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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:47

53 Years ago today: On 7 February 1966 an Indian Airlines Fokker F-27 crashed in Banihall Pass, killing all 37 occupants.

Date: Monday 7 February 1966 Time: ca 11:55 Type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 Operating for: Indian Airlines Leased from: Schreiner Airways Registration: PH-SAB C/n / msn: 10271 First flight: 1965 Total airframe hrs: 1930 Cycles: 1280 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33 Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Banihall Pass (   India) Crash site elevation: 3768 m (12362 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Srinagar Airport (SXR/VISR), India Destination airport: Jammu-Satwari Airport (IXJ/VIJU), India

Narrative:
At 11:27 hours local time, the F-27 took off from Srinagar (SXR) for the return journey to Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) with en route stops at Amritsar (ATQ) and Jammu (IXJ). The flight was cleared to climb VMC. A few seconds later, the Commander reported that he had climbed to 7500 ft and was turning to starboard. Srinagar Control requested a call while passing 8000 ft and the request was complied with. The controller then requested a call when passing 15 miles. No message, however, was received and at 11:40 controller asked for the position of the aircraft. The crew replied: “Will be crossing Banihal 2 to 3 minutes.”
Erroneous navigation took the captain to a point 12 miles west of his normal route. At this spot, the configuration of the mountain range has a deceptive similarity with the Banihal Pass, and has, because of this similarity, come to be known as “False Banihal”. The hills near “False Banihal” are several thousand feet higher than the true Banihal. The pilot must have realized his error and his wrong position too late when he saw the high mountain in front of him on emerging from the clouds. He attempted to climb but the aircraft hit the hill about 300 ft below the summit, at 12364 ft asl. It broke into two main pieces which fell on either side of a big rock, while several smaller pieces were broken off and scattered over a considerable area on the hillside. Some portions of the fuselage were found nearly 3000 ft below the point of impact

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The cause of the accident was undoubtedly a navigational error. The Court was at first tempted to accept the hypothesis that the error was committed deliberately by Capt. Duggal because he wanted to take a short cut over the hill to Udampur, instead of going first to Banihal and then turning slightly right to the prescribed route to Udampur. Some support was lent to this hypothesis by the general assessment of Capt. Duggal’s character as being hasty and casual and disinclined to pay heed to detail. But after giving greater consideration, it seems to the Court that this hypothesis cannot be accepted and that the navigational error was not intentional.
The configuration of the hill at a spot 12miles west of the Banihal Pass does not snow that the aircraft would have had a clear passage at an altitude of 12000ft because there are hills which are 14000ft high as shown by the contour lines on the map. Also Duggal did reply to the call 0610 hours GMT when he said that he would be crossing Banihal in two or three minted. It seems to the Court, therefore, that when flying through clouds at an altitude insufficient to ensure safety, Duggal found himself at a spot which resembled in its appearance the Banihal Pass. He must have steered an incorrect heading on leaving the airfield. Changes in cloud formation and decreasing visibility did not permit a full and clear view of the mountain range which lay across the route. So, when he was near the point where it crashed, he thought that he was going to cross Banihal and sent this message to the airport. In point of fact, he was 12 miles off his track and crashed at a point 12364ft above sea level.
A more careful and cautious pilot would, in the circumstances, have made sure of his direction and position by a reference to the Srinagar Airport where, in addition to the VOR, an Automatic Direction Finding facility is available.”

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4 DETROIT FIREFIGHTERS TRAPPED – UNION CLAIMS NO MAYDAY POLICY EXISTS

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:27

The Detroit Firefighters Association is calling for action after a terrifying fire. Four firefighters found themselves trapped inside a burning building.

The fire started on January 31, just before midnight at a vacant grocery store at Van Dyke and Gratiot.

7 Action News has obtained the dispatch recording. In it you hear the command officer on the scene report there are four firefighters trapped in the building.

A second alarm is then called for, so back-up responds. Was that enough?

“This incident right here, we are very lucky that we didn’t lose some of our members,” said Mike Nevin, the President of the Detroit Firefighters Association.

Nevin says three firefighters are now off the job, recovering from non-life-threatening burns. He believes their injuries could have been prevented had the department had different policies.

“The bullshit stops now. Stop. Tell the truth. We are undermanned and understaffed,” said Nevin.

He shared with 7 Action News copies of Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration complaints he filed asking for more Rapid Intervention Crew Training at the department.

Such training would teach crews how to best react if a firefighter is down.

Nevin says they need more training and manpower. He says the dispatch recording shows that no one called out Mayday, which would clear the radio traffic for the search and make sure everyone knew they had an emergency situation.

“We don’t have a Mayday policy. We don’t even know how to implement it,” said Nevin.

7 Action News went to the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters to ask about these concerns.

“It is a ridiculous accusation,” said Chief Robert Distelrath. “We do have a Mayday policy . The appropriate number of people were dispatched.”

Distrelrath showed WXYZ a copy of the department’s Mayday Policy, which he says is posted in every firehouse.

He says firefighters are trained on it annually. He said just last fall every firefighter was provided with a radio with a Mayday button. They can push that button if they are facing an emergency.

He says staffing is regularly assessed and, as the city grows, he expects the manpower to increase.

He says since he became chief he has added staff.

Firefighters involved in the incident attended “battalion school” on Wednesday, a meeting that allows them to voice concerns and look for ways to better respond in the future. The department believes safety is number one priority.

Distelrath worked as a firefighter before becoming chief.

“I was in the engine house for 32 years,” he said. “I am a firefighter.”

“We are asking for help,” said Nevin of his message to the public. “I am calling 911 to you. Call the mayor’s office. Put pressure on these people. We need training. We need help.”

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BOISE FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT RESTURANT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:23

One firefighter was injured during a fire Tuesday night at Los Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant on Fairview Avenue, according to a press release from the Boise Fire Department.

The firefighter had a knee injury, the press release said.

The call about the fire came in at 8:18 p.m. and was declared out about two hours later. Firefighters were on scene moping up the blaze for several hours, according to the press release.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“Crews found the building full of smoke when they arrived,” the press release stated. “The fire was difficult to fight because some areas of the building were hard to reach due to roof stability.”

The building was not occupied when the fire started.

Five engines and two trucks from the department responded to the fire.

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Mobile Fire Chief reveals cancer diagnosis

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:14

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile’s Fire Chief, Mark Sealy, reveals that he was diagnosed with cancer several months ago.  The diagnosis of kidney cancer came last summer when he was attending a fire chief’s conference in Texas.  A company called Lifescan Wellness Centers was conducting full body ultrasounds on first responders at the meeting. He reluctantly signed up to have one, and it showed a mass on his kidney. He came back to Mobile and was diagnosed with early-stage kidney cancer.

“It’s a shock. Cancer is prevalent, but it is always someone else. It is really is a shock, ” Sealy said.

Doctors removed his cancer during a surgery, and since it was caught early, he did not have to have any chemo or radiation.  Chief Sealy considers himself lucky. He has started researching the prevalence of cancer in firefighters, and it’s higher than in the general population.  It all has to do with the carcinogens in the air when items in homes and buildings catch fire.

“Things are made with synthetics…cushions, carpets. They are made with chemicals that are released by combustion. Those are subject to get those on us,” Sealy said.”

Sealy says having dirty gear was a badge of honor when he was riding a fire truck daily. The fire helmets in his office show years of built-up soot. He admits that dirty gear meant that a firefighter was seasoned, and not just sitting on the sidelines, but now he wants to change the culture.

“Now the culture is the clean gear is a badge of honor. We have to change that. You are smarter and you know what can help you and your family.”

Chief Sealy has instituted a new policy for firefighters that requires them to clean all their gear before they even leave the scene of a fire. They have to hose off, brush off, and wipe off soot. Then, each firefighter has to take a shower before heading home.

Here is a document describing some cancer prevention techniques. https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/Personal-protective-equipment-ppe/articles/250291018-Cancer-prevention-protection-for-fire-service-personnel/

Chief Sealy feels blessed that his cancer was caught early, and he is cancer free. He hopes other firefighters will learn from his years of failing to clean his gear, and put their health as their top priority.

“I have met with every firefighter in this department. If it happened to me, it could happen to them. Hopefully,  they will listen to the message. I am very passionate about the health and wellness of our firefighters,” Sealy said.

Sealy is working on something that is very exciting for Mobile Fire Rescue. He is hoping to secure funding for each firefighter to have his or her own ultrasound. This is common in some departments around the country. You can read more about these ultrasounds and medical tests that first responders receive. They are conducted by http://lifescanwellness.com.

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Palm Beach County firefighters with work-related cancer will now get more assistance

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:59

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay says county firefighters will get some help when they are diagnosed with cancer.

“It’s something I really believe in and something that I wanted to push,” said McKinlay.

County Commissioners approved cancer presumption for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue firefighters.

“One of the provisions in that contract allows for a presumption of cancer on 11 different cancers that in studies have determined that firefighters are at high risk,” said McKinlay.

Now, when firefighters are diagnosed with certain types of cancer, the county will provide some relief.

Scott Bielecky with the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County said this move is historic.

“They have to have been employed with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for five years, they also have to be nicotine free, smoke-free for five years prior to being eligible for this. Also, they can’t work for another fire rescue agency that would have exposed them to the same type of cancers that they would be exposed to here,” said Bielecky.

There are several aspects of the cancer presumption.

“What it does is provide them two years in order to be able to overcome cancer and come back to work and that’s one of the biggest things as part of the cancer coverage. And they don’t have to use their time. that time will be provided.”

The agreement is effective Tuesday since both the commissioners and the union ratified it. For more details, firefighters should contact the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Local 2928.

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FIREFIGHTER TRANSPORTED AFTER STEEL MILL FIRE IN INDIANA

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:44

A firefighter for the town of Porter was taken to a local hospital after assisting ArcelorMittal with controlling towering flames late Tuesday in a coke oven battery, an official said.

The firefighter became ill while responding to the first-alarm fire at the plant, the Porter Volunteer Fire Department said.

An ArcelorMittal representative said the mill had to burn off excess coke oven gas as a result of a power outage. The gas is normally burned in the mill’s two blast furnaces to make iron, as part of the steelmaking process.

The firefighter was treated on scene and taken to a hospital as a precaution, the Porter fire department said. He was released from the hospital a short time later.

The Burns Harbor Fire Department was dispatched about 10:30 p.m. to assist with an industrial fire at the company’s plant in Burns Harbor, Fire Chief William Arney said.

The Porter firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion, he said.

The Burns Harbor Fire Department left the plant about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.

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Firefighters from local departments assist during a fire that started late Tuesday at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plant.

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ArcelorMittal spokeswoman Mary Beth Holdford said the plant “experienced a high voltage power interruption for a short duration” about 10:05 p.m. Tuesday. The loss of power triggered an emergency flare system that burned off excess coke oven gas, which resulted in towering flames that could be seen from U.S. 12.

“The plant required about 12 hours to re-establish operations,” Holdford said. “We understand one individual was treated and released for heat exposure. There were no significant injuries to employees or contractors during the incident.”

Like other steel mills, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor keeps a surplus inventory of slabs and other steel products on hand in case of any disruptions in production.

“The interruption will not impact ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor’s ability to meet customer demand,” Holdford said.

Firefighters from Burns Harbor, Porter and Chesterton assisted the company during the fire, Arney said.

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2 GA FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT TRAILER FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:57

A firefighter was injured Tuesday afternoon when he and others responded to a mobile home fire near Canton.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to a structure fire at approximately 12:30 p.m. at 278 Lewis Way, just east of Canton.

CCFES spokesman Tim Cavender said firefighters arrived to find a “double-wide mobile home on a basement with a working fire.”

While working the fire, a Cherokee County firefighter received an injury to his knee and was later transported to Northside Hospital Cherokee for evaluation. Firefighters who were at the scene reported that the contents of the basement were destroyed, along with most of the contents of the mobile home.

The residents escaped without injury. A cause of the fire is not yet known, but is under investigation.

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2 FIREFIGHTERS ACCUSED OF DRUG RING OUT OF NY FIREHOUSE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:55

Police identified the Burnt Pistons president as John Beltempo, 49, of New Windsor, a former police officer with Spring Valley, Town of Wallkill and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Officials said the Chingaling president, George Thomas, 61, of Bloomingburg, is also a former police officer. In court, his lawyer said he’s retired.

Officials said Smith used Middletown’s Central Firehouse for some of his illicit business, but no other Middletown firefighters were involved in his illegal activities.

“Essentially, the firehouse was used at times by him to make sales and hold meetings,” Hoovler said.

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Smith and two other men, Garry Michel, 48, of the Town of Wallkill, and Marquis Gamble, 34, of Nyack have been charged with operating as a major trafficker, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The charge involves in excess of $75,000 in sales in a six-month period. They and the other defendants have all been charged with second-degree conspiracy, a felony.

Smith has been employed by the City of Middletown Fire Department since March 2002 and in 2017 was paid $103,145.

Early Tuesday morning, the six-month investigation culminated as state police and agents from the FBI and DEA executed more than a dozen search warrants in Orange and Rockland counties. Police seized 1,300 fentanyl pills, more than two and a half pounds of cocaine, more than $200,000 in cash, 25 handguns, multiple rifles, 10 vehicles and two motorcycles.

Defendants and charges

Paul Smith, 48, Deerpark; operating as a major trafficker, attempted first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy; alleged to have been a member of both conspiracies.

Robert Dunham, 46, Middletown; second-degree conspiracy and four counts of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance; alleged to have been a member of both conspiracies.

Marquis Gamble, 34, Nyack; operating as a major trafficker, first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree conspiracy; alleged to have been a “profiteer” in the conspiracy to sell cocaine.

John Beltempo, 49, New Windsor; second-degree conspiracy; alleged to have participated in the conspiracy to sell cocaine.

Kenneth Nunez, 39, Spring Valley; first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy.

Garry Michel, 48, Town of Wallkill; operating as a major trafficker and second-degree conspiracy; alleged to have been a “profiteer” in the conspiracy to sell narcotic pills.

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Charged with second-degree conspiracy in connection with the conspiracy to possess and sell cocaine:

Joel Gamble, 44, Cuddebackville

Samuel Marino, 30, Campbell Hall

Arthur Mays, 30, Middletown

George Thomas, 61, Bloomingburg

David Lebel, 55, Middletown

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Charged with conspiracy to possess and sell pills containing narcotics:

Jennifer Peterson, 46, Chester

Vincenza Ferrante, 35, New Windsor

Shawn Daniels, 52, Monroe

Salvatore Distefano, 36, Westtown

Melissa Delrosso, 35, Middletown

Raymond Chong, 49, Middletown

Tara Schoonmaker, 48, Wurtsboro

Crystal Crozier, 36, Middletown

Donald Johnston, 46, Middletown

Anthony Fields, 44, Middletown

Desmon Pierson, 36, Middletown

Dominick Guardino, 55, Middletown

Other charges

Sunshine Wall, 40, Cuddebackville; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance

Nicholas V. Ciccone, 47, Port Jervis; criminal impersonation and parole absconder.

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State police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in locating these individuals:

Charles Kavanaugh, 31, Newburgh

Gary Caldwell, 33, Wappingers

Justin Antona, 27, Slate Hill

Andrew Bendig, 23, Middletown

Hoovler said the drug conspiracies were “very sophisticated,” using counter-surveillance and other methods to avoid detection. State police handled the investigation “on a very clandestine level, because of the people involved, because of the possibility of leaks,” Hoovler said.

Officials say Michel supplied pills to the conspiracy, providing drugs to Smith and Dunham as well as some street-level dealers, and that Michel used his girlfriend’s home in Chester as a stash house.

Official say Marquis Gamble supplied cocaine to Smith, who distributed that drug to Dunham and Joel Gamble, 44, of Cuddebackville, as well as to members of the Chingalings and the Burnt Pistons.

Among the people officials characterized as “street level” pill dealers was Mechanicstown Fire Chief Dominic Guardino, 55, of the Town of Wallkill. Prosecutors said in court that Guardino had used his department-issued vehicle to obtain pills.

Shortall said the investigation began like many others: A new supply of drugs on the street, and investigators working with prosecutors on a plan to find the source. In late December, police say, they arrested Kenneth Nunez, 39, of Spring Valley with 800 grams of cocaine he was delivering from Marquis Gamble to Smith.

The defendants were arraigned over the course of the day in Orange County Court by Judge Craig Brown. Bails ranged from $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond for one woman who turned herself in to police to $1 million cash or $3 million bond for the top defendants. Brown ordered Smith held without bail. Prosecutors will begin presenting the case to a grand jury on Friday, they said in court.

“It’s disturbing,” Shortall said at the barracks, where police had laid out rolls of $100 bills, bottles and packages of pills and an array of guns seized in the raids. “This is a person that’s supposed to go out there and help, and instead he’s out there peddling stuff that’s probably killing people.”

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2 BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:48

Two Buffalo firefighters were injured fighting a fire Tuesday evening in the 1300 block of Kensington Avenue near Orleans Street.

Both firefighters were treated at Erie County Medical Center and released, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, a spokesman for the Buffalo Fire Department. No other injuries were reported.

Occupants of the 2 1/2-story wood frame house were evacuated from the burning building. A couple of them could be seen wrapped in blankets as they waited outside, across the street from the charred ruins of the house.

The Red Cross was assisting nine occupants of the house, DeGeorge said.

The damage from the fire is $125,000 damage, according to DeGeorge, who said that the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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Shocking moment a military plane falls from the sky in Peru and crushes an SUV sending residents running for safety but miraculously the pilot and co-pilot SURVIVE

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:36

By ADRY TORRES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

This is the astonishing moment a military plane falls from the sky and crushes an SUV in Lima, Peru. 

Amazingly the pilot and co-pilot were pulled to safety and survived.

A surveillance camera shows a couple of residents walking next to a building before the Peruvian Air Force aircraft barreled through a row of wires dangling from street poles.

Captains Julio Pinedo Centurión and Juan Carlos Valdivia Rodríguez  were rescued from the wrecked plane by four firefighting units before the injured servicemen were taken to the Peruvian Air Force Central Hospital on Monday morning.

According to Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, the pilot, Pinedo Centurión, suffered severe bruises.

The sudden impact crushed an SUV on the quiet street in the coastal town of Surco, a district in the Peruvian capital city of Lima.

A woman, who was standing just a couple feet away from were the plane finally rested on its belly, could be seen on the video running for safety while another man could just cover his head. 

Residents rushed out of nearby homes and businesses to help the injured pilots who were stuck inside the tiny plane.

The accident occurred just eight blocks away from the Las Palmas Air Force Base.

Military officials said the military officers were conducting a routine instructional flight and were returning to the base when the accident happened.

Investigators are still determining what made the plane malfunction.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6671259/Training-jet-crashes-street-Peru-crushes-SUV-military-pilot-pilot-survive.html

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Plane Crashes at Mankato Airport; No Injuries Reported

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:31

(MANKATO, Minn) – A twin-engine airplane has crashed at the Mankato Regional Airport after a failed takeoff attempt.

Mankato’s Director of Public Works Jeff Johnson says no injuries were reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and The National Transportation Safety Board will begin an investigation Wednesday morning and release more information for the public when it becomes available.

Johnson says regular airport operations will continue once the airplane is cleared from the runway.

—-KEYC News 12

http://www.keyc.com/story/39912311/plane-crashes-at-mankato-airport-no-injuries-reported

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FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE AIRPLANE FIRE IN LAFAYETTE

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:29

By Collins Parker

LAFAYETTE, Georgia (WDEF) – LaFayette crews battled a fire Monday morning at Barwick airport. 

Chief Stacey Meeks says they got the call at 11:40 AM.

When LaFayette firefighters got on the scene, they saw heavy black smoke coming from the hangar operated by Gann Aviation.

Inside, they found one of the planes on fire.

The Chief says there were five other planes inside the building, loaded with fuel.

The firefighters kept the flames from spreading to those planes, but they did suffer extensive smoke damage.

Chief Meeks says it seems to have started with “an electrical issue and was in the hanger for routine avionics maintenance.”

The airport caters to local fliers and corporate planes.

It is next to the golf course south of LaFayette.

https://wdef.com/2019/02/04/lafayette-barwick-airport-fire/?fbclid=IwAR0LH9Ifwt3Xyv1-LfYDXAaEP4IfQ1LroWOlmE5p4ZsTU60iLkeRnWj36dE

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:27

23 Years ago today: On 6 February 1996 a Birgenair Boeing 757 crashed while into the sea after takeoff from Puerto Plata, Dom.Rep., killing all 189 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 6 February 1996 Time: 23:47 Type: Boeing 757-225 Operating for: Alas Nacionales Leased from: Birgenair Registration: TC-GEN C/n / msn: 22206/31 First flight: 1985 Total airframe hrs: 29269 Cycles: 13499 Engines:Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 Crew: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Passengers: Fatalities: 176 / Occupants: 176 Total: Fatalities: 189 / Occupants: 189 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 26 km (16.3 mls) NE off Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (   Atlantic Ocean) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Puerto Plata-La Union International Airport (POP/MDPP), Dominican Republic Destination airport: Gander Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canada Flightnumber: ALW301

Narrative:
Flight ALW 301 departed Puerto Plata for a charter flight to Frankfurt via Gander and Berlin at 23:42 LT. At 80 knots on takeoff the captain found out that his air speed indicator (ASI) wasn’t working properly. The co-pilot’s indicator seemed to work fine. While climbing through 4700 feet the captain’s ASI read 350 knots (real speed was about 220 kts); this resulted in an autopilot/autothrottle reaction to increase the pitch-up attitude and a power reduction in order to lower the airspeed. At that time the crew got ‘Rudder ratio’ and ‘Mach airspeed’ advisory warnings. Both pilots got confused when the co-pilot stated that his ASI read 200 knots decreasing while getting an excessive speed-warning, followed by a stick shaker warning. This led the pilots to believe that both ASIs were unreliable.
Finally realizing that they were losing speed and altitude they disconnected the autopilot. The autopilot, fed by the captain’s faulty ASI, had reduced the speed close to the stall speed. Full thrust was then applied. At 23:47:17 an aural GPWS warning sounded. Eight seconds later the aircraft struck the ocean.
The incorrect ASI readings were probably caused by the obstruction of the pitot system by mud and/or debris from a small insect that was introduced in the pitot tube during the time the aircraft was on the ground. The aircraft was not flown for 20 days before the crash and was returned for service without a verification of the pitot-static system as recommended by Boeing

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The crew’s failure to recognize the activation of the stick shaker as a warning of imminent entrance to the stall, and the failure of the crew to execute the procedures for recovery from the onset of loss of control.”

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Update: Prosecutor says 2 firefighters at center of two New York biker drug rings

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:35

Lieutenant used Middletown firehouse for sales and meetings

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Police: Drug ring run by lieutenant at Middletown, NY firehouse

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:41

Career lieutenant called ringleader. Volunteer chief also arrested.

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