Fire Service

Small plane makes emergency landing in West Bountiful field

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:29

By Gephardt Daily Staff

WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah, April 8, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A small plane made an emergency landing in a field just east of Legacy Parkway in West Bountiful on Monday afternoon. 

Woods Cross Police Department tweeted at 2:10 p.m., “Small plane lost fuel pressure, landing in a field at 500 South just East of Legacy Parkway. Both pilots are not injured.”

West Bountiful Police Department is investigating the incident, the tweet said.

The incident occurred at milepost 5, said a tweet from the Utah Department of Transportation, and the right lane is closed as a result of the crash.

The estimated clearance time is 3:10 p.m., the tweet from UDOT said.

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Police, firefighters and ambulance called as plane crash lands near Coupar Angus

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:26

by Jamie Buchan

A pilot and his student had a lucky escape after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing near an east Perthshire farm.

The light aircraft came down near Kettins, about two miles from Coupar Angus, just before 3pm.

Emergency services, including about a dozen firefighters, were scrambled to the scene at Newton of Ballunie.

Both men were said to have walked away uninjured from the damaged Cessna 152 craft.

The Department for Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed a probe is now under way.

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ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:24

By Ashley Calingo, PEO Land Systems Public Affairs, Marine Corps Systems Command

Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. —

Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.—Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fight Marines are getting a modernized rig—their first in over 30 years. The P-19R ARFF will be the principal firefighting and crash response vehicle for the Marine Air Ground Task Force, and will be able to support all operations where the MAGTF is employed. 

The Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles program office at Program Executive Officer Land Systems started fielding the P-19R vehicle in June 2017 and, since then, have fielded the majority of the new trucks to Marine Corps installations across the continental United States.

“So far, the reception from the Marines on the capability of the truck has been outstanding,” said Eric Miller, product manager for the P-19R at PEO Land Systems. “Obviously after 30 years, Marines are excited about having a new capability. It’s been very well received.”

The technological advancements made by Industry over the past few decades are reflected in the modernized truck. The P-19R integrates combat-proven performance and advanced firefighting technology to deliver cutting-edge on-road and off-road rescue and firefighting capabilities to permanent and expeditionary airfields throughout the Marine Corps.

With the P-19R—as with its predecessor, the P-19A—Marines are able to counter aircraft fires caused by crashes or other causes. The P-19R is safer, faster, has a more powerful engine and has nearly double the fuel capacity compared to its predecessor. The P-19R’s 600 horsepower engine enables the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 50 miles per hour in under 25 seconds, and can reach speeds over 70 miles per hour, enabling ARFF Marines to swiftly reach the scene of the action. To put this in context, the Corps’ workhorse Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement—more commonly known as the “MTVR” or “7-ton”—takes over 30 seconds to reach 50 miles per hour and has a maximum speed under 70 miles per hour.

Inside the cab, the P-19R is outfitted with a 10.4-inch display unit—dubbed the “command zone”—giving Marines the ability to monitor different aspects of the vehicle. The command zone enables Marines to keep tabs on everything from tire pressure to water and fluid levels, in addition to other internal diagnostics.

“The P-19R is a lot more technologically advanced and has more bells and whistles than the older [fire trucks] do,” said Cpl. Dominic Wirthlin, ARFF specialist with Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron in California. “The command zone tells us if anything’s wrong with the vehicle that can cause an issue so we can fix it before something breaks.”

The bumper and roof turret controls on the P19-R also received an upgrade. Using an electronic joystick, Marines are now able to maneuver the turrets and—with the push of a button—switch between spraying water and flame-suppressing foam. 

“The turrets are manually-operated. It’s almost like playing a video game,” said Sgt. Christopher Cunningham, another ARFF specialist at MCAS Camp Pendleton H&HS. “Everything [on the P-19R] is technologically advanced. It’s just a really cool rig.”

Unlike its predecessor, however, the P-19R can be used off the airfield in tactical operations, such as combating structural fires and wildland fires. The ruggedized P-19R was designed so Marines have the ability to navigate through any terrain off-road they may encounter—from the mountains to the desert to the jungle.

“Prior to the P-19R, the fire station assets and the assets that the Marine Wing Support Squadrons use weren’t shared,” said Suzanne Deer, a logistician with the MHTV program office at PEO Land Systems. “With the P-19R, one vehicle can be used interchangeably between the air stations and the tactical community.”

From logistical standpoint, the P-19R shares major components with other tactical vehicles in MHTV program portfolio—specifically, the Logistics Vehicle Systems Replacement vehicle and the MTVR—which will make it easier to source and replace parts as needed in its 22-year future, said Deer. For example, the P-19R shares a common engine with the LVSR, and uses the same suspension system as the MTVR. Additionally, the P-19R uses the same wheels and tires as both the LVSR and MTVR vehicles. It also shares the same central tire inflation system capable of maintaining and adjusting tire pressure according to the terrain, along with providing runflat protection for punctured tires.

With the bulk of the vehicles already fielded across I and II MEF, the program office is heading to Japan this summer to field the P-19R to III MEF and its associated Marine Wing Support Squadrons and Marine Corps Installations. The program office anticipates completing fielding of all 164 vehicles by February 2020.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:21

67 Years ago today: On 9 April 1952 a Japan Air Lines Martin 2-0-2 crashed into the Mihara volcano, killing all 37 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 9 April 1952 Time: 08:07 Type: Martin 2-0-2 Operating for: Japan Air Lines – JAL Leased from: Northwest Orient Airlines Registration: N93043 C/n / msn: 9164 First flight: 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: Mihara Volcano (   Japan) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan Destination airport: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF), Japan

The aircraft, leased from Northwest Airlines, crashed into a mountain. The plane was named “Mokusei”.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 07:13

A decorated FDNY firefighter was among four Americans killed by a roadside bomb near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan on Monday, sources told The Post.

Christopher Slutman, a married father of three, worked at Ladder 27 in the Claremont section of the Bronx, the sources said.

Slutman, who was a 15-year veteran of the FDNY, also served as a U.S. Marine, according to sources.

One source remembered him as a devoted father and hard-working FDNY member.

“He was really a great guy,” the source said. “He loved being a fireman, and he was a real family man.”

Slutman was awarded the Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal in 2014 for rescuing an unconscious woman from a burning apartment in the South Bronx, according to FDNY records.

In the rescue, he crawled on the floor through the flames to reach a bedroom where the woman had passed out.

He and another firefighter then dragged the woman past the fire again and safely turned her over to medics in the lobby of the building.

Three U.S. service members and a contractor were killed in the blast when their convoy hit a roadside bomb north of Kabul on Monday, U.S. forces said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack after the killings.

The roadside blast hit the convoy near the Bagram Air Base, which is the main U.S. operations center in the country. The killings bring the total number of Americans killed in Afghanistan this year to seven.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 03:41

4/9/1866 the first meeting of National Board of Fire Underwriters occurred to work for fire prevention and loss control; in the 1960’s the National Board of Fire Underwriters merged into the American Insurance Association and in 1971 they form the Insurance Service Office (ISO)

4/9/1894 the Davidson Theatre fire in Milwaukee, WI left nine firefighters dead. “Soon after the department arrived a ladder run up from the hotel slipped and a firefighter was precipitated to the ground and killed. He was the first to die, but it seemed hardly ten minutes later that seven lives were suffered out in an instant. Flames were seen to shoot from the roof at the rear end of the theatre building at 4:20, and in an instant almost the entire roof was ablaze. The fire seemed to have enveloped the top of the building. The alarm of fire was quickly turned in and in a very short time several engines were at the scene, but the seat of the fire could not be easily located. The hotel located at 135 3rd Street. A portion of the building is occupied by the Davidson Hotel, and although the fire at first was not near any of the sleeping apartments, the guests were all aroused. Messengers were sent to awaken everybody and in a few minutes men, women and children came tumbling down the stairs arrayed for the most part in such clothes as they could seize in their hasty flight. There were probably fifty or seventy-five guests in the hotel, among them twelve dwarfs of the Lilliputian company which had been playing at the Davidson and several members of the Nellie McHenry company, playing at the Bijou. In a very short time every room in the house was empty. The elevators were kept busy in bringing down the guests who saw that there was plenty of time to get out, and waited to dress partially at least and collect some of their valuables. All were assured there was not the slightest danger as the fire was in the roof, over the theatre part of the building and the hotel building is also fireproof. Many soon went back to their rooms to collect their belongings, and the panic, so far as the guests was soon over. —It was almost impossible to get at the fire to fight it successfully. It seemed to have started just below the roof, under the wooden dome that surmounts it. A deluge of water was soon poured in when the fire seemed to be hottest, and at 5 o’clock the water was dropping through into the auditorium and it was feared that much damage would be done to the costly decorations and furnishings of handsome playhouse, one of the finest theatres in the United States. While two companies of the fire department were trying to reach the roof, there occurred the accident that caused the first firefighters death. He was climbing an aerial ladder and was up about forty feet. The wheels of the truck had not been properly blocked, and the ladder canted. He lost his hold, turned head downward and dropped with awful directness to the concrete sidewalk. He struck on his head his brains spattering against the wall. At the same time twenty men were feeling their way through the dense smoke to a narrow passage that led out between the ceiling of the auditorium and the roof. The fire was under control the Chief believed, and the only dense smoke that could be seen came from this spot. The men were well out over the ceiling when there was a crackling and a roar and twenty pipemen (firefighters) had gone through. The collapse of the ceiling was followed instantly by the fall of the roof. The burning timbers buried the men from view and flames fanned by the increased draught sprang up in all parts of the house. Every effort was then turned to rescue. Nothing could be done at first but to subdue the flames and floods of water had to be poured in. Great pools formed under the wreckage and one of the imprisoned firefighter, whose voice was first heard, was literally drowned as he lay with a timber across his breast. The wreckage was dragged away as fast as possible and the men who still showed signs of life hurried to the hospital. One died in the ambulance. Others were found to be so badly hurt that their recovery is impossible. While the firemen were dragging bodies from the basement of the theatre, thus suddenly transformed into a pit of death, flames gained headway in the upper hallways. They burned fiercely, being checked only when they reached the double walls that cut the hotel and theatre off from the remainder of the block. The interior of the theatre and that important part of the hotel which is in the same part of the building, were completely gutted. The loss will be not less than $250,000. All the scenery and costumes of the Lilliputian’s were on the stage of the theatre and were destroyed. The loss to the company is $20,000. The fire was believed to be started in the area of the kitchen, an area just above the theater.”

April 9, 1902 a Chicago, IL firefighter was fatally injured while fighting an industrial fire at 185 North Canal Street on April 8, 1902. “Five firefighters became stranded on a third-story fire escape while fighting the fire, and water streams from hoses at the street level were unsuccessful in pushing back the flames and smoke that trapped the firefighters, so the firefighter climbed up a thirty-foot ladder with a hose line. When he reached the top of the ladder, the firefighter was knocked off balance when he was struck by a stream of water from a hose down on the street. He fell thirty feet to the street below, and was transported to Cook County Hospital. He died from his injuries the next morning, April 9.

4/9/1943 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while fighting an apartment fire at 1500 N. Lake Shore Drive. He was operating hand extinguishers when a backdraft explosion trapped him in a dead-end hallway. Two other firefighters were also injured in the explosion.”

4/9/1978 four Syracuse, New York firefighters died fighting a dormitory fire. “On arrival, firefighters found a working fire on the second floor of an occupied, three-story frame Victorian dwelling which served as a dormitory on a university campus. As an attack was begun on the two-alarm blaze, reports were given to the chief that someone might be trapped on the third floor. Three two-man search teams were organized and sent up a rear stairway to gain access to the third floor. The attic of the building had been converted into apartments, making for a maze-like atmosphere with winding and narrow halls and the rear stairway being the only exit. Upon reaching the third floor, the firefighters found a light haze of smoke and began their search. It’s not exactly known what happened then, but it’s theorized that the fire rapidly spread to the third floor via concealed spaces, triggering the sprinkler heads that were located along the peak of the roof. Under rapidly escalating fire conditions, and heavy heat, smoke and steam, two of the six men were able to make their way out, but the other four apparently became disoriented and ran out of air. As the fire gained in intensity, rescuers found two firefighters lying in a hallway and were able to get them out of the building. Both men were found with their face pieces off. As the fire now took control of the building, the Chief of Department feared losing more men and ordered everyone out of the building. An exterior attack was then made in order to knock down some of the heavy fire before the rescue efforts could continue. After a while, firefighters re-entered the structure and found the bodies of the remaining two firefighters in a front room, approximately 20 feet from where the first two men were found.”

4/9/1979 an Atlantic City, NJ firefighter died of asphyxiation after being trapped in a collapse of a building on Elberon Ave.

4/9/1998 two Albert City, Iowa firefighters “were killed when they were struck by pieces of an 18,000-gallon propane tank when the tank experienced a BLEVE. The piping leading from the tank was damaged when it was struck by an all- terrain vehicle. A vapor cloud was ignited after teenagers riding an ATV struck two LP-Gas pipelines transporting liquid propane from an 18,000-gallon tank to two vaporizer units at a large turkey farm. A fire developed as a result of the leak and the fire department responded. While firefighters were protecting exposures, the tank exploded. Six other firefighters and a deputy sheriff were injured in the explosion.

4/9/2012 Philadelphia, PA a vacant Kensington warehouse fire killed two firefighters at the Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building, an enormous old mill brick structure was scheduled to be converted into 81 apartments several years before the fire, part of the roof of the furniture store collapsed about a half-hour after the fire had been declared under control, five firefighters were trapped when a wall collapsed.

4/9/1911 the business block in Dalton, GA was destroyed by fire; that started on the third floor of the Hotel Dalton shortly after midnight.

4/9/1910 Middletown, PA the business section of the city, about seventy-five buildings were destroyed or damaged by fire.

4/9/1873 in Middletown, CT a building collapsed that killed five. “The building was fifty by ninety feet, four stories, with Mansard roof; built very shabbily. Shepard (the contractor) has had three other buildings fall from cheap construction.”

4/9/1832 the Steamboat Brandywine burns near Memphis, TN leaving more than 100 dead.

4/9/1947 tornadoes striking west Texas and Oklahoma that killed 169 and injured 1,300.

4/9/1903 an explosion in the forward 12” gun on the USS Battleship IOWA off the coast of Pensacola, FL killed three sailors.

4/9/1971 Blackwell and Staby filed for a patent (#3,778,800) of a self-monitoring battery-powered home smoke detector called “SmokeGard” developed by Duane Pearsall an engineer and a technician in Denver, CO. Pearsall’s company sold HVAC equipment for commercial buildings; they were attempting to design “static neutralizer” to remove electrostatic charges for the Statitrol Corporation. While conducting experiments, the ion generator showed erratic readings when the technician, a chain smoker, exhaled smoke, detecting invisible smoke particles. Pearsall realized that the technology in Blackwell’s “kludged together” ion meter had the potential for a new kind of smoke detector. The detector first marketed in 1972 in the Sears & Roebuck catalog for $37.88, a relatively affordable price, (about $200 in today’s dollars). Ohio became the first state in 1971 to adopt residential smoke detector requirements in the state building code for one-, two-, and three-family dwellings. The Uniform Building Code was the first regional model code requiring smoke detectors in the hallways immediately outside bedrooms in 1973. With support from advocates for a low-cost home smoke detector, the NFPA 74 Technical Committee amended the standard to allow the self-monitoring battery power feature; provided an audible trouble signal would sound a chirp for at least seven consecutive days before the batteries were incapable of powering an alarm. A complaint filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 1976, by Ralph Nader, claiming that ionization smoke detectors produced radioactive emissions and were hazardous to the health of people in buildings; asking the NRC to recall detectors and ban further sales of the detectors. Ionization smoke detectors contained a small radioactive source, americium-241, that creates ions in the detection chamber. The NRC dismissed the claim after determining the radioactive exposure was minimal, less than that experienced on a commercial aircraft during a round-trip across the country flight. Before the introduction of the smoke alarms, 8,000 to 12,000 people died each in structures fires. The last few years the number has dropped to around 3,500. Pearsall’s work has saved tens of thousands of lives around the world.


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Chattooga County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered

Chattooga County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered
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Upson County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered

Upson County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered
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Pre-arrival video: Fire in the Bronx

Statter 911 - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:57

Fire Friday on East 149th Street

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:48

By Lynn Giesbrecht, Regina Leader-Post:

After reviewing eight Saskatchewan fire departments, Firefighter Cancer Consultants LLC has released 25 recommendations to prevent firefighter occupational cancer, but some say financial challenges stand in the way of implementation.

Jim Burneka, founder of Firefighter Cancer Consultants, reviewed the departments in February and presented his recommendations to fire chiefs from across the province gathered at Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place on Saturday. The recommendations focused on the importance of wearing the right personal protection equipment (PPE) and cleaning and storing that equipment properly to limit exposure to potential contaminants.

“A lot of it is just changing the mindset and realizing how significant of a threat this occupational cancer is and knowing we can do stuff about it,” Burneka said.

“We’re going to get exposed to a fire regardless. We’re going to take stuff home with us, but anything we can do to reduce our risk … hopefully it’s going to add up and we’ll be able to enjoy our career and then be able to enjoy life after retirement.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:21

New Age:

Fire fighter Sohel Rana, who became seriously injured during the rescue operation at capital’s Banani FR Tower devastating fire on March 28, died at a hospital in Singapore early Monday.

‘He succumbed to his injuries at Singapore General Hospital at 2:17am Bangladesh time,’ Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters control room duty officer Ershad Hossain told New Age.

Sohel, son of farmer Nurul Islam and housewife Halima Khatun of village Chouganga under Itna upazila in Kishoreganj, joined the fire service as a fireman on August 5, 2015 at Kamlaghat River Fire Station in Munshiganj.

He was transferred to Kurmitola Fire Station in Dhaka after few months.

He was the second of five siblings and eldest among four brothers.

On March 28, the fire-fighting unit he belonged to was among the first to respond to the FR Tower fire.
Sohel was among the fire-fighters engaged in rescuing the people trapped in the high rise with a ladder while his colleagues were dousing the fire from below, fire service officials said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:19

Two Southbridge firefighters were injured after the ladder truck they were traveling in crashed on Main Street Sunday night.

The Southbridge Fire Department said the firefighters were conducting driver training in Ladder 1 when the truck crashed around 8 p.m. The vehicle was occupied by a lieutenant, two career firefighters and one call firefighter.

Two members were taken to Harrington Hospital with minor injuries, the department said.

The crash is under investigation by the Southbridge Police Department and the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Accident Reconstruction Team.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:20


A firefighter was injured battling a house fire in Bucks County Sunday.

Investigators said a firefighter with the Edgley Fire Company suffered burns battling a blaze on the 400 block of Cedar Avenue in Bristol Township.

The firefighter is now back home after being treated at the hospital.

Officials said an extension cord failure sparked a porch fire which then consumed the home.

Read the full story here.

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Today is Monday the 8th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:24

After a rather quiet weekend, we start the new week with the following stories…

Have a great week and be safe out there!


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Dutch F-16 fighter jet forced into emergency landing after shooting itself

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:21

Incident branded ‘serious’ by Netherlands Department of Defence

Tom Embury-Dennis

An investigation has been launched after a Dutch fighter jet shot itself with its cannon, forcing the plane into an emergency landing.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 suffered “considerable damage” following the accident during a training exercise over Vlieland in January, according to state broadcaster NOS.

At least one round caused damage to the plane’s exterior after the pilot attempted to hit a practice target at Leeuwarden air base. Part of the munition was also found in the engine.

Nobody was injured, NOS reported, and the pilot was able to perform an emergency landing.

The Netherlands Defence Safety Inspection is investigating how the plane was able to fire upon itself and whether any air or ground personnel were endangered during the accident.

“This is a serious incident. We therefore want to fully investigate what happened and how we would be able to avoid this in future”, said Wim Bagerbos, inspector general at the Department of Defence.

It is not known how long the investigation will last.

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Hong Kong-bound jet spews smoke from engine, makes emergency landing in Kaohsiung

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:20

Cathay Dragon flight bound for Hong Kong makes emergency landing in Kaohsiung after engine spews smoke

By Keoni Everington,Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Cathay Dragon plane bound for Hong Kong had to make an emergency landing in Kaohsiung after one of its engines started emitting smoke, possibly after striking birds, reported CNA

The Kaohsiung International Airport confirmed that the tower reported Cathay Dragon Flight 451, departing Kaohsiung and bound for Hong Kong, had safely made an emergency landing at 8:31 a.m. this morning, after reporting a problem with one of its engines. After pilots reported smoke coming from one of the jet’s engines, the plane circled back toward Kaohsiung while dumping fuel over the Taiwan Strait and awaiting clearance for its landing.

After taking off at 8 a.m. this morning, an Airbus 330, with 317 passengers onboard, is suspected to have collided with a flock of birds, causing the right engine to emit smoke.

When the plane landed, airport and city fire crews were on standby to contain any blaze. However, there have been no reports of a fire or injuries thus far.

Cathay Dragon said it is trying to arrange alternative flights for passengers so they can reach their destination as soon as possible and has apologized for the delay. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Madeira, OH Accident

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:18

Records Show Reported Fuel Leak In The Left Wing Of The Airplane

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred March 12 in Madeira, OH. The commercial-rated pilot of the Piper Navajo was fatally injured when the airplane impacted terrain while attempting to return to Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field (KLUK), Cincinnati, Ohio after declaring a fuel emergency. 

According to the report, the local flight originated from KLUK at 1051.

Review of FAA preliminary air traffic control (ATC) and radar data revealed that the airplane flew several surveying tracks outside of Cincinnati before proceeding north to fly tracks near Dayton. The pilot reported to ATC that he was having a fuel problem and requested “direct” to LUK and a lower altitude. The controller provided the position of Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (KMGY), which was located 8 miles ahead. The pilot reported MGY in sight but requested to continue to KLUK. When the pilot checked in with the subsequent ATC facility, he reported that the fuel issue was resolved. Seven miles north of KLUK, the pilot established radio contact with the LUK tower controller. He advised the controller that the airplane was experiencing a fuel problem and he did not think it was going to reach the airport. The airplane slowed to a groundspeed of 80 knots before the air traffic controller noted a simultaneous loss of radar and radio contact about 5 nautical miles north of KLUK.

A relative of the pilot reported that the pilot told him the airplane “had a fuel leak and it was killing his sinuses” about 1 week prior to the accident. A company employee revealed that the airplane had a fuel leak in the left wing, and that the airplane was due to be exchanged with another company PA-31-350 the week before the accident occurred so that the fuel leak could be isolated and repaired. The accident airplane remained parked for a few days, was not exchanged, and then the accident pilot was brought in to continue flying the airplane.

According to witnesses, the airplane flew “very low” and the engine sputtered before making two loud “pop” or “back-fire” sounds. One witness reported that after sputtering, the airplane “was on its left side flying crooked.” Another witness reported that the “unusual banking” made the airplane appear to be flying “like a stunt in an airshow.” Two additional witnesses reported that the airplane was flying 100-120 ft above ground level in a southerly direction before it turned to the left and “nosedived.” Another witness reported that he could see the entire belly of the airplane and the airplane nose was pointing down toward the ground just prior to the airplane impacting a tree. A witness from an adjacent residence reported that there was a “whitish gray smoke coming from the left engine” after the accident, and that a small flame began rising” from that area when he was on the phone with 9-1-1 about 3 minutes after the accident.

According to FAA airmen records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multi-engine land and instrument airplane. The pilot also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine and instrument airplane and a ground instructor certificate. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued November 8, 2018. Examination of pilot’s logbooks revealed 6,392 total hours of flight experience as of February 19, 2019, including 1,364 hours in the accident airplane make and model. His most recent logged flight review was completed January 31, 2017.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the twin-engine airplane was manufactured in 1981. It was powered by two Lycoming, 350-horsepower engines, which drove two 3-bladed, constant-speed, counter-rotating propellers.

Examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that the airplane impacted a tree and private residence before it came to rest upright on a 335° heading. All major portions of the airplane were located on site.

The fuselage was substantially damaged. The instrument panel was fragmented and destroyed. The engine control levers were fire damaged and all levers were in the full forward position. Control continuity was established from the flight controls to the flight control surfaces except for one elevator cable attachment, which exhibited a tensile overload fracture. The left wing remained attached to the fuselage. The outboard leading edge of the left wing was crushed upward and aft, and the inboard section displayed thermal and impact damage. The right wing outboard of the right nacelle was impact separated, and a section of the right wing came to rest on the roof of the home. The leading edge of the right wing section displayed a semi-circular crush area about 1 ft in diameter. The left horizontal stabilizer and elevator were dented. The right horizontal stabilizer and elevator were bet upward at the tip. Measurement of the rudder trim barrel revealed a nose-right trim setting.

Both engines remained attached to their respective wings. The left engine remained attached at the mount, however the mount was bent and fractured in multiple locations. The engine was angled upward about 75°. All but 4 inches of the left propeller was buried and located at initial ground impact point, which was about 13 ft from the left engine. The right engine was found attached to the right wing and its respective engine mounts, however the engine mounts were fractured in multiple locations. All but 6 inches of the right propeller was buried and located at the initial ground impact point, which was about 18 ft from the right engine.

The left engine crankshaft would not rotate upon initial examination. Impact damage was visible to ignition harness leads on both sides of the engine. Both magnetos remained secured and produced sparks at all leads when tested. Less than 2 ounces of fuel was observed within the fuel inlet of the fuel servo upon removal of the servo. The sample tested negative for water. The fuel servo was disassembled and both diaphragms were present and damage free with no signs of tears. The fuel inlet screen was found unobstructed. Rotation of the engine crankshaft was achieved through the vacuum pump drive after the removal of impact damaged pushrods. Spark plugs showed coloration consistent with normal operation and electrodes remained mechanically undamaged. A borescope inspection of all cylinders did not reveal any anomalies. The oil filter was opened, inspected, and no debris was noted. Fuel injectors were removed and unobstructed. Residual or no fuel was found during the examination and removal of components such as fuel lines, injector lines and the fuel pump.

The right engine crankshaft would not rotate upon initial examination. Minor impact damage was visible to ignition harness leads. Cylinder Nos. 2, 4, and 6 displayed varying degrees of impact damage to their top sides. The alternator mount was found fractured and the alternator was not present at the time of engine examination. Spark plugs showed coloration consistent with normal operation and electrodes remained mechanically undamaged. Both magnetos produced sparks at all leads when tested. The fuel servo was dissembled and both diaphragms were present and free of damage with no signs of tears. Engine crankshaft rotation was achieved through the vacuum pump drive after the removal of impact damaged pushrods. A borescope inspection of all cylinders did not reveal any anomalies. The oil filter was opened, inspected and no debris was noted. Fuel injectors were removed and were unobstructed. The oil suction screen was found unobstructed but contained nonferrous pieces of material. Fuel was found during examination of the right engine fuel lines, injector lines, and the fuel pump.

Both propellers were separated from the engine mounting flanges. Examination of the right propeller revealed that all blades exhibited aft bending and bending opposite rotation, twisting leading edge down, and chordwise rotational scoring on both face and camber sides. Examination of the left propeller revealed that two blades exhibited aft bending with no remarkable twist or leading-edge damage. One blade exhibited no remarkable bending or twisting. All three blades exhibited mild chordwise/rotational abrasion.

(Source: NTSB. Image from file. Not accident airplane)

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:16

51 Years ago today: On 8 April 1968 a BOAC Boeing 707 suffered engine fire and returned to Heathrow on fire for an emergency landing, killing 5 out of 127 occupants.

Date: Monday 8 April 1968 Time: ca 15:35 Type: Boeing 707-465 Operator: British Overseas Airways Corporation – BOAC Registration: G-ARWE C/n / msn: 18373/302 First flight: 1962 Total airframe hrs: 20870 Engines:Rolls-Royce Conway 508 Crew: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 116 Total: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 127 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) (   United Kingdom) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom Destination airport: Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland Flightnumber: 712

The aircraft was operating Flight BA 712 from London-Heathrow Airport to Zürich and Sydney. A check pilot was on the aircraft for the purpose of carrying out a route check on the pilot-in-command. The aircraft became airborne from runway 28L at 15:27 and 20 seconds later, just before the time for the noise abatement power reduction, the flight crew felt and heard a combined shock and bang. The thrust lever for the No. 2 engine “kicked” towards the closed position and at the same time the instruments showed that the engine was running down. The captain ordered the engine failure drill. Because the undercarriage was retracted, the warning horn sounded when the flight engineer fully retarded the thrust lever; the check pilot and flight-engineer simultaneously went for and pulled the horn cancel switch on the pedestal whilst the co-pilot instinctively but in error pressed the fire bell cancel button. In front of him the flight-engineer went for the engine fire shut-off handle but he did not pull it. The check pilot then reported seeing a serious fire in the No. 2 engine. Having initially started an engine failure drill, the flight engineer changed directly to the engine fire drill. ATC originally offered the pilot-in-command a landing back on runway 28L and alerted the fire services but after a “Mayday” call Flight 712 was offered runway 05R which was accepted as it would result in a shorter flight path. About 1,5 minutes after the start of the fire, No. 2 engine, together with part of its pylon, became detached and fell into a waterfilled gravel pit. At about the time the engine fell away the undercarriage was lowered and full flap selected. The undercarriage locked down normally but the hydraulic pressure and contents were seen to fall and the flaps stopped extending at 47deg, that is 3deg short of their full range. The approach to runway 05R was made from a difficult position, the aircraft being close to the runway and having reached a height of about 3000 feet and a speed of 225 kt. There is no glide slope guidance to this runway but the approach was well judged and touchdown was achieved approximately 400 yards beyond the threshold. The aircraft came to a stop just to the left of the runway centre line, about 1800 yards from the threshold.
After the aircraft came to rest the flight engineer commenced the engine shut-down drill and closed the start levers. Almost simultaneously the pilot-in-command ordered fire drill on the remaining engines. Before this could be carried out there was an explosion from the port wing which increased the intensity of the fire and blew fragments of the wing over to the starboard side of the aircraft. The pilot-in-command then ordered immediate evacuation of the flight deck. The engine fire shut-off handles were not pulled and the fuel booster pumps and main electrical supply were not switched off. There were more explosions and fuel, which was released from the port tanks, spread underneath the aircraft and greatly enlarged the area of the fire. The cabin crew had made preparations for an emergency landing and as the aircraft came to a stop opened the emergency exits and started rigging the escape chutes. The passengers commenced evacuation from the two starboard overwing exits and shortly afterwards, when the escape chutes had been inflated, from the rear starboard galley door and then the forward starboard galley door. However, because of the spread of the fire under the rear of the fuselage the escape chute at the rear galley door soon burst and, following the first explosion, the overwing escape route also became unusable. The great majority of the survivors left the aircraft via the forward galley door escape chute

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The accident resulted from an omission to close the fuel shut off valve when No. 2 engine caught fire following the failure of its No. 5 low pressure compressor wheel. The failure of the wheel was due to fatigue.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 03:40

4/8/1766 the 1st fire escape was patented; it was a wicker basket on a pulley and chain.

4/8/1858 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter died “after a major fire was brought under control on Adelaide Street, he along with other members of Engine 6 were standing on the side walk directing streams, when without warning the chimney fell, striking him, causing him fatal injuries.”

4/8/1893 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while operating at a fire at the corner of Ontario and Market Streets, which destroyed two, occupied two-story frame dwellings, he suffered a fatal heart attack while being treated for smoke inhalation.”

4/8/1902 a Chicago, IL firefighter “was fatally injured while fighting an industrial fire at 185 North Canal Street. Five firefighters became stranded on a third-story fire escape while fighting the fire, and water streams from hoses at the street level were unsuccessful in pushing back the flames and smoke that trapped the firefighters, the victim climbed up a thirty-foot ladder with a hose line. When he reached the top of the ladder, he was knocked off balance when he was struck by a stream of water from a hose down on the street. He fell thirty feet to the street below and was transported to Cook County Hospital.”

4/8/1907 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died after firefighters found heavy fire in a sprawling, four-story brick railway car barn. Less than ten minutes after the arrival of firefighters, the roof collapsed pushing a wall of the “fireproof” building out onto the members of Engine 80. He was killed, and seven members of the company were seriously injured. The only reason that more firefighters weren’t injured was that the second and third alarm companies hadn’t arrived yet.”

4/8/1914 a Harrisburg, PA firefighter died “while manning a hoseline at the rear of a general-alarm fire involving a printing firm, after he suddenly collapsed.”

4/8/1942 an Ottunwa, Iowa firefighter “died of smoke inhalation following collapse at F.W. Woolworth’s fire.”

4/8/1966 a Newark, NJ firefighter died “while off duty in Bloomfield, he was electrocuted and killed while trying to rescue a boy stuck high in a train tower. A civilian was also killed trying to help. The boy was rescued by Bloomfield firefighters.”

4/8/2008 a Lawrence Park Township, PA firefighter died after he responded to a building fire at Port Erie Plastics. He was killed at the scene after he took command of the fire upon arrival and was on the ground directing firefighters when the aerial truck’s ladder malfunctioned, fatally injuring him.

4/8/2011 Waikele, Hawaii a fireworks storage bunker explosion killed five. “The storage facility was authorized by the fire department to hold fireworks.”

4/8/1911 the Banner coal mine explosion killed 128 in Littleton, AL.

4/8/1911 Hartsville, SC a baggage car fire left two dead and six injured.

4/8/1919 the Home Torpedo Company explosion in Torrent, KY killed four when fire spread to a large tank where nitroglycerine was stored.

4/8/1909 Manchester, NH a fire destroyed 70 buildings in the tenement house district in the south section of the city.

4/8/1894 Memphis, TN a four-story brick tenement block was destroyed by fire that left five dead on Beal and Desoto Streets.

4/8/1891 Victor Mills in Shelbyville, TN was destroyed by fire.

4/8/1862 John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser that allows a liquid substance to be sprayed from a container.

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Video: 3 dead–including baby–in pickup truck that collided with Phoenix fire engine

Statter 911 - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 14:34

Three firefighters in stable condition after Sunday morning crash

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