I-35E near Northwest Highway.

Read the full story here.

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Plane crashes into residential houses in Chile, killing 6

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:27

At least six people have been killed in southern Chile after a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood of Puerto Montt city. Following the incident, locals renewed calls for the closure of the La Paloma aerodrome. 

The Islander BN-2B-27 bound for Chaiténn crashed down on a house in Puerto Montt shortly after takeoff at 10:50 local time, killing five passengers and the pilot on board, the governor of the Los Lagos region Harry Jürgensen confirmed.

Footage from the scene showed the plane, belonging to the Archipielagos air company, burning inside a residential structure as firefighters struggled to contain the flames and prevent them from spreading to a neighboring house. One of the houses was “completely burned” in the incident, the governor said.

It appears that no one was inside the two buildings when the crash occurred. One bystander, a woman, reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by debris. 

Tuesday’s crash, which happened only 100 meters away from a local school, is just the latest in a series of similar incidents that has plagued the local community for years. The local mayor and neighbors are asking the government to close down or relocate the airstrip, which has been keeping them in “constant fear” of another tragedy.

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Pilot safe after single-engine plane crash at Centennial Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:24

The pilot of a single-engine aircraft was uninjured after a crash at Centennial Airport Tuesday morning.

Author: Alexander Kirk

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The pilot of a single-engine aircraft was uninjured after a hard-landing crash at Centennial Airport, according to South Metro Fire Rescue. 

The department responded to the plane crash at Centennial Airport around 11:12 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Only one person was on board and no injuries were reported, according to a tweet from Centennial Airport.

Centennial Airport reported the plane was a single-engine Piper Super Cub that suffered a hard landing on runway 10/28.

Centennial Airport is a public airport at 7800 S. Peoria St. in Englewood. Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority owns the airport.

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Carencro pilot taken to hospital following small plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:22

The pilot of a small, crop duster plane was hospitalized Tuesday after his craft crashed around 8 a.m. in a sugarcane field on La. 10 west of Morganza.

According to the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office, Carl Comeaux of Carencro was attempting to land and load up chemicals so he could work for the day but in his approach, the plane rose suddenly in elevation and then went straight down into the ground.

Officials say he was flying with an aviation service out of St. Landry Parish and had to be extricated from the plane by nearby field workers before it caught on fire.

He remains in a hospital in stable condition, officials say.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be investigating to figure out if it was a mechanical or pilot error, officials said.

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Two men killed in helicopter crash near Fountain Hills

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:21

By Rudy Rivas

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — A Tempe-based aviation company is mourning the loss of two men who were killed in a helicopter crash near Fountain Hills on Tuesday morning.

Van Horn Aviation said experimental test pilot Rucie Moore and VHA engineering manager Stephen Estes were the only two onboard the helicopter when it went down after 7 a.m. near Fort McDowell and Yavapai roads.

VHA said Moore was a decorated helicopter test pilot for the U.S. Army and was a professor and helicopter program chair at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to Embry-Riddle, Moore was a decorated helicopter test pilot for the U.S. Army.

Estes graduated from Arizona State University with a masters in aerospace engineering and had been an engineer with VHA for five years.

Before that, he was “instrumental in the design and analysis of current rotor blades,” VHA said.

“We mourn the loss of our friends during this tragic accident,” said VHA president Dean Rosenlof in a statement. “Both men contributed greatly to the design and development of our most recent rotor blade designs. Their passing will leave large holes in our company and they will both be missed personally and professionally.”

To some, Moore was the friend you’re lucky to have.

“It’s a big hit. There’s a lot of people that he touched during his life and he’ll be missed,” said David Allen.

Alllen now lives in Alaska, but he and Moore go way back to their army days.

“Rucie and I met in basic training actually when we started back in ’86,” he said. “He was actually my flight school roommate throughout all of flight school.”

The two became so close during that time, that Moore was a groomsmen in Allen’s wedding.

Allen was shocked when he heard what happened.

“I’ll be honest, it brought tears to my eyes,” Allen said.

He wishes he could tell Moore one more thing.

“That’s a tough one…yeah….just gonna miss ya ,” he said through tears.

But among the tragedy, Allen has found peace knowing his friend’s last moments were spent in the sky.

“At least he was doing what he loved to do, and I can only hope that I can go out the same way,” Allen said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Arizona’s Family that a Bell 206B crashed under “unknown circumstances”.

The pair departed from Falcon Field in Mesa before the crash occurred.

The FAA initially said it believed the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft.

Video from our news helicopter showed the aircraft down in a remote field, destroyed.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash.

“Our dear colleague, Rucie Moore, was an outstanding pilot, an Army veteran and distinguished faculty member with deep experience in the flight test arena,” said Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus. “His many contributions to the education of our students, including his extensive real world experience, was immeasurable. The entire Embry-Riddle family, our faculty, students and staff, feel his loss and extend our thoughts and prayers to his family.”

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Sources: Plane In Emergency Landing At JFK Airport Almost Crashed

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:19

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sources told CBS News new details about last week’s emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Sources said the American Airlines jet that suffered wing damage nearly crashed as pilots struggled to regain control during takeoff.

We’re told as the Los Angeles-bound plane began to lift off, it rolled left. The wing tip scraped the ground, then hit a runway sign and a light pole.

The conversation between the pilot and air traffic control was recorded on,

“We departed with a strong roll to the left as we were climbing and we decided we’d like to return to Kennedy,” the pilot said. “We were banking, uncontrolled bank 45 degrees to the left and then the aircraft-”

“Turbulence from another aircraft?” the air traffic controller asked.

“I don’t think so. There’s a good cross wind today. We had an uncommanded roll to the left as we rotated,” the pilot replied.

The pilots got the the plane off the ground, but they soon returned to JFK. No one was hurt.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:17

55 Years ago today: On 17 April 1964 a Middle East Airlines Caravelle crashed off Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing all 49 occupants.

Date: Friday 17 April 1964 Time: 19:32 UTC Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III Operator: Middle East Airlines – MEA Registration: OD-AEM C/n / msn: 23 First flight: 1960 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42 Total: Fatalities: 49 / Occupants: 49 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 19 km (11.9 mls) SSE of Dhahran International Airport (DHA) (   Saudi Arabia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon Destination airport: Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabia Flightnumber: ME444

Flight ME 444 departed Beirut (BEY) at 17:09 UTC and climbed to its cruising altitude of FL300. At 19:04 the aircraft reported to Bahrain Control that it was estimating Dhahran (DHA) at 19:28, and was cleared to descend to reach FL50 over the Dhahran beacon. At 19:06 weather information was reported to flight 444, which read a NNE/10 knots wind, gusting to 16, and 0,5nm visibility (in a sandstorm). At 19:26 the pilot reported estimating the Dhahran NDB in two minutes. At 19:28 it contacted Dhahran and reported “5 000 feet descending” and was cleared for an ADF approach. The controller requested the crew to report at 4000 feet and outbound at 2000 feet. One minute later it reported leaving 4000 feet and at 19:30 passing 2500 feet and turning inbound. It was then cleared to final approach and requested to report reaching minimum and runway in sight. At approximately 19:32 a short loud transmission noise was recorded by the Tower. No further message was received from the flight. It was subsequently found that the aircraft struck the sea at the completion of the procedure turn 4 NM off shore and 10 NM south of Dhahran Airport.
The investigation team concluded that there was no mechanical failure that could have caused the accident. Several theories were investigated, a.o. erroneous radio altimeter indications as a result of the sandstorm (these effects have been proven in tests done by Air France), but the team was not able to prove any of those theories

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The probable cause of this accident can not be ascertained.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:35

4/17/2013 West, TX a one-story, 12,000-square-foot unprotected wood-frame fertilizer plant (storage and distribution) facility explosion and fire killed fifteen (ten first responders), injured more than 250 and damaged or destroyed more than 500 buildings within a 37-block area with a $100 million loss. There were no automatic detection or suppression systems in the building that contained between 28 to 34 tons of ammonium nitrate in storage bins. The ammonium nitrate detonated approximately 22 minutes after the fire undetermined origin was discovered in the bulk processing plant. The explosion created a crater 90-feet wide and 10 feet deep. “As a result of the massive explosion, the West Fertilizer Company plant was obliterated, and heavy damage and further destruction was caused to surrounding areas. In addition to the obliterated plant, the damaged buildings included the public West Middle School, which sat next to the facility. A neighboring 50-unit, two-story apartment building was destroyed. The blast damaged the nearby West Rest Haven nursing home, and many residents were evacuated. Many of the nursing home residents received cuts from flying glass, but emergency personnel on scene judged that most of these injuries were not life-threatening.”

4/17/1869 a Baltimore, MD firefighter died “while operating at a fire in a three-story brick cooperage shop, a chimney started to fall, pulling the front wall out with it. A second firefighter was warning the men to get out of the building when the collapse occurred. He was caught under the falling debris and became impaled on a spiked iron fence through his back. He was taken to his home, where he died May 4th as a result of injuries sustained. The first firefighter was removed from the debris, dead of a broken neck after being struck by a timber, and another (third) firefighter died of his injuries on April 22nd. A fourth firefighter was seriously injured in the collapse, but eventually recovered. A dozen other firefighters were also injured in the collapse.”

4/17/1888 “five Peoria, IL firefighters were advancing a hoseline into the ruins of the malt house when a huge brick wall crashed down upon them. With brick and mortar piled high above the fallen men, firefighters and officers alike worked frantically to free them. Four of the firefighters eventually recovered from their injuries. One, however, died from a fractured skull. He died from injuries sustained while fighting a fire at the Gus Lisey City Brewery at 705 North Water Street (later the site of PMP fermentation).”

4/17/1913 three Philadelphia, PA firefighters died from injuries they received after a building collapsed at 701 Spring Garden Street.

4/17/1917 three Troy, NY firefighters died “while operating at a two-alarm fire involving a four-story market, they were killed when a tremendous ammonia explosion leveled the building. Nine other firefighters were injured, two seriously.”

4/17/1939 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “lost his life in the basement of S. Kresge Five & Dime store at 6706 to 6710 Bay Parkway. The four-alarm fire also injured seventeen other firefighters in the six-hour battle. He was overcome by the smoke early in the fire and drowned in the water-filled basement. His body was not recovered until the next morning.”

4/17/2008 a Sedalia, MO firefighter “had been at the hospital since April 8. He suffered second- and third-degree burns over half his body while fighting a house fire at 1209 S. Kentucky Ave. He was burned during a flashover. He was wearing fire apparatus that protected his lungs, and he received immediate first aid from his fellow firefighters at the house. He succumbed to his injuries on April 17th.”

4/17/1860 the first municipal law on fire escapes from tenements passed in New York, NY.

4/17/2015 a gas line explosion in Fresno, California injured fourteen behind the Fresno County sheriff’s gun range when a county worker leading a team of jail inmates constructing a dirt road accidentally struck the gas line.

4/17/2009 Holts Summit, MO three children died in house fire.

4/17/1990 a gas explosion on passenger train in Kumrahar India killed eighty.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 18:51

A Bell County firefighter was hurt in a crash while responding to a downed power line over the weekend.

It happened on Highway 188 in the Colmar community.

According to WRIL, firefighters were responding with lights and sirens, and came into contact with a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.

It’s reported that the firefighters went into the ditch line for about 50 feet, damaging the fire unit.

We’re told one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:40


A Bell County firefighter was hurt in a crash while responding to a downed power line over the weekend.

It happened on Highway 188 in the Colmar community.

According to WRIL, firefighters were responding with lights and sirens, and came into contact with a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.

It’s reported that the firefighters went into the ditch line for about 50 feet, damaging the fire unit.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 17:01

By Jeffrey Schweers, Tallahassee Democrat:

A bill requiring local governments to provide insurance and death benefits to firefighters with cancer would cost less than $5 million across a $90 billion state budget, and it has the support of the Senate and more than two-thirds of the House membership.

Those House sponsors cover the entire political spectrum, from the most ardent leftist to the staunchest conservative, from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys, and literally from Alexander to Zika.

And one of its primary cosponsors is Rep. Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, a member of the House Speaker’s leadership team and chairman of the Pre K-12 appropriations subcommittee.

But the bill isn’t moving.

Read the full story here.

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Today is Tuesday the 16th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:41

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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Stratolaunch Completes Historic First Flight Of Aircraft

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:39

Flight Took Place Saturday From Mojave Spaceport

Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch on Saturday. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air and Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per  hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing successfully back at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

“What a fantastic first flight,” said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch. “Today’s flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems. We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today’s flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman’s Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port.”

The test team conducted standard aircraft testing exercises. Initial results from Saturday’s test points include:

Performed a variety of flight control maneuvers to calibrate speed and test flight control systems, including roll doublets, yawing maneuvers, pushovers and pull-ups, and steady heading side slips.
Conducted simulated landing approach exercises at a max altitude of 15,000 feet mean sea level.

The Stratolaunch aircraft is a mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine. The reinforced center wing can support multiple launch vehicles, weighing up to a total of 500,000 pounds.

“We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today’s historic achievement,” said Jody Allen, Chair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust. “The aircraft is a remarkable engineering achievement and we congratulate everyone involved.”

(Images provided with Stratolaunch news release)


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