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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:19

22 Years ago today: On 15 September 1995 a Malaysian Airlines Fokker 50 crashed on landing at Tawau, killing 34 out of 53 occupants; the first Fokker 50 write-off.

Date: Friday 15 September 1995 Time: 12:22 Type: Fokker 50 Operator: Malaysia Airlines Registration: 9M-MGH C/n / msn: 20174 First flight: 1990 Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 49 Total: Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 53 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Tawau Airport (TWU) (   Malaysia) Phase: Landing (LDG) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI/WBKK), Malaysia Destination airport: Tawau Airport (TWU/WBKW), Malaysia Flightnumber: MH2133

Flight MH2133 (Kota Kinabalu – Tawau) approached runway 17 but touched down 500 m before the end of the 2200 m long runway. While attempting to carry out a go-around, the aircraft crashed into a shantytown. On March 20, 1995 a Cessna Caravan had also crashed into houses following a failed takeoff.

Probable Cause:

According to the investigation report, the accident was probably caused by the pilot’s poor in-flight decision-making and failure to follow standard operating procedures. The report also pointed out the failure of the co-pilot to alert the captain of unsafe manoeuvres or take over control of the aircraft. Another contributing factor was the failure of the air traffic controller to provide positive air traffic services in controlled airspace.

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House Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:37

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(September 13, 2017) – On Tuesday, September 12th, the House approved by voice vote H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9), creates a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources they need to improve research collection activities related to the monitoring of cancer incidence among firefighters.

Studies have indicated a strong link between firefighting and an increased risk of several major cancers, including colon, lung, melanoma, mesothelioma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate, rectal, testicular, stomach, multiple myeloma and brain cancer. The heightened risk of cancer among firefighters has been attributed to their frequent exposure to a range of harmful toxins.

Unfortunately, studies examining cancer risks among firefighters have been limited by the availability of important data and relatively small sample sizes that have an underrepresentation of women, minorities, and volunteer firefighters. As a result, public health researchers have been unable to fully examine and understand the broader epidemiological cancer trends among firefighters. A specialized national cancer registry would expand access to vital epidemiological data and improve research outcomes.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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Actual plane crash happens right before Nantucket airport disaster drill

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:58

by: Dalton Main

NANTUCKET, Mass. – As Nantucket Airport geared up for a disaster drill Wednesday morning, an actual plane crash happened.

According to the airport, a Cessna aircraft came down hard while attempting to take off during from the airport shortly before 7:30 a.m. Only the pilot was on board at the time.

The FAA has launched an investigation.

But a quick glance at the airport’s twitter account revealed extensive warnings that the airport would be closed for a large scale disaster drill.

Mere minutes after a drill tweet Wednesday morning, the airport followed up with “A real word Alert 3 in progress … repeat this is not the drill.”

The Nantucket Enquirer reported a plane’s landing gear failed, leaving debris on the runway.

According to FAA guidelines, an ‘Alert 3’ indicates a plane has crashed at or near the airport and can indicate a landing gear failure; though it does not specify the level of damage or injuries.

The airport remained closed during the incident.

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Two survive plane crash in Elbert County

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:55

ELBERT COUNTY – Two men were taken to a hospital after being ejected from a crashing plane in Elbert County.

According to a Facebook post from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, a small single-engine plane was attempting to land at Ben Kelly airstrip in southwestern Elbert County Wednesday afternoon when it caught a gust of wind, bounced off the runway, and went across County Road 5.

The plane flipped, ejecting both of the men inside. They were conscious and alert, but with significant injuries. A sheriff’s office spokesperson says they are expected to survive.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate.

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One injured when plane strikes tug at Charlotte-International Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:53


One person was injured when a plane at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport struck a tug while taxiing to the gate Wednesday. 

The incident happened around 4 p.m. near the north side of the E terminal at the airport. Officials said the driver of the tug was taken to the hospital.

The tug driver’s name and condition have not been released.

The accident involved American Eagle flight 5233, which arrived in Charlotte from Charleston, West Virginia.

Airport officials said travelers could expect residual delays for regional flights departing and arriving in Charlotte. The FAA lifted that ground stop at 5:26 p.m. and said that regional flights were resuming.

No further information has been released.

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Boone County fire officials respond to an emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:51


The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a plane that made an emergency landing near Centralia at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said the pilot contacted air traffic controllers in Springfield as his plane landed safely in a corn field in Hallsville near Route Z, one mile east of Rohr Road.

The pilot walked away from the Cessna 210 Plane and told emergency crews he was not hurt.

The aircraft departed from Columbia Regional Airport, according to Manager Mike Parks. The pilot was on his way to Ainsworth, Iowa when he lost control of the plane.

Firefighters said the plane is stable tonight with no leaking fuels or oils.

Members of the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the emergency landing.

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Crash that killed country star Troy Gentry caused by engine problems

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:50

By Amanda Hoover

MEDFORD — The helicopter that crashed, killing country music star Troy Gentry and its pilot, had a mechanical issue that caused the blades to slow significantly shortly after takeoff, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot opted to turn off the engine and attempt autorotation, a familiar maneuver, to land the helicopter, but the vehicle fell from the sky around 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 and crashed into a field off the runway, according to the report.

The crash took place at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford,where Gentry was to perform later that day. Gentry, 50, died at Virtua Hospital shortly after the crash. The pilot, 30-year-old James Evan Robinson, died at the scene.

According to the NTSB preliminary report, Robinson reported mechanical problems shortly after takeoff. A flight instructor with Helicopter Flight Services, which operates the helicopter and runs a flight school at the airport, and another certificated helicopter flight instructor monitored the situation from the ground, and began discussing options with Robinson, according to the NTSB.

Those included a “run-on landing” or a “power-off autorotation descent,” which Robinson had performed in the past.

Robinson elected to try the second option over the runway, and began the autorotation at around 950 feet in the air.

The helicopter swerved out of view before reaching the runway, and others at the scene heard a high-pitched “whine” coming from it, but no sounds of the blades turning. They also heard the craft crash into a field nearby, according to the report.

The helicopter initially touched down about 10 feet away from where the wreckage was found, and nearly 220 feet away from the runway, the NTSB said.

The helicopter, a Schweizer 269, was built in 2000 and had flown nearly 8,000 hours, the NTSB’s report said. It had passed a 100-hour inspection as recently as Aug. 17, and was flown safely by Robinson, who had both commercial and instructor pilot certificates, for more than an hour earlier that day, according to the report.

Gentry and Robinson took the flight on the sunny afternoon as a “spur of the moment” ride. No flight plan was filed for the flight, according to the report.

Gentry was a beloved musician who performed as one half of Montgomery Gentry for more than 15 years. The band became famous for hits such as “My Town” and “Where I Come From.”

memorial service for Gentry will be held Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The information in the NTSB report comes from a preliminary investigation, and is subject to change. Final reports can take months or up to a year for the organization to complete.

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FAA Proposes Fines for Hazmat Violations

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:47

Sep 14, 2017 09:19 AM
FAA has proposed fines against three companies for allegedly violating federal aviation regulations.

The agency said it would levy a $50,000 fine against DebMed USA LLC, of Charlotte, North Carolina, for allegedly violating the hazardous materials regulations.

The agency said that on June 22, 2016, DebMed offered 142 lithium metal batteries to American Airlines for transportation from Dallas Fort Worth International to San Francisco, in the checked baggage of a DebMed employee. Lithium metal batteries are prohibited as air cargo on passenger aircraft and are also prohibited in checked baggage.

Separately, FAA proposed a $54,000 civil penalty against Interscience of Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France, for allegedly violating the hazmat rules.

The agency said that on Dec. 21, 2016, Interscience offered six plastic bottles of flammable liquid disinfectant spray to American Airlines for shipment by air from Blagnac, France, to Nuevo Leon, Mexico. FAA said the package was not accompanied by a shipper’s declaration of dangerous goods and was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled or in the proper condition for shipment. The agency also said Interscience failed to ensure that each of its employees received required hazardous materials training, and failed to provide emergency response information with the shipment.

Finally, FAA said it would fine Burgess Aircraft Management LLC of Springfield, Missouri, $231,350 for allegedly conducting more than 200 revenue flights with pilots who had not received complete instrument proficiency checks.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:46

9 Years ago today: On 14 September 2008 an Aeroflot-Nord Boeing 737-500 suffered a loss of control accident during the approach to Perm Airport, Russia, killing all 88 occupants.

Date: Sunday 14 September 2008 Time: 03:15 Type: Boeing 737-505 Operator: Aeroflot-Nord Registration: VP-BKO C/n / msn: 25792/2353 First flight: 1992-08-22 (16 years ) Total airframe hrs: 44533 Cycles: 35104 Engines:CFMI CFM56-3C1 Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 82 Total: Fatalities: 88 / Occupants: 88 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 11,5 km (7.2 mls) NE of Perm Airport (PEE) (   Russia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia Destination airport: Perm Airport (PEE/USPP), Russia Flightnumber: 821

Flight SU821 took off from Moscow (SVO) on a domestic flight to Perm. Contact with the flight was lost while the airplane was at 3600 feet in “difficult weather conditions”, according to Aeroflot officials.
The plane came down on the outskirts of the city, hitting the ground just a few hundred yards from small wooden houses and apartment buildings.
Investigation revealed that the pilot lost spatial orientation during the night-time approach through clouds. This led to a banking of the plane onto its left wing, and its entering into an intensive descent and collision with the ground. The pilot was not familiar with the attitude indicator (ADI) used on Western jets, compared to those of Russian jets. Also, an unspecified amount of alcohol was detected in the pilot’s body, and he was overworked.

Probable Cause:

The probable cause of the aircraft accident was the loss of spatial orientation of the crew, primarily the captain’s failure to actively pilot the plane at the final stage of flight, which led to a left-hand bank, entering a steep descent and collision with the ground. The loss of spatial orientation occurred during a night flight, in clouds, with the autopilot disconnected, and automatic thrust control. A factor contributing to the loss of spatial orientation and the inability of its recovery, was the lack of training of the crew in techniques of piloting an aircraft, crew resource management (CRM) and insufficient skills coping with complex aircraft attitudes of aircraft with Attitude Direction Indicators installed on foreign and domestic modern aircraft. This indication differs from the display used on the types of aircraft which the crew previously operated (Tu-134, Antonov 2).

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Ohio firefighter posts he’d save dog from burning house before a black man

Statter 911 - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 07:55

Volunteer firefighter suspended pending disciplinary hearing

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Early video from Riverside, California house fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:27

Raw video from fire in a multi-family home

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Utah plane crashes into car, bursts into flames, no major injuries

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:51

Roy, Utah —

(KUTV) A single-engine plane crashed, hit a car and burst into flames on a street in Roy, Utah, Tuesday afternoon. 

Police said a pilot was helped out of the plane and was walking around. A woman in the car that was struck was also given assistance from people in the area. Police said there were no significant injuries. Police confirmed the plane went down shortly after taking off.

The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. on 1900 West near the intersection of 4600 South.

“Wow, I’m still in shock,” said Cami Hess who lives in the neighborhood where the plane went down near the Ogden-Hinkley Airport. “You just hear this boom, and we just took off running, we wanted to help.”

She saw black smoke and saw the plane engulfed in flames.

“I’m angry, I live right by here, this is the second crash in two months, this is unacceptable.”

A 2News crew was blocks away when the crash happened. The news camera caught the plane as it flew low through the frame. Seconds later they heard an explosion when it hit the car and then the ground. The plane was engulfed in flames when they arrived, after running down the street.

“I watched the plane go right over the top of me and land right on that car,” said witness Jay Barnes. “If the car wasn’t there, he would have been able to land.”

Barnes said one wheel hit the car, spinning botht he plane and the car around. When the plane hit the ground it burst into flames.

“I helped the lady get out of the car, and the guy in the plane jumped out and ran right over to the sidewalk,” Barnes said.

The pilot, according to Sgt. Matthew Gwynn of Roy police. was a 63-year-old man and was taken to a hospital “out of precaution.”

“It’s a violentscene, but everyone is OK,” he said. “Usually in something like this you would expect someone to be hurt, we’re thankful that’s not the case today.”

The driver was a 43-year-old woman, her friend Rachael Price spoke to 2News.

“I could tell she was shooken up, so I asked her what was going on and she said ‘I just got hit by a plane,’” Price said. “She said, ‘I’m ok, I’m alive, I’m alive.’ I couldn’t believe she survived it.”

The driver’s name has not been released and it is not clear if she was taken for precautionary care.

Roads were closed in the area while emergency crews responded to the crash.

2News has a crew on scene and is working to gather more information. Stay tuned to 2News and for the latest on this story.

Larry D. Curtis contributed to this report.

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Appleton man killed in Ultralight crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:42

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A 68-year-old Appleton man was killed when an Ultralight aircraft crashed in Winnebago County Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The man’s name has not been released.

The crash happened off County Road G, near Rhyner Road, in Vinland. Vinland is southwest of Neenah.

“At 8:36 this morning the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office received a call in our 911 center about a plane that had crashed here,” said Patrol Capt. Lara Vendola Messer.

First responders found the Ultralight flipped in a soybean field.

The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person in the aircraft.

The owner of the soybean field heard the crash and called 911. 

“Heard a loud crash so I went outside to see what happened and unfortunately saw an airplane upside down in our soybean field,” said Karen Brazee.

Brazee called 911. She checked to see if the pilot was still alive.

“And ran down the ditch and also saw a gentleman from N&M Transfer assisting the person that had crashed,” Brazee said.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the crash.

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No injuries in crash of small airplane

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:39

South Bend Tribune Report

SOUTH BEND — A single-engine airplane crash-landed in a field near South Bend International Airport around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to South Bend Police Department reports, a couple was flying the plane from Kansas to Minnesota and were coming to South Bend for fuel when the aircraft experienced an emergency and came in low over Lincoln Way West.

The plane struck a vehicle on Lincoln Way before landing on the road and skidding to a stop in the grass. There were no injuries.

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Small plane goes off runway near Kinsley

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:38


KINSLEY, Kan. (KSNW) – Officials said a small plane went off the runway and overturned Tuesday morning near Kinsley.

According to the man’s granddaughter, who contacted KSN, there was a hole in the runway that caused the tire of the plane to break off, that in turn, caused the plane to flip. The man inside wasn’t injured.

KSN is still awaiting to hear more from authorities.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:37

47 Years ago today: On 13 September 1970 a Swissair DC-8 and a TWA Boeing 707 were blown up at the desert airfield Zerqa, Jordan after being hijacked.

Date: Sunday 13 September 1970 Type: Boeing 707-331B Operator: Trans World Airlines – TWA Registration: N8715T C/n / msn: 18917/460 First flight: 1965 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Zerqa RAF Station (Dawson’s Field) (   Jordan) Phase: Standing (STD) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany Destination airport: New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America Flightnumber: TW741

The Boeing 707 carrying 141 passengers and 10 crewmembers was hijacked after leaving Frankfurt September 6. The plane was then flown to Zerqa, a military airfield 20 miles N of Amman. Hijackers from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released the hostages and blew up the plane September 13.

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