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Two Berkeley County Departments Enter Unusual Automatic Aid Agreement

SCOnFire - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:51
Berkeley County, SC – On Monday, the Macedonia Rural and Bonneau Rural Volunteer Fire Departments (Berkeley County Company 18 and 19 respectively) announced an unusual automatic aid agreement to better serve the communities they protect. Under this new agreement, the two departments will remain separate entities but will combine manpower along with resources to operate ...


Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:21

Three firefighters were hurt Thursday morning while fighting a fire on Indianapolis’ northeast side.

The fire happened around 6 a.m., at a house in the 2800 block of Forest Manor Avenue.

Two firefighters fell through a floor, prompting a mayday call. A third fell through a window.

One was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Two others were taken to a hospital, according to a firefighter at the scene. None of the injuries are believed to be serious.

The house is vacant, and the fire was put out by 7 a.m.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:25

An Allegheny County fire marshal has been asked to investigate a blaze that destroyed an apartment building and injured at least four people, including a firefighter and a police officer.

Coraopolis police said the fire at 1428 4th Ave., not far from the Neville Island Bridge, was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

A firefighter and Moon police officer were taken to a local hospital, Coraopolis Fire Chief Larry Byrge said. The officer was being treated for smoke inhalation and the firefighter for heat exhaustion, he said.

The conditions of two residents injured in the fire have not been released.

Firefighters from Coraopolis, Robinson, Moon, and Neville Island worked together to tamp down the flames that burned through the ceiling of the building. The building rekindled later in the morning after the blaze was brought under control.

Police said 15 families reside in the building and have been displaced. American Red Cross is assisting.

As of about 8 a.m., roads in the vicinity of the building were beginning to reopen.

“It’s an incredibly sad scene,” said Nicole Fitzgerald, the manager of the Montour Hotel, located across the street from the apartment building.

When she arrived for work at about 6 a.m. Thursday, she said she was struck by the destruction.

“There were fire trucks and lights and a crane over the top of the building. You can see that the fire started in the back corner. That section is basically gone. The building is destroyed,” she commented.

The building is owned by Dawn Cornell of Crescent, according to county tax records. She could not be reached immediately for comment.

Tax records indicate the commercial building contains between 5 and 19 apartments.

Don Harper of New Wilmington, just north of New Castle, said the building was constructed by his great-grandfather, Joseph W. Harper, in about 1892. An L-shaped building, it served as a general store as well as the family home.

Don Harper said that the retail operation was in the part of the building that paralleled Montour Street while the family lived in the section along 4th Avenue.

“It is quite shocking,” Mr. Harper said of the fire that destroyed the work of his ancestor’s hands. He said his grandfather, Frank Harper, related in his memories that his father had dug the stone for the foundation out of the nearby river bank.

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Pilot uninjured after small plane crashes during landing at Billy Bishop Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:27

A pilot escaped uninjured after a small plane crashed while attempting to land on a runway at Billy Bishop Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a spokesperson from the airport, the incident, which took place at around 3 p.m., involved a small-engine aircraft with only a pilot aboard. 

The spokesperson said the plane’s nose gear collapsed while the pilot was trying to land on a runway, causing a crash-landing.

Toronto police, who were also called to the scene, reported that the pilot made it out of the aircraft without injuries and was seen walking around. Paramedics did not transport the pilot to hospital.

“Billy Bishop Airport fire responded as a precaution but there was no fire and no injuries,” spokesperson Jen Brailsford said. “Billy Bishop Airport crews are currently in the process of removing the aircraft from the runway and cleaning up debris.”

Though the crash did not cause a fire, airport fire crews did respond and used suppressing foam around the front of the aircraft.

The main runway at the airport was temporarily closed to allow for an investigation. It reopened shortly before 5 p.m.

The Transportation Safety Board has attended the scene and released it.

While Brailsford initially said they don’t expect the closure to cause “any prolonged delays” to commercial flights, Billy Bishop Airport later tweeted that some delays are still possible while the airport gets “back on schedule.”

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No one hurt as WestJet diverts flight in B.C., due to fire warning light

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:25

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Passengers aboard a scheduled WestJet Encore flight from Fort St. John, B.C., to Vancouver had an unexpected stopover when their plane was diverted to Prince George.

WestJet says in a statement that flight 3205 had taken off from North Peace Regional Airport Wednesday morning for a flight to Vancouver when a fire detection warning light activated.

As a precaution the pilots declared an emergency and the Bombardier Q400 turboprop, carrying 44 passengers and 4 crew, landed without incident in Prince George.

Everyone aboard got out safely and all the luggage was removed from the plane.

WestJet says a preliminary inspection of the aircraft revealed no sign of fire.

The company says another aircraft was brought in from Calgary to take the passengers to their final destination.

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TSB Canada Releases Report On King Air Collision With An Alleged Drone

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:22

Recommends Amending The Canadian Aviation Regulations In Response To The Incident

The Transportation Board Canada has released its final report on a collision between a Beechcraft King Air A100 (registration C-GJBV, serial number B 100) operated by Sky Jet M.G. Inc and what the pilots described as a UAV on October 12, 2017.

The King Air was operating as Flight SJ512. It was on an instrument flight rules flight from Rouyn-Noranda Airport (CYUY) (Quebec) to Québec/Jean-Lesage International Airport (CYQB) (Quebec) with 2 pilots and 6 passengers on board. 

As the aircraft approached CYQB, the aircraft was cleared for a visual approach to Runway 24. On final approach, the flight crew said they observed a drone, about the size of a dinner plate, in front of the left wing. The pilot had no time to take evasive action. The impact was unavoidable, and the drone disintegrated.

The collision took place at 1802 EDT at an altitude of 2,500 feet above sea level (ASL) and approximately 7 nautical miles from the midpoint of Runway 24.

At 1804, the crew declared an emergency, then completed the landing without further incident. There were no injuries.

The damage was limited to a dent at the point of impact on the left wing de-icing boot, as well as scratches on the upper surface of the left wing. The damage was minor and had no effect on the airworthiness of the aircraft. The aircraft was returned to service the same day.

The investigation was unable to identify the operator of the drone involved in the collision with the Sky Jet M.G. Inc. aircraft. No debris from the drone could be found, and it could not be determined with certainty whether it was used for recreational or non-recreational purposes.

The CYQB control tower had not been informed of any UAV activity in the Class C control zone under its jurisdiction, no SFOC had been issued, and no Notices to Airmen had reported any such activity on 12 October 2017. The presence of a drone within controlled airspace had not been detected by the radar in the CYQB control tower. Because neither TC nor NAV CANADA was aware of this drone operation in the control zone, the investigation concluded that the regulations governing the operation of drones were not followed.

Depending on the type of offence and its severity, a drone operator who contravenes the CARs or Interim Order No. 8 may be subject to an administrative monetary penalty (a fine up to $25,000 Canadian) imposed by TC, and in some cases, may be found guilty of an indictable offence or an offence punishable on summary conviction.

It is easy for any consumer to purchase a drone without being informed of any regulations governing its use; retailers are under no obligation to inform consumers of the regulations in force.

In 2016, TC issued 4381 SFOCs for UAVs, as compared to 66 in 2010. Given this increase in the use of UAVs and in SFOC applications, TC’s administrative system is no longer able to meet the usual 20-day service standard for processing and issuing SFOCs. As a result, there have been negative effects for UAV operators, such as delays to business operations and industry’s ability to plan activities.

TC has proposed amendments to the current regulations governing the operation of drones for both recreational and non-recreational purposes. The recommended changes are described in Part I of the Canada Gazette. The regulatory proposal is primarily aimed at reducing the potential risks that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pose to the safety of manned aircraft and to people and property on the ground.

In its rationale for the Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), TC stated the following:

“The likelihood of further incidents was further analyzed by Transport Canada and based on Air Occurrence Report (AOR) incidents collected since January 2014. In 2014, there were 41 incidents of non-compliance reported. In 2015, the number of reported incidents more than doubled to 86, and a total of 148 incidents near aerodromes were reported in 2016. A few of the reports include flights near people or vehicles, but the existing AOR system tends to rely on pilot and air traffic controller reports, therefore incidents near people, vehicles, or property on the ground tend to be underrepresented in the data.”

In this incident, there were no injuries and only minor damage to the aircraft. However, the use of drones near an aerodrome or within controlled airspace poses a serious risk to aviation safety. For this reason, all recreational and non-recreational drone users must be knowledgeable about and comply with the regulations, including the requirement to operate within line of sight. Users must also familiarize themselves with the different classes of airspace to ensure they comply with the regulations and avoid conflicts with aircraft. In addition, it is important for the public to notify TC when observing the use of a drone near an aerodrome so that TC can take appropriate action.

(Source: Transportation Safety Board Canada. Images provided)


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AIB Impounds Delta Aircraft as 5 Injured in Emergency Landing in MMA

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:20

Chinedu Eze

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has grounded the US-bound Delta Airline aircraft that made an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA), Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday night.
The Commissioner of AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru, said the Bureau took the step because the Airline failed to report the incident, in which five persons were injured, 17 hours after it occurred.

“Consequently, the Bureau has impounded the aircraft and insisted that it must not be accessed to avoid contamination before investigation,” he said.

The Bureau also directed the crew not to travel until they are interviewed by the agency.
Olateru made this known while briefing aviation correspondents at the agency’s headquarter at the MMIA, Lagos on the latest on the incident involving the Delta Airline.

He said: “As you are aware, AIB is an agency of government that investigates accidents and serious incidents. The agency was established by an enabling Act of 2006, and all we do here is in accordance with our regulation which takes a cue from the ICAO Annexe 13. Everything we do here is in accordance with ICAO Annexe 13. Unfortunately, up until 3:00 pm, this afternoon, Delta as an airline has refused to notify AIB in accordance with the law of our country.

“But they notified the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) but they refused as at 3pm today, there is still no notification from Delta as to this serious incident. We have an obligation to notify the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on this serious incident but unfortunately, we cannot fulfil that obligation because we are still waiting for Delta to give us information as to this serious incident. This is a serious incident and by law we are investigating.” He explained that because the serious incident happened in Nigeria, it is the country of occurrence and it has a significant role to play in the investigation.

He regretted that instead of Delta reporting the mishap to Nigeria, it first reported it to NTSB.
According to him: “But in this case, we are able and equipped to investigate this serious incident and we will investigate it. But for the sake of clarity, I am disappointed in Delta. It is totally unacceptable, and we condemn it in its totality and I believe the way I see it we are being undermined, which is not acceptable.

“ICAO law governs all the activities of air transport business. They know that we must be notified. Our websites are there; they can download the form, they can download the App. We wrote to Delta October last year notifying them that we have AIB App, which they just need to download on their phone and send us notification.”

Throwing more light on the major incident, the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman, described the incident as very serious one after inspecting the damage and noted that the cause of the serious incident would be known after investigations have been carried out.

Usman said: “I have been at the site and from what we saw it is a serious incident and by ICAO standards and also in line with the NCAA Act that sets up the AIB, they will be investigating the serious incident to determine the cause and also make safety recommendations to prevent such from happening again.

“One of the engines of the aircraft was reportedly on fire, the captain requested or declared what we call May Day, which was an emergency that he wanted to come back citing one of the engines was on fire, requesting for emergency services and all the agencies that were required to be there were there for that aircraft to ensure that everything went smoothly.

“The aircraft landed safely, there was precautionary evacuation of passengers, however, details of the cause and recommendation will come from the AIB.”

The Delta Air Lines Flight DL055, which departed MMIA about 10.45 pm on Tuesday night made an air return to Lagos barely 31 minutes into the 11 hours flight, following a breakdown of one of the two engines mid-air.

Five of the over 100 passengers, who were on-board the Airbus A330-200 aircraft with registration number N858NW, were injured.

It was gathered that the injured passengers and crew members were rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja; Air Force Base Clinic; and FAAN Medical Centre for speedy medical attention while the aircraft blocked access to the runway for about an hour before being pushed back to allow departure and landing of other aircraft.

A report received from the Consumer Protection Directorate (CPD) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) indicated that the flight departed at 22:45, but made an emergency landing at 23:16, which was 31 minutes after departure.

The report said that the pilot-in-command (PIC) announced the evacuation of all the passengers on board within 90 seconds, after contacting the control towers because the left engine of the aircraft caught fire mid-air in-flight.

The CPD report stated that passengers were evacuated via the emergency sliding doors within few seconds while all airport agencies’ officials on duty were on the ground within few minutes that the emergency alarm was announced.

Some of the agencies on ground included the Aviation Security (AVSEC), NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Fire Service, Port Health and Aviation Clinic.

Others were officials of Quarantine, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and several others who rendered assistance to the passengers and the crew members.

The report added: “Although, there is no death recorded as at the time of filing this report, but quite a number of crew and passenger casualties were recorded and have been taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) at Ikeja, Air Force Base Clinic and FAAN Medical Centre for speedy medical attention.

“Meanwhile, the Delta aircraft was on the runway for over an hour, which led to its closure before KLM, Lufthansa and Air France could depart afterwards. The aircraft was later towed with a push back truck to the open parking bay close to boarding gate E 63.

“However the remaining casualty-free passengers were later taken to a hotel after the flight was announced cancelled and rescheduled for a date yet to be specified and communicated.”
Delta in its statement noted that the flight landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides.

It said that airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival while the passengers were bussed back to the terminal.

It said: “Five of the passengers had non-critical injuries as a result of the evacuation. Delta teams have provided overnight hotel accommodations to customers and will rebook customers on an alternate Delta aircraft Wednesday (yesterday) afternoon. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority.”

Both NCAA and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) have swung into action to find out what caused the incident and would make their reports known to the public as quickly as possible, sources from the agencies said.
The passengers of the ill-fated flight were billed to fly out with another airline on Wednesday night.

AIB Impounds Delta Aircraft as 5 Injured in Emergency Landing in MMA

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:18

57 Years ago today: On 15 February 1961 a Sabena Boeing 707 lost control and crashed on approach to Brussels, Belgium, killing all 72 occupants and one on the ground.

Date: Wednesday 15 February 1961 Time: 09:05 UTC Type: Boeing 707-329 Operator: Sabena Registration: OO-SJB C/n / msn: 17624/92 First flight: 1959 Total airframe hrs: 3038 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT4A Crew: Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 61 / Occupants: 61 Total: Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 72 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 1 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) NE of Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU) (   Belgium) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America Destination airport: Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium Flightnumber: SN548

Sabena flight SN548 was a transatlantic service from New York to Brussels. The Boeing 707 was on a long approach to runway 20 when, near the runway threshold and at a height of 900 feet, power was increased and the gear retracted. The plane made three 360 degrees turns to the left and climbed to 1500 feet. During these turns the bank angle increased more and more until the aircraft was in a near vertical bank. The wings then leveled, followed by an abrupt pitch up. The 707 lost speed, started to spiral rapidly towards the ground nose down, crashed and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Having carried out all possible reasonable investigations, the Commission concluded that the cause of the accident had to be looked for in the material failure of the flying controls.
However, while it was possible to advance certain hypotheses regarding the possible causes, they could not be considered entirely satisfactory. Only the material failure of two systems could lead to a complete explanation, but left the way open to an arbitrary choice because there was not sufficient evidence to corroborate it.”
The FAA commented that the most plausible hypothesis was a malfunction of the stabilizer adjusting mechanism permitting the stabilizer to run to the 10.5deg nose-up position.

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Listen to fire/EMS radio traffic from Florida high school shooting

Statter 911 - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:02

Dozens reported injured at Broward County's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

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Listen to radio traffic from Florida school shooting that left 17 dead

Statter 911 - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:14

One in custody after shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Listen & watch live active shooter at Florida high school

Statter 911 - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 14:35

Dozens reported injured at Broward County's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

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Today is Wednesday the 14th of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:22

Here are the stories for today…

Don’t forget your significant other today, it’s Valentine’s Day.

Be safe out there!


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Passengers braced for crash before ‘terrifying’ emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:20

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Passengers on board a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu got quite a scare Tuesday when an engine covering apparently came off mid-flight. 

United Airlines flight 1175 was met with fire trucks when it made an emergency landing at Honolulu’s airport about 1:02 p.m.

The plane was able to land safely and there were no reports of injuries.

But passengers said there were some tense moments after the engine problem, which happened about 40 minutes before the plane was due to land.

“There was a loud bang … and then the plane really started shaking,” said passenger Allison Sudiacal. “It was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom.”

The good news: Sudiacal said despite the scary moments mid-air, the plane landed fairly smoothly.

“They kept us informed,” said Sudiacal, who was traveling with her husband, 4-month-old son and parents-in-law.

“They let us know that we had to brace for impact in case there was a rough landing. It was scary. But they did a really good job.”

Sudiacal’s husband, Tim, called the flight “absolutely terrifying.”

He said he couldn’t see the problem engine — engine no. 2 — from where he was sitting.

“I think sometimes ignorance is bliss,” he quipped.

Video posted online also showed the moments before the landing: Passengers chanted “Brace! Brace! Brace” as they neared the runway, then cheered when the plane landed without incident. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what went wrong, but photos appear to show the plane with a missing engine cowling, or covering.

In a statement, United Airlines said its pilots “followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft,” which had 363 passengers and 10 crew members on board.

The airline also said it is cooperating with NTSB and FAA investigations of the incident.

Audio of the pilot’s discussions with air traffic control in Honolulu illustrate the tense moments just before landing.

Pilot: “If you haven’t already, roll the fire trucks.”
Air traffic control: “They will be standing by.”

In a statement, the state Transportation Department said the United flight landed safely with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel standing by as a precaution. The plane has been taken to a hangar, the department said, and the incident didn’t spur any delays at the airport.

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5 injured after Delta flight from Nigeria to Atlanta forced to turn back due to engine issues

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:17

Passengers had to use the emergency slides to exit the plane onto the runway.

Author: Adrianne Haney

ATLANTA — Delta officials confirm an Atlanta-bound flight from Lagos, Nigeria was forced to turn back Tuesday after the plane experienced engine issues.

According to Delta, flight 55 from Murtala Mohammed Internationl Airport in Lagos took off from the airport around 10:50 p.m. Nigeria time. Flight tracking website FlightAware indicates the flight had only been in the air for a little less than an hour and a half, and had only traveled 29 of its roughly 5,800-mile journey, before one of the A330-200’s two engines reported issues.

Delta said the flight landed safely shortly after midnight, but passengers had to use the emergency slides to exit the plane onto the runway. Airport fire crews met the plane on arrival, and passengers were bussed back to the terminal.

At this time, Delta said it is aware of five customers who reported non-critical injuries during the evacuation. The company said it’s now focused on trying to find overnight hotel accommodations for customers, and will likely rebook them on a Wednesday afternoon flight.

“The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority,” the company concluded.

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Heathrow Airport ‘serious’ crash kills worker, forces plane to evacuate

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:16

By Geoff Herbert

A “serious” crash at Heathrow Airport has left one worker dead and caused delays for hundreds of passengers.

The Telegraph reports two vehicles collided on the airfield early Wednesday morning at the London international airport’s Terminal 5. Emergency teams rushed to the scene to treat two seriously injured workers.

Officials said one of the workers, a man in his 40s, died at a West London hospital. He is not being identified until family is notified.

The other worker sustained a broken shoulder, but Scotland Yard said his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this accident. We will be fully cooperating with the police in the investigation which will follow,” a Heathrow spokesperson told the BBC.

The BBC reports passengers on one plane were forced to evacuate after the crash. Another 20 British Airways flights were delayed, affecting hundreds of travelers.

“The gate was surrounded by various airport service vehicles including two fire engines. There were blue lights everywhere,” one passenger wrote on social media.

Additional details have not been released, though a spokesperson said The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and officers from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating.

The airfield remains open. Heathrow Airport representatives said additional delays are not expected.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:14

28 Years ago today: On 14 February 1990 an Indian Airlines Airbus 320 crashed while approaching Bangalore, India, killing 92 out of 146 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 14 February 1990 Time: 13:03 Type: Airbus A320-231 Operator: Indian Airlines Registration: VT-EPN C/n / msn: 079 First flight: 1989 Engines:IAE V2500-A1 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 88 / Occupants: 139 Total: Fatalities: 92 / Occupants: 146 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 0,7 km (0.4 mls) W of Bangalore-Hindustan Airport (BLR) (   India) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Mumbai (Bombay) Airport (BOM/VABB), India Destination airport: Bangalore-Hindustan Airport (BLR/VOBG), India Flightnumber: 605

Flight IC605 took off from Mumbai (Bombay) at 11:58 for a flight to Bangalore (BLR). At 12:25 Bangalore approach was contacted and prevailing weather at Bangalore was passed on to the crew (wind variable 5 knots, visibility 10 km, clouds 2 octa 2000 feet, temp 27deg, QNH 1018). At 12:44 the aircraft was cleared to descend to FL110. Reaching FL110, vectors were given for a visual runway 09 approach. On final approach, the aircraft descended well below the normal approach profile and kept descending until it struck the boundaries of the Karnataka Golf Club (2300 feet short of the runway and 200 feet right of the extended centerline. The aircraft rolled for 80 feet and lifted off again for about 230 feet and came down again on the 17th green of the golf course. The landing gear wheels dug into the ground and the aircraft impacted a 12 feet high embankment, causing the gears and engines to be sheared off. The aircraft continued over the embankment and came to rest in a grassy, marshy and rocky area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Failure of the pilots to realize the gravity of the situation and respond immediately towards proper action of moving the throttles, even after the radio altitude call-outs of “Four hundred”, “Three hundred” and “Two hundred” feet, in spite of knowing that the plane was in idle/open descent mode. However, identification of the cause for the engagement of idle/open descent mode in short final approach during the crucial period of the flight is not possible.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:36

Investigator say an open flame heater likely sparked a fire that completely destroyed two mobile homes Monday in Penhold.

Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast says the fire started in a unit built in 1975 and spread to a neighbouring unit built in 1974.

“There was no natural gas service to the originating unit, there were several portable open flame heaters in that unit of which at least one was in operation at the time of the origin, and was most likely the cause of the fire,” he explains.

“Building and fire codes were not as stringent at the time the units were built as they are now and that and the close proximity contributed to the rapid fire spread.”

Both units had been renovated many times over the years, Pendergast notes, creating many voids and dead spaces which hampered the ability of firefighters to reach some of the deep seated hot spots.

Both units are a total loss with neither owner having insurance at the time of the fire. There were two adults and a dog living in each unit, none of whom were injured.

The occupants of the originating unit were outside at the time and noticed heavy smoke coming from the front door.

The injured firefighter is home and is expected to return to work in a full capacity next week.


Smoke filled the air over the Town of Penhold Monday night as fire that destroyed two mobile homes and injured a firefighter.

The blaze in the Penhold Estates trailer park started around 4 p.m. with firefighters from Penhold and later Innisfail both responding.

According to Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast, crews found two units fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

“We made sure all the occupants were out,” explained Pendergast. “It’s been a tough fight. It’s hard to get in to access some of the areas of the fire because of the construction and the way that the trailers have been renovated over the years. Also, all of our air packs are freezing up but I mean its winter time and so we try to plan for that but you have to deal with that right?”

Pendergast says two occupants of the mobile home where the fire started were outside cleaning their vehicle when they noticed heavy, black smoke coming out of their front door. He says there was one person in the other trailer that caught fire but they managed to evacuate safely.

“There’s been no injuries to the occupants of the trailer,” said Pendergast. “We’ve had one firefighter from Penhold transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries due to a fall.”

The firefighter was treated for a torn muscle and later released.

According to Pendergast, power had to be shut-off to nearby mobile homes but crews from Fortis Alberta were working to restore it as soon as possible.

He said it’s too early to determine a damage estimate at this time and the fire is not considered suspicious.

Penhold Mayor Mike Yargeau says the Red Cross was called in to assist the displaced residents but it’s unclear at this point how many that is.

“We had one family show up here, most went with friends or family throughout town or wherever,” said Yargeau. “They were concerned at first but it wasn’t their home that was burned, they were right next door. They were worried about how they were going to get home, how they were going to get their kids ready for school, do all that stuff.”

Yargeau added the family has since been pointed in the right direction to get the assistance they’ll nee

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