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10 people survive plane crash at Oroville Airport; wildfire ignited in brush

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 48 min ago

Wildfire ignited in brush; fire and crash shut down Highway 162

A plane that crashed on the north end of the Oroville Airport is seen before flames engulfed the aircraft Wednesday in Oroville (John Cecil — Contributed)

By JAKE HUTCHISON – Chico Enterprise-Record

OROVILLE — A plane crash at the Oroville Airport ignited a wildfire near the runways.

The crash, reported around 11:30 a.m. today caused a fire which the Oroville Fire Department and Cal Fire-Butte County are fighting.

By the time Oroville firefighters got to the crash at the north end of the runway, the plane was completely engulfed in flames, said Oroville Public Safety Director Joe Deal.

The 10 people inside — eight passengers and two pilots — all made it out of the downed plane without any injuries, Deal said.

Once firefighters accounted for everyone who had been in the plane, they turned their attention to fighting the wildfire.

A plane that crashed Wednesday during takeoff at the Oroville Airport burns and ignites a grass fire in Oroville. (John Cecil — Contributed)

Cal Fire-Butte County Public Information Officer Rick Carhart said the grass fire was quickly put out and the plane itself was doused with water.

The jet plane had just been refueled with 480 pounds of fuel, Deal said.

The CHP closed a portion of Highway 162 near the airport because there was a fear that spilled fuel could ignite.

Willows resident John Cecil took photos and videos of the plane on fire and said he heard what sounded like explosions.

Deal was proud of the emergency teams for getting the word out quickly and keeping people in the area informed of what was going.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be looking further into the crash, Deal said.

A crew from the Chico Fire Department also helped by spraying the burned wreckage with fire-suppressing foam shortly after 1 p.m.

https://www.orovillemr.com/2019/08/21/plane-crash-wildfire-shut-down-highway-162-at-oroville-airport/

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2 Taken to Hospital as FAA, Deputies Investigate Plane Crash Report

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 52 min ago

By Spectrum News Staff Osceola County

CLOUD, Fla. — A small plane was found in a field in the St. Cloud area Wednesday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • Authorities find Velocity XL-RG-5 St. Cloud area field
  • Man, woman on board taken to hospital; conditions not yet known
  • Plane was found upside down, deputies say

Authorities say the plane is a Velocity XL-RG-5. Osceola County deputies responded to the area of Kissimmee Park Road near Lake Tohopekaliga after reports of a crash.

Upon arrival, deputies say the plane was found upside down in a rural area.

There was a man and woman on board, says the FAA. The Sheriff’s Office said they were airlifted to Osceola Regional Medical Center from the scene. Their conditions are not yet known.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said the terrain of the field made it tough to investigate.

“It’s a very rural area near Lake (Tohopekaliga) … it does take some time to canvass an area such as this. It’s a rural area with high grass fields and things like that,” said Major Jacob Ruiz, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

The FAA says it will investigate the incident. FAA records also show the plane is an experimental amateur-built plane registered to a man from Virginia.

https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2019/08/21/plane-crash-reported-in-st–cloud–says-osceola-deputies

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1 injured in small plane crash near Livermore airport

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 54 min ago

By KTVU Staff

LIVERMORE, Calif. (KTVU) – A single-engine Cessna 120 crashed late Wednesday morning after taking off from Livermore Municipal Airport, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot had just taken off from Runway 25L when the plane went down nearby around 11:50 a.m., FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The pilot was the only person on board at the time of the crash, and an update on their condition was not immediately available early Wednesday afternoon.

The crash will be investigated by the FAA as well as the National Transportation Safety Board, the lead agency in the investigation, and that process typically takes about a year to determine the cause of a crash.

According to the Livermore Fire Department, one person onboard the aircraft sustained injuries.

The victim is in stable condition and was transported to an area hospital.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/ktvu-local-news/1-injured-in-livermore-plane-crash

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Grand Rapids

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 55 min ago

Updated: August 21, 2019 05:04 PM

A single-engine plane on floats made an emergency landing around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon near the Grand Rapids airport.

A statement from the police department said the pilot reported the engine began losing power shortly after takeoff, and he turned back toward Lilly Lake. The 68-year-old pilot, who is very experienced, according to police, set the plane down in a grassy area east of the airport, on the grounds of the Grand Rapids Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant.

There was extensive damage to the aircraft. One wing hit the ground.

The pilot, who is from Grand Rapids, has injuries that are not life-threatening. He was taken to the hospital. No one else was in the plane.

“The pilot did an excellent job in a situation in which he had no other options. No other lives were endangered,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson. “We have been in contact with the FAA and they will conduct an investigation of the incident.”

The Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office and an ambulance service responded.

https://www.wdio.com/news/emergency-landing-grand-rapids-plane/5465405/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 58 min ago

38 Years ago today: On 22 August 1981 a Far Eastern Boeing 737 crashed near Miao-Li after an explosive decompression and airframe failure, killing all 110 occupants.

Date: Saturday 22 August 1981 Time: ca 10:00 Type: Boeing 737-222 Operator: Far Eastern Air Transport – FEAT Registration: B-2603 C/n / msn: 19939/151 First flight: 1969-04-30 (12 years 4 months) Cycles: 33313 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 104 / Occupants: 104 Total: Fatalities: 110 / Occupants: 110 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Miao-Li (   Taiwan) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan Destination airport: Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH/RCKH), Taiwan Flightnumber: 103

Narrative:
On August 5, 1981 the aircraft lost cabin pressure during a flight from Taipei (TSA) to Kaohsiung (KHH) in Taiwan. On August 22 the 737 took off from Taipei on a flight to Makung (MZG). Ten minutes after takeoff from there was a loss of cabin pressure. The flight crew returned to Taipei, where repair work was carried out. Later that day the aircraft entered service again as Flight 103 to Kaohsiung. Fourteen minutes after takeoff the aircraft suffered an explosive decompression and disintegrated in flight

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Extensive corrosion damage in the lower fuselage structures, and at a number of locations there were corrosion penetrated through pits, holes and cracks due to intergranular corrosion and skin thinning exfoliation corrosion, and in addition, the possible existence of undetected cracks because of the great number of pressurization cycles of the aircraft (a total of 33,313 landings), interaction of these defects and the damage had so deteriorated that rapid fracture occurred at a certain flight altitude and pressure differential resulting rapid decompression and sudden break of passenger compartment floor beams and connecting frames, cutting control cables and electrical wiring. And eventually loss of power, loss of control, midair disintegration.”

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Flight Into JFK Airport Declares Emergency Landing, Wheel Falls Off Landing Gear

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:11

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A passenger plane with nearly 200 people on board have a terrifying close call at JFK Airport Tuesday afternoon.

CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports the Delta flight from Portugal declared an emergency after the axle of its nose gear broke – causing one of the plane’s wheels to come off.

Port Authority officials report that 193 passengers were on board the flight, but luckily there were no injuries reported.

The fliers were escorted off the flight using emergency stairs by first responders around 12:30 p.m. after the damaged 757 airliner was towed to a gate.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/08/20/jfk-airport-emergency-landing/

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Official: 2 dead in plane crash in at Howell’s Spencer J. Hardy Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:09

By Kayla Daugherty, Livingston Daily

Two people are dead after a small plane crashed Tuesday at Howell’s Spencer J. Hardy Airport, police said.

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy confirmed that the crash occurred about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. He said the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident and his office will assist.

Murphy said in a press release that the single-engine, four-passenger Aero Commander plane was attempting to land when it crashed.

The only two passengers on board were killed.

The FAA gave one piece of contradictory information about the circumstances of the crash, saying in a news release that the plane was attempting to take off.

Elizabeth Isham Cory, a spokesperson for the agency, said such discrepancies aren’t unusual in the hours immediately after a crash and that what happened would be determined in the course of the investigation.

Steve Riper, who lives in next to the airport, said it “sounded like a normal takeoff for the most part and then it just got really quiet.”

He said he did not hear a crash.

The FAA promised to release the aircraft’s tail number once investigators verify it, but said it would defer to local officials to release the names of the deceased.

Officials closed the airport on Tuesday.

From the perimeter, onlookers could see a small plane that came to rest off a runway in a grassy area and appeared to have significant damage.

FAA officials inspected what appeared to be a tire several yards in front of the plane.

The plane appears to be registered with the FAA by an aircraft registration company in the United Kingdom. It is unclear who owns the plane.

The registration company, Southern Aircraft Consultancy, Inc., assists non-U.S. citizens with legally registering their planes with the FAA.

Officials left the scene around 4 p.m. with the plane still on the grass.

This is the first crash at the Howell airport since a six-passenger Textron 525C Cessna jet plane skidded off a runway upon landing in January 2017.

Peter Zeliff, a 60-year-old New York resident and CEO of the shoe company P.W. Minor, was the only person on board the jet when it crashed. He escaped the crash with back injuries.

https://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/local/2019/08/20/2-dead-plane-crash-livingston-county-howell/2061974001/

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Pilot dies in small plane crash south of Hays

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:07

BY JAMES BELL

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.:

A single-engine agricultural biplane crashed south of Hays Tuesday morning killing the pilot shortly after taking off from his private runway about a mile west of Schoenchen.

The pilot was identified as John Werth, 70, Schoenchen, who died in the crash according to Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman.

“At about 9:15 a.m. he took off from his runway, on his farm,” Hileman said. “Not long after that, the plane crashed into a ditch about a mile north of the end of his runway.”

The crash is near the intersection of Smoky Hill River Rd. and 240th Ave.

Smoky Hill River Rd. will remain closed from 220th Ave. to 240th Ave. through Wednesday as the accident is investigated.

A KHP pilot will lead the crash investigation until the Federal Aviation Administration arrives to determine the cause of the crash, according to Hileman.

Deputies from the Ellis County Sherrif’s office and Ellis County EMS were also assisting at the scene.

The plane was identified as an Ag Cat 1985 bi-wing spray plane and was carrying chemicals for spraying at the time off take off.

The Ellis County Fire Department was on scene and was responsible for chemical cleanup, according to Hileman.

https://www.hayspost.com/2019/08/20/breaking-small-plane-crashes-south-of-hays/

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Three men killed in helicopter crash near island of Poros

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:06

by GCT

A private helicopter crashed near a Greek island resort on Tuesday between Poros island, and the mainland of Galatas, killing two Russian passengers and the Greek pilot.

The horrific crash also caused power outages after electricity lines were damaged during the accident.

Authorities said the three bodies were recovered by navy divers at the crash in shallow water near the main port of Poros.

The helicopter, a privately chartered Agusta A109 owned by iFly, had taken off from a mainland area near Poros and had been due to land at Athens International Airport.

The electricity network operator DEDDIE confirmed that the helicopter had hit electricity wires supplying Poros with power from Galatas before plunging into the sea.

“The company’s crews rushed to the site to inspect and assess the damage resulting from the crash of the helicopter into the aerial line supplying the island of Poros with electricity from Galatas. The crews are working intensely to restore damage the soonest possible,” DEDDIE announced in a press statement.

The defense ministry had sent a Super Puma that took off at 15.43 for the site, while Port Authority and private vessels rushed to the area.

The Civil Protection General Secretariat has requested both DEDDIE and the army to supply generators to the island until repairs are made to the network, as full repairs to its electrical system were not expected until Wednesday.

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/08/21/men-killed-helicopter-crash-island-poros/

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Homemade plane crashes into Conestogo Lake

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:04

71-year-old pilot and 61-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries

by: Guelph Today Staff

NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON – On Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at approximately 10:50 a.m., the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Mapleton Fire/Rescue and Guelph Wellington Paramedic Services, responded to an airplane crash on Conestogo Lake in Mapleton Township.

The two occupants of the airplane, which was described as a home-built amphibious airplane, managed to escape the plane with some assistance and make it to shore.

The 71-year-old pilot and 61-year-old passenger were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The Joint Rescue Coordinated Centre (JRCC) and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) were notified and continue to investigate the collision.

https://www.guelphtoday.com/police/homemade-plane-crashes-into-conestogo-lake-1649717

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:03

24 Years ago today: On 21 August 1995 an ASA Embraer 120 suffered a propeller blade separation and crash-landed near Carrollton, killing 8 out of 29 occupants.

Date: Monday 21 August 1995 Time: 12:53 Type: Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia Operated by: Atlantic Southeast Airlines – ASA On behalf of: Delta Connection Registration: N256AS C/n / msn: 120122 First flight: 1989 Total airframe hrs: 17151 Cycles: 18171 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118 Crew: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 26 Total: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 29 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 13 km (8.1 mls) W of Carrollton, GA (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America Destination airport: Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS (GPT/KGPT), United States of America Flightnumber: 529

Narrative:
ASA Flight 529 left Atlanta (ATL) at 12:23 for a 1 hour and 26 minute flight to Gulfport (GPT). At 12:42 the flight was cleared to climb to FL240.
When climbing through FL181, at a speed of 160 knots, the no. 1 engine torque fell from 63% to 0% and a loud thud was heard. The Brasilia rolled left, pitched down and started to descend. With a loud bang, one of the four blades (Hamilton Standard 14RF-9) had separated. The prop couldn’t be feathered and an emergency was declared. The aircraft descended at a rate of 1000-2000 ft/min. The Brasilia appeared to be too difficult to control to reach Atlanta. ATC provided flight 529 with vectors to West Georgia Regional Airport. At 12:53 the airspeed steadily decreased from 168 knots to 120 knots IAS. One minute later, the aircraft contacted trees in a 20 degree nose-down attitude and an increasing left-wing-down attitude of 15-40deg. The Embraer flew another 360 feet before crashing into a field.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The in-flight fatigue fracture and separation of a propeller blade resulting in distortion of the left engine nacelle, causing excessive drag, loss of wing lift, and reduced directional control of the airplane. The fracture was caused by a fatigue crack from multiple corrosion pits that were not discovered by Hamilton Standard because of inadequate and ineffective corporate inspection and repair techniques, training, documentation and communication.
Contributing to the accident was Hamilton Standard’s and FAA’s failure to require recurrent on-wing ultrasonic inspections for the affected propellers. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the overcast cloud ceiling at the accident site.”

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Today is Tuesday the 20th of August, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:44

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Police ID 25-year-old pilot seriously injured after plane crashes into ravine in Tappahannock

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:42

BY GABRIELLE HARMONWEB STAFF AND CAMERON THOMPSON

TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. — A pilot of a small plane suffered serious, life-threatening injuries after Virginia State Police said his plane crashed into a ravine on the outskirts of the Tappahannock-Essex County Airport.

William D. Boswell IV, 25, of North Chesterfield, was extricated from the wreckage hours after the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the plane, a Cirrus SR22, crashed into a ravine near the airport at 3:44 a.m.

Officials at Tappahannock Airport said the plane was scheduled to fly from Richmond to Easton, Md. However, flight information on FlightAware.com indicated that the flight was scheduled from Richmond to Tappahannock.

An animation of the flight in question showed the plane departing from Richmond at 3:27 a.m. When it arrived near the Tappahannock airport, the plane is seen circling one-and-a-half times, with two dips in altitude, before the plane regains some height and the animated recording stops at 3:44 a.m., the same time the FAA said the crash happened.

The VSP said they were alerted to a distress call from a pilot at 4:23 a.m. and began a search effort to find the crashed plane. It added the plane was found around 6:13 a.m.

But the VSP said because the plane had crashed nose-down into a heavily-wooded area, rescue crews, including the Essex and King and Queen County Fire Departments, had a difficult time reaching the plane and Boswell.

The Henrico County Fire Department’s technical rescue team was brought in to assist with the rescue.

“Provide them with the equipment and the techniques to gain access to the patient and then get the patient out of the aircraft and then transport them across some pretty long and difficult terrain,” said Capt. Rob Rowley, public information officer for HFD. “So, what that looks like is tools, equipment, ropes, helping to set up pulley systems to help move the victim across the terrain and things of that nature.”

The VSP said rescuers were able to get Boswell out of the plane by approximately 9:30 a.m. and he was airlifted to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also involved in the investigation. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

The airplane involved in the crash, a Cirrus SR22, is equipped with a parachute system. The parachute can be seen in pictures from the crash site, but it is unknown when, or if, the parachute system was deployed.

The plane involved in the crash is registered to an LLC based in Annapolis, Md. Attempts by CBS 6 to contact someone associated with the LLC have been unsuccessful.

https://wtvr.com/2019/08/19/tappahannock-essex-county-airport-plane-crash/

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Plane crashes near Fort Atkinson airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:40

By: Brandon Arbuckle

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. – A plane crashed near the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport on Monday morning.

According to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a single plane crash north of the airport at 11:56 a.m.

When authorities arrived to the scene, deputies spoke with the pilot, who did not suffer any injuries and was the only one inside the plane.

The pilot said the plane had engine failure during takeoff and tried returning to the airport. Unable to make it back, he instead landed the plane in a field.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted regarding the incident, and the investigation of which has since been turned over to them.

https://www.channel3000.com/news/plane-crashes-near-fort-atkinson-airport/1111219418

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Single engine plane crashes on Ocracoke Island

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:39

OCRACOKE, NC (WITN) – Two people received minor injuries after their plane crashed on Ocracoke Island.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore says it happened around noon on Monday at the Ocracoke Island Airport. They say the fixed-wing, single-engine airplane crashed-landed some 30 yards from the runway.

The pilot, Allen Sawyer, and a passenger walked away from the crash with minor injuries. The plane, which took off this morning from the Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield, crashed into a stand of trees next to the runway, the park service told WITN.

The FAA says the Vans RV7 aircraft ran off the runway and into the grass while landing. They will investigate the crash while the NTSB will determine the probable cause in the crash.

Sawyer owns the experimental plane and is from Garner, according to the FAA website

https://www.witn.com/content/news/Single-engine-plane-crashed-on-Ocracoke-Island-554516961.html

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Alliance Air flight to Jaipur makes emergency landing at Delhi airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:37

The 9643 Delhi-Jaipur flight took-off from Delhi at around 8.13 pm when it faced problem in nose landing gear and other material failures. The flight safely landed at 8.25 pm at IGI airport.

An Alliance Air flight from Delhi to Jaipur on Monday made an emergency landing due to a “problem in nose landing gear”. Air India spokesperson informed that the landing was made at Indira Gandhi International Airport and all the passengers were safe.

The 9643 Delhi-Jaipur flight took off from Delhi at around 8.13 pm when it faced problem in nose landing gear and other material failures. The flight safely landed at 8.25 pm at IGI airport.

“Due to a problem in nose landing gear and some material failure Delhi Jaipur Alliance Air flight 9643 has been declared emergency landing at Delhi airport. All 59 passengers are safe,” a statement by Air India read.

The landing gear is the undercarriage of an aircraft and is used for either take off or landing.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/alliance-air-flight-off-to-jaipur-makes-emergency-landing-at-delhi-airport-5918099/

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Boeing 757 passenger plane landed so roughly its fuselage was bent out of shape by the impact

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:24

By Jimmy McCloskey

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 landed so roughly that its metal fuselage was bent out of shape by the impact. 

The ‘hard landing’ happened on flight number 414 from New York’s JFK Airport as it arrived at its destination of Ponta Delgada in the Azores on Sunday morning.

No-one was injured in the rough landing, but photos shared on Twitter showed the jet’s roof and fuselage towards the front of the plane badly crumpled.

One of the plane’s wings was also damaged, and appeared to have a large ‘wrinkle’ running along its strong metal length.

It saw the return trip to New York – set to have been flown by the same plane –  canceled.

Delta has now scheduled two return flights from Ponta Delgada on Monday to help get passengers stranded by the earlier flight to the United States.

It is unclear what caused the hard landing, or whether the affected plane will be able to be repaired.

Metro US has contacted Delta Airlines for a comment.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/19/boeing-757-passenger-plane-landed-roughly-fuselage-bent-shape-impact-10595614/amp/?fbclid=IwAR2Zs5qDPhyYGFKiYqENLqxGU3LkHaVZWtjdSJwSphvFjCHD625NBoIXyLo

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NTSB Releases Information on New Orleans Fatal Plane Crash Investigation

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:22

WASHINGTON (Aug. 17, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board released the following factual information Saturday about the agency’s investigation of Friday’s fatal plane crash in New Orleans:

An NTSB senior air safety investigator from Denver arrived at the accident site Saturday to begin the on-scene phase of the investigation.

At about 3:06 p.m. CDT, Aug. 16, an Aerotek Pitts S-2B (registration N600DF) crashed shortly after taking off from New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport.  Both occupants, the commercial-rated pilot and the passenger, were fatally injured.

Shortly after take-off, the pilot radioed the controller in the Lakefront Airport tower and indicated that he was having problems, which were not specified.  The controller gave the pilot a clearance to return to the airport.

Witnesses reported observing the airplane appeared to have engine problems shortly after take-off.  According to witnesses the airplane then pitched down and struck the ground.

Much of the wreckage was consumed in a post-crash fire.

Activities planned for Saturday include:

  • Documenting the accident site.
  • Examination of fueling records and obtaining a fuel sample from the fueler, actions that are in keeping with standard investigative practices.
  • Interviewing witnesses and airport personnel.
  • Recovery of the wreckage, which will be transported to a secure location in Baton Rouge.

Future activities, which are all standard investigative practices for fatal aviation crashes, include:

  • A detailed examination of the wreckage and engine.
  • An examination of the airplane’s maintenance and repair history.
  • Interviews with family members and colleagues of the pilot to determine if there was anything in the 72 hours prior to the crash that could have affected the pilot’s ability to safety operate the airplane.
  • Examination of the pilot’s medical background, sleep and rest cycle, FAA pilot certificates and ratings and recency of flight experience.

The NTSB will publish a preliminary report within the next few weeks on its website (ntsb.gov) detailing  the factual information developed at that early stage of the investigation.  The preliminary report will not contain any analysis or causal factors. A determination of probable cause will be issued at the conclusion of the investigation, which is expected to be completed in 12-24 months.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Lycoming Engines are parties to the NTSB’s investigation.

Witnesses to the crash or those with information relevant to the investigation are urged to contact the NTSB by email at witness@ntsb.gov.

Contact: NTSB Media Relations
490 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
Peter Knudson
(202) 314-6100
peter.knudson@ntsb.gov

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