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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:45

27 Years ago today: On 5 April 1991 an Atlantic Southeast Embraer 120 Brasilia crashed near Brunswick, GA, U.S.A. following a loss of control, killing all 23 occupants.

Date: Friday 5 April 1991 Time: 14:51 Type: Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia Operated by: Atlantic Southeast Airlines – ASA On behalf of: Delta Connection Registration: N270AS C/n / msn: 120218 First flight: 1990 Total airframe hrs: 816 Cycles: 845 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20 Total: Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) W of Brunswick-Glynco Jetport, GA (BQK) (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America Destination airport: Brunswick-Glynco Jetport, GA (BQK/KBQK), United States of America Flightnumber: 2311

Flight 2311 was scheduled initially for airplane N228AS to depart at 13:24 EST. Because of mechanical problems an airplane change was made to N270AS. The flight departed Atlanta at 13:47 and arrived in the Brunswick area about 14:44. At 14:48 the flight was cleared for a visual approach to runway 07. The Embraer had just turned from base leg to final approach when the aircraft was seen to pitch up about 5deg and roll to the left until the wings were vertical. The airplane then nosed down into the ground, 9975 feet short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The loss of control in flight as a result of a malfunction of the left engine propeller control unit which allowed the propeller blade angles to go below the flight idle position. Contributing to the accident was the deficient design of the propeller control unit by Hamilton Standard and the approval of the design by the Federal Aviation Administration. The design did not correctly evaluate the failure mode that occurred during this flight, which resulted in an uncommanded and uncorrectable movement of the blades of the airplane’s left propeller below the flight idle position.”

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New claims of sexual harassment against Orlando fire chief

Statter 911 - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:31

City concerned that those complaining have remained anonymous, so far

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4 believed dead in El Centro Marine helicopter crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:30

The Associated Press

A Marine helicopter crashed during a Southern California training mission and all four crew members were believed killed, the military said.

The CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of the Miramar air station in San Diego, according to a base press statement.

The nearby Naval Air Facility El Centro messaged that the crash site was north of Plaster City, west of El Centro.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The names of the crewmembers will be withheld until 24 hours after their relatives are notified, the Miramar base said.

Tuesday’s California crash is the deadliest involving a Marine aircraft since a KC130T transport plane went down in Mississippi last July, killing 15 Marines and a sailor.

The California crash also occurred on the same day that a Marine Harrier jet crashed during takeoff from an airport in the East African nation of Djibouti. The pilot managed to eject and was being medically evaluated, military officials said.

The CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest helicopter in the U.S. military. It is used for minesweeping and transport and can carry dozens of troops and tons of cargo.

Two years ago, 12 Marines died when two of the helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

Last October, a CH-53E helicopter crashed and burned in Okinawa but nobody was injured.

In 2005, 31 people died when a CH-53E helicopter went down in Iraq during a sandstorm.

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US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Crashes During Exercise in Djibouti

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:27

The aircraft appeared to fly out of control shortly after take off from Djibouti Ambouli International Airport forcing the pilot to eject.


Details are still coming in, but a U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jump jet has crashed in Djibouti shortly after take-off. The aircraft was part of a detachment attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron One Six Two, or VMM-162, part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which was in the East African country for the annual Alligator Dagger amphibious warfare exercise.

Reports say that the aircraft’s nose appeared to rise rapidly as the plane lifted off from the runway, prompting the pilot to eject. The fate of the aircraft is unclear, but witnesses saw the pilot walk on their own to an ambulance after ejecting, according to USNI News.

“Doctors said the pilot was in stable condition while being evaluated at Camp Lemonnier’s expeditionary medical facility,” the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which also acts as the top naval command in the Middle East, or Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), said in a statement to USNI News. “There are no reports of injuries to personnel on the ground nor damage to infrastructure at the airport. The airport is open.”

Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is the only formal U.S. military base in Africa and is home to more than 3,000 deployed personnel, as well as contractors and transient military units conducting training missions, such as Alligator Dagger, and other short-term operations. Detachments of tactical jets rotate through the base consistently for contingency operations and to conduct air strikes in Yemen.

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Strong winds tear apart hangar, cause collapse near Hobby Airport in SE Houston

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:26


Strong winds took down a large hangar at Hobby Airport overnight when severe storms rolled through southeast Houston.

No one was inside the hangar when it happened. No one was hurt.

According to HPD Lieutenant Larry Crowson, police received a call a little after midnight to assist the fire department at the hanger owned by Jet Aviation.

The private plane hangar is located on West Monroe Road at Scranton Street.

According to meteorologist Travis Herzog, there were wind gusts of 60 miles per hour at Hobby.

A total of eight planes were damaged: four inside the hangar and four outside. Bill Begley, the public information officer at Hobby Airport, says there’s millions of dollars in damage.

Hobby Airport is now working with Jet Aviation to make sure all the debris is removed from the nearest runway, which is also used by commercial planes.

Currently, there are no flight delays.

Some flights that are scheduled to take off in that area will be moved to the west side of the airport.

“There’s only so much you can prepare for,” said Bill Begley, public information officer for Hobby Airport. “We lease this area out to companies and they build the facilities so we’re trying to support them and trying to recover what’s happening here. Mother Nature can be pretty strong.”

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NTSB Released Probably Cause Report From A320 Engine Cowling Incident

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:22

Airplane Bound For Aruba Returned To Miami Airport

The NTSB has released a probable cause report stemming from an incident in which an A320 in route from Miami to Aruba lost a portion of an engine cowling shortly after takeoff. 

According to the NTSB, on September 19, 2016, at approximately 0824 EDT, an Aruba Airlines Airbus A320-200, flight AG-820, from Miami International Airport (KMIA), Miami, FL (USA), to Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), Oranjestad, Aruba (Aruba), powered by two International Aero Engines (IAE) V2527 turbofan engines experienced a separation of the outboard fan cowl from the right-hand engine during takeoff. The flight crew was unaware of any anomalies until a passenger alerted the cabin crew of what he saw and the cabin crew relayed the message to the flight crew.

The flight crew leveled off at FL220 to assess the damage to the airplane. The crew was not sure if the panel had detached completely or was not visible from inside the airplane. All systems appeared normal in the cockpit but as a precaution the crew elected to return to Miami. The flight had an uneventful landing on runway 09 at KMIA about 40 minutes after departure. The incident flight was 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 129 Foreign Passenger Air Carrier from Miami to Aruba. There were no injuries. The aircraft sustained damage to the engine, engine pylon, right main landing gear, right main landing gear door and right fuselage.

The night prior to the incident the airplane was in maintenance where mechanics were completing a routine weekly check. Part of the weekly check was to open the fan cowl doors to inspect the IDG. Following the maintenance check, the cowl doors were closed and latched. Because the gate area where the maintenance was being performed was dark, the mechanic who completed the work used a flashlight to verify the latches were flush and made sure he heard a click.

A second mechanic who was assisting, also verified that the latches were flush but did not use a flashlight; he stated in a post-incident interview that he could see they were flush. The task was then signed off in the logbook as complete but did not specify that the cowls had been opened and closed. The morning of the incident, about 0430, the supervisor in charge of maintenance for Aruba Airlines performed a walkaround (although not required) using a flashlight and did not notice anything unusual about the cowl.

According to the Aruba Airlines A318/A319/A320/A321 Flight Crew Operating Manual, section “Procedures – Normal – Standard Operating Procedures – Exterior Walkaround,” the fan cowl doors were to be checked that they were “closed/latched.” The first officer conducted an exterior walkaround prior to departure and did not notice any abnormalities. He stated that to check the cowl he bent down and checked that it was flush and latched.

The examination of the No. 2 Engine Fan Cowl Components showed no evidence of preexisting damage on the latches/cowls prior to the event. Further, there was no evidence of latch design failures due to the previous nights routine maintenance work. Manufactures and Regulatory Agencies have released Service Bulletins/Regulatory Actions to prevent further loss of Fan Cowl Doors. At the time of the incident, Aruba Airlines had not incorporated (due to time in service) any of the modifications proposed by the Manufacturer/Regulatory Agencies.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of this incident to be the incorrect latching of the #2 Engine Fan Cowl following a routine maintenance check that resulted in separation of the cowl during takeoff.

(Image from NTSB incident docket)


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US state bans PFAS foam

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:20

Published:  04 April, 2018

Washington becomes first state in the US to ban fire-fighting foams containing PFASs.

Last month the Washington State House of Representatives voted 72-26 to ban the sale of fire-fighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); this week the law was signed into law by state governor Jay Inslee (pictured).

PFAS-based class B firefighting foams have been used since the 1970s for vapour suppression, fire fighting, and fire-fighting training at airports, refineries, bulk storage terminals and other facilities handling large volumes of flammable liquid petroleum or natural gas. PFAS chemicals are used because of their ability to produce a fast spreading foam.

According the US Environmental Protection Agency, PFAS chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body.

The latest measure seeks to reduce the release of the highly persistent substances into the environment from fire-fighting activities.

The legislation bans the sale of the foams from 1 July 2020 unless its use is required by federal law or the foam will be used by an oil refinery, oil terminal, or chemical plant for fire fighting.

The legislation bans the use of the foam in fire training exercises as of 1 July this year.

Manufacturers of PFAS-containing fire-fighting foam are required to recall their product and reimburse retailers or other purchasers once the ban is in effect.

In addition, suppliers of firefighting clothing-containing PFAS are required to notify their customers of the fact by 1 July 2018, or face civil penalties.

PFAS are a class of man-made chemicals that are not found naturally in the environment. Molecules in all PFAS chemicals contain carbon and fluorine atoms and some also include oxygen, hydrogen, sulphur or nitrogen atoms. PFAS chemical molecules are differentiated from each other by chain length, or the number of carbon atoms, in the molecule.

The Department of Ecology states that the toxicity of PFAS compounds varies. Studies in animals show that exposure to some PFAS can affect liver function, reproductive hormones, development of offspring, and mortality. However, PFAS toxicity in humans is less understood and exposure may be linked to high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:19

41 Years ago today: On 4 April 1977 a Southern Airways Douglas DC-9-31 crashed near New Hope following a rain-induced double engine failure; killing 63 out of 85 occupants and 9 people on the ground.

Date: Monday 4 April 1977 Time: 16:19 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 Operator: Southern Airways Registration: N1335U C/n / msn: 47393/608 First flight: 1971 Total airframe hrs: 15405 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 61 / Occupants: 81 Total: Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 85 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 9 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: New Hope, GA (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Huntsville-Madison County Airport, AL (HSV/KHSV), United States of America Destination airport: Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America Flightnumber: 242

Southern Airways Flight 242, a DC-9-31, operated as a scheduled passenger flight from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Atlanta, Georgia, with an intermediate stop at Huntsville, Alabama. Flight 242 departed Muscle Shoals at 15:21 and landed at Huntsville about 15:44.
About 15:54, Flight 242 departed Huntsville on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan for the Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport; there were 81 passengers and 4 crewmembers aboard.
The flight’s route was direct to the Rome VOR and then a Rome runway 26 profile descent to Atlanta. Its estimated time en route was 25 min and its requested en route altitude was 17,000 ft.
At 15:56, the controller told Flight 242 that his radarscope was showing heavy precipitation and that the echos were about 5 nmi ahead of the flight.
At 15:57:36, the controller said, “…you’re in what appears to be about the heaviest part of it now, what are your flight conditions.” Flight 242 replied, “…we’re getting a little light turbulence and…I’d say moderate rain.” At 15:57:47, the controller acknowledged Flight 242’s report and told the flight to contact Memphis Center.
The Memphis Center controller advised the flight that a SIGMET was current for the area. He then told Flight 242 to contact Atlanta Center.
At 16:03:20, Flight 242 switched to another sector of Atlanta Center, established communications on the new frequency and reported being level at FL170. As the aircraft entered an area of rain, the flight crew began discussing the weather depicted on their radar. Based on information from the airborne radar, the captain initially decided that the storms just west of the Rome VOR were too severe to penetrate. Shortly after his initial assessment of the storm system, the captain decided to penetrate the storm area near the Rome VOR.
At 16:06:41 Atlanta Center cleared Flight 242 to descend to and maintain 14,000 ft. Shortly afterwards the aircraft entered an area of heavy hail or rain, which continued for at least one minute. The ingestion of intense rain and hail into the engines caused the rotational speed of both engines to decrease below the engine-driven electrical generator operating speeds, and resulted in normal electrical power interruption for 36 seconds. The flight crew likely advanced one or both thrust levers, restoring its generator to operation and provide normal electrical power.
After establishing contact with Atlanta Center again, the flight was told to maintain 15,000 ft. At 16:09:15, Flight 242 reported to Atlanta Center, “Okay…we just got our windshield busted and… we’ll try to get it back up to 15, we’re 14.” After reported that the left engine had flamed out, the flight was cleared to descend to 13,000 ft.
Meanwhile both engines’ high-pressure compressors began to stall severely due to ingestion of massive quantities of water. The severe compressor stalls produced an overpressure surge which deflected the compressor blades forward in the sixth stage of the low-pressure compressors; these blades clashed against the fifth-stage stator vanes and broke pieces from the blades and vanes.
Pieces of blades and stator vanes were then ingested into the high-pressure compressors and damaged them severely.
Continued high thrust settings following the severe damage to the high-pressure compressors probably caused severe overheating in the turbine sections of both engines, and the engines ceased to function. Shortly before normal electrical power was again, the flight crew radioed that both engines had failed. Atlanta Center told the crew to contact approach control for vectors to Dobbins Air Force Base. Power was then lost for 2 min 4 sec until the APU-driven generator restored electrical power.
After establishing contact with Atlanta Approach Control the flight was told they were 20 miles from Dobbins. As the flight was descending, the captain began to doubt their ability to reach Dobbins. Cartersville was closer at 15 miles, so the controller gave vectors for Cartersville. Unable to make it to Cartersville, the crew began looking for a clear field or highway for an emergency landing.
At 16:18:02, Flight 242’s last transmission to Approach Control was recorded: “… we’re putting it on the highway, we’re down to nothing.”
The aircraft’s outboard left wing section first contacted two trees near State Spur Highway 92 south-southwest of the community of New Hope. About 0.8 miles farther north-northeast, the left wing again contacted a tree alongside the highway within the community of New Hope. The left and right wings continued to strike trees and utility poles on both sides of the highway, and 570 ft after striking the first tree in New Hope, the aircraft’s left main gear contacted the highway to the left of the centerline. Almost simultaneously, the outer structure of the left wing struck an embankment, and the aircraft veered to the left and off the highway. The aircraft traveled another 1,260 ft before it came to rest. As it traveled, the aircraft struck road signs, utility poles, fences, trees, shrubs, gasoline pumps at a gas station-store, five automobiles, and a truck.
Of the 85 persons aboard Flight 242, 62 were killed, 21 were seriously injured, and 1 was slightly injured. Additionally, eight persons on the ground were killed. Within a month of the accident, one of the surviving passengers and one person on the ground both died of their injuries.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Total and unique loss of thrust from both engines while the aircraft was penetrating an area of severe thunderstorms. The loss of thrust was caused by the ingestion of massive amounts of water and hail which, in combination with thrust lever movement, induced severe stalling in and major damage to the engine compressors.
Major contributing factors include the failure of the company’s dispatching system to provide the flight crew with up-to-date severe weather information pertaining to the aircraft’s intended route of flight, the captain’s reliance on airborne weather radar for penetration of thunderstorm areas, and limitations in the FAA’s ATC system which precluded the timely dissemination of real-time hazardous weather information to the flight crew.”

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Pre-arrival video from New Jersey house fire

Statter 911 - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:27

Fire in Plainfield on Wednesday

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Today is Tuesday the 3rd of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:04

Only one story for today, but a very tragic one. Two volunteer Firefighters from Indiana were killed in the collision of a Cessna 150 and a Cessna Citation in Marion, Indiana……

Be safe out there!


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Two men killed after two planes collide at Marion airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:59

By Katie Cox

GRANT COUNTY, Ind. — Two firefighters from Madison County were killed after two small planes crashed at an airport in Grant County Monday evening. 

The crash happened just after 5 p.m. at the Marion Municipal Airport off State Road 9 in Marion.

Grant County Coroner Chris Butche says a smaller plane clipped a larger plane that was landing. The smaller plane then crashed and caught fire, killing the pilot and a passenger.

Butche identified the victims as Kyle Hibst, 31, and David Wittkamper, 31. Both men are from Elwood and were members of the Pipe Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine Cessna 150 collided with a Cessna 525 CitationJet. Preliminary investigation indicates that the Cessna 150 was attempting to take off at 5:09 p.m. when it struck the tail of the Citation, which had just landed.

“The airport in Marion does not have an air traffic control tower,” the FAA said in a statement. “Pilots using the field are expected to announce their intentions on a common radio frequency and to coordinate with one another while on the ground and in the traffic pattern.”

The Cessna 150 was carrying two people and the Citation had five passengers on board.

“FAA investigators are on their way to the scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified,” the FAA said in a statement to RTV6. “The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and all updates.”

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:57

22 Years ago today: On 3 April 1996 a USAF Boeing T-43A (B737) crashed on approach to Dubrovnik, killing all 35 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 3 April 1996 Time: 14:52 Type: Boeing T-43A (737) Operator: United States Air Force – USAF Registration: 73-1149 C/n / msn: 20696/347 First flight: 1974-03-27 (22 years ) Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29 Total: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 16 km (10 mls) SE of Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) (   Croatia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Military Departure airport: Tuzla International Airport (TZL/LQTZ), Bosnia and Herzegovina Destination airport: Dubrovnik Airport (DBV/LDDU), Croatia Flightnumber: 21

Flight IFOR21 took off from Tuzla for a flight to Dubrovnik. While making an NDB approach to RWY 12 the aircraft crashed into a hill at 2300 feet, 1,7nm left of the extended centerline and 1,8nm North of RWY 12 at a speed of 133 knots and a 118° right bank.
It appeared that the T-43 had strayed off course, because the aircraft flew a 110° bearing instead of 119°, after passing the KLP beacon (final approach fix). Weather at the time was visibility 8 km in light / moderate rain; 120°/12 knots wind; cloud base at 120 m broken and 600 m overcast; temp. 12°C.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: (1) Command failure to comply with directives that required a review of all instrument approach procedures, not approved by the Defense Dept. (2) Preflight planning errors, combined with errors made during the flight made by the aircrew. (3) Improper design of the Dubrovnik NDB.

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Today is Monday the 2nd of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:03

We start the new week and new month with the following stories…

Be safe out there!


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2 die when plane crashes into building near Santa Paula

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:00

Jeremy Childs and Gretchen Wenner, Ventura

Two men were killed when a plane crashed into a storage building near Santa Paula on Saturday afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:15 p.m. in the 17800 block of South Mountain Road, just south of Santa Paula. 

The two adult male occupants of the plane were declared dead at the scene, according to Steve Swindle, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department. No other injuries were reported.

There was a brief fire after the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. The fire was extinguished by 2:30 p.m., authorities said.

South Mountain Road was blocked in both directions near the crash site for authorities to conduct the investigation.

The identification number of the plane showed it was registered out of Palmdale, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The plane’s last certificate was issued on June 12, 2014, with an expiration date of June 30, 2020. It was made and declared airworthy in April 2003, according to the FAA.

The FAA listed it as an RV-6A, a fixed-wing, single-engine, experimental aircraft model that is sold in kit form by Van’s Aircraft Inc. The often home-built two-seat model was introduced by Van’s in 1986 and replaced by the RV-7/7A in 2001, according to the company.

In a statement, a representative from the FAA said the incident will be investigated by the agency along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office recounted details of the incident from a man who lives at the property where the plane crashed. Buschow said the man had been outside with a plant sprayer when he saw the plane coming in. He dropped the sprayer and ran for shelter as the plane crashed roughly 50 feet from where the sprayer was.

Santa Paula resident Brittany Botts was attending a baby shower at Flight 126 Cafe at the Santa Paula Airport when the crash occurred.

“We all looked and all of a sudden, there was a bunch of black smoke,” Botts said.

Lisa Darling-Daniel, who lives near the crash site and moved to the area four months ago, was eating lunch outside with her friend, Ventura resident Laura Taylor. They were watching the plane while eating their lunch and thought the pilot was performing a trick.

“It sort of spun around, the engine got loud, and then: kaboom,” Darling-Daniel said.

Taylor, whose father used to fly planes, suspected something was wrong.

“I just knew — as low as it was and the way that it flipped — that’s not a trick,” Taylor said.

Since September 2017, there have been at least three airplane emergencies near Santa Paula.

The last one occurred Feb. 4 when a pilot had to perform an emergency landing on Highway 126. A noninjury plane crash involving two occupants had occurred two days earlier on Feb. 2. In September, a plane made an emergency landing in the Santa Clara river bottom not far from Saturday’s crash site.

In addition to the Ventura County Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol, Santa Paula Police Department, Santa Paula Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident.

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2 dead in small plane crash near St. Lucie Inlet

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:58

LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — Two people died in a single engine airplane crash in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 20 nautical miles east of Port St. Lucie on Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Miami Air Traffic Control Center notified USCG of a suspected downed aircraft at approximately 11:45 a.m.

According to the USCG, the pilot stated to the ARTCC he was changing course for weather avoidance and shortly after, they lost communication.

Coast Guard crews located a debris field about 20 miles east of the St.LucieInlet. The two sole occupants of the aircraft were deceased.

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Seven suffer minor injuries when skydiving plane suffers engine failure and makes emergency landing in backyard in upstate New York

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:56
  • Seven were hurt when a skydiving plane made an emergency landing Saturday 
  • The plane operated by Skydive the Ranch was meant to drop the divers from 700 feet when the engine malfunctioned
  • The pilot tried to return to Gardiner Airport but ‘couldn’t make it’
  • The 1987 craft was then landed in the backyard of a home in Gardiner, New York 

By Marlene Lenthang For and Associated Press

A skydiving plane carrying seven people made an emergency landing in the backyard of an upstate New York home after suffering an engine malfunction, injuring all on board.

The aircraft from Skydive the Ranch made the unexpected landing on Saturday afternoon, according to Fire Chief Matthew Goodnow.

The trip that was supposed to set up the skydivers for a jump at 700 feet, took a turn when the engine went haywire in Gardiner, New York, 80 miles north of the city.

The pilot initially tried to return to the local airport, but the fire chief said the craft ‘couldn’t make it’, leading to the backyard landing.

The divers sustained minor injuries in the last-minute landing of the Cessna Caravan C208B aircraft.

Although all seven people suffered injuries, six refused medical attention.

One went to Mid-Husdon Regional Hospital for evaluation, according to The Poughkeepsie Journal.

The aircraft was a 1987 single engine that seated 12 according to the Shawangunk Journal. The craft suffered minor damage.

The Fire Chief described the landing as likely ‘awful bumpy’.

‘It was in a field compared to a paved runway,’ he added.

The alarm was first raised to the Gardiner Fire Department around 4:30pm.

The company Skydive the Ranch had no comment on the incident as of Saturday afternoon. State police are investigating the incident.

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Delta flight loses engine after birdstrike, sparking emergency landing at JFK

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:55

A plane taking off from Kennedy Airport struck a bird and lost an engine in the skies above Queens early Saturday, sparking an emergency landing, authorities said.

The Denver-bound Delta flight took off from JFK just before 8 a.m. but made a quick loop back to the runway after a bird got sucked into its engine at about 500 feet altitude, according to the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association.

The impacted engine shut down and the pilot had to land the plane using limited power, officials said. None of the crew members or 126 passengers were hurt.

The Port Authority Police Department’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighter Unit was on hand to meet the arriving plane and inspect damage.

A Delta spokeswoman said that after landing, the plane was “taxied to the gate for maintenance evaluation.”

“Customers have been reaccommodated on an alternate aircraft,” the spokeswoman said.

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