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Pilot walks away from plane crash near Fort Dodge airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:19

Aircraft lands nose down in farm field


Allen Bass, of Fort Dodge, was standing at the end of his driveway visiting with a neighbor Tuesday afternoon when he spotted a small blue plane in the skies to the east.

It was flying as low as the treetops, he said.

“This plane was coming in real low,” Bass recalled as he stood at his home located at 1569 National Ave. “I heard the propeller. I heard him cranking on it.”

He added, “He brought it down real slow. It was just gliding — it was slow motion.”

The plane landed in a bean field near 160th Street and National Avenue, with the nose down and the tail sticking up.

The field is just north of the Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

“It didn’t nose dive or nothing,” Bass said. “If he could have made it to the runway, I don’t think he would have crashed it at all.”

The incident was called in by Bass at 3:18 p.m.

It was the first time he had seen anything like it after having lived near the Fort Dodge Regional Airport for many years.

“I’ve had parachuters land in my yard, but never a plane that close,” he said. “It was something you’d see in the movies.”

The pilot, Ralph Sonnicksen, 76, of Fort Dodge, reportedly crawled out of a window on the plane shortly after the crash.

He was seen up and walking around. He had a smile on his face a short time later as he sat in the passenger seat of a Fort Dodge police car.

According to Geof Miller, Webster County sheriff’s deputy, Sonnicksen suffered minor cuts and bruises, but was otherwise OK.

The pilot had taken off in the plane from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport, Miller reported.

Sonnicksen reported to officials that he made it to about 800 feet elevation when he began to have engine trouble.

He flew northeast, but the engine died, Miller said.

Sonnicksen noticed another aircraft in the area and decided to land in the bean field, he told officials.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department reported that Sonnicksen “even tried to land with the crop rows to reduce the damage to field and aircraft.”

According to online Federal Aviation Administration records, Sonnicksen manufactured the fixed wing single-engine plane.

Bass seemed to think the pilot did quite well given his situation.

“They say landings are just controlled crashes,” Bass said. “I’ll call it a controlled crash.”

Along with Webster County sheriff’s deputies, the Fort Dodge Police Department, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Badger Volunteer Fire Department, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center paramedics, Webster County emergency management, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, and the Fort Dodge Regional Airport maintenance department, responded.

The Federal Aviation Administration is anticipated to arrive today to conduct an investigation, Scott Forbes, Webster County emergency management coordinator, reported.

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Protesters in PNG’s Mendi torch plane, shut airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:18

Protesters in the Papua New Guinea southern Highlands town of Mendi have torched a plane and closed the airport. 

Earlier the local police station commander Gideon Kauke had said police were guarding the aircraft to ensure there was no further damage after its tyres had been flattened.

But he said his team of about ten police couldn’t contain a mob of uncountable numbers, particularly after missiles were thrown, forcing them to retreat; “we were guarding the plane but compared to them we were outnumbered and they came in all directions, all corners. Missiles were thrown, bush knives were thrown.”

Mr Kauke said some of the protestors, who continue to behave menacingly in Mendi as their numbers build up, were carrying guns.

He said the protest was in response to a court ruling in Waigani confirming the election of the Southern Highlands governor William Powi.

Governor Powi’s success in last year’s election had been challenged by Joseph Kobol and Bernard Peter Kaku.

He said the protestors alleged there was foul play in the court decision.

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Step in the right direction: Decontamination of PPE must include boots

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:11

Your firefighter boots require inspection and cleaning, just as thorough as the rest of your turnout gear

Product News with Robert Avsec

Shoes can be gross. We wear them everywhere. They collect everything – dirt, bacteria, germs, chemicals and mold spores, just to name a few – as we wear them throughout the day. And, then, most of us walk straight into our homes without removing them, only to transfer all that contamination to our carpets and rugs.


Imagine what your firefighting and station boots track into the station: road debris, petroleum residue, contaminated mud and dirt, blood and body fluids. While many fire stations have non-carpeted surfaces for easy cleaning, most dormitory areas are still carpeted. So, what’s in your carpet?

Hopefully, your fire department prohibits bunker pants and boots in the living quarters of your station. But, do you still walk into the kitchen at 2:00 a.m. after returning from a call wearing your bunker pants and boots? Be honest.

We’re paying more attention to conducting gross decontamination of our firefighting protective ensemble components before leaving the fire scene, and that’s a good thing. But what about your firefighting boots? Are they getting a good scrubbing, and not just a rinse from the water flowing down from above?


NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting doesn’t provide specific guidelines for cleaning firefighter boots to the degree that the standard addresses cleaning for turnout coats and pants.

According to Pat Freeman, technical services manager at Globe Manufacturing, for normal cleaning, such as surface debris from a structural fire, Globe advises their customers to use a soft sponge or rag with warm water to remove surface dirt, and then rinse thoroughly with clear water.

“Although we normally advise against using soap or detergents for everyday cleaning, if a boot requires specialized cleaning, we would recommend a very mild dishwashing detergent solution be used sparingly, and then the footwear rinsed off as soon as possible,” Freeman said. “It is permissible to use a soft bristle brush to scrub any dirt or debris off the surface. We do not recommend submerging the boots completely into water.”

Freeman also said that following cleaning, boots should be allowed to air dry. Firefighters should avoid using high heat drying apparatus, such as mechanical driers used for turnout coats and pants, as these can also reduce boots’ service life, especially for leather boots.

“Regular inspection, care and cleaning of all protective ensemble elements is critical to firefighter health and safety,” Freeman said. Firefighters work and walk around in structural fireground environments and come in contact with liquids such as acids, gasoline and hydraulic fluids, to name just a few. “Departments must include boot cleaning at as high a priority as all other structural firefighting protective ensemble elements.”

About the author

Batt. Chief Robert Avsec (Ret.) served with the Chesterfield (Va.) Fire & EMS Department for 26 years. He was an instructor for fire, EMS, and hazardous materials courses at the local, state and federal levels, which included more than 10 years with the National Fire Academy. Chief Avsec earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s degree in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a 2001 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s EFO Program. Contact Robert at[cub_id]

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:10

46 Years ago today: On 14 June 1972 a Japan Air Lines McDonnell Douglas DC-8-53 crashed near Jaitpur, India, killing 82 out of 87 persons on board.

Date: Wednesday 14 June 1972 Time: 20:18 Type: Douglas DC-8-53 Operator: Japan Air Lines – JAL Registration: JA8012 C/n / msn: 45680/213 First flight: 1964 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D- Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 76 Total: Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 87 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 4 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 20 km E of Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) (   India) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand Destination airport: Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India Flightnumber: JL471

The DC-8 took off from Bangkok at 11:21 UTC on a flight to Delhi, India. Clearance for a straight-in ILS approach to Delhi runway 28 was given at 14:43 UTC. Shortly after reporting 23DME, the aircraft struck the banks of River Yamuna.
The first officer was Pilot Flying during the approach to Delhi.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Japanese investigators claimed a false glide path signal to be responsible for the descent into terrain. Indian investigators say the accident was caused by a total disregard of laid down procedures by the crew and abandoning all instrument indications without properly ensuring sighting of the runway.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:09

fire broke out at the 33-storey Beau Monde towers in Prabhadevi on Wednesday afternoon. While the fire brigade evacuated all residents, two firemen complained of breathlessness and were taken to a hospital.

The blaze erupted at 2 p.m in Harish Abhiyani’s penthouse spread over the 32nd and 33rd floors in A wing. Mr. Abhiyani is a non-resident Indian, and the flat was undergoing repairs at the time of fire, but no labourers were trapped.

Actor Deepika Padukone lives on the 26th floor of the building, apart from businessmen and developers.

The fire brigade reached at 2.15 p.m. for what was initially a level II (minor) fire, reportedly caused due to a short circuit. Six fire engines were sent to the spot.

At 2.46 p.m., the fire was categorised as level III (medium). Twelve fire engines and eight water tankers were despatched with Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale turning up. The cause of fire is under investigation.

Nearly 95 people had been moved to safety by 2.45 p.m. “I was at the gate when I heard commotion. Residents were running downstairs. Someone said there had been a short circuit on the 32nd floor,” Arif Khan, one of the security guards at Beau Monde, said.

Following anxious queries from well-wishers, Ms. Padukone tweeted about her safety around 5 p.m. “I am safe. Thank you everyone . Let us pray for our fire fighters who are at the site risking their lives.”

The fire brigade entered the building from two sides. Since the building’s power supply was cut off, firefighters trudged 30 floors up and down multiple times.

The blaze was initially restricted to the penthouse, but around 4 p.m., it spread to a flat on the 31st floor. The occupants of the flat were in the building, but were rescued. The penthouse and the flat have suffered heavy damage.

The building’s firefighting equipment was functional at the time. Its dry risers were used to carry eight hoses up to the site, which saved firemen crucial time.

“As the building’s internal fire installation was working, we could operate six-eight jets on the upper floors using breathing sets. The internal system helped tremendously to contain the spread,” a statement issued by Mr. Rahangdale said.

The firefighters also faced intense heat and smoke on the upper floors, possibly due to its glass facade. Firemen had to break open windows to allow ventilation. The turntable ladder could not be used as residents were evacuated early on.

At least twice when it appeared that the fire had been doused, it flared up again. Some residents even suggested the use of a fire ball but it was not required.

Two firemen Harishchandra Raorane (54) and Shivaji Achrekar (53) suffered breathlessness. They were sent to KEM Hospital and are reportedly stable.

Local Shiv Sena corporator Kishori Pednekar said the incident raised questions on the safety of buildings with glass facade. “There are many such buildings in the area. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation should inspect if they have the necessary permissions. If they don’t, the glass facade needs to be removed immediately,” Ms. Pednekar said.

Another Sena corporator Samadhan Sarvankar also raised questions on the building’s fire audit.

Around 6.30 p.m., the fire brigade announced the fire is under control. Cooling operations were under way at the time of going to press.

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Iowa Firefighter arrested for driving apparatus drunk to crash scene

Statter 911 - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:50

Long-time Humboldt volunteer resigns after arrest

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:52

A St. Louis firefighter was injured while battling a late night blaze in North City.

The firefighter suffered a minor injury to the hand while at a two-alarm fire in the area Lillian and Kingshighway around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Everyone inside of the building was able to get out safely.

No other details have been released.

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Today is Wednesday the 13th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:56

Here are the mid-week stories…

Be safe out there!


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Plane skids off runway in Key West

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:55

By Doug Phillips – South Florida Sun Sentinel

A landing gear mishap sent a small plane skidding off the runway at Key West International Airport Tuesday morning, officials said.

While coming in for a landing shortly before 7:30 a.m., the small, twin-engine plane ended up sliding off the north side of the runway, according to Monroe County officials.

The two people aboard the Beechcraft Travel Air were not hurt during the incident.

However at least one takeoff — a Delta Airlines flight — was delayed as the runway was closed for a short time so the plane could be moved.

The runway reopened shortly before 8:30 a.m.

There was no immediate word on what caused the plane’s landing gear to malfunction.

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Twin Otter Stuck in Ditch at Airport in Equador

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:53
Date: 12-JUN-2018 Time: Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 Owner/operator: Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana Registration: FAE 452 C/n / msn: 560 Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: Other fatalities: 0 Aircraft damage: Unknown Location: Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE/SEGU) –    Ecuador Phase: Taxi Nature: Departure airport: Destination airport:

A DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 operated by the Ecuador Air Force ran off the taxiway and became stuck in a ditch.

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Small plane goes off runway, flips over at Deer Valley Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:50

By News Staff


A small plane has gone off the runway and flipped at Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a small “tail dragger” airplane that went off the runway and flipped over in the dirt.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, only the pilot was on board and he was not hurt.

He was able to get out of the aircraft on his own.

The north runway has been shut down.

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Westover to hold training exercise simulating plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:49

By Jeanette DeForge

CHICOPEE – A training exercise is scheduled to be held at Westover Air Reserve Base and the adjacent Westover Metropolitan Airport Wednesday afternoon.

The drill will simulate an aircraft accident. Multiple members of Westover’s 439th Airlift Wing will join with the Massachusetts State Police, Chicopee Fire and Police departments and others for the training exercise, said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, acting chief of public affairs.

“These exercises provide crucial crisis response training for our many first responders,” said Col. Howard Clark III, acting 439th Airlift Wing commander. “Our exercise organizers aim to ensure an efficient and effective response in the event of an accident. Another goal of the exercise is to reinforce emergency response training before our Great New England Air and Space Show in July.”

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:47

22 Years ago today: On 13 June 1996 a Garuda Indonesia Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 crashed after aborting takeoff at Fukuoka, killing 3 out of 275 occupants.

Date: Thursday 13 June 1996 Time: 12:08 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Operator: Garuda Indonesia Airways Registration: PK-GIE C/n / msn: 46685/284 First flight: 1979 Total airframe hrs: 46325 Engines:General Electric CF6-50C Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15 Passengers: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 260 Total: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 275 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Fukuoka Airport (FUK) (   Japan) Phase: Takeoff (TOF) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF), Japan Destination airport: Denpasar-Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport (DPS/WADD), Indonesia Flightnumber: GA865

Flight GA865 was a regular flight from Fukuoka Airport (FUK) to Jakarta with an en-route stop in Denpasar (DPS), Bali. At 11:55 the DC-10 was pushed back from gate 5. The crew reported “Ready for taxi.” In reply, Fukuoka Ground instructed the aircraft: “Taxi via E2, contact Tower.” The crew taxied to runway 16 and were instructed by the Tower controller to hold short. After waiting for another plane to land, Flight 865 was cleared to taxi into position and hold. At 12:06:53 takeoff clearance was given. The DC-10 accelerated for takeoff. The nose was raised and at a speed of 158 kts the first officer called “Rotate”. It was 12:07:40. Three seconds later, at a radio altitude of 9 feet, a fan blade of the 1st stage HP turbine from the no. 3 engine separated. The N1 dropped to 23,7% within a few seconds. At 12:07:45 the flight engineer called “”Engine failure number one.” Takeoff was aborted at about the V2 speed and the airplane contacted the runway one second later at a vertical acceleration force of 2.1 Gs.
The thrust reversers were deployed and ground spoilers were extended. The DC-10 skidded off the runway through a ditch, fence and a road, before coming to a halt 620 m past the runway threshold.
Investigation revealed that the turbine blade that failed, had operated for 30913 and 6182 cycles. General Electric had advised customers to discard blades after about 6000 cycles.

Probable Cause:

The causes of the accident were as follows: “Although the CAS was well in excess of V1 and the aircraft had already lifted off from the runway, the takeoff was aborted. Consequently the aircraft departed the end of the runway, came to rest and caught fire. It is estimated that contributing to the rejection of the takeoff under this circumstance was the fact that the CAP’s judgement in the event of the engine failure was inadequate.”

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Today is Tuesday the 12th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:55

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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Pilot and passenger survive close-call crash by deploying a parachute attached to TOP of plane

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:53
  • £500,000 Cirrus SR22 floated down from around 200ft billowing black smoke
  • Crashed into field near village of Benington in Hertfordshire
  • Plane was fitted with ‘drogue chute’ which are rare on light aircraft
  • Cirrus is one of few manufacturers to fit the chutes, credited with saving more than 100 lives 


A pilot had an incredible escape yesterday when he deployed a parachute… from the top of his light aircraft. 

Instead of crashing into a field, the plane floated down from around 200ft and the pilot and his passenger escaped almost unhurt.

And the aircraft, a Cirrus SR22, was only slightly damaged.

Witnesses spotted it billowing black smoke as it flew low over open fields near the village of Benington in Hertfordshire.

‘I was sure it was going to crash but then suddenly the parachute appeared,’ said David Stuckley who was taking photographs of a nearby fire when he spotted the stricken plane.

‘It was an amazing sight. I was fearing for whoever was in it but I heard later they suffered only minor injuries.

‘I had been concentrating on a nearby fire but this was far more dramatic.

‘There was this terrific whooshing noise and I looked up and saw the plane with a plume of black smoke streaming out. Then the parachute appeared, the plane slowed dramatically and crash-landed in a paddock.

‘We raced across – we had to run about a mile – and by the time we got there a fire engine and a couple of police cars were at the scene and a helicopter had landed nearby.’ 

The plane, costing close to £500,000, was fitted with a ‘drogue chute’ which are rare on light aircraft. Cirrus are one of the few manufacturers to fit them, and it is credited with saving more than 100 lives.

The plane is registered to Steven Breslaw who lives in Finchley, North London, but it is unclear whether he was in the aircraft at the time.

New models of the Cirrus SR22, which are built in Minnesota, have a base price of more than $600,000, around £440,000, while top-of-the-range models with all the added extras can cost up to $1 million (£745,000) each.

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Three injured when plane makes hard landing at Arcadia airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:51

Three were hospitalized after a plane ran off a runway, ending up in a ditch at Arcadia Municipal Airport Monday.

Jessica Geller was on her way to pick up her 13-year-old daughter at the airport when she noticed a convoy of first responders blow past her.

“Five seconds later I got the call from my daughter that there had been an accident. The first thing she said is ‘mom, I’m okay. Please don’t worry,’” Geller said.

Geller says when she got there, all she could see was blood.

“Her uncle, his face was pouring blood and her aunt was laying on the wing of the plane and there was just so much blood that I couldn’t tell whose was who,” she said.

Geller says her daughter was sitting in the back seat while the teen’s aunt and uncle were up front. The girl’s uncle was a registered pilot.

“He’s been a pilot for 20 plus years and never had a mishap or nothing ever close to an accident. She goes with them every other month,” Geller said.

But during the landing, the FAA says he lost control of the plane and crashed into a ditch.

“To me it looks like the brakes locked up and the engine wouldn’t cut off and so they turned onto the grass, and going at the speed they went nose down into a ditch,” Geller said.

But she’s also extremely grateful they all survived.

“I was hysterical. It was very traumatic coming up to that and not knowing what to expect,” she said.

Officials say they are still investigating what exactly happened with the landing. All three on board the plane are in the hospital, and all are expected to survive.

The FAA released the following statement:

“A BEECH A36 aircraft lost control while landing on runway 24 at Arcadia Municipal Airport in Florida and ran off into a ditch around 4:05 pm today. Three people were on board. Local authorities will release names and conditions. The FAA will investigate.”

Three injured when plane makes hard landing at Arcadia airport

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