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Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline, Boeing and other companies

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:14

By Lori Aratani

The Washington Post

Eight passengers who were aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew apart filed suit Wednesday against the airline, Boeing and the companies that manufactured the engine, alleging that they failed to take proper safeguards to prevent the fatal tragedy.

One person died and several others were injured in the April 17 incident, the first passenger fatality on a U.S. carrier since 2009, and the first in Southwest’s 51-year history

“As a direct result of the frightful, death-threatening Flight 1380 incident, each Plaintiff suffered severe mental, emotional and psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries,” says the 20-page lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on behalf of passengers Cindy Candy Arenas, Jaky Alyssa Arenas, Jiny Alexa Arenas, Elhadji Cisse, Donald Kirkland, Beverly Kirkland, Connor Brown and Cassandra Adams. Joe Leos Arenas, the husband of Cindy Arenas, also is included in the suit. Though he was not aboard the flight, the suit contends he should be included because he has suffered, ” . . . the loss of consortium of his wife.”

Southwest, the Boeing Company, GE Aviation Systems, Safran USA and CFM International, were all named as defendants in the suit. Officials at Southwest, GE Aviation and Boeing declined to comment citing pending litigation. Officials at Safran USA and CFM International did not respond to requests for comment.

Flight 1380 had left New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the morning of April 17, and was headed to Dallas Love Field. About 20 minutes into the flight, one of the Boeing 737’s engines failed and broke apart sending pieces of shrapnel flying through the air. The pieces shattered a window and the change in pressure in the airplane’s cabin caused Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive from Albuquerque, to be partially pulled out of the plane. The flight diverted to Philadelphia International Airport where it landed without further incident. Riordan died.

In a preliminary report, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said they found evidence of metal fatigue on the fan blade that had broken off the engine. Shortly after the incident the Federal Aviation Administration ordered that airlines complete additional inspections of fan blades on planes with similar engines.

The suit contends that, “Southwest negligently failed to reasonably monitor, inspect, test, service maintain and repair the Aircraft and the Engine to keep its aircraft reasonably safe for its passengers, and to remove from service aircraft that were not reasonably safe.”

The suit comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General announced an audit of the FAA’s safety oversight of Southwest Airlines. In making the announcement, the IG’s office noted that recent events, including the April 17 incident, have raised concerns about FAA’s safety oversight program, particularly for Southwest. In addition, the IG’s office said it had received a number of complaints about operational issues at the airline, including allegations of deficiencies in pilot training.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/passengers-on-fatal-southwest-flight-sue-airline-boeing-and-other-companies/

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NTSB report: Pilot was awake for 17 hours before Lake Erie crash that left six dead

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:12

By Bretton Keenan

The three minutes of events leading up to a small plane crash in Lake Erie that left the pilot and five passengers dead has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The report also said the pilot had been awake for nearly 17 hours before the time of the accident.

The personal flight was intended to go to the Ohio State University Airport (OSU), according to NTSB. The plane had flown from OSU to Burke at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2016, and the pilot and passengers attended a sporting event before returning to the airport. John T. Fleming, the CEO of Columbus-based Superior Beverage Group, was piloting the plane. His wife, Suzanne, and their two sons, Jack and Andrew, and neighbors Megan and Brian Casey, were also aboard the aircraft.

NTSB shared what can be heard in the communications between air traffic control and the pilot of the Cessna 525C aircraft in the few minutes between takeoff from the Burke Lakefront Airport and when the plane crashed in the lake.

According to the NTSB report, at 10:55 p.m., the pilot was cleared for takeoff and he acknowledged. A minute and a half later, the engine power increased for takeoff and 15 seconds later the plane became airborne.

Then things went south.

A few seconds later, an automated voice said, “altitude,” and 14 seconds later, “altitude” was heard again, according to the report. Then a sound similar to a decrease in engine power can be heard, followed by the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), which provided a bank angle warning, NTSB said.

Shortly after, the tower controller instructed the pilot to contact departure control. The pilot tried to communicate with the tower controller, but communication was not received, suggesting the pilot did not have the microphone push-to-talk button depressed, according to NTSB.

The report said after tower control tried to contact the pilot again, the EGPWS gave a “sink rate” warning. The pilot tried contact the tower again without success. Then the EGPWS gave seven “pull up” warnings

A sound similar to the overspeed warning can be heard, which continues until the end of the recording, NTSB said.

The recording ends almost three minutes after the pilot was cleared for takeoff.

The tower controller continued to try and contact the pilot, but was unsuccessful, causing him to begin search and rescue procedures, according to NTSB.

According to the NTSB report, the pilot had accumulated a total of 56.5 hours in Cessna 525 airplanes. Of that time, 8.7 hours were as pilot-in-command, which included his practical test. He had 372.9 hours logged in a Cessna 510 airplane, which he owned for about two years before purchasing the plane in the accident.

The report notes that the plane passed its most recent inspection without any issues.

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/ntsb-report-reveals-the-three-minutes-leading-up-to-lake-erie-crash-that-left-six-dead?page=2

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:10

23 Years ago today: On 21 June 1995 a Douglas C-54 air tanker crashed near Hemet-Ryan Field, CA following midair collision with a Beech Baron; killing 3 people.

Date: Wednesday 21 June 1995 Time: 11:08 Type: Douglas C-54G Operator: Aero Union Registration: N4989P C/n / msn: 36082 First flight: 1945 Total airframe hrs: 23507 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2000-3 Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Total: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Collision casualties: Fatalities: 1 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 1,6 km (1 mls) E of Ramona, CA (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Fire fighting Departure airport: Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT), United States of America Destination airport: Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT), United States of America

Narrative:
A Beechcraft 58P Baron (N156Z) operated by the US Forest Service took off from Ontario Airport at 08:00 for aerial fire suppression activities over the Butterfield Ranch about 30 miles northeast of Ramona Airport. Lead 56 flew over the fire area and conducted fire spotting and led several air tankers to specific drop areas. Lead 56 remained over the area until relieved by another Forest Service airplane, Lead 55, at 11:00.
At 10:22 Tanker 19, a Douglas C-54G, took off from Hemet-Ryan Field (HMT) for the third fire retardant drop in the same area. After the drop, it was instructed, along with other tankers to fly to Ramona Airport. Both the C-54 and the Baron arrived near Ramona at the same time.
The C-54 carried out a straight-in approach. The Baron, turning from base leg, struck the tail of the C-54. Both aircraft crashed and caught fire. The pilot of the Beech was killed and two residences and two vehicles were also destroyed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Inadequate visual lookout by the Beech 58P pilot, and the operator’s inadequate procedures concerning 360-degree overhead approaches.”

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Arrival video from 3-alarm rowhouse fire in Reading, PA

Statter 911 - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:40

Multiple homes damaged in fire Tuesday evening on Douglass Street

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Today is Wednesday the 20th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:54

Here are the mid-week stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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NC Highway Patrol helicopter crashes during takeoff at training area in Raleigh

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:52

By: WNCN Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A helicopter is on its side at the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s  landing zone at Garner and Tryon roads in Raleigh, police confirmed.

The aircraft belongs to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, officials said.

Emergency crews, along with Raleigh police, are on the scene.

CBS 17’s Robert Richardson said he saw an ambulance leave the scene when he arrived at 2:35 p.m.

A news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said that when the helicopter lifted off the ground the pilot lost control and the rotor of the unit struck the ground.

The pilot was transported to the SHP’s medical office for evaluation of minor injuries. A passenger was transported to Wake Medical Center with minor injuries.

The NTSB, FAA, and Patrol’s Reconstruction Unit will investigate the crash.

https://www.wavy.com/news/north-carolina/nc-highway-patrol-helicopter-crashes-during-takeoff-at-training-area-in-raleigh/1249457658

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Small plane crashes northwest of Wickenburg

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:51

By azfamily.com News Staff

WICKENBURG, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) –

A small plane has crashed near Aguila, Arizona, northwest of the Phoenix area. 

The crash site is said to be west of Highway 71. It’s about 24 miles northwest of Wickenburg.

The FAA says the single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed under unknown circumstances around 11:40 a.m

There were two people on board.

One person was flown from the scene to a Phoenix-area hospital.

The other occupant did not require medical attention.

The crash occurred in a very remote area. and deputies had to go on foot to reach the crash site.

More information about the Cirrus aircraft is available online.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/38460462/small-plane-crashes-northwest-of-wickenburg

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Crash Temporarily Closes Heber City Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:49

HEBER, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Heber City-Russ McDonald Field Airport was closed for a short time Friday, evening. After an airplane accident.

A Maule M5-210c, aircraft, was hit with a sudden burst of wind causing it to slide off the runway to the east. The plane fished tailed and one front tire sheared off causing damage to the hull, wing and tail.

The pilot walked away with very minor injuries. About 5 gallons of fuel spilled on to the runway. Hazmat crews were called in for cleanup.

The airport reopened after a crane removed the damaged plane from the runway.

https://www.good4utah.com/news/top-stories/accident-closes-heber-city-airport-pilot-receives-minor-injuries/520538854

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Fighter jet blows tire on runway at Fort Wayne airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:47

By: WANE Staff Reports

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A fighter jet used for general aviation blew a tire and was stopped on a runway at Fort Wayne International Airport on Monday.

Around 3:45 p.m., NewsChannel 15 was told by multiple viewers that a fighter jet appeared to have made an emergency landing at the airport. One video sent to NewsChannel 15 showed several emergency vehicles including Fort Wayne Fire engines on a runway around the jet.

Airport spokesperson Rebecca Neild told NewsChannel 15 that a F-100 fighter jet based at the airport and used for general aviation blew a tire and was on runway 14-32. Neild said a crew was putting a spare tire on the jet and it was expected to take until after 5 p.m. to get the plane off the runway.

The incident caused some commercial flights to be delayed, and others were diverted, Neild said.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

http://www.wane.com/news/local-news/fighter-jet-blows-tire-on-runway-at-fort-wayne-airport/1247283848

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Cargo plane crew exits on evacuation slide during landing at O’Hare

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:46

Madeline BuckleyContact Reporter – Chicago Tribune

A cargo plane deployed its emergency slide during a landing at O’Hare International Airport late Tuesday, officials said.

The plane signaled an emergency when the fire indicator light went on, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Fire crews later determined there was no fire on the aircraft.

When it landed, two people on the aircraft exited via the slide, officials said.

The plane, Giant flight 2134, operated by Atlas Air, landed safely at 9:53 p.m., according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-cargo-plane-landing-20180619-story.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:30

54 Years ago today: On 20 June 1964 a Civil Air Transport Curtiss C-46 crashed after the pilots lost control in a steep turn after takeoff from Taichung, Taiwan, killing all 57 occupants.

Date: Saturday 20 June 1964 Time: ca 17:40 Type: Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando Operator: Civil Air Transport Registration: B-908 C/n / msn: 32950 First flight: 1944 Total airframe hrs: 19488 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52 Total: Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: San-Chiao (   Taiwan) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Taichung Airport (TXG/RCLG), Taiwan Destination airport: Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan Flightnumber: 106

Narrative:
Shortly after takeoff from Taichung, the no. 1 engine oversped. A left turn was initiated in order to make an emergency return to the Taichung Airport or nearby military air base. The pilot lost control and the aircraft struck the ground in a left wing low and a comparatively steep nose low attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “About 5 miles west of the accident site was Kung-Kuan Military Air Base. Six miles south-southwest was Shui-Nan Airport from where the aircraft took off. On the right side of the flight pattern was a chain of mountains. It was concluded that, when the pilot found that the left engine was overspeeding, he made an abrupt left turn to land at Kung-Kuan Military Air Base or return to Shui-Nan Airport. During the turn he lost control of the aircraft, which crashed to the ground.”

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