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Today is Friday the 9th of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:52

We close out this week with the following stories…

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!


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Pilot suffers broken arm in Lincoln County plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:49

LINCOLN CO. ( – A pilot suffered a broken arm after a small plane crashed in Lincoln County Thursday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said pilot Mike Fleming was the only person on the plane when it crashed at Wolf Creek Road and Highway U around noon. According to authorities, the narrow private road doubles as a private airstrip.

“I was in the house making lunch and I heard what sounded like an empty dump truck coming down a gravel road,” said Fleming’s neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous.

The crash happened just a few feet from the man’s home.

“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I just stood over here,” he said. “So I went over there and he put his arm around my shoulders and we lifted him up and got him out over it.”

Following the crash, Fleming was taken to the local hospital for treatment. Despite the heavy damage done to the aircraft itself, Fleming suffered only a broken hand and arm.

“Could definitely have been a lot worse. when we got over there fuel was pouring out and it could’ve caught on fire,” said Ron MacKnight, Fire Chief for Wright City. “We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and this is one of those best case scenarios.”

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ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:46

CENTRALIA — A small airplane crashed just before 11:30 Thursday morning at the Centralia Airport. 

The pilot was reportedly the only occupant of the plane that apparently crashed upon takeoff. He was injured but awake and conscious when emergency personnel arrived at the crash scene.

He was taken by ambulance to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia but was airlifted out a short time later.

Centralia police, LIfestar, and Centralia Fire Department responded to the crash.

The plane is a 1976 Cessna 172M fixed wing with a single engine. It’s owned by flight school Airgo Inc., and while it had seating for four occupants, only the pilot was in the plane at the time of the crash.


Lear Jet In Trouble Over NJ Lands Safely At Stewart Airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:45

Jerry DeMarco

A Lear jet that had problems with the nose landing gear diverted safely from New Jersey to Stewart Airport in Orange County late Thursday morning, authorities said.

The troubled jet landed just before noon at the public/military airport nearly 57 miles north of Teterboro, the Port Authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

Hasbrouck Heights firefighters and Port Authority responders were at Teterboro Airport as the jet, with five people aboard, began circling to burn off fuel around 10:30 a.m., Pentangelo said.

The decision was made soon after to head to Stewart, where, as pilot Joseph Bar-Nadav explained, “the runways are at least twice as long as the ones at Teterboro and would make landing an aircraft with gear issues much safer.

“The long runways afford the pilot lots of room to get low and slow and then gently land on the runway surface without landing gear and leave enough room to slide as long as it needs,” Bar-Nadav said.

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Flight bound for Boston makes emergency landing in Charleston after report of fumes

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:44


FAA officials say a plane bound for Boston made an emergency landing in Charleston Thursday evening after the crew reported fumes in the aircraft.

According to the FAA, JetBlue Flight 170, which is an Airbus A320 aircraft, landed safely at Charleston International Airport around 6:30 p.m.

“The flight departed from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was headed to Boston,” emergency officials said.

JetBlue says the plane was diverted to Charleston in an abundance of caution after reports of an odor on board.

“The flight landed safely at approximately 6:30 p.m. local time, and customers deplaned normally,” said Morgan Johnston with JetBlue.

Passengers told Live 5 News that they smelled something similar to gas and believe the smell was coming from the rear of the plane.

According to JetBlue officials, a spare plane is expected to arrive in Charleston with passengers continuing on to Boston.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

Jaimie Hazebrouck was on Flight 170 and says the pilot remained calm and that passengers were notified in the first 20 minutes of the flight that something was going on and that the crew was looking into it.

Hazebrouck says it was about an hour later that plane officials announced they would be making an emergency landing after one of the crew members became sick.

“You could definitely smell gasoline or jet fuel,” Hazebrouck said. “It just seemed a little funky in the air. Some of us who are nervous flyers got a little nervous and we were wondering if we felt sick or not. It was definitely a little bit overwhelming. We were anxious to get off the flight.”

She says JetBlue offered them food and were good about providing passengers with updates.

The new plane is expected to leave at 1 a.m. on Friday.

Emergency crews including the North Charleston Fire Department and EMS responded to the airport.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:43

36 Years ago today: On 9 February 1982 a Japan Air Lines DC-8-61 crashed into Tokyo Bay on approach (mental aberration of the captain), killing 24 out of 174 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 9 February 1982 Time: 08:44 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61 Operator: Japan Air Lines – JAL Registration: JA8061 C/n / msn: 45889/291 First flight: 1967 Total airframe hrs: 36955 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 166 Total: Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 174 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND) (   Japan) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF), Japan Destination airport: Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan Flightnumber: JL350

JAL Flight 350 took off from Fukuoka (FUK) runway 16 at 07:34 for a regular flight to Tokyo-Haneda (HND). The aircraft climbed to the cruising altitude of FL290. At 08:22 the crew started their descend to FL160. After reaching that altitude, they were cleared to descend down to 3000 feet. The aircraft was cleared for a runway 33R ILS approach and 5deg of flaps were selected at 08:35, followed by 25 degrees of flaps one minute later. The landing gear was lowered at 08:39 and 50 degrees of flaps were selected two minutes after that. At 08:42 the aircraft descended through 1000 feet at an airspeed of 135 knots with wind from a direction of 360deg at 20 knots. The co-pilot called out “500 feet” at 08:43:25 but the captain did not make the “stabilized” call-out as specified by JAL operational regulations. The airspeed decreased to 133 knots as the aircraft descended through 300 feet at 08:43:50 and the co-pilot warned the captain that the aircraft was approaching the decision height. At 08:43:56 the radio altimeter warning sounded, followed by the flight engineer calling out “200 feet”, which was the decision height, three seconds later . At 08:44:01 the aircraft descended through 164 feet at 130KIAS. At that moment the captain cancelled autopilot, pushed his controls forward and retarded the throttles to idle. The co-pilot tried to regain control but the aircraft crashed into the shallow water of Tokyo Bay, 510 m short of the runway 33R threshold. The nose and the right hand wing separated from the fuselage. The captain had recently suffered a psychosomatic disorder; preliminary reports suggested that the captain experienced some form of a mental aberration. He had been off duty from November 1980 to November 1981 for these reasons.

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Emergency crews ‘everywhere’ after Southwest flight slumps forward on nose after skidding off taxiway in Maryland

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:18

A Southwest Airlines plane carrying 143 passengers slid off a taxiway at an airport near Baltimore on Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed. 

The Southwest flight was preparing to take off for Montego Bay in Jamaica when the incident occurred, according to Southwest. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland has said passengers were transported from the outbound aircraft shortly afterward, but only wrote that the plane had “stopped on the taxiway pavement.” BWI further stated that there were no reported injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that the incident occurred at around 10 a.m. EST, and added that the agency intends to investigate what caused the plane to slide “sideways” while preparing to depart.

According to social media posts from passengers, the Jamaica-bound flight was taxiing to the runway when it skidded off into the grass. A passenger on the plane also claimed that the pilot attributed the incident to an “icy spot” on the taxiway, though she wasn’t convinced that was accurate.

“What was pilot thinking? Hitting the throttle before making the turn with only grass in front of him?!” wrote Instagram user Donna Edmonds.

Footage taken by Twitter user Lilith Christiansen further shows passengers disembarking the plane via a ladder, while emergency crews and airport personnel stand nearby.

Emergency crews were also said to be “everywhere” by observer Todd Miller, who posted a photo of the aircraft on Facebook shortly before 11 a.m. In it, the Southwest aircraft appeard to be slumped forward toward its nose.

Both the FAA and BWI say the airplane will be towed off the taxiway and back to a gate, although WBAL reported that the plane was still sitting on the runway as of 11:30 a.m. Other flights out of BWI are continuing to operate, the airport said via Twitter.

A representative for Southwest Airlines echoed BWI’s statement that there were no injuries to report, adding that customers will be continuing on to their intended destination of Montego Bay on a different plane.

“At approximately 10:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, February 7, the front of the aircraft operating Southwest flight 906 from Baltimore Washington to Montego Bay International Airport traveled to the edge, but did not exit, the taxiway prior to departure,” a spokesperson for Southwest said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “The 143 passengers and six crew members safely deplaned via airstairs and were bussed to the airport terminal. There are no injuries to report.

“The Customers onboard the flight will be accommodated on a different aircraft and are scheduled to arrive in Montego Bay approximately three hours behind schedule. As always, the safety and support of our customers and employees remains our primary focus and we are working to get them on their way as quickly as possible,” the statement read.

This is the second time a commercial plane skidded off a runway or taxiway in recent months. In January, a Pegasus Airlines flight skidded down a small cliff after landing at a Turkish airport.

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Bird strike forces plane to return to TF Green

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:16

By Nancy Krause

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — An American Airlines flight was forced to return to T. F. Green Airport Wednesday afternoon after a reported bird strike during flight.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said American Eagle Flight 5396 – which is operated by PSA Airlines – landed safely.

Feinstein said the plane was in the air for less than 30 minutes when the bird strike happened.

According to T.F. Green’s website, the flight was scheduled to depart at 11:51 a.m. for Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

Feinstein said maintenance crews at the airport were inspecting the plane for possible damage.

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SpiceJet Flight Tyres Burst At Chennai Airport, Main Runway Closed

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:15

The main runway of the Chennai airport was closed after a SpiceJet flight made an emergency landing due to a tyre-burst.

Chennai | Reported by J Sam Daniel Stalin

CHENNAI:  A SpiceJet aircraft with over 200 people on board made an emergency landing at the Chennai airport this afternoon after one of its tyres burst during take-off. 

All 199 passengers on the flight to Delhi were safe, airport officials said. The primary runway of the Chennai International Airport was closed till 6 pm.

A flight due for take-off right after the SpiceJet one spotted debris on the runway, alerting air traffic control. At the same time, the pilot on board the SpiceJet flight also diagnosed problems with the landing gear and requested an emergency landing around 2:25 pm, airport officials said.

“The crew decided to turn back and landed safely at the Chennai airport. Passengers were deplaned safely in a normal manner and taken to terminal building,” the airline said.

The flight landed safely but a second tyre on the aircraft burst while landing. The main runway was closed down as the aircraft got stuck in the taxiing area.

An Ethiopian cargo plane also had to make an emergency landing after reporting low fuel due to the hold-up.

Chennai’s international airport has two runways. Flight operations are underway on the secondary runway but cascading delays are expected.

“Due to damage to main runway and aircraft stuck in taxiway near the runway, the same will not be available for operations for at least three hours… Secondary runway is in use currently. Inconvenience caused to passengers is regretted”, Chennai Airport said on Twitter.

Another tweet said at least 21 flights were delayed and six were diverted to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Tuticorin.

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Passenger comment prompts evacuation at Lindbergh Field

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:11

SAN DIEGO — A possibly confused or irrational airline customer’s troubling comments about his luggage prompted an evacuation of part of Lindbergh Field Wednesday until authorities determined that the statements indicated no threat of any kind.

A person flagged down a security officer in a baggage-claim area in Terminal 2 at the bayside airport shortly after 11 a.m. to report the man’s suspicious remarks, San Diego Harbor Police Sgt. Victor Banuelos said.

Officials cleared travelers and employees out of the eastern side of the terminal while officers with a service dog and explosives experts scrutinized the luggage in question.

Nothing hazardous was found, and the area was re-opened shortly before noon, the sergeant said.

The owner of the searched baggage, whose name was not released, was detained for a mental-health evaluation.

Though any delays in outgoing flights caused by the incident were expected to be minor, authorities advised Travelers were advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport Wednesday afternoon.

Banuelos declined to disclose the nature of the comments that prompted the roughly 45-minute security alert.

Passenger comment prompts evacuation at Lindbergh Field


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Battery Deal Called ‘A Major Step Toward Fully Electric Aviation’

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:10

Kokam Batteries To Power First Flights Of All-Electric Aircraft By The End Of 2018

Eviation Aircraft and South Korean battery manufacturer Kokam have revealed details for a battery supply deal worth over $1 million. These batteries will be used to power Eviation’s Alice aircraft, set to fly by the end of this year.

With the goal of making clean regional air travel accessible for all, Eviation is tackling one of the world’s dirtiest industries – aviation. Its zero-emissions solution, the Alice, which debuted at the 52nd Paris Air Show in June 2017, leverages an IP portfolio that includes thermal management and autonomous landing, as well as distributed electric propulsion, industry-leading battery technology provided by Kokam, and cutting-edge composite body frames capable of carrying up to 9 passengers on a single charge for 650 miles.

Beginning with its patented manufacturing process, Kokam’s battery solutions feature a compact battery cell design, an industry-leading energy density of 260 Watt hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) and a long cycle life, making them optimized to achieve light, energy efficient solutions meeting the safety demands of an aircraft. While the company’s battery solutions have been used in aerial, ground, surface, and underwater drone applications for military, commercial, and industrial purposes, this deal with Eviation marks the first time they will be used in manned aerial flights of regional commuter aircrafts.

“Eviation is taking the electric transportation revolution to its next logical level: the air,” said Ike Hong, vice president of Kokam’s Power Solutions Division. “While the aviation sector is behind those on the ground in electrifying, today’s battery capabilities are both more compact and with higher energy density than earlier technology, already able to power flights of 500 miles or less, a distance encompassing half of the world’s 4.5 billion flights annually.”

Eviation is primed to make regional air travel emissions-free with a fully-electric aircraft design, built from the ground up to cut costs and improve efficiency on the busiest city-to-city transit routes, such as San Diego to Silicon Valley and Seoul to Beijing. Through 2019, Eviation will certify and commercialize its all-electric Alice aircraft, while partnering with leading industry suppliers, including Kokam, to bring its prototypes to scale and to the market.

“Kokam is known around the world for its exceptional lithium ion battery technology, which already powers everything from energy storage systems to unmanned aerial, surface, and underwater vehicles,” said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation. “We’re confident this is the best battery to usher in the age of electric aerial mobility, helping to save customers time and money, while being the most sustainable solution in the air.”

(Source: Eviation Aircraft news release. Alice aircraft pictured in file photo)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:09

29 Years ago today: On 8 February 1989 an Independent Air Boeing 707 crashed into Pico Alto, Azores, killing all 144 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 1989 Time: 14:08 Type: Boeing 707-331B Operator: Independent Air Registration: N7231T C/n / msn: 19572/687 First flight: 1968 Total airframe hrs: 44755 Cycles: 12589 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (HK) Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 137 / Occupants: 137 Total: Fatalities: 144 / Occupants: 144 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Pico Alto (   Portugal) Crash site elevation: 547 m (1795 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bergamo-Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY/LIME), Italy Destination airport: Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal Flightnumber: 1851

Flight IDN 1851, a Boeing 707, departed Bergamo, Italy (BGY) at 10:04 UTC for a flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) via Santa Maria, Azores (SMA).
At 13:56:47 Santa Maria Tower cleared the flight to descend to 3000 feet for a runway 19 ILS approach: “Independent Air one eight five one roger reclear to three thousand feet on QNH one zero two seven and runway will be one niner.” In that transmission, the trainee controller had transmitted an incorrect QNH that was 9 hPa too high. The actual QNH was 1018.7 hPa.
After a brief pause the message resumed at 13:56:59: “expect ILS approach runway one niner report reaching three thousand.” This transmission was not recorded on the voice recorder of Flight 1851, probably because the first officer keyed his mike and read back: “We’re recleared to 2,000 feet and ah … .” The first officer paused from 13:57:02 to 13:57:04, then unkeyed the mike momentarily. This transmission was not recorded on the ATS tapes.
In the cockpit, the first officer questioned aloud the QNH value, but the captain agreed that the first officer had correctly understood the controller.
After being cleared for the ILS approach the crew failed to accomplish an approach briefing, which would have included a review of the approach plate and minimum safe altitude. If the approach plate had been properly studied, they would have noticed that the minimum safe altitude was 3,000 feet and not 2,000 feet, as it had been understood, and they would have noticed the existence and elevation of Pico Alto.
At 14:06, the flight was 7.5 nm from the point of impact, and beginning to level at 2,000 feet (610 meters) in light turbulence at 250 KIAS. At 14:07, the flight was over Santa Barbara and entering clouds at approximately 700 feet (213 meters) AGL in heavy turbulence at 223 KIAS. At 14:07:52, the captain said, “Can’t keep this SOB thing straight up and down”. At approximately 14:08, the radio altimeter began to whine, followed by the GPWS alarm as the aircraft began to climb because of turbulence, but there was no reaction on the part of the flight crew. At 14:08:12, the aircraft was level when it impacted the ridge of the mountain. It collided with a rock wall on the side of a road at the mountain top at an altitude of approximately 1,795 feet (547 meters) AGL.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The Board of Inquiry understands that the accident was due to the non-observance by the crew of established operating procedures, which led to the deliberate descent of the aircraft to 2000ft in violation the minimum sector altitude of 3000ft, published in the appropriate aeronautical charts and cleared by the Santa Maria Aerodrome Control Tower. 
Other factors:
1) Transmission by the Santa Maria Aerodrome Control Tower of a QNH value 9 hPa higher than the actual value, which put the aircraft at an actual altitude 240ft below that indicated on board.;
2) Deficient communications technique on the part of the co-pilot, who started reading back the Tower’s clearance to descend to 3000ft before the Tower completed its transmission, causing a communications overlap.;
3) Violation by the Aerodrome Control Tower of established procedures by not requiring a complete read back of the descent clearance.;
4) Non-adherence by the crew to the operating procedures published in the appropriate company manuals, namely with respect to cockpit discipline, approach briefing , repeating aloud descent clearances, and informal conversations in the cockpit below 10000ft.;
5) General crew apathy in dealing with the mistakes they made relating tot the minimum sector altitude, which was known by at least one of the crew members, and to the ground proximity alarms.;
6) Non-adherence to standard phraseology both by the crew and by Air Traffic Control in some of the air-ground communications.;
7) Limited experience of the crew, especially the co-pilot, in international flights.;
8) Deficient crew training, namely concerning the GPWS as it did not include emergency manoeuvres to avoid collision into terrain.;
9) Use of a route which was not authorized in the AIP Portugal.;
10) The operational flight plan, whose final destination was not the SMA beacon, was not developed in accordance with the AIP Portugal.”

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‘Unconscionable:’ Memo Says DC Fire Recruits Lack Proper Equipment, Training

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 19:41

A veteran of the D.C. Fire and EMS Department says the city’s training academy is leaving new firefighters woefully underprepared. Some rookies leave having never used a fire hydrant, a recently retired deputy fire chief with decades on the job wrote in an internal memo obtained by News4.

The nine-page memo says the recruits are rushed through a training program. The memo says initial firefighter training was a 20-week program, but now takes just eight weeks.

“I think it’s unconscionable,” Dabney Hudson, president of the D.C. Firefighters Union Local 36, said in response to the memo. “When you shortchange the training, you shortchange everybody.”

Hudson’s own training program was nearly twice as long, and he says it was a lot of information to grasp in 18 weeks.


“To think they would cut that to 8 to 10 weeks… I couldn’t imagine,” he said.

D.C. Fire chief Gregory Dean says that firefighter training is adequate.

“Training has been and remains my top priority since joining the Department and we have significantly expanded the frequency and level of training,” Dean said.

The memo was written by a 27-year firefighter as he was retiring from the department.

Hudson, the union president, said he agrees with many points in the memo, including that training is rushed, facilities are inadequate and D.C. Fire and EMS lacks equipment.

“Things aren’t as great as they look. We have significant problems,” Hudson said.

The memo and union representatives suggest the training program left at least some recruits unprepared to fight fires.

Hudson said some recruits are sent out before they had mastered basic skills like turning on portable radios.

“We’ve had issues with new recruits in the field not being able to perform basic tasks,” Hudson said. “Really rudimentary and basic tasks that can’t be performed.”

Some recruits aren’t even adequately prepared to start the program, the memo says, because their educational backgrounds may not be strong enough.

The Fire and EMS website says cadets must have a diploma or GED certificate.

Additionally, each recruit undergoes a background check and evaluations, Dean said.

During their training, recruits are expected to learn in a building that’s too small and doesn’t have any hot water, the memo says.

The academy doesn’t have new training vehicles, Hudson said, and the air tanks firefighters wear into burning buildings are also in short supply.

“That’s just the the tip of the iceberg,” Hudson said. “There’s still significant problems in the fire department.”

News of these complaints may not be new to managers, as the memo was meant to reinforce warnings given to management over the past several years.

“Some of these issues we are already working on; I will be looking into other issues,” Dean said.

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Deputy chief’s memo blasts training at DC Fire & EMS Department

Statter 911 - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:14

Memo claims rookies sent to firehouses without ever having operated a hydrant valve

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:12

Officials say 20 firefighters who battled a blaze at a Rhode Island company are being treated for chemical exposure symptoms, and seven firefighters still too sick to work.

Several crews responded to the fire at Prosys Finishing Technologies in Cranston Jan. 29. Deputy Fire Chief Paul Valletta says chemicals caused the firefighters’ equipment to melt as they entered the building.

At least 12 firefighters were immediately hospitalized. Valletta says he and many people have chronic cough, vomiting and shortness of breath among other symptoms.

Valletta says there were at least 80 chemicals stored in the room where the fire broke out. The city is currently working to identify all of the chemicals.

Valletta says the company told him it would have been “catastrophic” had firefighters not put out the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:10

Two firefighters have been hospitalized for minor injuries they suffered while battling a two-alarm structure fire at a large condominium complex in Fremont’s Warm Springs district this afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.
The fire was reported at 3:22 p.m. at 81 Shaniko Common and was contained at about 4:30 p.m., Fremont fire Division Chief Diane Hendry said.
However, firefighters are still working on completely extinguishing flames in an attic area, according to Hendry.
Two units at the large complex have been completely destroyed by the fire and four other units also have been damaged, Hendry said.

Fire officials haven’t yet determined when residents of units that weren’t damaged can return, she said.
The cause and origin of the fire are still being investigated, according to Hendry.
One firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his legs when his leg went through a hole in a balcony on the third floor of the building during the initial attack on the blaze, Hendry said.
Another firefighter suffered a back injury a little later, she said.
No residents were injured in the fire, according to Hendry.

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Santee fire chief: Witness heard ‘throttling’ before plane circled and crashed, killing 2

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:42

A small plane crashed into a storage yard in Santee early Tuesday shortly after taking off from Gillespie Field, killing two people and one of two dogs who were onboard, authorities said. 

The Cessna 182 Skylane crashed nose-first into the glass company’s yard shortly before 7 a.m. on Prospect Avenue near Cuyamaca Street. No one on the ground was hurt.

Santee Fire Chief Richard Smith said the single-engine plane apparently experienced some kind of mechanical issue after taking off from Gillespie, with a witness hearing “some kind of throttling” after the Cessna had taken off and was headed west.

The pilot “circled around and was trying to make it back to the airport, came up short and landed in the yard,” Smith said.

When fire crews arrived, they found the plane upright, leaning on its left side. The fire chief said the plane crashed nose first and was heavily damaged.

Firefighters checked the plane and found two adults on board who had died.

Two badly injured dogs also were found in the plane and were taken to an El Cajon veterinarian for treatment.

One dog did not survive, said Dan DeSousa, director of the county Department of Animal Services. He said the other dog was in grave condition as of late afternoon.

The crash did not ignite a fire but spilled fuel in the Tower Glass yard. A hazardous materials team was dispatched to do cleanup, a Heartland Fire & Rescue dispatcher said.

The crash could have been much worse, Smith said, noting that there are homes and businesses near the airport.

“Fortunately the layout with Gillespie Field and this dirt field here allows for some margin of error, if you will,” Smith said. “All in all, it could have been a lot worse.”

Alexis Hill and her brother, Zachary Hill, were driving by when they saw the plane swerving and go down. They called 911 to summon help.

“The wreck was so bad there’s no way we could have gotten anywhere in there, seen anything. It was just destroyed, on top of the equipment that was in there,” she said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane’s registered owners are John and Cherril Longhurst of Darby, Mont.

Investigators from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were responding to the crash site, Smith said. 

There have been several plane crashes near Gillespie Field in recent years.

A pilot and two passengers were injured Dec. 17 when a single-engine plane crashed into a parking lot in El Cajon shortly after taking off. That crash was in a parking lot off Gillespie Way near Weld Boulevard.

In September 2017, a small plane lost power after taking off from Gillespie and crash-landed on North Second Street near El Rey Avenue in El Cajon. The two people on the plane were not injured.

In September 2015, a flight instructor and student pilot were killed when their plane crashed into a roof of a Santee house. A preliminary federal accident report said the engine of the plane quit and the pilots were trying to restart it when the wing of the plane hit the roof of the house on Corte De La Donna.

Killed in the crash were flight instructor Robert C. Sarrisin, 59, of Rancho Penasquitos, and Jeffrey Michael Johnson, 50 of El Cajon, who was taking flying lessons.

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Coast Guard rescues 4 from downed airplane

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:40

By Ben Estes

The Coast Guard rescued four people from a downed plane in the Atchafalaya River south of Patterson on Tuesday (Feb. 6).

A Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane traveling from Slidell to Patterson in St. Mary Parish ran low on fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing around 5 p.m., the Coast Guard reported.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans hoisted the survivors and transported them to Perry’s Flying Center in Patterson.

One person suffered a minor injury to the arm, the Coast Guard said.

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