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Small plane crashes into marsh on Knotts Island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:08

By: Taylor O’Bier

KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — A small plane crashed into the marsh on Knotts Island on Saturday, but it’s sole occupant, the pilot, came out uninjured.

Currituck County Fire-EMS crews were dispatched to the 200 block of Island Bay Lane around 5:11 p.m. for reports of the crash.

When they arrived, they found the Cessna aircraft intact, said Currituck County Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton.

The plane’s pilot was able to get out of the plane before emergency crews arrived and was not injured, Melton said.

The pilot had taken off from the Suffolk Executive Airport and reportedly had mechanical issues near the island.

The crash is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Socorro plane crash sends pilot to hospital

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:05

By: KRQE Media

SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – Federal agents are trying to find out what caused a plane to crash in Socorro sending a pilot to the hospital.

State Police responded to the crash at the Socorro Airport Friday. They say the small plane’s wing clipped a light pole at some point during the crash.

The Federal Aviation Association started their investigation soon after. The pilot’s condition is unknown.

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Emergency crews respond to small plane crash in Washington County

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

By Gephardt Daily Staff

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 1, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A small plane that went down in rural Washington County was located late Friday afternoon.

The pilot and passenger had only minor injuries after the plane, which was trying to land on a snow-covered private runway, flipped upside down.

Officials from Iron and Washington counties worked on the search, as did pilots from SUU Aviation, out of Southern Utah University.

“Today, our great partnership with SUU aviation paid off big,” a statement from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office says.

“A call about an emergency locator transmitter from a down plane was called into the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Pilots from SUU aviation and deputies from Iron County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area only accessible by air or snowmobile.

“They located the pilot and his passenger with minor injuries,” the ICSO statement says. “They were flown from the crash site to an airport in Hurricane. We are happy to report they are safe.”

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Coast Guard to search throughout night for downed plane

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

by Gary Detman

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The Coast Guard says it will search throughout the night for a down plane off the coast of Palm Beach, carrying two people and two dogs.

According to the FAA, a Piper PA 32 aircraft crashed into the ocean around 1 p.m. on Friday with two people on board. The Coast Guard says two dogs are also on board. The plane’s tail number is N3016l, and according to FAA records, it’s registered to Simmons Pet Properties LLC., associated with Kenneth Simmons. There’s no official confirmation Mr. Simmons and his wife Alice were on the plane.

According to FlightAware, the plane left the Lantana Airport at 1 p.m., with a scheduled arrival at Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas at 2:15 p.m.

The plane’s track on FlightAware shows it hitting a heavy storm.

The plane made several trips back-and-forth from Marsh Harbor in the past week, according to FlightAware records.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it is assisting the Coast Guard with the search-and-rescue efforts.

The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC-1106) and a 45-foot Medium Endurance Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet to help with the search-and-rescue operation.

The FAA is investigating and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the crash.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 08:58

4 Years ago today: On 4 February 2015 a TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600 crashed at Taipei, Taiwan when the crew shut down the wrong engine after an engine failure; killing 43 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 4 February 2015 Time: 10:54 Type: ATR 72-212A (ATR-72-600) Operator: TransAsia Airways Registration: B-22816 C/n / msn: 1141 First flight: 2014-03-28 (10 months) Total airframe hrs: 1627 Cycles: 2356 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 53 Total: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 58 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 5,3 km (3.3 mls) E of Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA) (   Taiwan) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan Destination airport: Kinmen-Shang-Yi Airport (KNH/RCBS), Taiwan Flightnumber: GE235

A TransAsia ATR-72-600 operating as flight GE235 from Taipei to Kinmen Island impacted a highway viaduct and the waters of the Keelung River near New Taipei City shortly after takeoff. Forty-three occupants on board the airplane suffered fatal injuries. Fifteen were injured.
The airplane took off from Taipei-Sung Shan Airport’s runway 10 at 10:51 hours local time and turned right, climbing to an altitude of 1350 feet. At 10:52 the master warning sounded in the cockpit associated with the right engine (no. 2) flame out procedure message. Some 26 seconds later the left hand (no. 1) power lever was retarded to flight idle. After twenty seconds the left engine condition lever was set to the fuel shutoff position resulting in left engine shutdown.
Instead of continuing the climbing right hand turn, the airplane had turned left and began losing altitude and speed with several stall warnings sounding in the cockpit. At 10:53, the flight contacted the Sung Shan Tower controller declaring a Mayday and reporting an ‘engine flameout’. The airplane then turned to the right while the crew attempted to restart the left hand engine.
This succeeded at 10:54:20 hours. Fourteen seconds later the stall warning sounded in the cockpit. Video footage of the accident show that the airplane banked almost 90 degrees left as it hit a taxi on a viaduct. Parts of the left hand wing broke off upon hitting the barrier of the viaduct. The airplane broke up as it impacted the Keelung River and came to rest inverted

Probable Cause:

Findings Related to Probable Causes:
1. An intermittent signal discontinuity between the auto feather unit (AFU) number 2 and the torque sensor may have caused the automatic take off power control system (ATPCS):
– Not being armed steadily during takeoff roll;
– Being activated during initial climb which resulted in a complete ATPCS sequence including the engine number 2 autofeathering.
2. The available evidence indicated the intermittent discontinuity between torque sensor and auto feather unit (AFU) number 2 was probably caused by the compromised soldering joints inside the AFU number 2.

Flight Operations
3. The flight crew did not reject the take off when the automatic take off power control system ARM pushbutton did not light during the initial stages of the take off roll.
4. TransAsia did not have a clear documented company policy with associated instructions, procedures, and notices to crew for ATR72-600 operations communicating the requirement to reject the take off if the automatic take off power control system did not arm.
5. Following the uncommanded autofeather of engine number 2, the flight crew failed to perform the documented failure identification procedure before executing any actions. That resulted in pilot flying’s confusion regarding the identification and nature of the actual propulsion system malfunction and he reduced power on the operative engine number 1.
6. The flight crew’s non-compliance with TransAsia Airways ATR72-600 standard operating procedures – Abnormal and Emergency Procedures for an engine flame out at take off resulted in the pilot flying reducing power on and then shutting down the wrong engine.
7. The loss of engine power during the initial climb and inappropriate flight control inputs by the pilot flying generated a series of stall warnings, including activation of the stick pusher. The crew did not respond to the stall warnings in a timely and effective manner.
8. The loss of power from both engines was not detected and corrected by the crew in time to restart an engine. The aircraft stalled during the attempted restart at an altitude from which the aircraft could not recover from loss of control.
9. Flight crew coordination, communication, and threat and error management (TEM) were less than effective, and compromised the safety of the flight. Both operating crew members failed to obtain relevant data from each other regarding the status of both engines at different points in the occurrence sequence. The pilot flying did not appropriately respond to or integrate input from the pilot monitoring.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 21:53


Firefighters battled a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx early Sunday that forced dozens of residents out of their homes.

The 3-alarm blaze started around 3:15 a.m. on the fifth floor of a six-story building on East 163rd Street in the Melrose section.

It was placed under control nearly two hours later. The fire burned through five apartments.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 21:48

By Andee Erikson, Pine Journal:

On her way into work Wednesday morning, Minette Juhl Miller got a phone call no business owner wants to receive. Her restaurant, Minetties Roadside Diner, 6737 Minnesota Highway 210 in Wright, was on fire.

Her son, Arthur Juhl, who lives in the trailer behind the diner, had gone in to mop the restaurant around 4:30 a.m. He finished the chore, then returned home. Back at his residence, the power went out, so he looked out the window to see if the yard light was still on. That’s when Juhl noticed flames outside the restaurant.

The fire destroyed the building, Cromwell-Wright Fire Chief Lucas Goodin said. The cause of fire is still under investigation.

No employees were in the building at the time of the fire, though one firefighter walked away with minor injuries from a roof collapse. The person was treated at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.

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Early video from Port Carbon, Pennsylvania third-alarm

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 21:45

Additional video from Saturday night's fire that damaged multiple rowhomes

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 21:42

By Rebecca Thornburg, WKBW:

The Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub was packed with firefighters, friends and family of Eric Whitehead, a firefighter injured two-weeks ago in a Butler Avenue fire.

Eric Whitehead has been at ECMC since the fire on January 10th, and is recovering from third-degree burns to his hands and arms. Captain Jeffery Stauffiger, says Whitehead went through his second surgery last week and could be facing another. Stauffiger explains that with these types of injuries, it is hard to say exactly when the wounds will be healed.

“He’s got a good attitude about it just like he is about everything in life,” Stauffiger added. “He is fully motivated to get well and doctors say he is on the right course.”

Whitehead has been an Engine 21 firefighter for three and a half years in Buffalo.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 21:34

By The Herald Sun:

Two men have been charged after allegedly assaulting firefighters following a deliberately lit blaze northwest of Melbourne.

The two firefighters had been called to the Bacchus Marsh home about 9.30pm on Sunday following reports of a fire on a total fire ban day, police said.

An altercation broke out at the Shea St property, with the 22-year-old and 47-year-old year men allegedly assaulting the firefighters.

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Video & radio traffic: 3-alarm fire in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 16:02

Evacuation ordered at Saturday night fire damaging multiple rowhomes

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 18:22

The Salina Post:

Authorities are investigating a fatal Thursday morning house fire. The fire in Ogden claimed four lives., according to Riley County Fire Chief Pat Collins.

Riley County Fire Chief Pat Collins confirmed that authorities investigating the fatal fire in Ogden early Thursday morning are working to positively identify the victims, notification of next of kin and the cause of the fire. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene.

Collins said multiple agencies are helping with the investigation. Work is being done to dig through the debris at 208 Riley Avenue to determine what  caused the fire.

Collins noted several firefighters slipped on the ice. “It got really slick here, fell down, they’re all doing alright now but I think they’re going to be really sore come nightfall or tomorrow. Two of the firefighters were treated by EMS on scene but no one required transport to a hospital.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 18:15

By Carolyn Blackburne, WNEP:

Two firefighters were transported to a hospital after falling on ice while battling flames at a home in Wilkes-Barre.

There is no word on their condition but other firefighters on scene tell Newswatch 16 the fire was extremely difficult to extinguish.

“These firefighters tonight really dug deep. Yes, one house burned but no one got killed and we just had the worst conditions that you could have to fight a fire,” said Chief Jay Delaney.

Firefighters spent more than four hours in single digit temperatures to put out the fire on the 200 block of North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre.

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Texas fire chief arrested on charge of pulling knife on firefighter in firehouse

Statter 911 - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:21

PA chief charged with pulling a gun on a Boy Scout who left flyer at his home

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:00

COLUMBIA, Co., (WCJB) — Columbia County and Lake City officials held a meeting at City Hall to discuss the city’s funding needs to help with compatibility of the county’s newly upgraded communication system.

The upgrade is an effort to boost the coverage area to areas where it’s limited or what they would call dead zones.

When the new system goes live, officials say it could become an issue for city and county first responders because both systems are not compatible.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Sergeant Murray Smith, said improving communication is a must and a vital component to a first responders’ job.

“In any first responder organization, whether its ems, fire, law enforcement there is a need for effective communication, we have a lot especially in law enforcement, we have a lot of tools that we use daily and probably one of the most vital tools that we use are our radios,” stated Smith.

There is some concern because many believe that this could mean heart attacks, fires, serious injuries and other incidents are more likely to end in tragedy.

Smith says the county is willing to help the city because with the constant changes in technology they need everyone to be on the same page.

“We are in the process of working with the county to look at how we would have inoperatability between the city system and the county system. We have some further investigation to do before we will be able to as a staff make any recommendations,” stated Joe Helfenberger, City Manager of Lake City.

The government shutdown caused a delay with getting the FCC to give the final approval, but the system is expected to go live any day now.

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Today is Friday the 1st of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:09

We end the week and start the new month with these stories…

Have a safe weekend!


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Two Indian fighter pilots die in Mirage crash

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:07


Two Indian Air Force pilots were killed Friday when their French-built Mirage 2000 aircraft crashed minutes after take-off.

The single-engine jet fighter aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation was on a test flight after an upgrade carried out by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). 

“Both occupants sustained fatal injuries… Investigation into the cause of accident is being ordered,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

Local media reports said the pilots tried to eject but were caught in flames as the plane exploded at the HAL airport in the southern city of Bangalore. No one was hurt on the ground.

India had signed a $2.4 billion deal with France in 2011 to upgrade 51 Mirage 2000 fighters, which were purchased in the mid-1980s, with new electronic warfare systems and radar.

Last week, the Economic Times daily said the upgrade of the multi-role aircraft had been hit by production delays on part of HAL.

Crashes involving fighter planes are not uncommon in India which is in the midst of upgrading its Soviet-era military.

Most of the accidents involve the MiGs that India bought decades ago from the Soviet Union, earning it the unflattering “flying coffin” tag.

Last July, the pilot of an MiG-21 jet died after the fighter jet crashed in northern Himachal Pradesh state.

India is investing billions of dollars in modernising its air force as fears grow over increasing cooperation between its arch-rival Pakistan and China.

New Delhi has signed a contract to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters from France for $8.8 billion. The jets are expected to be delivered later this year.

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Plane out of El Paso crashes outside Houston, one person dead

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

KATY, Texas – UPDATE: ABC-7 has confirmed with the Texas Department of the Safety the plane had departed from El Paso. According to DPS, the plane was on it’s way from El Paso to Houston.

ABC-7 is working to find our more information on the crash and the victim.

Stay with ABC-7 for more updates.

Original story: Authorities with the Texas Department of Safety said one person is dead following a small plane crash in Katy. According to ABC News, authories said they believe the plane had departed from El Paso.

The plane was found in a wooded area near a neighborhood, according to ABC News.

DPS responded to reports of a low-flying plane Thursday night. Authorites said the plane clipped a power line. The pilot then tried to “nose up” to avoid the power line, but hit it and went nose down.

“So the whole front fuselage is in the ground, so the NTSB and FAA are en route here,” said Sgt. Richard Standifer.

The Cy-Fair Fire Department said there are no survivors, and the person killed is possibly the pilot.

Officials said the accident caused the power in a nearby neighborhood to go out.

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Emergency landing in Church Hill for rescue helicopter

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:03


CHURCH HILL — A Ballad One medevac helicopter made an emergency landing in Hawkins County Thursday morning.

The helicopter was reportedly responding to a medical emergency in Hancock County shortly before 11 a.m. when pilots encountered snow and activated the de-icer, after which they detected smoke, according to Church Hill Fire Chief David Wood. No one was injured in the incident.

Wood told the Times News he was informed by the pilot that their protocol is to land anytime they see or smell smoke.

At 10:49 a.m., the helicopter landed in a field adjacent to Highway 11-W across from Pal’s in Church Hill.

“We checked it and didn’t see anything, but he (the pilot) thought it might be something to do with the de-icing on it,” Wood said. “When they were flying, they got into a little snow. He said that intake above the motor on the top is where that de-icer is located. I didn’t see anything leaking.”

Wood said the flight crew shut off the motor and opened the doors after landing. A mechanic was supposed to be en route Thursday afternoon to determine if the helicopter could be flown back out or would have to be towed.

Wood added, “Good thing no one was hurt, and they followed protocol and set that thing down and got out of it.”

The helicopter is owned and maintained by PHI Air Medical.

On Thursday afternoon, the company issued the following statement to the Times News: “This morning, while responding to an emergency call, our crew made a safe, uneventful precautionary landing. This was out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with our established aviation procedures. All personnel are safe and there is no damage to the helicopter. Our maintenance experts are on scene thoroughly inspecting the aircraft to ensure its return to service.”

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