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INDIANA FIREFIGHTER STRUCK AND KILLED BY ANOTHER FIREFIGHTER WHO WAS INTOXICATED

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:52
Daviess County:  A volunteer firefighter was killed at the scene of a crash Friday nightafter being run over by another responding firefighter. At 9:55 PM Friday night, a crash with injury was reported along Old Highway 50 (County Road 100 South), just west of County Road 800 East.  Deputies from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department and three firefighters from the Montgomery and Cannelburg Fire Departments had arrived at the scene.  The three firefighters had arrived in their personal vehicles. A fourth responding firefighter, 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg, was traveling east in his 2006 Dodge Ram truck.  While approaching the scene, Blake struck the rear of another Dodge Ram truck parked by a firefighter along the south side of the road.  Blake’s Dodge continued east, striking a 2013 Ford Fusion parked by 27-year-old Kendall Murphy of Montgomery.  Murphy, a firefighter who had responded to the scene, was standing outside of his Ford, and was struck by Blake’s Dodge as it continued east. Blake crashed into a third firefighter’s vehicle after striking Murphy, a 2007 Ford F350 truck, before coming to a stop. Murphy suffered numerous injuries after being struck.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Daviess County Coroner. Blake was uninjured in the crash; however, after further investigation, was found to be operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.21%. Blake has been preliminarily charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death and Reckless Driving.  He is being held in the Daviess County Security Center, with formal charges to be filed by the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office. This crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists. Investigating Officers:  Trooper Josh Greer, Master Trooper Randy Huddleston, Trooper Ross Johnson, and Trooper Nathanial Kern

Arrested and Charges:
Colby Blake, 26
Cannelburg, IN
– Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated Causing Death, Level 4 Felony
– Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

Today is Friday the 10th of November, 2017 – Happy Birthday Marines!

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:18

Tomorrow is Veterans Day here in the United States. 

Veterans Day honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

I ask all of you to remember these words spoken by Abraham Lincoln; “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

To all of my friends who have served in our nation’s military, Thank you!

A Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps! The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on 10 November with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony. On this day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established.

And a note to our followers, no reports next week as the IBARFF cruise sets sail tomorrow and for several reasons, I will not be in a position to do the report until I get back a week from Monday…

Now we close the week with the following stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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1,000 gallons of fuel spill at airport; normal operations resume

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:10

Steve Burns – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Boarding on a Delta Air Lines plane was stopped Thursday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after about 1,000 gallons of fuel spilled, an official said.

Normal operations have resumed, airport officials said in a Twitter post about 2:30 p.m. “The fuel spill incident has cleared,” the post read.

The spill happened about 10:15 a.m., airport officials said in an earlier Twitter post.

An issue developed with a fuel-servicing unit, Delta spokesman Michael Thomas said in a statement.

“Boarding of a nearby aircraft was halted as a precaution and the area closed off while containment efforts were put in place,” Thomas said.

The spill happened at Concourse E, Atlanta Fire Rescue spokesman Cortez Stafford said. A couple of gates were evacuated.

No injuries were reported, and Delta operations weren’t disrupted, Thomas said.

http://www.ajc.com/news/local/000-gallons-fuel-spill-airport-plane-evacuated/pAPBFLlJ72a5qeGnINLlbP/

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Firefighting chemicals found in well water near FAI airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:09

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) – High levels of firefighting chemicals have been found in the groundwater near the Fairbanks International Airport, and the state will be testing nearby water wells starting next week.

The Alaska Department of Transportation says concentrations of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises were found in the groundwater at the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting training area.

The PFAS chemicals are used in firefighting aqueous film forming foams, which have been used at the airport during training exercises and emergencies for many years.

Other common uses are in products for fire suppression, resistance to wear, and repelling oil, stains, grease and water. They’re found in carpets, upholstery, apparel, paper, packaging products, non-stick cookware, food packaging, and in personal care products.

“The safety of Fairbanks residents is paramount. As soon as PFAS were discovered on airport property, FAI initiated the process of testing neighboring properties. We will share test results with residents as they become available,” Airport Manage Jeff Roach said in a statement.

The airport is working with an environmental consulting firm and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to identify and sample private water wells west of the airport starting Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Those areas include properties between the Chena River and the Airport off of Dale Road, properties off Crown Road and S. Crown Rd. on the west side of the Chena River, and a small area off of Tall Spruce Road near the confluence of the Chena and Tanana Rivers.

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Firefighting-chemicals-found-in-well-water-near-FAI-airport-456245633.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:08

46 Years ago today: On 10 November 1971 a Merpati Nusantara Vickers Viscount crashed off Padang, killing all 69 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 10 November 1971 Type: Vickers 828 Viscount Operator: Merpati Nusantara Airlines Registration: PK-MVS C/n / msn: 448 First flight: 1962 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 62 Total: Fatalities: 69 / Occupants: 69 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: S off Padang (   Indonesia) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Jakarta (unknown airport), Indonesia Destination airport: Padang-Tabing Airport (PDG/WIMG), Indonesia

Narrative:
Merpati Airlines’ domestic service from Jakarta to Padang was carried out a by a Vickers Viscount named “Sabang”. The aircraft had initiated its descent for Padang when it crashed into the sea. Floating pieces of wreckage were found after three days, 75 miles off island of Sumatra.

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U.K. FIREFIGHTER GAVE NO SIGNS BEFORE SUICIDE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:08

By Michael Yong, The Bristol Post

A dedicated firefighter who was “a good man” and “always had a smile” gave no indication he was going to kill himself.

Mark Hattersley was only 36 years old when he took his own life in his loft at home on Saturday August 12.

Based at Bedminster fire station, the popular man was a member of the station’s Blue Watch at the time of his death. He had been in the fire service for 13 years.

He had showed no signs of wanting to take his own life, even going to the World Athletics Championship in London with his father-in-law just days before.

An inquest at Avon Coroners Court heard Mr Hattersley was found hanged at his Brislington home around 2pm on the day of his death.

Read the full story here.

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Caught on camera: Pantless woman crashes SUV in home next to house fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:17

Strange things happening in Toledo, OH Wednesday night

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Today is Thursday the 9th of November, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:57

More sad yet helpful information from Chief Goldfeder and “The Secret List” this morning in regards to firefighter suicide. This piece includes additional information that you can IMMEDIATELY ACCESS & WATCH-BE IT ALONE, IN THE CLASSROOM OR AT THE FIRE HOUSE KITCHEN TABLE.

Please take a look, it’s important that we take care of ourselves and we take care of each other, we’re family!

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe!

Tom

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Fire Captain Takes His Own Life (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:48

All,

Sad news out of California as a Fire Captain took his own life on Sunday.

CalFire Fire Captain Ryan Mitchell from Station 20, Battalion 4, took his own life at the Pine Valley Bridge shortly after completing his shift. Units from Battalion 4 responded to the call that came into the Cal Fire’s Monte Vista headquarters in El Cajon, where Captain Mitchell worked.

Below is a link to an article about this tragic incident.

HERE IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY ACCESS & WATCH-BE IT ALONE, IN THE CLASSROOM OR AT THE FIRE HOUSE KITCHEN TABLE:

-WEBINAR

WATCH THIS FIREFIGHTER SUICIDE WEBINAR FROM LEXIPOL:

This discussion includes two fire service subject matter experts with their perspective on this difficult issue. Join FDNY’s Captain Frank Leto Deputy Director of the Counseling Service Unit FDNY and Sean Riley Founder and President of Safe Call Now

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4247810721300096002

-FIREFIGHTER WORKSHOP VIDEO:

IAFF BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS & HEALTH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB-MOUNPOfg

-ARTICLE:

Here is an article about Firefighter suicide from WILDFIRE TODAY where they report 52 FIREFIGHTER SUICIDES in a 2 year period:

http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/11/04/suicide-rate-among-wildland-firefighters-is-astronomical/

-FIREFIGHTER VIDEO:

Beyond The Call ” Full Length Behavioral Health Training Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESFWmqWux3s

ARTICLE ABOUT THE LATE CAPTAIN MITCHELL:

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/fire-captain-takes-own-life-pine-valley-bridge

 

Please see additional resources below.

Our condolences to those affected by this loss. Rest In Peace.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 11/8/2017-1130 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

SUICIDE HOTLINE USA: 800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
SUICIDE HOTLINE CANADA:

http://suicideprevention.ca/thinking-about-suicide/find-a-crisis-centre/

SUICIDE HOTLINES WORLDWIDE:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

 

Suicide continues to be a constant in the profession of fire, rescue and EMS. Please take time to review these links-and have the info on hand.

=PERSONAL SURVIVAL: http://firefighterclosecalls.com/category/personal-survival/

=SAFE CALL NOW: http://safecallnow.org/

=IAFF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: http://client.prod.iaff.org/#page=behavioralhealth

=SHARE THE LOAD: https://www.nvfc.org/programs/share-the-load-program/

=NFFF: http://www.everyonegoeshome.com/news/2014/suicideprevention_081514.html

=FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: http://www.ffbha.org/

=ESTABLISHING A SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM-FIRE ENGINEERING:
http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/07/implementing-a-suicide-prevention-program.html

=FF SILENT KILLER-FIRE ENGINEERING:
http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-165/issue-12/features/firefighters-silent-killer-suicide.html

=THE COMPANY OFFICERS ROLE-FIRERESCUE1:
http://tinyurl.com/7bbz8ev

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (A FIRE CHIEF/DAD’S PERSPECTIVE)
http://firechief.com/health-safety/ar/firefighting_not_without_warning/ (Fire Chief Magazine Article)

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (ABC NEWS)
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/firefighter-ptsd-suicide/story?id=14466320 (ABC News Article on Firefighter Suicide)

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE-FIREHOUSE:
http://www.firehouse.com/news/10732817/chicago-firefighter-suicide-report-seeks-answers

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4 killed in helicopter crash in Gunma

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:44

MAEBASHI

A helicopter crashed in a village northwest of Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon, killing four employees of the helicopter service company who were aboard, local authorities said.

The helicopter crashed near a bridge around 2:30 p.m. in the Gunma Prefecture village of Ueno, which also encompasses the mountainous site of a Japan Airlines jumbo jet disaster in 1985, and burst into flames.

Operator Toho Air Service Co said the four employees were 60-year old pilot Ichiro Kitagawa and three mechanics — two in their 20s and one aged 50.

No damage to the surrounding residential area has been confirmed. The chopper was on its way to Tochigi Prefecture after leaving Yamanashi Prefecture shortly after 2 p.m., where it had transported some goods, Toho Air Service said.

The Tokyo-based air service company said the last radio contact from the aircraft was made around 2:03 p.m. to confirm its departure from the town of Hayakawa. The cause of the accident is unknown, the company said.

Kitagawa was a very capable seasoned pilot who belonged to its Yao office in Osaka Prefecture, while the three mechanics belonged to the Tokyo head office, according to Toho Air Service.

The helicopter was an AS332L chopper manufactured by Airbus Group company Airbus Helicopters Inc, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The ministry’s safety board will dispatch investigators to the site to find out the cause of the accident.

Local police said they received an emergency call from a witness as the helicopter went down about 700 meters west of the central village office.

Firefighters said another eyewitness told them that the chopper was flying west to east but made a U-turn, and after it lost altitude an object that appeared to be a piece of equipment fell off the aircraft’s rear.

The accident caused a power failure in the village as electricity lines were damaged, affecting about 600 households, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

Electricity was restored in the area at around 4:20 p.m.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/4-feared-dead-after-helicopter-crash-in-Gunma

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What we know about the hard landing of an Air Evac helicopter in Union City, TN

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:43

November 8, 2017 

 WPSD Staff

UNION CITY, TN – Here’s what we know so far about the hard landing made by an Air Evac helicopter in Union City, Tennessee, Wednesday morning.

The hard landing happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Union City police say there were three people in the helicopter when it landed, the pilot and two flight nurses. The police chief tells us all three are OK. They were not responding to an emergency call when they had to make the hard landing. Air Evac 143 out of Obion County, Tennessee, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that the crew members had only minor injuries.

The company’s full statement reads: “Air Evac 143 out of Obion County, Tenn., experienced a hard landing at 11:40 a.m. today in Union City, Tenn. There was not a patient on board and the three crew members sustained only minor injuries.”

Our crew at the scene has learned there was not a problem with the flight. The issue was specifically with the landing itself.

Additionally, when the helicopter landed, the rotor came off and struck power lines. That caused a power outage for a couple dozen homes nearby, but the lines have since been repaired. The hard landing happened across from the 911 dispatch center, but the center wasn’t affected by the power outage because the facility has a generator.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators arrived at the scene around 3 p.m. to look into what caused the landing problems.

Local 6’s Blake Stevens was live at the scene this afternoon with information he has learned. If you missed that live stream, you can watch it in full below:

https://www.facebook.com/WPSDLocal6/videos/10156967242624569/

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/2017/11/08/know-hard-landing-air-evac-helicopter-union-city-tn/

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Navy P-8 Experiences Engine Fire In Texas

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:41

Makes Emergency Landing At Corpus Christi International Airport

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon made an emergency landing Monday afternoon at Corpus Christi International Airport after an engine on the aircraft caught fire in flight.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the plane was making practice approaches to the airport when the left engine caught fire. Airport officials said that such training approaches are a normal activity at the airport.

Airport marketing manager Kim Bridger-Hunt told the paper that she saw the aircraft in a nose-high attitude, and assumed it was taking off. But then she heard explosions and saw the flames coming from the engine.

Airport public safety director John Hyland said the airplane landed just before noon local time. Corpus Christi police and fire departments, the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office and airport emergency personnel responded to the incident. The engine was shut down and the fire extinguished.

Operations were slowed at the airport for a time due to the incident, but returned to normal about 1300 local time, Hyland said. The P-8 was parked at the General Aviation ramp..

The Navy, however, said the airplane was not one of theirs. Liz Feaster, public affairs officer at Chief of Naval Air Training based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, said it was not a Navy trainer at either Naval Air Station corpus Christi or Naval Air Station Kingsville. “We don’t know where it came from and what it’s doing here,” she said.

(Image from file)

FMI: www.navy.mil

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American Airlines flight from Tulsa lands at Dallas destination under emergency conditions

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:40

By Harrison Grimwood Tulsa World

An American Airlines flight that originated in Tulsa landed at its Dallas destination under emergency conditions Wednesday, with passengers reporting they saw smoke and smelled fumes on board. 

Flight 1060 experienced a “mechanical issue,” said Linda Brock, a spokeswoman for the airline. The Boeing 737 jet landed safely and taxied to a gate at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where firefighters came aboard before passengers disembarked.

The plane, carrying 158 passengers and a crew of six, departed Tulsa International Airport about 6:40 a.m.

Brock said that during the flight the pilot notified air traffic controllers of the need for an emergency landing, a procedure used to establish landing priority.

Tulsa City Councilor Phil Lakin said his wife, Adriane Lakin, was aboard the aircraft with friends en route to Mexico.

“They said a couple of them were light-headed,” Phil Lakin said. “They didn’t know if it was from the smoke and fumes or from anxiety or a combination of both.” He said his wife’s party boarded their next flight, destined for Mexico.

Maintenance crews were investigating the cause of the mechanical issue, Brock said.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/state/flight-from-tulsa-lands-abruptly-in-dallas-as-smoke-fumes/article_3a3fc335-3985-55a0-8489-bb3096635b35.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

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AIRLINK FLIGHT SA8103 INCIDENT EN ROUTE FROM HARARE TO JOHANNESBURG

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:38

Airlink confirms that an AVRO RJ85 airliner operating flight SA8103 from Harare to Johannesburg this evening was involved in an event which resulted in it making an emergency landing at O.R. Tambo International Airport shortly after 20.40 local time.   All 34 passengers and the four crew members are safe and unharmed.

While en route one of the four engines suffered an uncontained failure which then caused damage to its adjacent engine.  Upon assessing the damage and status of the aircraft, the crew elected to continue to Johannesburg where it landed safely under the power of its remaining two engines.  At no point was the safety of the passengers or crew in jeopardy.

Airlink has notified the South African Civil Aviation Authority, which will launch an investigation into the event in order to determine its likely cause.  Airlink will provide whatever technical assistance is requested by the SACAA.

Airlink will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed. However, the investigation remains the entire responsibility of the SACAA and it would be inappropriate for Airlink to comment or speculate on the cause of the event.

“On behalf of Airlink I apologise profusely to our passengers and their loved ones for any distress and inconvenience as a result of this evening’s event.  The safety and well-being of our passengers, crew and aircraft are our primary concern,” said Rodger Foster, Airlink Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

https://flyairlink.com/news/airlink-flight-sa8103-incident-en-route-from-harare-to-johannesburg

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Scary landing for SpiceJet passengers as plane scrapes runway at Delhi airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:37

The airline said no passenger was injured in the incident that occurred when the underside of the plane’s tail touched the tarmac on landing

A domestic flight operated by SpiceJet scraped the tarmac when it landed in Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, triggering panic among passengers and an inquiry from the country’s aviation regulator.

Photographs obtained by HT showed damage to the underside of flight SG-2642’s tail section, a sign of what is known as ‘tailstrike’ in aviation terms. Tailstrike can occur during landing and take-off if the aircraft is angled too steeply, causing the fuselage to come in contact with the ground.

“I have been travelling in flights for the last ten years but I experienced this for the first time… it was scariest moment of my life,” said one of the passengers in the Jabalpur-Delhi flight.

A SpiceJet spokesperson confirmed the incident and said none of the passengers were injured. The airline representative identified the damaged aircraft as VT-SUL, a Bombardier Q400 turboprop.

A second passenger said the flight, piloted by Taranjeet Kaur, had a routine take-off and “everything went well until the landing”.

“We are looking into it. It was perhaps a case of hard landing,” said an official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, requesting not to be named since he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

“It could have caused damage to the main body as well. Luckily, nothing of that sort happened.”

The official ruled out lack of visibility as a possible reason for the incident.

Delhi and its surrounding areas have been enveloped in a toxic haze originating from crop fires, reducing visibility to mere metres. The smog has led to several accidents in the surrounding states, some resulting in deaths.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/scary-landing-for-spicejet-passengers-as-plane-scrapes-runway-at-delhi-airport/story-n7ArIqsbP71Pzv8K74NlSJ.html

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NTSB: Roy Halladay’s plane maneuvered at low altitude before crash

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:36

By Daniel Uria

Nov. 8 (UPI) — Witnesses reported Roy Halladay‘s plane was flying at low altitude prior to the crash that killed the former MLB star, a federal crash investigator said Wednesday.

Noreen Price, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge of the case, said witnesses reported seeing Halladay’s ICON A5 light sport amphibious plane flying low before it crashed off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico at around noon on Tuesday.

“Generally, a lot of witnesses have said that the plane was maneuvering at low altitude,” she said.

Price also said she had not seen video released to TMZ which appears to show the aircraft performing a series of low dives and other maneuvers before the crash. She called for the person who captured the footage to present it directly to the board.

“I encourage that person to reach out to us and directly give us that data, I’m sure it would help the investigation, she said.

Price said the plane was found upside down in 4 feet of water facing south after what appeared to be a high-energy impact.

“It looked like a high-energy impact, but all the pieces were there,” she said.

She added it may take one or two years for the NTSB to complete its final federal report.

Halladay was a certified private pilot since 2013, the same year he retired from baseball following a career that included two Cy Young Awards. He had recorded about 700 flight hours in his log book.

Two data recorders from the plane were recovered at the scene and likely would’ve recorded GPS location, performance, air speed and altitude, among other data, Price said.

She added no voice recorder was found and it appeared that no mayday call was made.

Halladay was the only passenger in the two-person aircraft, which was a 2018 model given to Haladay by ICON.

ICON released a statement offering condolences to Halladay’s family and offering to support the investigation.

“We were devastated to learn that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died today in an accident involving an ICON A5 in the Gulf of Mexico,” the company said. “We have gotten to know Roy and his family in recent months, and he was a great advocate and friend of ours.”

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/11/08/NTSB-Roy-Halladays-plane-maneuvered-at-low-altitude-before-crash/1621510185112/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2

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First Prototype Of Brazilian KC-390 Military Cargo Aircraft Almost Crashed During Stall Tests Last Month

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:34

By David Cenciotti

Pilots of the KC-390 were only able to recover the aircraft 300 meters from the ground. 

Embraer has grounded the first prototype of the new KC-390 military cargo jet after a stall test incident on Oct. 12. According to the Brazilian planemaker, the scheduled test pushed the aircraft beyond its operating limits, however Brazilian Aero Magazine media outlet, that has talked to an engineer involved in the project who asked to remain anonymous, something else happened in the skies near Embraer Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport, the private airport located near Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, owned and operated by Embraer: an incident that almost ended in a tragedy.

As reported by Aero Magazine, the KC-390 registered PT-ZNF was performing critical pre-stall tests, that involved high-AOA (Angle Of Attack) and  ice formation on wings. During the maneuver, an equipment used for the tests, detached from its place and rolled to the back of the cargo compartment causing a sudden change in the center of gravity (CG) of the aircraft. As a consequence of the rapid displacement of the CG the pilots lost control of the airlifter, that stalled and started to spin towards the ground. Reportedly, the pilots were able to recover the aircraft as it was only 1,000 feet (about 300 m) above the ground, and landed the KC-390 safely in Gavião Peixoto airfield.

Analysis of the track based on the KC-390 ADS-B transponder using the popular Flightradar24.com plane-tracking websitesuggests that the cargo prototype plunged from about 20,000 feet to around 3,000 feet, between 13.25UTC and 13.28UTC, with a peak vertical speed of -30,976 fpm. However, based on the ADS-B raw data, the area where the test flight was taking place is not covered by receivers at altitudes below 2,800 feet, therefore it is possible that the aircraft was recovered well below 3,000 ft and that the transponder signal was detected once the aircraft had climbed again to a safe altitude after recovering from the spin.

Two KC-390 prototypes have been built, the second one being example PT-ZNJ that made its first flight on Apr. 28, 2016. PT-ZNF made its maiden flight on Feb. 3, 2015.

H/T Jaime Maia for the heads-up

https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/09/first-prototype-of-brazilian-kc-390-military-cargo-aircraft-almost-crashed-during-stall-tests-last-month/

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