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One killed, one injured in plane crash in Alva

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:46

ALVA, Okla. (AP) —

Authorities in northwestern Oklahoma say a 61-year-old flight instructor is dead following the crash of a single-engine aircraft in Woods County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday as the aircraft was approaching the Alva Municipal Airport. Troopers say a preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft experienced a mechanical failure during descent and that its landing gear struck some power lines. Authorities say the small aircraft struck some trees, plummeted to the ground and burst into flames.

Officials say the instructor, David Chael of Enid, was pronounced dead at the scene. A flight school student, 39-year-old Cory Washburn of Alva, was transported to a local hospital with undetermined injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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Boise man dies in Owyhee County plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:45

OWYHEE COUNTY – A Boise pilot died Friday in a plane crash in Owyhee County, sheriff’s officials said.

The Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office said 56-year-old Dean Hilde was flying a personal aircraft in the Combination area of the county – southeast of the Jordan and Pleasant Valley area – when he apparently encountered tough, windy conditions.

The plane was forced into a hillside.

Hilde was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 42-year-old Gerald Bublitz of Boise, suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital by air ambulance.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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‘Our engine has completely died’; plane lands on I-4 in Seminole County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:44

No injuries reported in emergency landing

By Emilee Speck

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A pilot successfully landed on I-4 Friday during rush hour after his plane engine died mid-flight, according to Seminole County Fire Rescue officials.

Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Kim Montes said troopers responded to the plane that landed in closed lanes of eastbound I-4 at mile marker 95.

The plane, flying westbound, landed at 3:38 p.m. in the unopened eastbound lanes near the median of I-4 after the plane’s engine died. Only the pilot was on board and no one was injured, officials said.

The pilot sent a radio transmission to the Orlando Executive Airport tower saying the plane’s engine died and he was going to set the aircraft down on the highway.

“She’s cutting in and out. I don’t know if we’re going to make it in,” the pilot said.

Orlando Executive cleared the plane for landing on runway 13, but moments later the pilot said the engine was done for.

“Our engine has completely died and we’re, uh, going to have to put it down right here on the side of the highway,” the pilot said.

News 6 viewer Janet McCulloh sent in a video that showed the plane gliding down and landing where the express lanes start next to the median.

The plane came to a halt near the rest area at State Road 434, Fire Rescue officials said.

“We are arriving on scene. He is one lucky bastard,” a helicopter pilot near the landing scene said. “He landed in the new pavement where the highway’s not open yet and he had his own private runway. He did a great job.”

According to, a website that tracks flight information, the fixed-wing, single-engine plane was registered out of Boynton Beach.

Montes said the flight plan started from Boca Raton to DeLand. The pilot left DeLand and was traveling to Orlando Executive Airport.

As the plane developed problems, Montes said the pilot looked for a golf course to try to land the plane.

The pilot stated he may have run out of fuel after the plane landed successfully, Montes said. There was no damage to the plane.

Officials said a Seminole County deputy senior pilot arrived at the scene and spoke with the Federal Aviation Administration. The deputy, after performing an inspection, advised the FAA was not responding to the scene and that the FAA did not recommend the plane fly from the location.

FHP command staff determined that it would be unsafe for the plane to fly from the location, officials said.

The plane, a 2016 Carbon Cub Light Sport SS, will remain on I-4 as a distraction for the evening. Montes said troopers informed the pilot that he would not be allowed to fly the plane from the scene because of the circumstances of the emergency landing and the volume of vehicle traffic along I-4.

Montes said the portion of I-4 the pilot landed on was paved about a week ago as part of the Ultimate I-4 construction project. No traffic was affected by the landing.

Florida Aircraft and Salvage was at the scene to dismantle the plane and tow the plane to Boynton Beach, officials said.

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1 Injured In Small Plane Crash In Bucks County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:42

ERWINNA, Pa. (CBS) — One person was injured in a small plane crash in Bucks County on Friday afternoon.

Officials say the fire department was called out around 2 p.m. for an aircraft down at the Van Sant Airport on Cafferty Road in Erwinna.

The FAA says a V-Star SA9000 aircraft veered off the side of the runway as it was landing.

One person was transported to St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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OH: Excessive Speed Blamed for Thunderbird Crash in Dayton

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:41


Nov. 03–Excessive air speed coupled with landing too far down a wet runway caused a Thunderbird F-16 fighter jet to leave the airstrip and flip over at Dayton International Airport on the day before the Vectren Dayton Air Show last June, an Air Force accident investigation concluded.

The mishap injured team narrator and F-16 pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves, who was hospitalized for leg injuries, and destroyed the $29.2 million fighter jet on June 23, according to the Air Force. A second crewman who was a backseat passenger in the F-16D jet was uninjured, the Air Force said.

An accident investigation board also concluded that rain on a canopy windscreen contributed to the accident, along with not following proper braking procedures during the landing, the report said.

Approach and landing speed, how far down a runway an aircraft lands, and the condition of the airstrip can be key factors in a mishap, said Michael L. Barr, a former Air Force fighter pilot and a University of Southern California aviation safety expert. Barr has conducted past accident board investigations for the Air Force.

Fighter pilots “are trained to land in any kind of weather,” he said. “If you’re flying a fighter, then you’re qualified to land.”

Still, mishaps involving aerial precision jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels are not common, he said.

“They’re very few and far between considering how many flights they fly each year,” he said. “They are really safety conscious.”

‘You make a little bit of a judgment’

The Air Force Thunderbirds, which fly six jets in precision formation flying, scrubbed appearances at the Vectren Dayton Air Show after the incident, and had canceled a team practice the day of the accident because of weather conditions, the report said.

During the F-16 jet’s final approach on June 23, the Dayton air traffic control tower advised the pilot of “wind shear and extreme precipitation over the field,” the report noted.

Still, investigators concluded the single F-16 jet on the first of what was planned to be three crew familiarization flights that day could have landed within the conditions, the report said.

The Thunderbird jet landed nearly 4,800 feet down the 10,900-foot-long runway, and was traveling above recommended speeds given the wet conditions, the report said.

“They tell you on a wet runway to try to land firm and try to land as close as you can to the end of the runway to have enough distance” to stop, said Richard Lohnes, a former F-16 pilot and prior commander of the 178th Fighter Wing at Springfield Air National Guard Base. “It was sure not the perfect situation to land the F-16, but that’s quite a bit of runway.

“In that situation, you make a little bit of a judgment one way or the other and it can make a big difference in the outcome,” Lohnes said.

‘Significant’ injuries

Once the plane left the runway and rolled into a muddy, grassy area, the landing gear collapsed and the jet flipped, trapping both the pilot and passenger for more than an hour. Rescuers used a circular saw to cut through the broken canopy and hydraulic spreaders to free the trapped crew.

Dayton International Airport and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base rescue crews were cautious handling the damaged jet, working carefully to avoid triggering the ejection seats, said Gil Turner, airport deputy director.

“That was a huge challenge with the aircraft being upside down and understanding the hazards of a military jet,” he said Friday.

The front ejection seat had become dislodged from the jet and added to the difficulty of extracting the pilot, the report said.

Gonsalves has returned to the team as narrator, but has not been medically cleared to fly, Maj. Malinda Singleton, an Air Combat Command spokeswoman, said Friday.

The extent of the pilot’s injuries have not been disclosed, but the report described them as “significant.”

Gonsalves had nearly 1,700 hours flying time, most in the A-10 Thunderbolt II, with nearly 150 hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon at the time of the accident, the report said.

The investigation did not find mechanical failure as a cause in the accident and the jet had passed recent inspections, the board report said.

The Thunderbirds’ cancellation, along with heavy rains, led to a drop in attendance at this year’s air show, said Terry Grevious, executive director.

Still, the show managed a small profit, he said.

The Thunderbirds cancellation was the second consecutive year a military jet flight team scrubbed performances in Dayton. The Blue Angels canceled a 2016 appearance at the Dayton Air Show and several other locales in the aftermath of a pilot’s fatal crash during a practice demonstration flight in Tennessee.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to return to the Dayton Air Show next June.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:40

15 Years ago today: On 6 November 2002 a Luxair Fokker 50 crashed when the propellers went into ground fine pitch while on finals to Luxembourg (LUX), killing 20 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 6 November 2002 Time: 10:06 Type: Fokker 50 Operator: Luxair Registration: LX-LGB C/n / msn: 20221 First flight: 1991 Total airframe hrs: 21836 Cycles: 24068 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 19 Total: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 1 km (0.6 mls) NE of Niederanven (   Luxembourg) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (THF/EDDI), Germany Destination airport: Luxembourg-Findel Airport (LUX/ELLX), Luxembourg Flightnumber: LG9642

Luxair flight 9642 departed Berlin-Tempelhof at 08:40 for a flight back to Luxembourg and climbed to a cruising altitude of FL180. At 09:50 Frankfurt control cleared the crew to descend to FL90 and told them to contact Luxembourg Approach control. Contact was established at 09:52 and Luxembourg Approach replied: “Luxair niner six four two enter Diekirch holding at flight level niner zero it will be vectors later on for an ILS approach category two on two four. QNH is one zero two tree current RVR beginning two five zero on mid section two seven five, stop end two two five.”. Six minutes later the controller cleared LG9642 to descend further down to 3000 feet. At 10:01 the flight was cleared for the approach: “Luxair niner six four two turn right heading two two zero to intercept. Cleared for approach, report established on the localizer.” After passing the localizer the crew contacted Luxembourg Tower and reported being established on a runway 24 ILS approach. The tower controller then passed on the runway visual range (RVR) information, which had not changed. The crew reported that they needed 300 metres for the approach, to which the controller replied : “Nine six four two copied, uh, so continue approach I keep you advised. We didn’t have three hundred, uh, during the last, uh, time.”. The approach was continued, but at 10:04:46 the captain decided to discontinue the approach: “Yo, bon mir machen en goaround, missed approach”. The co-pilot then said: “Ground idle stop off”. Four seconds after this statement the Tower controller reported the RVR to be 300 metres. Immediately engine power was reduced to idle and the co-pilot radioed: “Nine six four two roger so we continue”. The tower then cleared the flight to land. The gear and flaps were lowered and at 10:05:17 the left prop blade angle changed from ‘normal’ to ‘low pitch’, causing the pilot to say:”Wat ass dat” (What’s that??). Almost immediately the right prop blade angle also went into low pitch. The flaps were raised several sounds and exclamations were recorded by the CVR the decrease in propeller revolutions and GPWS warnings. Both engines then failed as the Fokker descended. The airplane collided with terrain and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

CAUSES: “The initial cause of the accident was the acceptance by the crew of the approach clearance although they were not prepared to it, namely the absence of preparation of a go-around. It led the crew to perform a series of improvised actions that ended in the prohibited override of the primary stop on the power levers.
Contributory factors can be listed as follows:
1. A lack of preparation for the landing, initiated by unnecessary occupations resulting from an obtained RVR value, which was below their company approved minima, created a disorganisation in the cockpit, leading to uncoordinated actions by each crewmember.
2. All applicable procedures as laid down in the operations manual were violated at some stage of the approach. All this did not directly cause the accident, but created an environment whereby privately designed actions were initiated to make a landing possible.
3. Routine and the will to arrive at its destination may have put the crew in a psychological state of mind, which could be the origin of the deviations from standard procedures as noticed.
4. The low reliability of the installed secondary stop safety device that was favoured by the non-application of service bulletin ABSC SB F050-32-4. Also the mode of distribution of the safety information (Fokker Aircraft B.V. – Service letter137) to the operator as well as the operator’s internal distribution to the crews, that did not guarantee that the crews were aware of the potential loss of secondary stop on propeller pitch control.
5. The lack of harmony resulting from the use of various training centres and non-standardised programs that might have impaired the synergy of the crew.”

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Video: Shed and garage fire in Chula Vista, California

Statter 911 - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 07:39

Fire Saturday on Guatay Avenue

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 13:39

A firefighter was injured while battling a blaze on Chicago’s West Side Friday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the 100 block of N. Lamon in the city’s South Austin neighborhood.

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Shontell Reed lives in the building and lost  everything. She got the call this afternoon that her home was on fire. Her mother had to be rescued.

“They basically had the ladder up there and she was coming down from the ladder,” she said. “I was scared.”

The situation also turned scary for firefighters.   A backdraft occurred in the two-flat building and it prompted a mayday call.

It was a frantic 18-20 minutes before everyone was fully accounted for. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening.

Two other firefighters were treated at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross was at the scene helping residents who are now homeless.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 13:37

A Kettering fire engine was involved in a crash while on an emergency run Thursday morning.

The engine was dispatched to a call around 10 a.m. when the engine reported they were involved in a crash at the intersection of East David Road and Display Lane.

The driver of the SUV told investigators she did not hear or see the engine as it pulled out into the intersection.

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FDNY makes it clear where they stand on rookie firefighter whose father is a terrorist

Statter 911 - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 12:23

FDNY uses social media to support firefighter who is subject of New York Post article

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Convicted terrorist’s son is rookie FDNY firefighter

Statter 911 - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 09:59

Firefighter's father serving 24 years in prison in conspiracy to murder Jews

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 19:48

The California Professional Firefighters published a new video examining the effects of post-traumatic stress on firefighters and the need to help our own.

The six-minute video that highlights the story of Brendan McDonough, the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew that was overrun by fire in June 2013, and his struggle with PTSD and suicidal thoughts and how California is addressing its firefighter mental health issues.

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Memo shows motive for noose & penis drawings on Miami lieutenant’s family photos

Statter 911 - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:36

Investigative document shows fellow lieutenant came up with plan

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Fire department radio traffic released from Las Vegas shooting rampage

Statter 911 - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 17:12

Three hours of audio released from Clark County fire

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Today is Friday the 3rd of November, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 08:30

Here are the stories to close the week…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!


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Small plane crashes at northwest Las Vegas golf course

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 08:24

A small plane ended up in a pond during an emergency landing Thursday evening at a private golf course in northwest Las Vegas, police said.

First responders were called about about 5:40 p.m. about the landing at the golf course Painted Desert Golf Club, 5555 Painted Mirage Road, near Lone Mountain Road and U.S. Highway 95.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said a Beechcraft Travel Air plane “crash landed” on the golf course. “The aircraft was on final approach to the North Las Vegas airport when they reported they had lost their #1 engine,” Kenitzer said in an email.

Two occupants were reported out of the plane at the course, Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said. He pointed out the crash happened during a busy time of day, and pilots are taught to land their planes where they can do the least amount of damage in emergency situations, such as highways or fields.

“This was probably the best possible place that they could’ve brought this aircraft down, and it’s a commendable job what they did,” Szymanski said.

The two suffered minor injuries and were taken to University Medical Center, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Jay Rivera said.

Szymanski later tweeted the pilot reported the engine out and the plane was going to make an emergency landing, adding the pilot then reported they were in the water. He said the two occupants got out on their own and met paramedics at a nearby address.

A witness, Joe Ippolito, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he saw two men swim away from the plane.

He said he heard “some type of sputtering, a little bit of a thud” while standing in his driveway. He then saw the plane’s tail enter the pond at the course.

“I go, ‘Where’s the rest of the airplane?’” Ippolito recalled saying to himself.

He said he had hoped the tail was attached to the airplane rather than parts of the plane breaking up in the air.

Ippolito, 68, said he saw what appeared to be skid marks and debris on the course near the pond before the sun set Thursday night.

A handful of people gathered on a Lone Mountain Road bridge over U.S. Highway 95 to gawk at the scene. Among them was Pablo Duran, 38, a neighbor who was sitting on the ledge with his legs hanging over the side.

Duran didn’t see the crash, but he heard the sound, which he described as sounding like a crash on the highway.

“The only difference, we don’t hear any tires,” Duran said.

It wasn’t clear Thursday night from where the plane was coming.

Roadways were not affected by the crash, police said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

Small plane crashes at northwest Las Vegas golf course

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Aer Lingus plane forced to make emergency landing in Cork

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 08:21

No injuries reported as 149 passengers alight from aircraft safely after smoke fills cockpit

Olivia Kelleher

An Aer Lingus flight to London Heathrow had to return to Cork Airport and make an emergency landing after smoke filled the cockpit.

A spokesman for Cork Airport confirmed flight EI712 flew back to the airport shortly after take-off at 12.46pm on Thursday.

The aircraft, which was carrying 149 passengers, landed safely at 1.23pm and there were no injuries reported.

“A full activation of the airport’s emergency plan was deployed with Cork City and Cork County fire services as well as HSE ambulances turning out in support of the Cork Airport fire and police service,” the spokesman said.


Coastguards on the south coast were put on standby in the event that the plane had to land on water. Units of the fire service and local ambulances met the plane shortly after it touched down.

Emergency doors were opened and the slides to exit were used by some of the passengers.

A full technical investigation will be carried out and the air accident investigation unit has been notified. The airport remained open and the passengers were accommodated on subsequent flights from Cork to London Heathrow.

Passenger Barry O’Sullivan told Cork’s Red FM: “Once we got on to the ground the captain came on the tannoy to say ‘evacuate immediately please and leave bags after you’.”

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Plane flips taking off in Turners Falls; no injuries

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 08:19

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MONTAGUE — A small plane attempting to take off to Orange skidded off the runway and landed upside down in the tall grass at the Turners Falls Airport Thursday afternoon. 

The plane’s pilot, the only person in the plane, was not injured from the crash, Turners Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief Leon Ambo said.

While taking off south around 2:30 p.m., the plane veered to the left and skidded, likely hit a dip just off the runway, and flipped over into the tall grass, less than 100 yards from the runway, Ambo said.

Firefighters reported no fluids came out of the plane. An ambulance from Turners Falls Fire Department was at the scene.

The Fire Department and Montague Police Department were expecting the Federal Aviation Administration to come and inspect the scene, per protocol, around 4 p.m.

No other information was available at this time.

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