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Worn tires & fishing trip investigated after San Francisco crew passed on wildfire response

Statter 911 - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:11

Questions surrounding a San Francisco engine declining to post on wildfire

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Plane crash Saturday near Hatch claims four lives; wreckage found Sunday

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:49

HATCH – Federal authorities on Monday visited the scene of a plane crash that killed four people just outside of Hatch over the weekend.

The incident is the second fatal plane crash in Doña Ana County in a month’s span. 

The plane crashed Saturday, but it wasn’t found until Sunday after a search had been initiated because the group had gone missing, according to village of Hatch officials.

New Mexico State Police identified the crash victims four Texas residents who’d been traveling to Hatch to celebrate a birthday of a member of their group: Anthony Deramus, 57, of El Paso; Christopher Howell, 33, of El Paso; Kanequa Chancellor, 41, of El Paso; and Malcolm Watkins, 25, of Waxahachie, Texas. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The fixed-wing, single engine Cessna aircraft crashed in the desert near the Hatch Municipal Airport. The crash site is north of N.M. Hwy. 26, about three miles west of downtown Hatch.

Village of Hatch Clerk Pat Banegas said authorities discovered the downed plane Sunday.

“State police were searching with their helicopter and their vehicles, and the helicopter located them (the victims),” he said.

Under investigation

State police said the cause of the crash is under investigation by federal aviation authorities. Banegas said he wasn’t aware of any other fatal crashes that had happened near the Hatch airport in recent history.

Banegas said the community of Hatch is extending its sympathies to relatives of the people who died.

“We certainly feel for the family,” he said.

The Hatch airport features a paved runway, rebuilt in the year 2000, that totals 4,110 feet in length, according to the village’s website. The airport is adjacent to the Hatch fairgrounds, the site of the renowned yearly chile festival that draws thousands of visitors to the small community each Labor Day weekend.

Monday, the crumpled plane was seen a few thousand feet from one end of the Hatch airport runway.

Officials didn’t immediately have information about the number of take-offs and landings that happen at the airport. Banegas said traffic is fairly light on the weekends.

“We’ll have two to three planes a day on Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

The bodies of the victims were removed from the plane Monday morning.

Federal authorities arrive

Federal authorities, assisted by village of Hatch officials, were seen arriving at the crash site Monday afternoon. A state police officer was stationed near the site to keep it secure.

Alma Arguelles, a waitress at Valley Café in Hatch, said she was in disbelief that four people had died in the incident.

“That’s crazy — you never think that would happen here,” she said. “That’s so sad.”

Arguelles said she once worked at at different restaurant in the village and served some patrons there who’d regularly fly in to Hatch from El Paso to eat chile-infused food.

“We have a lot of travelers that come through here,” she said.

The victims were part of the same El Paso congregation. And one of the victims, Kanequa Chancellor — a former member of the University of Texas at El Paso women’s basketball team in the 1990s — had said she was traveling to Hatch to celebrate her 41st birthday.

Hatch resident Bertha Torres said she doesn’t recall any other fatal plane crashes in Hatch in recent history.

“Any time you lose somebody in a tragedy like that — it’s just so sad,” she said. “I just feel so bad for that poor family.”

Other crashes

This weekend’s incident marks the second fatal plane crash in Doña Ana County in the last month. On Oct. 12, Morris Doug Newton, 77, of Las Cruces and David Glenn Hancock, 67, of El Paso died in a plane crash roughly four miles northeast of the Las Cruces International Airport.

In addition, three other fatal crashes have occurred in Doña Ana County in recent years:

  • In August 2014, a Cessna 421C crashed just after takeoff. Killed were the pilot, 29-year-old Freddy Martinez of El Paso, Fredrick Green, 59, a Las Cruces man being transported for cancer treatment; flight paramedic Tauren Summers, 27, of El Paso; and flight nurse Monica Chavez, 35, of Las Cruces. The crash was later attributed to a fueling error.
  • In November 2014, Tyler Francis, 29, the pilot and only occupant of a home-built Ross Vans Aircraft RV-3, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash near the airport. Francis owned Francis Aviation.
  • In August 2015, David Tokoph, 64, died from injuries sustained in a plane crash at the Las Cruces airport. Tokoph lived in El Paso and held an international flight speed record.

Diana Alba Soular may be reached at 575-541-5443, or @AlbaSoular on Twitter.

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Antonov An-2 aircraft crash in Amur region caused by engine failure

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:46

600 meters before the airport runway the plane abruptly went down to a descent and landed hard

BLAGOVESHCHENSK, November 7. /TASS/. Engine failure caused Antonov An-2 aircraft crash in the Amur region on Tuesday, assistant of the regional transport prosecutor Yulia Gorkina told TASS. 

“Ten minutes after the take-off, a rumble was heard in the plane, the engine was unstable. 600 meters before the airport runway engine failed, the plane abruptly went down to a descent and landed hard,” Gorkina said.

Regional Ministry of Emergency Situations told TASS earlier that Antonov An-2 passenger aircraft crashed at the airport in the Amur Region.

“The aircraft took a hard landing, caught fire. Fire crews went to the site, the operational group is working at the scene,” Head of the Ministry’s press service Denis Dolinin said.

A source in the emergency services of the region added that, according to preliminary information, one of the pilots died. There were no passengers on board.

According to the regional Ministry of Emergency Situations, the aircraft belongs to a private company. One of the pilots of Antonov An-2 aircraft, which crashed on Tuesday in in the Amur Region, died, Chief doctor of the central district hospital Svetlana Shulga told TASS.

“A man born in 1953 has died. Another man, born in 1960, faced stress, cut wounds,” Shulga said. According to her, he refused hospitalization.

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NTSB: Seaplane That Sank After Landing Had Damage To Its Hull

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:44

Nine-Inch Gash Discovered Below The Airplane’s Waterline

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred on September 15 involving an Airmax Construccoes Aeronautica Seamax-M22 landing on Candlewood Lake near New Fairfield, Connecticut.

According to the report, the plane was substantially damaged during the water landing, but neither the pilot or his passenger were injured in the incident.

The flight that departed Francis S Gabreski Airport (KFOK), Westhampton Beach, New York. During a normal water landing at the intended destination, the airplane took on water and sunk into the lake. Upon retrieval of the airplane, a 9-inch gouge was discovered on the underside of the forward fuselage, below the water line.

An FAA inspector confirmed the substantial damage, and noted that pine tree debris were embedded in the aft portion of the damaged area. The pilot stated that he did not feel any impact during the landing.

The airplane was operated by Waterbird Holding, LLC as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for  The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The News Times of Danbury, CT reports that, according to Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol Officer Nick Mellas, the plan regularly made trips to the lake. It is about a 40 minute flight from KFOK to the lake. The pilot told Mellas that everything seemed normal on the landing until he noticed water seeping into the cabin of the aircraft. He said he did not feel any impact with any debris during the landing sequence. The pilot and his teenage son were the only people on board the aircraft at the time of the incident, and they were pulled from the airplane before it sank. There was no release of oil or fuel from the aircraft as a result of the accident, according to the report.

(Image from file. Not incident aircraft)

FMI: NTSB Preliminary ReportOriginal Report

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:42

21 Years ago today: On 7 November 1996 an ADC Boeing 727 lost control and crashed during an evasive maneuver to avoid collision while approaching Lagos, killing all 143 occupants.

Date: Thursday 7 November 1996 Time: 17:03 Type: Boeing 727-231 Operator: ADC Airlines Registration: 5N-BBG C/n / msn: 20054/718 First flight: 1969-04-29 (27 years 7 months) Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 134 / Occupants: 134 Total: Fatalities: 144 / Occupants: 144 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Ejirin (   Nigeria) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO), Nigeria Destination airport: Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria Flightnumber: 086

The ADC aircraft was flying at FL240 en route from Port Harcourt to Lagos. At the same time a Triax aircraft had departed Lagos and was flying at FL160 towards Enugu. The Lagos controller had terminated contact with the Triax aircraft when the ADC crew requested to descend. The permission to descend was delayed to allow an ELF Petroleum bizjet to pass beneath the 727 at FL210.
When the controller finally cleared the ADC flight to descent, he thought he had cleared to aircraft to FL100 at an earlier stage, but the aircraft was still flying at FL240. When the ADC aircraft descended through FL160, the TCAS alarm sounded. To avoid a head-on collision the flight crew immediately took evasive action. During this maneuver, the Boeing rolled to an excessive bank angle and control was lost. Within 16 seconds speed had increased from 280 knots to almost the speed of sound. The aircraft crashed and disintegrated on impact.

Probable Cause:

IMMEDIATE CAUSE: “The untidy traffic separation by the radar controller which resulted from the vectoring of ADK 086 towards the track of the opposite traffic TIX 185.”
REMOTE CAUSE: “The error of judgement by the pilot of ADK 096 to continue his turn to heading 330 M to avoid TIX 185 and his subsequent collision avoidance manoeuver constituted the remote causes of this accident.”

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Torrington mourns death of Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler

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Torrington mourns death of Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler
Photo: Register Citizen File Photo /Hearst Connecticut Media Torrington Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler died on Wednesday at the age of 43.

TORRINGTON — City residents are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler.

Pepler, 43, was a Torrington native and came to his vocation at an early age, he told The Register Citizen in a 2013 interview when he was promoted to deputy fire chief. He died Wednesday morning of cardiac arrest, and had also been battling cancer.

“My goal since I was 4 years old, in Torrington, was to be a firefighter,” Pepler said in 2013. “The fire department came to my school in kindergarten and I had my picture on the front page of the Register in 1978 squirting the hose and I said to my parents that I want to be a firefighter, no different than anybody else, only I stuck with it.”

Pepler volunteered with the Torringford Fire Department at age 15, then with the Harwinton West Side Department, and was hired by the Torrington Fire Department in 1999.

The Torrington Fire Department and Local 1567 IAFF marked his passing on Facebook Wednesday, as did members of the city community and those who knew him around the country.

“Chris had a passion for training and was fortunate to travel extensively training others in Connecticut and across North America,” fire officials wrote on Facebook. “Chris became involved as an instructor at the Wolcott Regional Fire School, where he served as an Assistant Director of Training for the School. Chris has taught many classes and has touched many lives, not only in Connecticut, but also across North America elevating the level of service provided in the Fire Service today.”

Frank Hudak of Local 1567 posted a note in remembrance of Pepler on the union’s Facebook page. Pepler served as the president of the union for five years before being appointed Deputy Chief.

Hudak, a retired captain with the Torrington Fire Department, said Pepler grew up with his three sons, as they lived on the same block.

“I saw his interest in the fire service when he was 8-9 years old, and he never stopped trying to be a better firefighter,” said Hudak. “Well Chief you did it, you earned all the respect and honor being shown to you, you fought the great fight right to the end. Your love of the Lord, your beautiful family, the fire service, and love for all your fellow firefighters is now being returned to you. RIP D/Chief, you did good, and you will be missed.”

Torrington Fire Chief Gary Brunoli said Pepler’s concern for the city was paramount in the department’s decision-making, and that he worked to ensure the department and others across the country were well-trained.

“It’s going to be a big loss for the city, for the department,” said Brunoli.

Mayor Elinor Carbone expressed her sadness at the news in a note to city staff Wednesday morning.

“It is with the greatest of sadness that I deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of our colleague and friend, Deputy Fire Chief, Christopher Pepler,” said Carbone. “I’ve been informed that Chris died early this morning after a most dignified and courageous battle with cancer.”

“Chris was an extraordinary person. His dedication and commitment to the Torrington Fire Department and the City of Torrington has been integral to the safety of our citizens,” Carbone said. “This is truly a great loss to our community as a whole. Everyone whose life he touched will profoundly miss him.”

The chance to be a part of his home community came easily to Pepler, he said in 2013.

“I love Torrington,” said Pepler. “I love knowing everybody. Everywhere I go somewhere, my wife often gets frustrated, what took you so long? I always bump into somebody and I’ve got the gift of gab so I have no problem talking to people.”

“He was the beloved husband of Lori (Bevivino) Pepler for eighteen years and father and best friend of Nathan Pepler,” according to his obituary.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 78 Litchfield Rd., Harwinton. Family members and friends are asked to meet at the church.

Instead of flowers, well-wishers are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Nathan Pepler Education Fund, c/o Torrington Savings Bank, P. O. Box 478, 129 Main St., Torrington, CT, according to the obituary.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:48

A house fire near 39th Street and Flora Avenue sent two people — the homeowner and a firefighter — to the hospital Monday afternoon.

The bulk of the damage took place on the second floor of the KCMO home. Neighbor Gerald Williams caught it all on his smartphone.

“I seen a blazing fire coming out of the top of the roof,” Williams said. “I saw a lot of smoke.”

Williams reacted almost immediately. Three generations lived in the house on Flora Avenue. Williams tried to help at least one of those generations — the two-year-old granddaughter.

“I got her from her mother,” he said. “I saw her. She was breaking down in tears, so I went over, got her and brought her over here with me. I seen the grandmother sitting on the steps, looking like she was gasping for air.”

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The woman was taken to the hospital along with a firefighter who fell off the rooftop while trying to stop the flames from spreading. Williams also captured that on video. You can watch that dramatic moment in the video player above.

Thankfully, both the woman and the firefighter are expected to be okay.

Firefighters say they are preparing for the cold season — what they sometimes refer to as their busy season.

“When it starts getting cold outside, we get into our ‘fire season’ if you will,” Battalion Chief James Garrett said. “We start getting a lot more fires — especially this time of year. People do some unconventional things to stay warm.”

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire, but it certainly has Williams wondering about winter — and fire.

“I didn’t think a fire could do that much damage; I ain’t never seen one in action, but I see it now,” he said.

The Kansas City Fire Department says the average cost of fighting a house fire varies, but it gave some rough estimates.

Roughly 30 firefighters respond to every working house fire, which is when heavy smoke or flames are showing. The average salary for a firefighter is $25 an hour. That makes the cost more than $2,500 in labor alone.

Roughly five or six engines respond to every working house fire and will idle for hours, burning diesel fuel. Additionally, there is the added expense of water to fight the fire. If an ambulance is involved, each house fire can add up to close to $4,000.

And the busy season is just beginning.

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Video: Man accused of setting TN house & van on fire & attacking cop

Statter 911 - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:58

Man says van is "evil" and he was there to "save the world"

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:46

Two firefighters have been injured after an explosion during a house fire in South Auckland today.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson confirmed to 1 NEWS the pair were battling a house fire in Mangere.

The firefighters were treated by St John staff at the scene on Henwood Road after an explosion at the back of the house while they were fighting the blaze.

The spokesperson says the firefighters are okay and that the fire has been contained.

Fire received the call to the property just after 5:00pm.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:44

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries Sunday when an extra-alarm fire ripped through multiple apartments in the Bronx.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon at 4769 White Plains Rd. in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, according to the FDNY.

The blaze was raised to three alarms. It started in a sixth-floor apartment and spread to a total of about four apartments, the FDNY told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

The residents of the apartment where the fire started were home at the time and evacuated, officials said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:42

A firefighter was taken to hospital with a minor injury as the result of an apartment fire early Sunday morning.

Fire crews responded to a call at around 2:07 a.m., at the Lyndhurst apartment block in the 100 block of Balmoral Street, north of Broadway, where officials said they found fire venting out a window from a third floor suite of the three-storey apartment building.

Crews worked to extinguish the blaze from the third storey hallway before it could spread beyond the suite it originated in. The suite was searched and no occupants were found. All occupants of the apartment building were evacuated and placed on Winnipeg Transit buses.

There was extensive damage to the suite with smoke and water damage to the rest of the building. The cause is under investigation.

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Today is Monday the 6th of November, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:48

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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