Fire Service

Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:34

68 Years ago today: On 5 June 1950 a Westair Transport Curtiss C-46F-1-CU crashed off Miami, killing 28 out of 65 occupants.

Date: Monday 5 June 1950 Time: 22:03 Type: Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando Operator: Westair Transport Registration: N1248N C/n / msn: 22496 First flight: 1945 Total airframe hrs: 2890 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 62 Total: Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 65 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 480 km (300 mls) E off Melbourne, FL, USA (   Atlantic Ocean) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico Destination airport: Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), United States of America

The fully laden Curtiss C-46, which was 258 pounds in excess of the mtow, departed from San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 17:24 for Wilmington. Approx. 21:45 the crew noticed that the indicated right engine oil quantity had fallen from 32 gallons to 20. Immediately after this was observed, the left engine backfired and lost power. Application of carburetor heat and adjustment of fuel mixture and other engine controls were ineffectual, so the left propeller was feathered. The aircraft was headed toward Nassau, the closest island with an adequate landing field. Power settings for the right engine were increased to 2400 rpm and 30 in manifold pressure. The cruising altitude of 6,500 feet was maintained for about five minutes. Shortly afterwards the crew observed that the indicated oil quantity for the right engine had fallen from 20 to 15 gallons. At about the same time the crew also observed that the right engine was overheating with an indicated cylinder head temperature of nearly 300 degrees centigrade. Because of this condition, the captain began a voluntary descent to ditch before complete right engine failure occurred. An attempt was made to hold altitude at 200 feet above the water until shore stations could obtain radio bearings. The right engine speed decreased from 2400 to 2250 rpm and could not he increased. Airspeed was then reduced to between 100 and 110 mph by retarding the right throttle, and the aircraft was ditched about 20 minutes after the malfunctioning of the left engine began. The wing flaps and landing lights were not used. At the time, the weather was clear and the wind was from the southwest at approximately 10 miles per hour.
As soon as the aircraft came to rest in the water, the crew entered the cabin where they opened the main cabin door and the emergency exits. The emergency exits were not opened prior to the ditching as prescribed in the company’s Operation Manual. Some of the passengers then climbed out onto the wings, and others jumped into the sea. All seven of the 10-man life rafts were thrown overboard, five floated away in the darkness because their retaining ropes were not held, two were inflated The three crew members and 34 of the 62 passengers were able to swim to and board the two life rafts. During the night five flares were fired at intervals but were not observed. A company C-46, which had remained in the search area, reported at 23:21, one hour and eighteen minutes after the ditching, that they saw a blinking light on the water. A fix was established and the following morning a Coast Guard aircraft located the survivors, and shortly afterwards the USS Saufley, a US Navy destroyer, drew alongside and rescued those in the two life rafts. The position of the rescue was 27 degrees 51’north latitude and 75 degrees 22’west longitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The malfunctioning of both engines from causes unknown.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:07

Two civilians were seriously injured and 10 firefighters suffered minor injuries in a blaze that engulfed an abandoned home in Queens early Monday, authorities said.

More than 100 smoke eaters responded to the two-story house on 41st Ave. near 147th St. in Flushing starting about 2 a.m., the FDNY said. The flames spread rapidly throughout the entire residence, according to FDNY Chief Brendan McSweeney, who was on scene.

Two civilians self-evacuated and were gone by the time FDNY arrived. They went to New York-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Hospital, officials said.

FDNY officials said two squatters had been staying inside the residence but couldn’t confirm if they were the two civilians hurt. The house had been vacant since 2013, authorities said.

The firefighters had the flames under control in about two hours.

Fire marshals will investigate the cause of the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:06

A firefighter was injured battling a blaze that broke out at a vacant church building in south Fort Worth on Sunday afternoon, according to reports.

The fire was reported at approximately 3:21 p.m. at a vacant church located at 5023 Stanley Avenue, near Seminary Hill Park in Fort Worth, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department. The blaze quickly escalated to two alarms, according to Kyle Clay, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

“A vacant lot fire at what used to be the Pinnacle Academy on James Avenue had heavy fire when we got out here. Fire through the roof,” said Clay.

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Clay said that Medstar was called about 20 minutes later to help the injured firefighter, who fell from a ladder while battling the blaze.

“It was just a fall,” said Clay. “The guy is not hurt or anything. He refused treatment at the scene.”

He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fort Worth firefighters use several hoselines to battle a two-alarm church fire in a vacant building at the Pinnacle Church complex at 5023 Stanley Avenue Sunday, June 3, 2018. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire coming from the second floor of the two-story building around 3 p.m. and were forced to battle the fire from outside. One firefighter suffered minor injuries and investigators were called to the scene. Peter Matthews Special to the Star-Telegram
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:02

One firefighter was injured Sunday in a multiple-alarm fire in Upper Macungie Township that destroyed a garage and several cars while also damaging a home.

Crews were called to the 9300 block of Trexler Road around 3 p.m. They found a rear garage engulfed in flames and a fire that had spread to an attached home.

Jennifer W. Sheehan


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While battling the blaze, a car in the rear of the home exploded, said Chief Steve Oplinger of Trexlertown 25. One firefighter, who was not identified, was injured on the scene and was taken to a nearby hospital, Oplinger said.

Two adults were home at the time of the fire, but both escaped safely. The Red Cross is providing assistance, he said.

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The cars in the rear of the home were destroyed, Oplinger said. Crews are still assessing any structural damage to the house, which was built in 1840, according to Lehigh County property records.

Jennifer W. Sheehan


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Jennifer W. Sheehan


Upper Macungie house fire. Huge response here. Back half of the house looks to be gone @mcall @emilyopilo

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:59

A 19-year-old woman will serve up to 12 years in prison for a hit-and-run DUI crash that killed Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Lt. Dennis Devoe last year.

Khanyae Kendall, of Harrisburg, was ordered to serve 5 to 12 years in prison at sentencing Monday in Dauphin County Court.

She was found guilty in February of homicide by vehicle while DUI and homicide by vehicle. She also pleaded guilty to charges of theft, DUI, accidents involving death or personal injury, and summary traffic offenses.

Prosecutors said Kendall was high on PCP and driving a stolen car when she ran a stop sign and struck Devoe’s vehicle at the intersection of 14th and Walnut streets on March 10, 2017.

DeVoe, of Stewartstown, was a father of four and a 21-year veteran of the Bureau of Fire. He was on his way to a station to pick up his gear before heading to a house fire in the 2500 block of Lexington Street that claimed the lives of two young girls.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a recharging hoverboard.

Devoe had just returned from a funeral for a retired Harrisburg firefighter who died of cancer.

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Today is Monday the 4th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:27

We start the new week with the following stories…

Have a good week, be safe out there!


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Pilot, passenger safe after Longview plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:26

By Jimmy Daniell Isaac

Two men walked away from a plane crash Friday morning after the aircraft went down near a northeast Longview neighborhood.

Longview police and fire crews responded to the scene of the crash shortly after 7:30 a.m. in the Mission Creek subdivision south of Page Road between Alpine Road and East Loop 281.

“We are on the scene of a small plane crash,” Fire Chief J.P. Steelman said shortly after crews responded to the crash.

He said both occupants of the plane exited on their own. Texas Department of Public Safety crews also responded and were investigating.

DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark said the pilot was Randall Coggin, 74, of Longview. She said he told officials he had made repairs to the aircraft and was testing it when he experienced engine failure and made a hard landing.

The aircraft took off from a private runway at Eastside Airport about 2 miles from the crash site, Dark said.

According to Dark, Coggin and his passenger, Coby Melvin, 67, of Longview, were treated at the scene.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is a Silvaire Luscombe 8A fixed-wing single-engine that is registered to John D. Stewart of Longview.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA were headed to the scene for further investigation, Dark said.

At 9:09 a.m. Friday, Steelman said Longview police and fire personnel had left scene, while Texas Department of Public Safety officers from Harrison County remained at the crash site.

The crash is the second such incident in the city potentially involving Eastside Airport in about as many years.

On March 18, 2016, a plane that had taken off from the airport crashed in a wooded area north of East Marshall Avenue, injuring the pilot.

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US military air-to-air refuelling jet makes emergency landing at Shannon

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:24

By Patrick Flynn

A US military aerial refuelling aircraft has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon.

The US Air Force McDonnell Douglas KC-10 is believed to suffered a problem with one of its engines over the Atlantic.

The crew declared an emergency reporting they had shut down one of the jet’s three engines. There were nine crew members on board.

Five units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town were sent to the scene in support of the airport’s own Fire and Rescue Service.

Two units of Ennis Fire Service were mobilised to the incident while National Ambulance Service and Gardaí also sent resources to the airport.

The flight landed safely at 3pm and was met by airport and local authority fire crews who accompanied the jet to a remote parking stand.

An inspection of the aircraft afterwards discovered that a panel was missing from the jet’s left engine.

Engineers were also standing by to inspect the engine and determine whether any damage had been caused to the plane.

The aircraft is attached to the 305th Maintenance Squadron based at McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey in the US.

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Pilot makes emergency landing in Northeast Philadelphia

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:23


The pilot of a small plane walked away unharmed after a making an emergency landing at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport.

It happened Saturday morning.

The pilot radioed the control tower that the landing gear on his Piper Saratoga had failed and that he would be bringing the plane down belly-first.

The landing was successful. No one was injured.

The airport was shut down for several hours as crews worked to remove the damaged aircraft from the runway.

It was back open by 2 p.m.

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Plane crashes in Lake Gladewater

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:21

By Jessica Faith


A plane was found in Lake Gladewater this morning.

Officials responded Saturday morning to get the ultra-light plane out of the water.

Gladewater Fire Department, Gladewater Police Department, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Texas State Troopers, and Champion EMS were all on the scene.

The Gladewater Fire Department stated that the pilot is okay and only has minor injuries.

The plane is registered to a Gladewater man. It is classified as “experimental” and “amateur-built.”

The plane is now out of the water.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

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Officials: Search suspended for 2 on plane that crashed off Amagansett

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:20

The aircraft, a twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo, crashed about 2 miles off Indian Wells Beach on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

By Lisa Irizarry and Vera Chinese

Rescue workers on Sunday did not find the two people still missing from the crash of a twin-engine plane Saturday in the waters off Amagansett and suspended the search because of “deteriorating sea conditions,” East Hampton Town police said.

Several law enforcement agencies had been searching nonstop for the two people aboard the Piper PA-31 Navajo since shortly after it crashed about 3:20 p.m. Saturday.

As dive teams, Coast Guard cutters and several other first responders searched into Sunday afternoon, winds picked up and waves were cresting at between 4 and 8 feet, adding to the already challenging conditions, officials said.

The four people aboard when the plane crashed were identified early Sunday as East End builder Bernard Krupinski, 70; his wife, Bonnie Krupinski, 70; William Maerov, 22 — all of East Hampton — and the pilot, Jon Dollard, 47, of Hampton Bays, according to a news release from the police department. Maerov is the Krupinskis’ grandson.

“The Krupinski, Bistrian, Maerov and Dollard families are grateful for the sincere outpouring of support from so many who knew and loved them,” family representatives said in a statement posted on Instagram Sunday evening. “We extend our deep appreciation to the U.S. Coast Guard and other emergency responders on land, sea and air including the East Hampton Town Police Department, NY and scores of others.

“A memorial service will be announced in coming weeks. In honor of Ben & Bonnie, with whom we have been fortunate to work as members of their extended family, we continue their commitment to delivering excellence in service to all of you in the community.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, said spokesman Terry Williams, but agency representatives are not on the scene. Williams said he had no information to release but expected more details on Monday.

Two bodies were recovered from the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, but their identities had not been confirmed as of Sunday afternoon, said James Curto, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s Long Island sector. The identities of those still missing were not available.

About 11 a.m. Sunday, relatives of those aboard the twin-engine plane met with East Hampton Town police to get updates about the search.

The focus of the search appeared to have moved west from restive ocean waters about 2 miles off Indian Wells Beach to an area off Wainscott Beach as officials moved their command center to an area off Beach Lane in Wainscott. The water depth in both areas is between 30 and nearly 100 feet, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Long Island weather forecast calls for winds of at least 15 mph and periods of rain and thunderstorms on Monday.

“The wind can affect the ability to detect objects in the water. It causes it to be more choppy,” Curto said.

It was not clear when or if a renewed search involving Coast Guard cutters, helicopters and the resources of several other agencies would take place. Coast Guard Petty Officer Donald Newton said a dive team from the East Hampton Town Police Department would be back in the water Tuesday morning.

The plane crashed about 2 miles off shore near Indian Wells Beach, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Saturday.

The agency had lost contact with the plane at 2:33 p.m., and the Coast Guard received a report of a debris field about an hour later, said U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Alaina Fagan Saturday.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said that according to preliminary information he received, the plane went down during a thunderstorm Saturday. “The initial report I received was that they were going through a squall,” Fagan said.

After the crash, a command post was set up outside the entrance to the beach on Indian Wells Highway to coordinate the search, which included teams from the East Hampton Town police, the Coast Guard, Suffolk police and private boats.

A Coast Guard helicopter based at Cape Cod and Suffolk’s aviation unit had also searched around the debris field.

Beach Lane, which was closed to the public Sunday with only emergency crews and residents allowed in, was reopened after the search was suspended.

The Krupinskis owned restaurants and real estate together and were well-known in the East End social and political scene. Bernard Krupinski, also known as Ben, was a builder to the celebrity set who counted Billy Joel and Martha Stewart among his clients. Bonnie Krupinski was a developer and businesswoman.

Joel and Stewart released statements Sunday about the Krupinskis.

“I’m shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski,” Joel said. “Ben undertook to get my East Hampton house project completed in the 1980s when the construction progress had been stalled due to bad management.”

Stewart said she was “devastated by the news of the untimely passing of my dear friends, Ben and Bonnie Krupinski,”

She described Maerov as “an outstanding young man — very curious, well educated, well-traveled and a delight to be with.”

In his spare time, Bernard Krupinski was an avid pilot, with multiple planes registered, according to the FAA.

Alejandro Silva of East Hampton, Stewart’s local gardener for 25 years, said he delivered the bad news to her at her Westchester County home.

“It was very sad,” he said, adding the Krupinskis were “very friendly to everybody here.”

Silva said he went to Indian Wells Beach on Sunday morning to pay his respects.

“This town lost a very great person,” Silva said of Ben Krupinski.

Dollard was a waiter at Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina in the early 1990s before he became a pilot, restaurant co-owner Christine Oakland Hill said Sunday morning. Long after Dollard had moved on, he had remained a regular customer at the restaurant.

Dollard was “just amazing,” Oakland Hill said. “Always upbeat. Just awesome.”

She said the restaurant staff is in mourning.

“He’s been with us since the very beginning,” Oakland Hill said. “This is so shocking.”

The crash was the second involving a small plane on Long Island in less than a week.

On Wednesday, a World War II-era military trainer went down in a wooded area of Melville, killing its sole occupant, Ken Johansen, a member of the GEICO Skytypers stunt team that had performed at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach.

With David M. Schwartz

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Small plane makes emergency landing in Huntington Beach neighborhood; no one injured

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:18


The female pilot of a small airplane doing practice work in the air around John Wayne Airport made an emergency landing Friday afternoon on a street in a Huntington Beach neighborhood.

A small Cessna made a surprise landing on a street in Huntington Beach on Friday, just half-a-mile from PCH.
No injuries were visible at the scene just shy of the intersection of Hamilton and Newland. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Neither the pilot, who was the sole occupant of the Cessna 172, nor anyone on the ground was injured, according to Huntington Beach police officer Angela Bennett. The plane did not hit anything on the ground, she said.

Bill Castelblanco was at work at Castel Innovations on Hamilton Avenue when suddenly there was screaming outside.

“We heard everybody screaming at the same time, so we ran out right when everybody else did,” Castelblanco said. He missed the plane touch down, but it was traveling up the street.

“Obviously, they were screaming because there was a plane landing in the middle of the street,” said Castelblanco, a pilot himself. “We don’t know what caused it. People are saying that she had engine failure, but the engine was running when she landed.”

The plane lost power shortly after takeoff from John Wayne Airport, Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy tweeted.

Police and fire personnel got a call at 4:55 p.m. that a plane went down near Hamilton Avenue and Newland Street, about a half-mile from Pacific Coast Highway, and officers responded within minutes. The pilot told police the plane had some sort of engine trouble or failure and had already notified the Federal Aviation Administration of the landing.

The pilot was doing practice work in the air traffic pattern around John Wayne Airport when she reported a loss of engine power, said Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman. The agency is investigating the incident, he said.

Video of the landing showed a vehicle avoiding the fast moving plane as it headed down Hamilton.

Castelblanco said the pilot appeared calm and did a really good job avoiding all of the power lines, cars and people.

Police officers asked the pilot to shut off the engine. Castelblanco said it appeared that she might try to move the plane, but police told her to leave the plane where it was.

“It was pretty exciting,” Castelblanco said. “You don’t see this every day.”

The plane is registered in Los Angeles to JG Capital Holdings LLC, an equity research firm.

Hamilton is closed between Newland Street and Seaforth Lane for the investigation. Police were unsure how long the closure would remain in effect.

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Planes, Arkansas airport destroyed due to storm

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:15

By: Tony Atkins

An Arkansas community is in the process of recovery after storms ripped through their town.  

Colt, Arkansas is just outside of Forrest City, Arkansas, where thousands still remain without power. FOX13’s Tony Atkins went to the small town of Colt Sunday and spent his day there. We observed the entire airport was destroyed including the actual airplanes.

Chuck Currie, who is a plane owner, told FOX13 he can’t believe it’s all gone.

“I hate it. It’s just gone,” Currie said.

Currie told FOX13 he only had his plane for less than a year. He was devastated to see it’s condition.

“I always wanted one of these. This was the only thing on my bucket list,” Currie said.

Shannon Hobbs of the Delta Regional Airport Authority said the airport was about 18-years in the making. He says between all planes, and the hangar damages could be in the millions. 

“It’s very disheartening. You have to try to find the bright side, that there’s no injuries, and nobody’s hurt,” Hobbs told FOX13.

Hobbs said he’s not going to take long to rebuild the airport. He’s determined to make things right again.


Every plane at Delta Regional Airport totaled after 100 MPH winds rip through Colt, AR. The airport was a project to bridge Forrest City and Wynne communities.

— Tony Atkins (@TonyAtkinsFOX13) June 3, 2018

“We’ll rebound. We’ll make it happen. We’ll work together and see the project come back bigger and better than ever,” Hobbs said.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:12

51 Years ago today: On 4 June 1967 a British Midland Canadair C-4 Argonaut crashed into houses on approach to Manchester killing 72 out of 84 occupants.

Date: Sunday 4 June 1967 Time: 09:09 UTC Type: Canadair C-4 Argonaut Operator: British Midland Airways – BMA Registration: G-ALHG C/n / msn: 153 First flight: 1949 Engines:Rolls-Royce Merlin 622 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 69 / Occupants: 79 Total: Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 84 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Stockport (   United Kingdom) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain Destination airport: Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC), United Kingdom

The C-4 Argonaut aircraft operated a charter flight from Manchester, United Kingdom to Palma de Mallorca, Spain and return. It landed at Palma at 02:20 hours UTC, was refuelled and took off for Manchester at 04:06 hours UTC. The co-pilot was flying the aircraft from the right-hand seat and the flight was uneventful.

Between 08:56 and 09:00 the aircraft was descending for approach and landing and was being vectored towards the ILS localizer of runway 24. At 09:01:30 the flight was informed that it was 9 miles from touchdown and well left of the centre line and it was asked if it was receiving the ILS. The pilot-in-command replied that he was and would turn right a little. Shortly thereafter one engine, most probably No.4, stopped delivering power, followed some 15 seconds later by the other engine on the same wing. The pilot-in-command took over the controls and just after 09:03 the controller told the flight that it was 6 miles from touchdown and asked if it was established on the ILS localizer. This message was not acknowledged by the flight and 7 seconds later the controller asked if it was still receiving. The pilot-in-command then replied “Hotel Golf is overshooting, we’ve got a little bit of trouble with rpm”.
Go around
The aircraft’s air speed was then only 116 kt and its height 1838 ft AMSL. The controller then ordered the pilot-in-command to turn left on to 160°M and climb to 2500 ft QNH. He then asked the reason for overshooting and was told “We’ve a little bit of trouble with rpm, will advise you”. At 09:03:51 the captain asked what the left turn was on to. The controller noted that the aircraft had already turned through 25° to the right instead of to the left, so he ordered the pilot to continue turning right on to 020 degrees and climb to 2500 ft on QNH. This was acknowledged by the co-pilot. At 09:04:41 the controller asked the flight to advise when ready to recommence the approach. By this time the aircraft’s IAS had dropped to 111 kt, its height to 1287 ft QNH, and it had broken cloud. Thereafter it flew below cloud in conditions of reasonable visibility. At 09:05:26 the controller told the flight that it was 7 miles from the airfield on a bearing of 040 degrees and requested its height. The flight reported at 1000 ft. This was the first indication to the controller that the aircraft was faced with an emergency and after checking that the height given was correct he put full emergency procedure into operation at the airfield and ordered the aircraft to turn right on to 180 M, so that it would close the ILS localizer.
Loss of altitude
At 09:05:47 the controller asked the flight if it could maintain height. The pilot-in-command now at 981 ft AMSL and only some 800 ft above the ground replied “just about”. He was told he was 8 miles from touchdown and should continue his right turn on to 200 degrees M and maintain as much height as possible. At this point 341 ft of height were lost in 10 seconds after the TAS had fallen to 100 kt and the pilot-in-command said he was not able to maintain height at the moment. The controller told him that he was 8 miles from touchdown and closing the ILS localizer from the right. At 09:07:09, the controller informed the flight that radar contact had been lost due to the aircraft’s low height and asked the pilot to adjust his heading on the ILS and report when established. The co-pilot replied that they had “the lights to our right” and were at 800 ft, just maintaining height, and the pilot-in-command asked for the emergency to be laid on. At 09:07:35 the pilot-in-command requested his position and was told 7,5 miles to run to touchdown. Half a minute later the controller repeated that he had no radar contact, and cleared the flight for landing, the surface wind being 270°/12 kt. At this stage the PAR controller, who had overheard that the Approach controller had lost radar contact, saw a contact at the bottom of his elevation display, and told the flight that it was 6 miles from touchdown. The co-pilot then gave their altitude as being 500 ft. The terrain clearance was only 300 ft and the IAS was below 105 kt and falling. The aircraft was approximately on the line of the ILS localizer and heading for the very centre of the built up area of Stockport. A few seconds after 09:09 hours the aircraft struck the ground more or less level in pitch, slightly right wing down, and slightly yawed to the right. The left wing struck a 3-storey building and was ripped off, causing the aircraft to crash in a small relatively open space near tall blocks of flats and other buildings.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The immediate cause of the accident was loss of power of both engines on the starboard side resulting in control problems which prevented the pilot from maintaining height on the available power with one propeller windmilling. The loss of power of the first engine was due to fuel starvation due to inadvertent fuel transfer in flight. The loss of power of the second engine was due either to fuel starvation resulting from inadvertent fuel transfer in flight or to misidentification by the crew of which engine had failed followed by failure to restore power in time to the engine misidentified as having failed.
Contributory causes of the accident were:
(a) The design of the fuel valves and location in the cockpit of their actuating levers, so that a failure by the pilot correctly to position the lever by an amount so small as to be easy to do and difficult to recognize would result in inadvertent fuel transfer on a scale sufficient to involve the risk after a long flight of a tank expected to contain sufficient fuel being in fact empty.
(b) Failure of those responsible for the design of the fuel system or the fuel valves to warn users that failure by a small amount to place the actuating levers in the proper position would result in inadvertent fuel transfer on a scale involving this risk after a long flight.
(c) Failure of British Midland’s air crew or engineers to recognize the possibility of inadvertent fuel transfer in the air from the evidence available in previous incidents in flight and contained in the fuel logs.
(d) Failure of other operators of Argonauts who had learned by experience of the possibility of inadvertent fuel transfer in flight to inform the Air Registration Board, the Directorate of Flight Safety of the Board of Trade or its predecessors, or the United Kingdom Flight Safety Committee of the facts which they had learned so that these might be communicated to other operators of Argonauts and other aircraft equipped with similar systems and fuel cocks.”

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Arrival video from Pennsylvania mattress store fire

Statter 911 - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:07

Fire at Mattress Fair in Whitehall on Sunday

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Must see: Amazing catch by firefighter

Statter 911 - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 17:34

Bare handed catch of jumper caught from floor below

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 14:07

Two firefighters and two other people were taken to the hospital after, officials said, a driver ran a red light and struck a Hallandale Beach (near Fort Lauderdale) Fire Rescue truck, Saturday afternoon. The crash took place at the intersection of Federal Highway and Southeast Third Street, right in front of the entrance to Gulfstream Park. The fire apparatus involved was en route to another call at the time of the crash. Paramedics took the victims, including the driver of the civilian car involved, to Memorial Regional Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 15:35

No information was available Friday afternoon on the cause or origin of an early-morning fire at a building that housed Decatur Golf Carts on Modaus Road Southwest, according to Decatur Fire Chief Tony Grande.

“It’s likely a total loss,” Grande said. “There’s a lot of destruction there.”

“I don’t have an exact count” of the carts destroyed by the fire, said Zach Johnson, the general manager of the business. “It’s probably close to 70.” About 40 customers’ carts were lost, according to Johnson.

Johnson’s father, Jimmy Johnson, is the owner of the business.

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Plans are to reopen in a new location, “hopefully in a couple of months,” Zach Johnson said.

“We’re a custom-build shop. We do sales, service, upgrades, add-ons,” he said. “We do a little bit of everything.”

The business is an authorized dealer for Yamaha Golf Car.

Four firefighters were taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion, and all were discharged, Grande said.

The building, with a metal roof and sides, didn’t collapse, Grande said, but was weakened and had started sagging. In all, six firetrucks responded to the fire, he said.

The business at 3030 Modaus Road S.W. is near the new Austin High.

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