ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Today is Friday the 20th of October, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:49

Here are the stories to close out this week…

Have a good weekend and be safe out there!


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Pilot dies in plane crash near Willcox

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:47

Phil VillarrealKGUN 9 Digital StaffJennifer Martinez

WILLCOX, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – A pilot of a small plane died in a crash near Willcox Thursday.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot was the only person known to be onboard.

A nearby rancher who saw the crash says, “I saw the place and it didn’t sound right. I looked up to the mountain and it was going in circles.”

The crash was north of Interstate 10 near milepost 355, between Bowie and Willcox.

KGUN9 spoke with a man who heard the plane crash and quickly sprung into action.

Officials with Cochise County say NTSB and the FAA have taken over the investigation and should arrive at the scene on Friday.

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TAP plane engine catches fire on takeoff from Italian airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:45

Passengers on a TAP flight from Italy to Portugal suffered a fright earlier this week when one of the aircraft’s engines caught fire shortly after take-off, forcing the jet to U-turn and perform an emergency landing.

National tabloid Correio da Manhã reported the incident happened on Tuesday, when a fire in the engine of the TAP airbus A321 forced the aircraft to return to the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumicino, Rome, and make an emergency landing.
Quoting the Italian press, CM reports the aircraft had taken off just fifteen minutes earlier, and was carrying 171 passengers and seven crew at the time.
It landed safely and no one was injured.

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NTSB Probable Cause Report From Hawaii Accident Inconclusive

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:44

Aircraft Was Never Recovered From The Water

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from an accident which occurred in December, 2016 in which a Cessna 172 went down in the water near Molokai Airport (PHMK), Kaunakakai, Hawaii, but the board could not determine the probable cause of the accident because the aircraft was not recovered from the water.

According to the report, the airplane, a Cessna 172M, N174LL, impacted water near Molokai Airport (PHMK), Kaunakakai, Hawaii en route to the Honolulu Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii. Since that time, the private pilot and two passengers have not been located, and the airplane is missing. The airplane disappeared from Air Traffic Control radar after takeoff and is presumed to have crashed in the Pacific Ocean. The airplane was registered to Yamataka Kumiko and operated by Lani Lea Sky Tours, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight that departed PHMK at 1843.

A representative of the airplane rental facility reported that the pilot had rented one of their airplanes and departed HNL a few hours earlier on a recreational flight to PHMK. At the time of the accident, the flight was returning to HNL. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ATC radar data, shortly after the airplane’s departure from PHMK it immediately started a shallow climb to the northwest. At 1848:28, the airplane began a descending right turn from a Mode C reported altitude of approximately 2,525 feet msl. The radar track ended at 1849:04, over open water approximately 1.5 nautical miles (nm) from the coast and about 7 nm northwest of PHMK.

On December 30, at 1913, the FAA issued an alert notice (ALNOT) for the missing airplane after FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) lost radar contact with the airplane.

A search and rescue effort, conducted by the United States Coast Guard, began immediately after the missing airplane report was issued, but was subsequently suspended on January 2, 2017. To date, the missing airplane has not been located, and no emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was received during the search and rescue activities. Additionally, attempts to locate a signal from the pilot’s cell phone utilizing network-based location analysis were unsuccessful.

The pilot, age 26, held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land, which was issued on October 30, 2016. His most recent first-class medical certificate was issued on March 5, 2014, at which time he reported 1 total hour of flight experience. The pilot’s FAA application for airman certificate indicated that he had accumulated a total of 73 flight hours, 4 instrument hours, and 14 hours of which were under the category “Night TakeOff/Landing.” His personal flight logbook was not recovered.

According to the final report, flightpath data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated that, shortly after departure, the airplane flew to the northwest, directly into the area that was showing adverse weather conditions. Sometime later, radar data showed that the airplane began a descending right turn from about 2,525 ft mean sea level. The track ended less than 1 minute later over open water about 7 miles northwest of the departure airport. An alert notice was issued after an FAA air traffic control facility lost radar contact with the airplane. A search and rescue effort was initiated; however, the airplane and occupants were not found.

The NTSB determined that the probable cause(s) of this accident to be “Undetermined because the airplane was not located.”

(Image from file. Not accident airplane)

FMI: Full Report

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TSB Releases Report From 2016 Helo Accident In Alberta, CA

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:43

Engine Power Loss Resulting From Low-Fuel Operation Led To To The Accident, Board Says

In its recently-released investigation report (A16W0126), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) indicates that the absence of a company policy on landing with a specified minimum quantity of fuel was a key factor in a survey helicopter’s loss of power and collision with trees near Whitecourt, Alberta, in 2016.

On 5 September 2016, a Ridge Rotors Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter was operating a daylight flight to survey mountain pine beetle with the pilot and two surveyors on board. While flying 160 feet above ground, the helicopter suddenly lost engine power and, within seconds, descended and collided with trees. The surveyor sitting in the front was fatally injured when trees penetrated the cockpit, while the other surveyor seated in the back sustained minor injuries. The pilot received serious injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

The investigation established that, during a short rest break on a sand bar prior to the accident, the pilot decided to continue with the flight instead of refueling at a nearby fuel cache. The remaining fuel was close to the minimum recommended quantities to ensure appropriate safety margins against temporarily uncovering boost pump inlets, exposing them to air. Ridge Rotors’ practice of regularly operating helicopters with low fuel levels likely influenced the pilot’s decision to continue the flight.

Moments before the accident, the helicopter entered a left turn, and the resulting acceleration forces likely resulted in air entering the fuel pumps, interrupting fuel flow to the combustion chamber, which led to the engine power loss. The company used automatic ignition systems only in snow conditions. Consequently, the system had not been turned on in the occurrence aircraft. The investigation concluded that low altitude survey work in combination with low fuel levels and the inactive automatic ignition system contributed to the inability to recover from the engine power loss.

It is important for operators to understand the limitations of the Bell 206B helicopter fuel system and the risks associated with flights conducted with less than 20 US gallons of fuel. If operators do not observe the minimum fuel quantities recommended in the flight manual, there is a risk that the helicopter will be operated at fuel levels conducive to engine power loss.

As this occurrence demonstrates, some operators are not managing safety risks effectively. This operator and many others are not required to have a formal safety management system (SMS) in place. The TSB has repeatedly emphasized the advantages of an SMS, recommending that Transport Canada require all commercial aviation operators in Canada to implement a formal SMS (A16-12). To date, the Board has been unable to assess Transport Canada’s response to this recommendation because Transport Canada has not specified the actions that will be taken to implement a formal SMS. Safety management and oversight is on the TSB Watchlist.

Transport Canada conducted a process inspection of Ridge Rotors after the accident, and the company subsequently implemented corrective action plans to address TC’s minor findings of non-compliance. The company has also incorporated changes in its standard operating procedures and trained pilots accordingly.

(Source: TSB news release. Image from report)

FMI: Full Report

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:41

69 Years ago today: On 20 October 1948 a KLM Lockheed Constellation crashed near Prestwick, U.K. killing all 40 on board.

Date: Wednesday 20 October 1948 Time: 23:32 UTC Type: Lockheed L-049-46-25 Constellation Operator: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Registration: PH-TEN C/n / msn: 2083 First flight: 1947 Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30 Total: Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 5 km (3.1 mls) E of Glasgow-Prestwick Airport (PIK) (   United Kingdom) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands Destination airport: Glasgow-Prestwick Airport (PIK/EGPK), United Kingdom

Lockheed Constellation “Nijmegen” departed Amsterdam at 21:11 GMT for a transatlantic flight to New York with an intermediate stop at Prestwick. Arriving near Prestwick the aircraft was vectored for a Ground Controlled Approach to runway 32. Thee crew however wanted to try a visual approach to runway 26. After having overshot runway 32, the aircraft entered the runway 26 downwind leg. At an altitude of 440 feet the aircraft struck high tension cables; the aircraft caught fire and completed a left turn before crashing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “1) That when the pilot started his landing manoeuvre for runway 26 of Prestwick Airport the weather conditions were already below the limits for this manoeuvre but that from the weather forecasts received this could not be known to him and that this could not be personally judged at the time. 2) That, although the landing on runway 26 under the weather conditions, as far as these were known to the pilot, required the greatest caution, the pilot could not be blamed for having commenced that landing procedure. 3) That flying too long on the downwind-leg of runway 26 caused the accident. 4) That, if no unknown circumstances contributed to the extension of the flight on the downwind-leg of runway 26, the extension was due to the delayed action of the pilot after he lost visual approach. 5) That it was not impossible that a stronger wind that the pilot accounted for contributed to the extension of the flight on the downwind-leg of runway 26. 6) That the possibility of other circumstances as mentioned under 4 could not be ruled out, but that no data was available which could give cause for the supposition that they contributed to the extension of the flight at a low altitude on the downwind-leg of runway 26.”

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Update Re Chief Brunacini Memorial Service (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:37


The memorial service for Chief Brunacini will be as follows:

Saturday November 4th, 2017

TIME: 1300 Hours

Comerica Theatre

400 W Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85003

Rest In Peace Chief.


The Secret List 10-18-2017-1100 hrs

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Plane hits two cars in St. Pete crash-landing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:36

By: FOX 13 News staff 

PETERSBURG (FOX 13)– A small plane made a crash-landing on a street in south St. Petersburg this afternoon, colliding with two vehicles on the ground in the process.

The scene is at 18th Avenue S and 16th Street S.  The view from SkyFOX showed the damaged twin-engine Cessna on the ground next to an SUV in the street.

Police say the plane struck two vehicles on the ground, injuring five people. Three were taken to the hospital but their injuries were not said to be life-threatening.

The two people onboard the plane were among those hospitalized. 

FAA records show the plane is registered to a charter company out of Opa-Locka. Tracking website showed that the plane had flown from Opa-Locka to Tallahassee earlier today, but the site did not appear to have a record of a flight plan for this afternoon.

The cause of the crash was not clear but a downed power pole nearby showed signs of being hit by the plane as it came down.  Emergency crews are keeping the scene secure until federal accident investigators arrive.

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Small plane crash reported at Dare Co. Regional Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:32

WVEC Staff

MANTEO, Dare County – The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after a small plane crashed at the Dare County Regional Airport on Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported at 10 a.m. In a press release from Dare County, the plane had two people on board. They reported experiencing issues that led to the emergency landing. Officials said it landed hard and slid into the grass off the right side of the runway.

The pilot and passenger were transported to the Outer Banks Hospital for evaluation. The North Carolina Highway Patrol said in a statement that a 23-year-old student pilot, Balpreet S. Chahal of Leesburg, Virginia, suffered minor injuries. The statement says 32-year-old instructor pilot Jenny Hawk of Manns Harbor wasn’t hurt.

Officials responded quickly due to leaking fuel from the plane. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Roanoke Island Fire Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded. The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Flybe plane makes emergency landing at Manchester Airport after tyre blew out on take off

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:31

The tyre deflated as Flybe flight BE7212 travelled to Manchester from Dusseldorf 

Flybe flight BE7212, which was travelling to Manchester from Dusseldorf, was surrounded by fire engines as it landed in Terminal Three as a precautionary measure.

The tyre blew out as it set off from Germany, but the aircraft managed to land safely at Manchester Airport at around 11.17am this morning (Wednesday).

There were 42 passengers on board the aircraft who have all since left the flight, alongside Flybestaff.

A spokesman from Flybe said: “Flybe can confirm that the above flight landed safely without incident at Manchester Airport this morning having received an indication that one of the tyres located in one of the main landing gear units was deflated. 

“On arriving on stand, all 42 passengers disembarked without further incident with no adverse reaction.

“As a precautionary measure, the airport had put its emergency vehicles on standby.”

Seth Bennett, who was on the flight, tweeted: “An emergency landing of sorts at Manchester Airport – one of the tyres blew out on take off – very impressive landing from pilot – at Manchester Airport.”

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The AirAsia Decompression – What the Crew Did Right

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:28

An in-flight decompression is a terrifying and unlikely event.

We’re led to believe quite the opposite when we watch the safety videos pre-flight: An attractive mother, bathed in flattering sunlight filtered in through the window of the airplane, smiles as she calmly reaches for the oxygen mask dangling overhead – never questioning its sudden presence, by the way – and, with the same countenance as serving him breakfast in bed, affixes the mask to the face of her loving son, whose eyes reply a sincere, “Thanks, Mom.” She then puts on her own and the pair look forward and stare off into space, looking more relaxed in this simulated emergency than I’ve ever been in my life.

Reality could not be more different. When a plane loses cabin pressure at cruising altitude, the threat of hypoxic hypoxia – the loss of oxygen to the lungs – comes very quickly. Hypoxia can cause symptoms such as headaches, loss of judgment, euphoria and eventually to lose consciousness altogether. At average cruising altitude without oxygen, the “time of useful consciousness”,- as it’s called, would be as short as 20 seconds for an adult.

What the content, beautifully sunlit, oxygenated safety video family fails to show you is the second part of the decompression scenario, which involves a rapid descent to 10,000 feet of altitude, which is the highest altitude an aircraft can fly at without requiring a pressurized cabin, so that supplemental oxygen is no longer necessary and the plane can get clearance to safely land at the nearest airport.

As you’ve no doubt heard about by now, a decompression event took place on an AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali on Sunday, and interviews with many of the passengers were very critical of the crew, who they deemed “panicked” and “hysterical.” Examples given of their “hysterics” were shouts of “Brace! Brace! Brace!” “Emergency!” and “Passengers, get down!”

Oh, boy.

Now, I wasn’t there. I feel like I was, in a way, because there are plenty of cell phone videos of the event. (And seriously, what is it with people in emergencies taking videos? Is going viral that sacred?) But none of the videos back up the accusations made by the passengers, who all arrived safely thanks to the commands (screams) of the crew. The shouted instructions to fasten seatbelts and brace kept them safe from objects in the cabin becoming projectiles as well as from the jolting of an aircraft performing a rapid descent from 35,000 to 10,000 feet of altitude – something all pilots are very well-trained to do.

All flight attendants, from every airline and nation, are trained to shout commands that all differ but generally end up with the same goal. Whether it’s for a planned emergency landing, an unexpected water landing or cabin fire, you can be sure you’ll hear your crew screaming something at you. The cabin is going to be very loud in situations like that – hey, it’s like that under even the most normal circumstances – and adding a muzzle in the form of a rubber oxygen mask is going to complicate things a bit. And in the case of the AirAsia flight, there were loads of recorded announcements in various languages being automatically played during the event, so it was deemed very necessary to shout loudly above the cacophony of the cabin. Even without a noisy environment, we must shout in order to ensure we are heard and to convey the gravity of the situation.

Once the plane leveled off at 10,000 feet, it would be time for the pilots to contact operations and ATC, coordinating their landing and any required emergency services to meet the aircraft. I’d heard one of the AirAsia passengers railing against the crew for leaving them uninformed for, in her estimation, five minutes at that stage; as nerve-wracking as this pause must have felt, this was very unlikely due to the lack of professionalism of the crew. It’s simply putting things in priority order. First gain control of the situation, then discuss it with the flight attendants and passengers.

Is this what flying has become? Flight attendants are too afraid to enforce rules because of the threat of cell phones or even physical violence, while airlines like AeroflotQatar and VietJet have made no bones about the fact that their passengers want sexy crews more than anything. We as flight attendants are condemned for doing the ugly parts of our jobs, or just for being ugly. We are strung up for not letting passengers flout rules they don’t like, and then again for scaring people with emergency commands in an actual emergency…commands which prevented injuries and deaths. The customer is fighting to always be right…or just on TV, and the media coverage shows that they’re winning that war, since so many of the headlines focus on the performance critique of the crew instead of being grateful for the safe return of all passengers following a dangerous event. It’s hard to imagine what, in fact, these people were looking for at that moment – was the only acceptable answer ‘You’re going to be fine”? That comes after the flight attendants’ instructions are followed.

I can’t help but just feel awful for this crew. If they’d truly panicked, we would not once have heard the commands to brace or to fasten seatbelts. Today they are no doubt still reflecting on a very frightening experience (and they’re human beings – it was frightening for them as much as the passengers) just to have to also hear the same people they worked to protect bashing them while unaware of the emergency procedures of a decompression.

Let me be the first to say to that crew: “Thank you.”

[Photo: Shutterstock]

The AirAsia Decompression – What the Crew Did Right


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:27

31 Years ago today: On 19 October 1986 a Tupolev 134 crashed in South Africa near Komatipoort, killing Mozambique president Samora Machel and 33 others.

Date: Sunday 19 October 1986 Time: 21:21 Type: Tupolev 134A-3 Operator: República de Moçambique Registration: C9-CAA C/n / msn: 63457 First flight: 1980-10-14 (6 years ) Total airframe hrs: 1105 Engines:Soloviev D-30-III Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9 Passengers: Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 35 Total: Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 44 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Komatipoort (   South Africa) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Official state flight Departure airport: Mbala Airport (MMQ/FLBA), Zambia Destination airport: Maputo International Airport (MPM/FQMA), Mozambique

The Tupolev 134 departed Mbala (MMQ), Zambia, for a flight back to Maputo (MPM). The flight carried Mozambique president Samora Machel who had attended a meeting of African leaders in Zambia. While approaching Maputo, an inadvertent selection of the MATSAPA VOR frequency caused the crew to execute a premature 37-degrees turn. Although the pilot queried the turn, no effort was made to verify it by using the available navigational aids. The aircraft descended below the 3000 feet limit in spite of not having visual contact with Maputo. The crew erroneously assumed a power failure at Maputo.
A 32-second GPWS warning was ignored and the aircraft collided with the ground at 2187 feet, bounced and crashed into an uphill slope. The aircraft broke up, slid across the South African/Swaziland border and caught fire. Machel, along with 33 other occupants did not survive the accident.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: “The cause of the accident was that the flight crew failed to follow procedural requirements for an instrument let-down approach , but continued to descend under visual flight rules in darkness and some cloud, i.e. without having visual contact with the ground, below minimum safe altitude, and in addition the ignored GPWS alarm.”

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From The Brunacini Family (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:27


Phoenix FD Deputy Chief Elizabeth Hendel, an IFSTA Executive Board member, just provided the following information to IFSTA Executive Director Mike Wieder-and we are passing it on to you:

Thank You From The Brunacini Family 

 Our family is eternally grateful for a couple of things:

#1, The last service provided to Chief Brunacini was in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ.

#2, It was provided by the members of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Alan joined the Phoenix Department in 1958. Despite retiring over ten years ago, he always felt an unbreakable bond with all of the members of the department – past and present.

One of Big Al’s greatest gifts to our professional world was his laid back approach and fondness for Hawaiian shirts. He was not a fan of shiny dress uniform hardware or the bag pipes.

In this spirit we plan on replacing the funeral-parade-apparatus-muster with a memorial service in the next week or so for anyone wishing to say their final goodbyes.

Our family would also like to thank all of you for your outpouring of kindness and love.

The Brunacini Family

The Secret List 10-17-2017-1700 hrs

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Authorities investigating death of forklift operator at John Wayne Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:17


SANTA ANA – A forklift operator was killed while working at John Wayne Airport early Monday, Oct. 16, officials said.

The 4:30 a.m. incident happened in front of the south end of Terminal B, where an improvement project is underway, said airport spokeswoman Ann McCarley.

Details about the incident were not released, but officials did say it happened on a sidewalk. The victim was a subcontractor.

An investigation will be handled by a state safety agency and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities investigating death of forklift operator at John Wayne Airport

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Japanese F4 fighter jet catches fire at airbase before taking off

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:11

TOKYO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) F4 fighter jet caught fire as it was taxing to a runway at an airbase in Ibaraki Prefecture, both the Ministry of Defense and the ASDF said Wednesday. 

The fire, which started at around 11:45 a.m. local time at the ASDF’s Hyakuri Air Base, was extinguished by rescue personnel about 30 minutes later, ASDF officials said.

They added that the two pilots aboard escaped the burning plane without injury.

Officials at the base said that Ibaraki Airport, which shares the runway with the ASDF base was unaffected, and that the area the F4 fighter jet caught fire was not being used by civilian aircraft.

They added that civilian flights to and from the airport have even unaffected by the incident.

Self-Defense Force personnel are looking into the cause of the fire, officials said.

The F4 jet was scheduled to undertake a series of training drills after taking off from the base in the northeastern part of Kanto, on Japan’s main island of Honshu, ASDF officials said.

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Thieves Are Stealing Aviation Fuel In Alaska

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:06

Water, Other Contaminants Are Getting Into Fuel Tanks

There has been a rash of fuel thefts from small airplanes near Wasilla, Alaska, leaving pilots with open fuel tanks that can collect water and other contaminants.

The Alaska News Dispatch reports that while fuel thefts from cars and trucks are fairly common, stealing fuel from an airplane can have more serious consequences.

Kevin Ferris, the owner of Tailwind Aviation near Wasilla, told the paper that earlier this year someone broke the head of the fuel tank of his airplane, and the next time he wanted to go fly, there was a lot of water in the system that had to be removed. He discovered the problem during his pre-flight inspection, but said if he had been less cautious, he would have likely suffered an engine failure due to the water in the fuel.

In September, more brazen thieves siphoned fuel into a 55 gallon drum using a hose strung through the airport fence, Ferris said. They also tried to steal eight duffle bags and backpacks from the plane, but were apparently interrupted in the process as they left the luggage and the hose and barrel behind.

Farris said he’s putting in a security camera system. But the problem is reaching private airports in less populated areas as well. Alaska State Troopers say they have a few calls for service each month involving the theft of avgas.

(Image from file)

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:03

25 Years ago today: On 18 October 1992 a Merpati Nusantara CASA Nurtanio 235 struck a hill near Garut, Indonesia, killing all 31 occupants.

Date: Sunday 18 October 1992 Time: ca 13:30 Type: IPTN/CASA CN-235-10 Operator: Merpati Nusantara Airlines Registration: PK-MNN C/n / msn: N.013 First flight: 1990 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27 Total: Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 30 km W of Garut (   Indonesia) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Semarang-Achmad Yani Airport (SRG/WARS), Indonesia Destination airport: Bandung-Husein Sastranegara Airport (BDO/WICC), Indonesia Flightnumber: MZ5601

An IPTN/CASA CN-235-10 passenger plane was destroyed when it flew into the side of Mount Papandayan, an active volcano. All 31 on board were killed. Merpati’s only female pilot was killed in the accident.

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