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Report Sheds Light on DC Apparatus Striking FF

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:53

A DC Fire and EMS report says that improper positioning of equipment and a rookie’s inexperience were the biggest contributing factors in an apparatus incident that left a young firefighter with severe injuries in August 2017.

Probationary firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. was serving as a lineman (nozzle firefighter) during a Capitol Hill house fire on Aug. 2, 2017, when an arriving ladder truck struck him and temporarily pinned him against the rear of a parked engine.

The 29-year-old, who had been on the job for only a few months, wound up in critical condition in an ICU. He had multiple broken bones and underwent several surgeries that included the removal of a lung while also suffering permanent injuries, most notably to his left hand.

The incident report was released Friday and says that the way several pieces of apparatus were placed at the scene created “blind spots” that impeded operators from seeing Smothers, who had moved into a two-foot gap between the two vehicles as he ran an attack line. The ladder truck had briefly stopped but began moving again, striking Smothers as it continued turning into the scene.

“The recreation of the scene of the incident highlighted the fact that apparatus placement proved to be a mitigating factor. Blind spots were identified that would require the need for spotters to ensure that the apparatus was operating in safe manner,” the report says.

The ladder truck operator and the tillerman, who steers to back end of the apparatus, both told investigators they didn’t see Smothers after he exited the engine on the passenger side while the vehicle was connecting to a hydrant.

The findings also say Smothers had limited “situational awareness during apparatus placement” and a “lack of fireground experience.”

“The lack of real time experiences and decision-making processes on an active fireground limited the firefighter’s efforts to ensure personal safety concurrent with identification and mitigation of potential hazards on an incident,” the reports says.

Some of the recommendations from the report are as follows:

  • Amend operating guidelines for fires at unknown addresses, which will remove confusion for arriving apparatus and ensure proper and safe placement.
  • Since the drivers of both apparatus were not the regular drivers, implement training to better identify the most capable fill-in drivers when possible.
  • Ensure that all apparatus have functioning dash cameras after the cam on the arriving ladder truck that struck Smothers was not working.
  • Members directly involved in an incident resulting in serious injury should be removed from duty and sent to a mental health professional for counseling.
  • All members of the department would benefit from additional training that will enhance awareness, communication and performance on the fireground.

To read the 60-page report in its entirety, go here.

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MAYDAY IN ATLANTA

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:49

A firefighter fell through the floor of a burning three-story building in downtown Atlanta, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue.

Crews responded to a fire in a building in the 200 block of Auburn Avenue about 10 a.m. Monday, Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford.

The blaze produced smoke over the Downtown Connector before it was extinguished, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported.

Officials are still putting out hot spots, prompting authorities to close Auburn Avenue between Fort Street and Piedmont Avenue, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

“Please avoid the area at this time,” the agency said in a tweet.

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According to Stafford, units were heading toward the exit of the building when the firefighter fell from the second floor to the first floor.

He attributed the fall to “a hole on the floor.”

The injured firefighter was alert and breathing when he was taken to a hospital, Stafford said. He is expected to be OK.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“It’s unknown right now how the fire started, but we do feel like it started on the first floor,” Stafford said.

The first floor was occupied by a type of lounge or club, Stafford said. The name of the business was not known.

The second and third floors were vacant.

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Video: Bucket truck working on downed power line on I-95 in PA burns

Statter 911 - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:52

PECO truck fire at scene of downed power line on I-95 in Bensalem area

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Dressing the hydrant and an Acura at the same time

Statter 911 - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 16:07

Owner of car blocking hydrant during New Jersey house fire likely won't do this again

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News reports: Eight FDNY firefighters suspended over Medal Day fights

Statter 911 - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:23

News reports indicate there is more video for investigators

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Arrival video from Tulsa, Oklahoma house fire

Statter 911 - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:36

East Zion Street home burns on Wednesday

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Today is Friday the 15th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:06

We close out this week with these stories…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!

Tom

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Two Survive Fiery Emergency Landing At Mather Field

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:05

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — A pilot and his passenger escaped unharmed Thursday when their private jet made an emergency landing at Sacramento’s Mather Airport and caught fire, authorities said. 

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said firefighters responded to the call at 11:45 a.m. of a jet landing without gear.

Fire officials tweeted that the two occupants of the plane were able to escape unharmed, but the jet was heavily damaged by the emergency landing and the fire.

The wreckage from the crash kept the Runaway 22L out of service.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/06/14/two-survive-fiery-emergency-landing-at-mather-field/

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Passengers disobeyed flight crew to open emergency exits on tourist jet from Turkey and safely escape after plane crash landed in field engulfed in smoke

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:03
  • The Bravo Airways flight from Antalya, Turkey crash landed in Kiev on Thursday
  • All 169 passengers on board were told to stay put despite smoke filling the cabin 
  • Passengers disobeyed the flight attendants and decided to disembark the plane 
  • It was forced into an emergency landing after extreme weather conditions 

By WILL STEWART IN MOSCOW FOR MAILONLINE

Passengers on a tourist jet from Turkey disobeyed flight crew instructions and escaped from a plane engulfed in smoke after a crash landing in Kiev. 

The emergency exit escape followed a hair-raising landing in appalling weather during which the plane tipped onto its right-side wing.

As it came to a standstill, the 169 passengers on board the flight from Antalya began to escape as the aircraft was engulfed in smoke.

A woman called Alexandra said: ‘The stewardess told passengers not to move, but they began to run out of the plane that had already landed.’

Soon after flight crew have the order to escape on slides from the emergency exits.

Alexandra said: ‘The plane collapsed on the right wing during the landing, it began to smoke.

‘It tore some seats, belts, it was already raining, but landing was allowed.’

Some accounts said wheels had broken off the plane, others that they had sunk into the soft ground.

The incident involving the Bravo plane run by UR-CPR company was at Kiev’s Zhulyany/Igor Sikorsky Airport airport.

Some passengers received injuries during the landing and escape at 20.40 local time Thursday.

Others were described as suffering shock in the incident involving an McDonnell Douglas MD-83. 

One passenger Yulia in a dramatic account said: ‘Before landing those who were sitting near the wing did see smoke.

‘The speed was high, the plane was strongly shaking.

‘Everything was moving here and there, I had to push my legs hard against the seat in the front.

‘We were touching the tarmac already knowing that either a wing or a turbine was on fire.

‘We careered off the runway to the field.

‘We were turning round, the wing began to scratch the ground, the wheels came off.

‘Strong smoke came out, very pungent.’

She said: ‘We were the first to jump up from our seat and rushed to stewards.

‘We asked – what happened? Is it ok now?

‘She replied – perfect, run ahead, jump out!

‘We ripped out the doors, those front doors near the cockpit, and began to run out.

‘Everyone crowded near one exit.

‘Not all evacuation exits were open, then the passengers either opened or broke through the exit on the wing and began to run out on the top of the wing, people were with children…’

Another passenger said: ‘People were picking up other people’s children…’

Passenger Yuri Dubenets Yuri said: ‘We stayed alive only thanks to the efforts of the cabin crew.’ 

The airline said the plane was ‘affected by the strong wind flows which approaching the Kiev International Airport.

‘The strong wind which changed it’s direction frequently together with the rain affected the landing of the plane.’

The aircraft ‘rolled out of the runway and into the side of the field.

‘As a result of the incident, none of the passengers were injured.

‘There were 169 passengers and six crew members on board of the plane.

‘All passengers were evacuated in accordance with all emergency procedures and taken to the airport arrival terminal.

‘At the moment, an investigative team has been formed by the National Bureau of Investigation of Aviation Incidents.’

The airline said the pilots were highly experienced with more than 13,000 flying hours including 5,000 on this type of plane.

They ‘successfully landed the plane despite difficult unpredictable weather conditions’.

The airport was closed for three hours after the incident.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5848623/Passengers-disobeyed-flight-crew-escape-Kiev-plane-crash.html

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Plane crashes near Converse Avenue, no injuries reported

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:00

Updated at 6 p.m.: New information added to the story including updating the specific location.

Update at 5:10 p.m.: The roads are now open to traffic. 

CHEYENNE – Converse Avenue between Dell Range and Pershing Boulevard was closed for about an hour Thursday following a single-engine plane crash in the field east of the road.

The private plane landed just before 3 p.m. near the road due to engine difficulties.

Cheyenne Regional Airport Director of Aviation Tim Barth said the man piloting the plane had recently purchased it and was taking it on a short flight from another airport to Cheyenne.

But when the airplane got over the city, the unidentified pilot started noticing difficulties.

“The engine just quit on him,” Barth said.

The pilot then did “the best thing he could,” which is to find a flat, large field for a safe landing, Barth said.

Neither the pilot nor his passenger were hurt. 

As of early Thursday evening, the plane was still sitting near Converse Avenue, but the road had opened up around 4:45 p.m.

Barth said the plan was to transport the plane back to Cheyenne Regional Airport for storage.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the plane is a fixed-wing single-engine aircraft manufactured in 1976.

The FAA will conduct an in-depth investigation.

The C-130 military transport aircraft parked above the scene of the accident was not related. That plane just had a flat tire, Barth said.

https://www.wyomingnews.com/news/local_news/airplane-crash-reported-near-converse-avenue/article_bc31b524-701a-11e8-8313-c3e6bb677928.html

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One injured after helicopter hits control tower at Griffiss International Airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:57

by CNYCentral

ROME, N.Y. — Officials are investigating an accident at the Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County.

Oneida County Office of Emergency Services confirm a helicopter came into contact with a control tower at the airport around 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Officials say six military personnel were on board the helicopter, which was taxiing at the time of the incident.

Oneida County Sheriff Deputies say one passenger on board suffered minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.

Authorities also say the control tower suffered minor damage.

Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente Jr. says the helicopter suffered more damage than the airport structure.

The National Transportation Safety board will investigate the accident.

Officials remained on scene for hours after the accident to make sure the area remained secure.

Griffiss International Airport is open.

http://cnycentral.com/news/local/military-personnel-injured-in-helicopter-accident-at-oneida-county-airport

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Plane Crashes Northeast Of Eureka Springs

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:55

BY MELISSA JONES AND SETH STEPHENSON

CARROLL COUNTY (KFSM) — Carroll County investigators and first responders were called to a report of a plane crash Thursday (June 14) afternoon. 

Errol Severe, president of Aviation Cadet World, said the plane that crashed was an Aeronca L-16 historic military aircraft. The plane was taking off from Silver Wings Field off of County Road 207 northeast of Eureka Springs when it crashed.

The plane came to rest approximately 75 yards east of the airstrip and was intact following impact.  Initial reports indicated smoke coming from the plane, however there was no fire, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause of the crash.

The pilot, Marlyn Atkinson of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, sustained facial injuries and was taken to Eureka Springs Hospital.  No other persons were aboard the craft, Severe said.

Butch Waller, a volunteer at Aviation Cadet World, said he watched the plane take off and then crash.

“He took off to the north, he banked for some reason or another at the end of the runway,” Waller said “He just turned it real sharp to the left like he wanted to land in the parking lot field over there and he didn’t make it. He just went down.”

Waller and others immediately drove to the plane to make sure the pilot was okay.

He said Atkinson seemed dazed and asked if the plane was okay.

Waller explained it was just pure chaos even after the first responders arrived to help.

The pilot had purchased the aircraft from Aviation Cadet World and had planned to transport it back to Kansas, Severe said.

http://5newsonline.com/2018/06/14/plane-crash-reported-northeast-of-eureka-springs/

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Vancouver bound flight makes emergency landing at Calgary airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:53

A WestJet flight was forced to return to Calgary shortly after takeoff on Thursday after a fire indication light came on in the cargo area of the plane.

The Boeing 737 was on its way to Vancouver when crews were alerted to an issue in the cargo hold.

The crew declared an emergency and the plane returned to Calgary where it touched down safely.

Calgary firefighters responded to the airport at about 6:50 a.m. and officials say they discovered smoke in the cargo space.

Passengers were taken off of the plane and were rebooked on a new flight soon after.

WestJet says the plane has been removed from service and is being inspected.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-bound-flight-makes-emergency-landing-at-calgary-airport-1.3973412

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ARFF Staffing Survey

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:51

June 2018

Dear ARFF Working Group Member

The ARFF Working Group (ARFFWG) is assisting Michael Nolan who is a member in good standing and retired Aircraft Firefighter Instructor with the US Navy and seeking information for a project in hopes of increasing staffing in ARFF.

We request you complete the survey in order to provide necessary information to him on staffing for his research paper. The research data that is collected and analyzed will be shared with the ARFFWG.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time, and is completely voluntary. Your response and time is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cut and paste the following into an Email addressed to:

michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Don’t forget to add your answers to the following questions.

On the airport, during air carrier operations;

  1. How many ARFF staff are on duty per shift?
  2. How many ARFF trucks are provided at the airport?
  3. How many ARFF fire trucks are manned for an aircraft emergency?
  4. What positions are manned on each ARFF fire truck responding to an aircraft emergency?
  5. How many designated rescue personnel are assigend per shift who actually mitigate aircraft cabin fires and extricate passengers in the event of an aircraft crash (not to be interpreted as all shift personnel are rescue qualified in an emergency response.)?
  6. How many EMT or Paramedic personnel are on duty per shift?

What is the off-airport mutual aid response time to the airport?

If you have any further questions please Email Mike at  michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Thank you for your time, Michael Nolan Sr – Retired Aircraft Firefighter and Aircraft Firefighting Instructor

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:50

46 Years ago today: On 15 June 1972 a Cathay Pacific Airways Convair CV-880-22M-21 crashed following a bomb explosion killing all 81 on board.

Date: Thursday 15 June 1972 Time: 05:59 UTC Type: Convair CV-880-22M-21 Operator: Cathay Pacific Airways Registration: VR-HFZ C/n / msn: 22-7-1-53 First flight: 1961 Total airframe hrs: 29434 Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 71 Total: Fatalities: 81 / Occupants: 81 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 55 km (34.4 mls) SE of Pleiku (   Vietnam) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand Destination airport: Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong Flightnumber: 700Z

Narrative:
Cathay Pacific Flight CX 700Z took off from Bangkok (BKK) at 04:55 UTC bound for Hong Kong (HKG). The flight proceeded normally along airway Green 67 at a cruise altitude of FL290, maintaining routine radio contact first with Bangkok ACC and from 05:42 with Saigon ACC. At 05:59 a high explosive device detonated within the passenger cabin centre section area. Some passengers’ seats were ejected through a hole in the fuselage. Portions of the fuselage and possibly some seats struck the vertical and horizontal stabilizers, causing severe damage. Simultaneously the floor of the cabin, centre fuselage section, and starboard wing root were disrupted. The CV-880 lost control, entered a high-speed descent and broke up. The aircraft crashed in a jungle area, lightly wooded with small trees.
It appeared that the explosive device was hidden in a suitcase under a passenger seat on the right side near the wing. A police officer whose fiancée and daughter were aboard was charged with the crime.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The aircraft broke up in the air and caught fire following the detonation of a high explosive device within the passenger cabin.”

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IOWA FIREFIGHTER ARRESTED – DUI IN FIRE TRUCK

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 18:39

Authorities have accused a volunteer firefighter of being drunk while driving a fire vehicle in northern Iowa.

Online court records say 42-year-old Jeffrey Feaster of Dakota City is charged with operating under the influence, first offense.

WHO-TV reports that Feaster has resigned.

Feaster was driving a rescue unit early on June 6 while responding to a traffic accident in Humboldt, the Fort Dodge Messenger reported. Court records say he smelled of alcohol that morning and failed two field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol content tested out at more than twice the legal limit for drivers.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.

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Today is Thursday the 14th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:30

Here are the stories for today.

Please take a few moments to read and participate in the ARFF Staffing Survey identified in the first article…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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ARFF Staffing Survey

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:25

June 2018

Dear ARFF Working Group Member

The ARFF Working Group (ARFFWG) is assisting Michael Nolan who is a member in good standing and retired Aircraft Firefighter Instructor with the US Navy and seeking information for a project in hopes of increasing staffing in ARFF.

We request you complete the survey in order to provide necessary information to him on staffing for his research paper. The research data that is collected and analyzed will be shared with the ARFFWG.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time, and is completely voluntary. Your response and time is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cut and paste the following into an Email addressed to:

michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Don’t forget to add your answers to the following questions.

On the airport, during air carrier operations;

  1. How many ARFF staff are on duty per shift?
  2. How many ARFF trucks are provided at the airport?
  3. How many ARFF fire trucks are manned for an aircraft emergency?
  4. What positions are manned on each ARFF fire truck responding to an aircraft emergency?
  5. How many designated rescue personnel are assigend per shift who actually mitigate aircraft cabin fires and extricate passengers in the event of an aircraft crash (not to be interpreted as all shift personnel are rescue qualified in an emergency response.)?
  6. How many EMT or Paramedic personnel are on duty per shift?

What is the off-airport mutual aid response time to the airport?

If you have any further questions please Email Mike at  michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Thank you for your time, Michael Nolan Sr – Retired Aircraft Firefighter and Aircraft Firefighting Instructor

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2 dead, plane ‘disintegrated’ in Burlington County crash

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:24

by Joseph A. Gambardello & Will Feuer – Staff Writers

Two men were killed Wednesday morning when a small passenger plane crashed in a rural part of Springfield Township, Burlington County. 

The plane came down about 9:15 a.m. along Smithville-Jacksonville Road near Oxmead Road, plowing through a field and across a roadway before tearing into a stand of trees, officials and witnesses said.

“The plane is disintegrated,” said Maj. Brian Polite of the New Jersey State Police. The victims’ names were not immediately released because their families were being notified.

Officials reported that the plane took off from South Jersey Regional Airport in Lumberton, about 10 miles southwest of the crash scene, and was en route to Hyannis, Mass.

The two men aboard the plane were pronounced dead at the scene, Polite said.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is sending a team to investigate the crash, said the plane was a twin-engine Beech Baron 58, which can carry six people, including the pilot.

Polite said the NTSB team was expected to arrive Wednesday night and would take over the investigation.

Garret Andrew Rodriguez-Maribona, 27,  of Eastampton, who discovered one of the victims, said he was on his way to a doctor’s appointment when the plane came down.

“It went so fast. It was like smoke just appeared,” he said. “There was so much smoke I couldn’t see the plane crash. In the smoke I saw a dark shadow cross the road.”

He stopped his car and got out.

“I saw a bunch of metal and thought maybe something underground blew up,” Rodriguez-Maribona said. “Other people started pulling up and getting out of their cars. That’s when I saw the shoe, glass, all that metal. I saw the propeller and I knew it was a plane.”

“If I had been speeding it might have hit me,” said Rodriguez-Maribona, who called 911. Rodriguez-Maribona said he and another man looked for victims.

“On the way back we decided to look at the plane and I didn’t see anything,” he said. “The other guy I was with went behind the plane and looked under the tail, and that’s when we found the body.”

He said he stayed at the scene until police told him he was no longer needed.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” he said.

Cellphone video showed debris scattered along a path that ran from a field across the a roadway and into a wooded patch.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/small-plane-crash-new-jersey-burlington-county-20180613.html

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Fatality reported after Alaska midair crash; 1 pilot safe

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:21

By Dan Joling | AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A midair collision Wednesday sent a small airplane plummeting into Alaska’s Susitna River, killing a person on board. 

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed one fatality in the crash north of Anchorage, Alaska. The pilot of the second airplane made a safe emergency landing at an Anchorage airport.

Clint Johnson, chief of the NTSB Alaska regional office, said multiple callers contacted Alaska State Troopers after the collision shortly after noon.

“He indicated that as he was headed back to Anchorage, he saw an airplane that was basically nose-to-nose with him,” Johnson said. “He was able to pull up, but subsequently his landing gear struck the airplane.”

The impact severed the nose cone of the second airplane.

The surviving pilot, flying a Cessna 175, landed on a dirt landing strip at Lake Hood Seaplane Base, part of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the city’s main airport, shortly before 1 p.m.

The pilot had departed from a remote fishing site and was flying over the Susitna River in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The second pilot was not injured, Erich Scheunemann said, an assistant chief for the Anchorage Fire Department, which responded to the emergency landing.

The first airplane fell immediately. Johnson said the second pilot circled and used his radio to contact another pilot and summon assistance before flying on to Anchorage.

Emergency responders spotted wreckage of the first airplane partially submerged in the Susitna River where it flows into the saltwater of Knik Arm. Some debris landed on shore.

The wrecked plane was another “high-wing” Cessna, possibly in the 206 or 207 series, Johnson said.

The NTSB by mid-afternoon had not confirmed whether the pilot was the only person on board or details of the pilot’s departure and destination. The name of the person confirmed dead was not immediately released because next of kin had not been notified.

Johnson said Brice Banning, an NTSB senior aircraft accident investigator, was traveling from Fairbanks to the crash site to determine how to salvage the wreckage and investigate the crash.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fatality-reported-after-alaska-midair-crash-1-pilot-safe/2018/06/13/0599e632-6f67-11e8-b4d8-eaf78d4c544c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.622910a10581

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