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PA FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS LACERATED HAND AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 13:16

Philipsburg Fire Chief Jeffrey Harris said two civilians and a firefighter injured in Monday morning’s fire in Rush Township have been released from the hospital.Officials say the fire started at the back of a house on Loch Lomond Road.

The firefighter suffered a cut on his hand. The other two were treated for smoke inhalation.

A dog died from the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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WV 911 official investigated for Facebook post about President Trump’s wall

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:07

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Early video & radio traffic from 3rd alarm in Kearny, New Jersey

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:17

Evacuation ordered at Devon Street fire Monday night

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Today is Tuesday the 5th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 08:01

Here are the stories for today.

Of note, Chief Goldfeder, via his “Secret List”, passes on the news of a firefighter suicide in Wisconsin. Sadly, firefighter (all first responders) behavioral health is a much discussed and known issue these days. Included in his article are multiple links to articles and resources providing valuable information on this topic. Take a read!

Be safe out there!

Tom

 

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Plane fell apart in air before deadly crash into Yorba Linda home

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:43

By ANH DORICHARD WINTON and ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN

The Cessna plane had flown about 10 miles, reaching an altitude as high as 7,800 feet, when witnesses saw it coming through the clouds in one piece, authorities said. Moments later, its tail came off. Then its wings.

The plane plummeted rapidly into a Yorba Linda home Sunday afternoon, setting it on fire and killing four people inside along with the pilot. Debris was strewn across four blocks of the residential neighborhood, among as many as 16 homes.

On Monday, investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board combed through the wreckage and collected pieces of aircraft to transport to a Phoenix storage facility, where they will be examined.

So far, they know the 1981 twin-engine plane took off from Fullerton Municipal Airport about 1:35 p.m., made a left turn and flew for about 10 minutes. By 1:45 p.m., it had crashed into the house in 19000 block of Crestknoll Drive.

Officials have asked witnesses to come forward and provide any video footage of the scene, and to report any pieces of wreckage they may find.

“The challenge will be collecting all the pieces,” NTSB investigator Maja Smith said.

At one residence, a piece of the plane’s engine knocked down a pillar on the front porch and torpedoed through a first-floor window, flying through two rooms before landing in a bathroom. Fragments of exhaust pipe crashed through a second-floor window of the home and melted into the carpet. A propeller thumped onto the driveway.

Investigators identified the pilot as 75-year-old Antonio Pastini, a retired Chicago police officer.

According to records, Pastini previously owned a restaurant, Kim Lee’s Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, in Gardnerville, Nev., south of Carson City. Officials are gathering information about Pastini’s flight experience, medical records and the plane’s maintenance schedules.

FAA records show Pastini has carried a commercial pilot’s license and been a ground instructor since at least June 2008. He took his last medical exam for flying in 2017, according to records.

Records do not identify the owner of the aircraft and note that its registration with the FAA was pending. A spokesman said that’s because the agency was waiting for additional documentation related to the aircraft’s sale.

Julia Ackley, a Torrance resident and one of Pastini’s daughters, told The Times that her father was a veteran pilot who regularly flew to Southern California to visit her family from Oregon or Nevada, where he was a restaurant and business owner. Battling back tears as she comforted her child, she said the family is overcome with grief.

The two women and two men killed on the ground have not been identified. Authorities said the bodies are badly burned, so DNA testing and dental records will be requested to identify them. Two other people suffered moderate burns, and a firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury in the aftermath.

On Monday afternoon, the neighborhood was still reeling from the disaster.

Lisa Dang strolled past police tape to return to the charred scene. She surveyed the damage, comparing it to “a scene in the movies,” and cupped her face in her hands.

“Wow, we [are] so lucky,” she said.

Dang was visiting her older sister for Lunar New Year on Sunday when the plane crashed into her sister’s neighbor’s home. Dang and her family had just eaten a meal of sticky rice cake and duck when they heard a horrific boom.

“We ran out of the house, yelling, not having time to grab anything except the baby, not knowing what was going on,” Dang said.

Firefighters, she said, saved her sister’s home.

“In minutes, the other house was gone but we are grateful ours is still here,” Dang said.

Times staff writer Alejandra Reyes-Velarde contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-cop-yorba-linda-plane-crash-20190205-story.html

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The Chief Never Expected This Phone Call (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:41

All,

Platteville (Wisconsin) Fire Chief Ryan Simmons got a phone call he wasn’t expecting-and he was shook after the call. One of his Firefighters, Firefighter Tim Ebert had committed suicide.

Tim was a student at UW-Platteville. So, between being a student working part time and being a members of the Platteville Fire Department (since fall 2017), he was busy. Firefighter Ebert was from Saint Germain and was also a member of the Saint German FD as well.

According to Chief Simmons, Ebert was always smiling and always willing to help people. “From what everyone knows of Tim and our experiences of him, we definitely would not have suspected anything from him. He didn’t seem depressed or anything. He usually had a smile on his face. He was a happy-go-lucky guy and wanted to help others.”

Chief Simmons said he doesn’t know what may have led Ebert to take his own life last week, but said that it doesn’t really matter. Chief Simmons emphasized that what matters is that it happened. He wants to focus on his memory and how to prevent this from happening in the future. “Do we talk about it enough? We probably don’t. We just all think we are rough, tough firefighters and everything just bounces off our skin, but it doesn’t.”

Services for Ebert will be held at the United Church of Christ in Saint Germain on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 1500 Hours.

RESOURCES:

Firefighter Behavioral Health is a much discussed and known issue these days. Please check out the below resources for additional, valuable information.  

SUICIDE HOTLINE USA: 1 (800) 273-8255

SUICIDE HOTLINES CANADA: https://suicideprevention.ca/ need-help/

SUICIDE HOTLINES WORLDWIDEhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

Please also take time to review these links and resources -and have the info on hand. 

=IAFF: http://client.prod. iaff.org/#page= behavioralhealth

=NVFChttps://www.nvfc.org/ programs/share-the-load- program/

=ROSECRANCE FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM: http://www. rosecrance.org/substance- abuse/florian-firefighter- paramedic-police-military- treatment-center/

=NFFF: https://www. everyonegoeshome.com/2017/02/ 08/prevent-firefighter- suicides/

=FIREFIGHTER PERSONAL SURVIVAL: http:// firefighterclosecalls.com/ category/personal-survival/

=SAFE CALL NOW: http://safecallnow.org/

=FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTHhttp://www.ffbha.org/

=CORDICO FIREFIGHTER WELLNESS: https://www.cordico. com/firefighter-wellness- programs/

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

=FIREFIGHTER SUICIDE-RISING TIDE:  https://www.fireengineering. com/articles/2018/08/ firefighter-behavioral-health- and-suicide-a-rising-tide.html

=ESTABLISHING A SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM-FIRE ENGINEERING: http://www.fireengineering. com/articles/2014/07/ implementing-a-suicide- prevention-program.html

=FF SILENT KILLER-FIRE ENGINEERING: http://www.fireengineering. com/articles/print/volume-165/ issue-12/features/ firefighters-silent-killer- suicide.html

=THE COMPANY OFFICERS ROLE-FIRERESCUE1: http://tinyurl.com/7bbz8ev

=THE WARNING SIGNS-FIREHOUSE: https://www.firehouse.com/ safety-health/health-fitness/ article/21004990/firefighter- suicide-risk-factors-warning- signs

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (A FIRE CHIEF/DAD’S PERSPECTIVE) http://firechief.com/health- safety/ar/firefighting_not_ without_warning/  (Fire Chief Magazine Article)

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: USA TODAY:

https://www.usatoday.com/ story/news/2018/04/11/ officers-firefighters- suicides-study/503735002/

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (ABC NEWS) http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ MindMoodNews/firefighter-ptsd- suicide/story?id=14466320(ABC  News Article on Firefighter Suicide)

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE-FIREHOUSE: http://www.firehouse.com/news/ 10732817/chicago-firefighter- suicide-report-seeks-answers

Our condolences to all those affected by the loss of Firefighter Tim Ebert.

Take Care. Be Careful Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 2/4/2019-2117 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com 

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NTSB Issues 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:38

Agency calls for implementation of 46 NTSB safety recommendations in 2 years

​The National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, during an event held at the National Press Club, Monday.

First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce property damage resulting from transportation accidents.

The 10 items on the NTSB’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements are:

Eliminate Distractions

End Alcohol and Other Drug Impairment

Ensure the Safe Shipment of Hazardous Materials

Fully Implement Positive Train Control

Implement a Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes

Improve the Safety of Part 135 Aircraft Flight Operations

Increase Implementation of Collision Avoidance Systems in All New Highway Vehicles

Reduce Fatigue-Related Accidents

Require Medical Fitness – Screen for and Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Strengthen Occupant Protection

“The 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List advocates for 46 specific safety recommendations that can and should be implemented during these next two years,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “It also features broad, longstanding safety issues that still threaten the traveling public.

“Sumwalt issued a call to action during Monday’s event saying, “We at the NTSB can speak on these issues. We board members can testify by invitation to legislatures and to Congress, but we have no power of our own to act. We are counting on industry, advocates, and government to act on our recommendations.  We are counting on the help of the broader safety community to implement these recommendations.”

There are 267 open NTSB safety recommendations associated with the 10 Most Wanted List items and the NTSB is focused on seeing 46 of those implemented within the next two years. The majority of these recommendations, roughly two-thirds of the 267, seek critical safety improvements by means other than regulation. Of the 46 safety recommendations the NTSB wants implemented in the next two years, 20 seek regulatory action to improve transportation safety.

At any given time, the NTSB is managing around 1,200 open safety recommendations and while all have the potential to save lives and reduce injuries by preventing accidents, the NTSB cannot effectively communicate about each of them. The NTSB’s Most Wanted List provides the NTSB’s advocacy team and other agency communicators a roadmap to focus on a select number of recommendations. In 2017 the NTSB went from an annual list to a biennial process, to give our advocacy team, their partners, and our safety recommendation recipients more time to move toward implementation of the recommendations associated with the list.

An archive of the livestream of Monday’s event is available on the NTSB’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-BYsAOHADE as is a video about the 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb1mlYHs-1g.

To learn more about the items on the NTSB’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements or the NTSB safety recommendations associated with the list, visit https://go.usa.gov/xEXR8.

https://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/mr20190204.aspx

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O’Hare bumps Atlanta into second place as nation’s busiest airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:36

Marni Pyke

O’Hare International Airport left its Atlanta rival in the dust last year as busiest hub in the U.S. after four years at No. 2.

O’Hare handled 903,747 flights in 2018 compared to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 895,502, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday. Hartsfield-Jackson had the most flights in 2017.

The Chicago airport also surged past its 2017 self by 4 percent. That year, it handled 867,049 flights.

It’s the first time since 2007 that total operations at O’Hare topped 900,000, the FAA said.

Globally, O’Hare comes in second for number of connecting flights it provides, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee said. The global champ is the United Kingdom’s Heathrow Airport.

“Our greatest strength is our position right in middle of the country that allows us to serve a lot of different markets,” Rhee said.

The airport is positioned to grow with a new runway set to open in 2020 followed by a runway extension in 2021. “We’re almost finished with modernizing the airfield and getting a modern parallel runway system,” Rhee said.

With the airfield project wrapping up, the city is now focusing on picking an architecture firm to design its Global Terminal, which will replace Terminal 2 and handle international flights.

That project will also enable an entrance and facility on the western side of the airport with connections to other terminals, a development long sought by the surrounding suburbs.

Currently, the aviation department is focusing on plans for the first stage of western access — a parking lot to accommodate airport employees who will enter using an express road being built by the Illinois tollway, Rhee said.

The busiest day at O’Hare was June 27, followed by June 14 and July 19.

Midway International Airport hosted 243,322 flights, a drop of 3.2 percent compared to 2017.

The number of passengers at O’Hare also grew in 2018 with 83.4 million traveling through the airport, a 4.5 percent jump from 2017.

Aviation expert Joseph Schwieterman said major expansions by American and United are partly responsible for O’Hare’s growth spurt.

“These carriers took a great deal of risk by adding so many new flights but are now reaping the benefits due to very strong consumer demand,” Schwieterman, a DePaul University professor, said in a December interview

“The boom in air travel across the country has benefited O’Hare more than other major hubs, including Atlanta, which is good news for travelers throughout our region.”

O’Hare last held the title in 2014.

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190204/ohare-bumps-atlanta-into-second-place-as-nations-busiest-airport

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:34

59 Years ago today: On 5 February 1960 a Lloyd Aerro Boliviano DC-4 crashed near Laguna da Huanacota, Bolivia, killing all 59 occupants.

Date: Friday 5 February 1960 Time: 07:20 Type: Douglas DC-4 Operator: Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano – LAB Registration: CP-609 C/n / msn: 10510 First flight: 1945 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55 Total: Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 15 km (9.4 mls) S of Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) (   Bolivia) Crash site elevation: 2752 m (9029 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB/SLCB), Bolivia Destination airport: La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia

Narrative:
The DC-4 crashed shortly after takeoff into Laguna Huañacota, a mountain lagoon. Reportedly one engine had caught fire. A two-year old girl survived the impact but died on the way to a hospital.

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GA FIREFIGHTERS FALL THRU FLOOR DURING OVERHAUL

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:41

A firefighter was injured after he fell through the floor while battling a blaze at a large home in Hall County Sunday night.

The fire began around 10 p.m. at the 4,000 square foot home on the 4600 block of Swimming Canoe Trail.

The firefighter, identified as 22 year-old Evan Keyes of Hiawassee, was in the process of extinguishing hot spots when he and another firefighter fell through the floor and onto the level below.

Keyes was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he was treated and released. The other firefighter, identified as 48 year-old Richie Grimes of Clermont, was not injured.

The home sustained extensive damage.

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MD FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:40

A Harford County firefighter was injured Monday morning while extinguishing a fire in Aberdeen.

Officials said crews arrived to the scene at 1317 N Stepney Rd. around 2:50 a.m. The bulk of the fire was under control by 3:34.

Firefighters then began clearing the residence and checking for possible occupants. Authorities said it was at this time that one firefighter fell through the floor. They said a rescue attempt was completed in two minutes. The firefighter had minor injuries, and was treated and released at the scene.

Nobody was inside the home at the time of the fire and all occupants were accounted for.

Five adults were displaced due to the flames.

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BOSTON FIREFIGHTER HURT AT WEEKEND 6-ALARM FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:32

By Kristin LaFratta, MassLive:

Boston firefighters battled heavy flames in numbingly cold conditions at the Holy Mt. Zion Church in Roxbury early Saturday morning.

Fire first broke out at the church on Harold Street in Roxbury around 4 a.m., according to the Boston Fire Department. Single-digit temperatures created difficult firefighting conditions, and photos shared by the Boston Fire Department reveal just how quickly water turned to ice.

Sometime around 6 a.m., dispatchers ordered a sixth alarm to call for more crews and ladders on the scene. Firefighters stayed on the scene for more than six hours.

The building is nearly 100 years old, according to reports. It is unclear what caused the fire.

One firefighter suffered a leg injury and was treated and transported by Emergency Medical Services, according to the Boston Fire Department. No other injuries were reported.

Read the full story here.

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SC FIRE APPARATUS STOLEN AND WRECKED

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:31

A South Carolina man was arrested after crashing two vehicles Friday — and one of them was a stolen fire truck.

The first wreck occurred after Jawwaad Tasawwur Robinson smashed a vehicle into a tree, sparking a fire, the Sumter Item reported.

Deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office were responsible for the second wreck, as they intentionally crashed the fire truck police said Robinson stole from first responders, according to Manning Live.

Clarendon County Fire Department emergency crews responded to the crash shortly after 3:30 a.m., and were providing medical aid to Robinson after finding him in the area of the crash, WLTX reported.

Robinson then stole a fire department pickup and drove away, leading a chase “through the Taw Caw and Summerton areas,” per the Manning Live.

Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley said his deputies were able to end the pursuit when they “deployed stinger spike strips,” crashing the fire truck, Manning Live reported.

Once he was arrested, Robinson again received medical treatment from injuries sustained in the first crash, but he was not hurt in the chase and second wreck, according to WLTX.

Robinson was taken to the Clarendon County Detention Center and he was charged with grand larceny, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (MDMA) and failure to stop for a blue light, the Sumter Item reported.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the initial crash and Robinson could face more charges, according to the newspaper.

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LOUISIANA FIREFIGHTER FALLS THRU ROOF—SUFFERS SERIOUS BURNS

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:02

A GoFundMe has been established for a Jefferson Parish firefighter who was hurt battling a fire in Metairie over the weekend.

Jefferson Parish Fire Chief David Tibbetts said 49-year-old Dan Zeigler was cutting a hole in the roof of a burning complex when he fell through into the building’s third floor. Zeigler was working to remove smoke from the building and direct the fire away from other firefighters working inside fighting the flames.

Zeigler was rescued but received second and third-degree burns to his face and hands. He is also now dealing with respiratory issues.

Zeigler has been a firefighter in Jefferson Parish for the last five years after serving in Detroit since 1999.

The firefighter who rescued Zeigler also sustained burns to his fingers.

“It’s a dangerous job. The people that do this risk their lives everyday,” Tibbetts said. “And there’s someone right now fighting a fire, cutting a hole in the roof right now like Dan was doing the other day.”

RELATED: Firefighter suffers severe burns after falling through roof while battling Old Metairie 2-alarm fire

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with Zeigler’s medical expenses. The campaign has a goal of $100,000 and has already raised more than $26,000. All of the money collected will be turned over to Zeigler’s family.

[Click here to go to the GoFundMe campaign]

The fire, which was elevated to second alarm status, started around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the DeLimon Place condominium complex in the 500 block of Rue St. Peter Street. The fire was contained after more than two hours of crews working the blaze. Officials said that by 6:50 p.m. the blaze was under control.

About 100 residents were displaced and 30 units were damaged in the fire, Tibbetts said.

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One woman who lost her home and her possessions from the fire told Eyewitness News that she was just thankful for the first responders who answered the call.

“All I want to do is go thank the firefighters who were injured. My things can be replaced but lives can’t,” the woman said.

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Today is Monday the 4th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:20

We start the new week with these stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Yorba Linda Neighborhood

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:17

BY KRISTINA BRAVOJOHN FENOGLIO AND BRIAN DAY

Five people died after a small plane crashed into a neighborhood in Yorba Linda on Sunday afternoon, officials said. 

The twin-engine Cessna 414A had just departed the Fullerton Municipal Airport when the incident happened under unknown circumstances, Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration told KTLA.

The pilot of the plane, as well as four people on the ground, died as a result of the crash at about 1:45 p.m., Ornge County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Cory Marino said. Two other victims were hospitalized with burn injuries and a firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

The pilot was initially described only as male, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Those killed in the home were described as two male victims and two female victims.

Witnesses told KTLA the aircraft appeared to catch fire and disintegrate mid-air before wreckage rained down on the neighborhood at Crestknoll and Glendale drives, setting two homes on fire.

“The plane blew up about 100 feet off of the ground. The plane blew up in the sky,” neighbor Jared Bocachica said.

“I come out …it’s raining plane parts from he sky,” he said. “The plane didn’t hit and scatter, it blew up and hit the house.”

Witness video footage showed flames emanating from the plane as it tumbled toward the ground.

Firefighters arrived to find one home engulfed in flames, according the the Orange County Fire Authority. The flames soon spread to a second home.

Flaming aircraft wreckage could be seen strewn throughout the neighborhood.

The debris field covered an area four blocks long, officials said.

The aircraft’s fuselage came to rest in a residential backyard. A man could be seen in video footage using a garden hose to extinguish a flaming piece of wing in the street. 

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the crash, Kenitzer said.

FAA records show Oregon-based KL Management LLC applied for the registration of the plane, which was manufactured in 1981. The registration was pending.

It was not clear Sunday night whether any distress call was made from the plane before the crash. The investigation into the cause of the crash was expected to take months to complete.

Sheriff’s officials said road closures near the crash scene would remain in effect due to the large-scale debris field.

Nearby Glenknoll Elementary School, which authorities were using as a command post for the incident, was to be closed on Monday, sheriff’s officials said.

5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Yorba Linda Neighborhood

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Pilot lands overheating plane on I-35 exit ramp, taxis to Kwik Trip

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:12

By: Sarah Danik, FOX 9

STACY, Minn. (FOX 9) – A small yellow plane made an emergency landing Saturday morning on an Interstate 35 exit ramp in Stacy, Minnesota.

According to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, the plane was overheating and had to make an emergency landing.

The pilot, Michael Robbins, 47, of Green Lake, Minn., saw that his plane was at an unsafe temperature to continue to fly and determined he needed to land quickly, according to Sgt. Steve Pouti of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

“My alarms started going off in my dash to let me know I have a serious problem, and then I started looking for a place to land and that was the best option,” Robbins said.

Robbins decided to use the exit ramp to land and then he taxied the plane to a Kwik Trip parking lot in the area.

“At the time, I stayed calm,” he said. “Afterward, I got worried and started shaking.”

Later, the pilot determined the issue was due to a coolant leak, which he fixed in the parking lot.

“It got cooked onto the muffler, just spraying out there slowly and brought me down,” Robbins added. “That started flashing to let me know I had a serious problem.”

Later, deputies temporarily closed Stacy Trail so Robbins could take off again and fly the plane safely to the Cambridge Municipal Airport, which was his intended destination.

The Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries or damage as a result of the emergency landing. The FAA was notified of the incident, but does not need to get involved because no injuries or damage to property occurred. The landing is not classified as a crash.

In a Facebook post about the incident, the Chisago County Sheriff’s office joked, “We are deciding whether or not to issue him a citation for being quadruple parked though.”

http://www.fox9.com/news/yellow-plane-lands-on-i-35-exit-ramp-taxis-to-kwik-trip-in-stacy-minn-saturday

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MCSO investigating fatal crash at Jumbolair airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:11

ANTHONY — A 56-year-old man was killed in an ultralight glider crash at Jumbolair Airport Saturday afternoon, according to a post on the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The name of the victim had not been released as of early Saturday night, pending notification next of kin, the post stated.

According to the post, deputies and Marion County Fire Rescue personnel responded at 4:26 p.m. to reports of a crash at the airport, which is located at 8857 West Anthony Road in Anthony. Responders found the aircraft had “crashed near the runway” and the pilot was deceased.

The post indicates MCSO Major Crimes will conduct the death investigation and the NTSB and FAA have been “notified of the incident and will be responding to investigate.”

https://www.ocala.com/news/20190202/mcso-investigating-fatal-crash-at-jumbolair-airport

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