ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Today is Monday the 22nd of October, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:01

We start the new week with the following stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Damaged Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Sikorsky Memorial Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:59

By Matt Austin

Incredible video captured the moment a small plane made an emergency landing in Stratford on Saturday.

Miraculously everyone is okay who was on the L-39 Albatros, a military-type jet.

First responders raced to Sikorsky Memorial Airport after receiving the call the aircraft was in trouble.

“After we got into position, tower directed him to land. The pilot did a great job. He dropped it down on its belly and did a spectacular job getting it down safely,” said Deputy Chief Ron Rolfe, Bridgeport Fire.

Amazingly firefighters tell us the two people on-board were able to get out themselves and are okay.

They were met on the runway by emergency responders from the airport, Stratford and Bridgeport.

“This was really an excellent collaboration of the mutual aid response. This really could not have gone any better,” said Michelle Muoio, airport manager.

Airport staff reveal the plane despite its Navy markings is privately owned.

During takeoff from Sikorsky, we’re told the experienced pilot realized the plane had apparently lost a piece of its landing gear, circled until emergency crews were ready and then pulled off the tricky landing.

The FAA will investigate and try to figure out what went wrong.

The airport hopes to open the runway as soon as possible.

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Damaged-Plane-Makes-Emergency-Landing-at-Sikorsky-Memorial-Airport-498117781.html

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Plane crash lands on farmland in Hurricane

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:57

Written by Cody Blowers

HURRICANE — A small aircraft with six occupants crash landed in a field off 920 West in Hurricane Sunday afternoon after the pilot performed an emergency landing when the plane caught fire during flight. 

Shortly before 3 p.m. the plane was found crashed in the middle of a field of newly-planted grass and oats behind several homes. The pilot and five passengers were able to get out of the plane and were waiting for help several yards away, according to an eye-witness who was in the area but requested not to be identified.

“I ran toward the plane and saw smoke coming from the front of it and then saw that the passengers and pilot were able to get out and walk to the end of the field,” the witness said.

Two of the plane’s occupants were transported by responding ambulance crews to Dixie Regional Medical Center in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening, Hurricane Valley Fire Battalion Chief Nick Wright said.

The witness said that while checking on the group before help arrived, he learned from the pilot that the plane had been on a return flight to Salt Lake City carrying two adults and four teenagers.

During the flight, the plane reportedly experienced an electrical issue that started a fire near the front of the aircraft.

As the pilot was making an emergency landing into the field, the plane’s left wing struck an irrigation pipe that ran the entire length of the field. Once the pipe became caught on the wing, it was dragged several feet before the wing snapped off and became lodged in the mud alongside the pipe.

Upon landing, the aircraft was still burning. Firefighters from Hurricane Valley Fire District arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, Wright said.

The aircraft is a Piper Malibu Mirage, according to an Oct. 21 Flight Safety Foundation report.

Hurricane City Police officers also responded and secured the area. Representatives from the police department were not immediately available for additional information.

Incidents involving aircraft are typically turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation with oversight by the National Transportation Safety Board.

http://stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2018/10/21/cgb-plane-crash-lands-on-farmland-in-hurricane/#.W83bK0tKjZs

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No injuries after small aircraft crashes near Dick’s Sporting Goods on northwest side

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:55

BY CBS4 WEB

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Goods on the northwest side.

Just after 2:45 p.m., authorities were dispatched to the store on the report of an aircraft malfunction.

The pilot, identified Greg Mahler, was was forced to make an emergency landing and landed in a ditch near the parking lot and I-465.

He was uninjured as a result of the crash and told us he had engine failure near Eagle Creek.

Mahler originally planned to land near Zionsville Rd. but the said there were too many cars. Then, he saw the ditch near Dick’s Sporting Goods and executed a successful emergency landing.

Mahler said he was gliding the entire way.

The FAA released the following statement after the emergency landing:

“The pilot of a Piper PA32 aircraft reported engine issues while on the way to Indianapolis Metro Airport. The plane landed in a shopping center parking lot about 4 miles west of the airport. No injuries were reported. No information on damages to vehicles on the ground. The FAA will be on the scene to begin an investigation.”

No injuries after small aircraft crashes near Dick’s Sporting Goods on northwest side

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Long Island Road

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:53

You’ve got to see this to believe it.

By Lisa Finn, Patch Staff 

MORICHES, NY — A small plane made an emergency landing on a busy Long Island street Saturday.

According to Suffolk County Police, the plane landed at 12:15 p.m. in front of 130 Montauk Highway in East Moriches; Nedie Seidu, 30, of Manhattan, was flying a Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale when he attempted to land the plane at Lufker Airport in East Moriches and was unable to stop the plane on the runway.

The plane crossed onto Montauk Highway and struck a sign, damaging a wing and a propeller, then came to a stop on Montauk Highway, police said. The roadway was closed, and the Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene, police said.

There were no injuries and the highway was reopened, police said.

East Moriches Fire Department also reportedly responded.

https://patch.com/new-york/center-moriches-eastport/small-plane-makes-emergency-landing-roadway-photos

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Pilot escapes injury after small plane crashes in Jackson County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:51

BY FOX59 WEB

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. — A pilot from Tennessee escaped injuries after crashing a small plane in Jackson County early Saturday morning.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Chad Lowe, 31, Crossville, Tennessee, was piloting a 1962 Piper Colt when the aircraft suffered mechanical failure around 1 a.m. Lowe crashed the plane into a dense grove of trees in the Jackson-Washington State Forest near Skyline Drive.

Lowe walked to a nearby residence to get help. He wasn’t hurt in the crash.

Conservation officers and deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will handle the investigation.

Pilot escapes injury after small plane crashes in Jackson County

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Loganair flight abandoned after bird strike

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:30

A flight carrying 40 passengers and three crew was forced to return to Sumburgh Airport in Shetland after being hit by birds at 1,500ft.

Loganair flight LM438 was en-route to Glasgow when the incident happened on Friday shortly after take-off.

Passengers reported seeing flames and onboard crew received an alert about the aircraft’s left-hand engine.

Loganair said the Saab 2000 landed safely and aid from standby emergency vehicles was not required.

The affected plane has been removed from service for further tests to be carried out.

‘Outburst of flames’

Passengers on board the flight reported hearing a bang and smelling fuel moments after the aircraft left the runway.

Mia Sutherland, 15, who was travelling with her parents, told the BBC she saw flames on the outside of the plane.

She said: “Just when we were levelling out there was a bang followed by a short outburst of flames and then a horrible fuelly smell came into where the passengers were.

“Everyone was panicking and going ‘what was that?'”.

“Everyone was looking out windows and probably about 10 or 15 minutes later the pilot came on and said that we were going back to Sumburgh because of a technical fault and then when we got back they said they had hit a bird.

The incident resulted in passengers being unable to continue their journey to Glasgow on Friday evening because the airport was closed overnight. They were instead offered overnight accommodation.

A spokesman said customers were able to resume their journey on Saturday and left on an alternative aircraft at about 09:00.

‘Flightdeck warning’

He added: “Safety is always our first priority, and as always, our pilots responded immediately and appropriately to the warning that they received on the flightdeck following the bird strike – an eventuality for which every pilot is extensively trained.

“The aircraft made a normal landing back at Sumburgh and our customers were able to disembark as they normally would.

“We arranged hotel accommodation overnight and a replacement flight at the earliest possible opportunity, and we’d like to offer our sincere apologies for this disruption to our customers’ journeys.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-45925713

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UPDATE: Pilot ID’d in Holt plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:29

By TOM McLAUGHLIN 

HOLT — One man died Friday as the result of a small plane crash near Holt.

John Boudreaux, of Memphis Tenn., has tentatively been identified as the deceased pilot of the single engine Fly Baby aircraft that went down around 10 a.m. in the Log Lake area, close to U.S. Highway 90.

Boudreaux had taken off from George T. McCutchan airfield in Santa Rosa County about 30 minutes before the crash occurred.

The plane he was flying belonged to Maj. Gen. Clay T. McCutchan, who served in the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field. FAA records show McCutchan lives in Escambia County close to the Santa Rosa County line.

Records indicate McCutchan owns several aircraft and Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michele Nicholson confirmed he maintains a small airfield on his property.

McCutchan was unavailable Friday for comment.

Witnesses said they saw the plane flying low and heard its engine shut off and come back on, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

One person said he saw the aircraft go down somewhere north of U.S. 90.

As first responders conducted a search of the area, a resident of Joseph Cook Road said that he had located the plane in trees south of his property, the release said.

The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash., a man, was the only person aboard, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michele Nicholson said.

The FAA has been notified about the crash and will investigate, the news release said.

Records show the plane involved in the accident was manufactured in 2008. A certificate to operate the aircraft had been issued in 2014 and was not due to expire until 2020.

https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20181019/update-pilot-idd-in-holt-plane-crash

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Plane lands on Interstate 8 freeway in El Cajon

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:28

By Allison HornMimi ElkallaRina NakanoAnthony Pura

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) – A plane made an emergency landing Friday on westbound Interstate 8, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 36-year-old student pilot and 25-year-old instructor from California Flight Academy were above El Cajon and had engine trouble about 11:15 a.m., the CHP reported.

According to SDSUBaseball’s twitter page, the instructor is Ryan Muno, a former Aztec baseball star.

Both men were trying to land at Gillespie Field but were forced to touch down on the freeway. The instructor took over the controls and landed safely in lanes near Second Ave.

“The instructor took over the controls of the plane. He stated he knew they weren’t going to make it to the airport, so his next course of action was to take it down the interstate,” Officer Travis Gallows with CHP El Cajon said.

Muno able to land the plane on the fast lane on I-8 Westbound, miraculously missing power lines and overhead freeway sign.

10News spoke to Jim Andersen, who was driving a few cars behind the plane when it landed. When he passed by, he saw that the two aviators looked shaken up.

“The two gentlemen were talking to each other. They looked like they were catching their breath because they had just come to a stop,” Andersen said.

Thankfully it wasn’t a crash course, but a valuable lesson on emergency landings.

“For them to make that landing, and have nobody else involved in it, it’s pretty much a miracle,” Officer Gallows said.

No cars were hit and no one was injured. The plane, a Piper aircraft based in El Cajon, remained intact.

The pilot and instructor pushed the plane to the right shoulder.

Officers shut down the Mollison Ave. off-ramp of westbound I-8 due to the plane emergency.

CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said the CHP would be in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the best way to remove the plane.

“Try not to stop and slow down,” Bettencourt recommended to drivers in the area.

https://www.10news.com/news/plane-lands-on-interstate-8-in-el-cajon

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PLANE DOWN IN PINEHURST

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 09:26

Posted by Scott Engle

Just after 11 am a Piper Cherokee Warrior single-engine aircraft developed engine trouble while on a training flight. The aircraft had been up about 2-hours after leaving David Wayne Hooks Airport in Tomball. The instructor, Matt Duggan, spotted a long muddy road just off Goodson Loop and SH 249, lined by a barbed wire fence and decided to attempt a landing. The wing just mere feet from the fence as the aircraft landed without any damage. The student, Laura Bigler, said she has been in the air since 10-years-old and wasn’t scared at all. Mechanics responded to the scene and we’re going to try to do a repair. It is believed to possibly been carburetor icing that caused the issue. The FAA, Magnolia Fire, and MCSO responded to the scene.

Carb ice forms because the pressure drop in the venturi causes the air to “cool,” and draw heat away from the surrounding metal of the carburetor venturi. Ice then can begin collecting on the cooled carburetor throat. This is the same principle that makes your refrigerator or air conditioner work.

Meanwhile, fuel being drawn through the fuel discharge nozzle into the airflow atomizes into very fine droplets that evaporate easily. When the fuel changes from a finely atomized liquid to a vapor it, too, cools—stripping more heat from the surrounding metal.

The result is that the carburetor’s internal temperature may drop below freezing, even on a warm day. If the ambient air contains sufficient moisture (which can be the case even in seemingly dry air), frost (carburetor ice) can form on the inside of the carburetor.

PLANE DOWN IN PINEHURST

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Today is Friday the 19th of October, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:16

Quick report as I wait for a flight at Shannon Airport…

Here are the stories to close out this week.

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!

Tom

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Liberty University plane crashes, no injuries

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:13

Len Stevens, a spokesperson for Liberty University, says a Liberty University Cessna 172 Skyhawk airplane took off when it lost power.

The pilot radioed the tower before flying the plane to a landing and running off the side of the runway, according to Stevens.

There are no reports of injuries in the crash, but the plane was damaged.

The Lynchburg Regional Airport’s emergency services and LUPD have responded.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Liberty Marketing department confirmed a Liberty owned plane crashed this Thursday morning at the Lynchburg Regional Airport.

Liberty says that the crash occurred from a loss of power as soon as the plane was taking off.

Before crashing, the pilot radioed to the tower that the plane was going off the runway. The plane suffered damages, but there were no fatalities or reported injuries of the pilot.

https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Liberty-University-plane-crashes-no-injuries-497930421.html

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Several injured after Navy helicopter crashes aboard USS Ronald Reagan

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:11

By CAITLIN DOORNBOS | STARS AND STRIPES

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Several people were injured Friday when a Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter crashed on the USS Ronald Reagan’s flight deck in the Philippine Sea.

The cause of the mishap, which happened shortly after takeoff at about 9 a.m. Friday, is under investigation, a Navy statement said.

“All injured personnel are in stable condition under evaluation by Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the service said in the statement. “While some personnel will be medically evacuated ashore, none of the injuries is life-threatening.”

The Navy did not say how many people were involved in the crash or injured. Details about damage to the helicopter were not immediately available.

The service did not immediately respond to a question about possible damage to the Ronald Reagan; however, its statement said the ship “remains fully mission capable and has resumed flight operations.”

The nation’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier was conducting “routine operations” in the Philippine Sea with its strike group when the incident occurred, the statement said.

Last week, it visited South Korea’s Jeju Island to participate in the country’s International Fleet Review events, according to the ship’s official Facebook page.

In November, a C-2A Greyhound cargo plane carrying 11 people went down in the Philippine Sea while flying to the Ronald Reagan from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

Eight passengers survived, but three sailors – Lt. Steven Combs, Seaman Matthew Chialastri and Seaman Apprentice Bryan Grosso – died in the crash.

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/several-injured-after-navy-helicopter-crashes-aboard-uss-ronald-reagan-1.552480

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Isle of Wight plane crash: Crews honoured for Bembridge rescue

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:09

Police officers, fire and ambulance crews and members of the public who helped save the lives of two people in a plane crash have been recognised for their efforts.

The four-seater aircraft came down in a “remote and difficult to access area” on the Isle of Wight on 12 July. 

Emergency crews had to walk across marshland to get to the crash site.

The pilot and passenger – a man and woman – were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Hampshire Constabulary’s PCSO Karen Allen, PC Nigel Allen and Sgt Justin Pringle have been presented with awards for their role in the rescue, along with Graham Orchard, of Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, and Mary Long and Darren Claydon, of Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

Supt Sarah Jackson described their rescue efforts as “outstanding” and said their actions had helped to save the lives of the two people in the plane.

“The light aircraft had crashed in a remote and difficult to access area in the middle of a nature reserve, which had ruts and water courses,” a Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said.

“The closest footpath was around 20 minutes away on foot and emergency services vehicles found it difficult to reach the site.”

Three members of the public, who had been in a helicopter near the crash site close to Bembridge airport, gave first aid to the injured pair before crews arrived.

The crash is now under investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-45911632

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 03:07

32 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 Aircraft 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

Narrative:
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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Today is Thursday the 18th of October, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 03:39

Here are the stories for today…

I’ll be leaving Ireland tomorrow, heading back to the States, so there may or may not be a report tomorrow.

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Police confirm three dead in helicopter crash near Wanaka, New Zealand

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 03:35

Department of Conservation (DOC) staff were on board a helicopter that crashed near Wanaka this morning, leaving no survivors.

The helicopter crashed shortly after take-off, killing the pilot and two DOC staff on board.

It has been confirmed Nick Wallis, the youngest son of Sir Tim Wallis, was piloting the helicopter.

One of his older brothers, Matthew, died when his helicopter crashed into Lake Wanaka only three months ago.

Police have confirmed there were no survivors.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has confirmed that Department of Conservation staff were onboard.

“There were DOC staff onboard who have lost their lives.”

“I’m not able to give further details at this time but I did want to make sure that we were sharing our condolences on behalf of the government for those who have lost their lives.”

“DOC staff go out everyday working on our behalf and for our environment, sometimes in really dangerous situations, and this is an absolute tragedy.”

She said she knew how many staff were onboard but could not say yet.

“My understanding is we’re still trying to reach family.”

She said she knew what job they were out doing but would not say.

“I just want to be cautious around those details especially when we’re trying to reach family and those who are directly affected by this incident.”

DOC has since confirmed the staff on board were on their way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed.

DOC’s Director General, Lou Sanson, says he is devastated by the news.

He said the accident is a tragedy and will have a profound impact on DOC staff who are like a family.

A close friend of the pilot and chair of the local rescue helicopter trust, Jules Tapper, said he can’t understand how the crash could have happened.

“The weather here is, a beautiful day here, there should be no weather related reason why the action had occured, so I’m at a loss to understand how such a catastrphe could have happened.

“All I can say is there’s a lot of very concerned people here who would do anything to assist the family, but they can’t bring back the lad.”

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson said the crash occurred about 1.5km north of Wanaka Airport’s aerodrome, between the Clutha River and State Highway 6, shortly before 11am.

A St John spokesperson said three ambulances and a rescue helicopter were called to the scene, but were stood down with no passengers transported.

A Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) spokesperson said the helicopter involved appeared to be a Hughes 500.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage wouldn’t say what the DOC staff were tasked with doing, or how many were on board – but called the crash a tragedy.

“There were DOC staff on board and it’s an absolute tragedy and my heart goes out to their families and their workmates,” Ms Sage said.

Any further detail is a matter for the police, she said.

“The Department is cooperating obviously, working closesly with the police.”

A TAIC investigation has been launched and a team is expected to arrive at the site this evening.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/368914/police-confirm-three-dead-in-helicopter-crash-near-wanaka

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1 Injured When Plane Makes Hard Landing in Borrego Springs

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 03:33

By Christina Bravo

At least one person injured when a plane made a hard landing at an airport in Borrego Springs on Wednesday, Cal Fire San Diego said.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was called just after 8:40 a.m. to the Ocotillo Wells Airport, a small runway off State Route 78 east of the Anza-Borrego Desert.

The ultra-light aircraft for unknown reasons made a hard landing, Cal Fire spokesperson Isaac Sanchez said.

The man inside the plane was injured and an air ambulance had been requested to transport him to the hospital, Sanchez said.

He was expected to survive his injuries, SDSO Lt. Karla Menzies said.

Crews with the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District and the Ocotillo Fire Department also responded.

The Ocotillo Wells Airport is 90 miles east of Downtown San Diego.

No other information was available.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Report-of-Plane-Crash-in-Borrego-Springs-497823801.html

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Helicopter crash victim identified

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 03:31

CALLAWAY COUNTY – The man killed in a helicopter crash east of Fulton on Wednesday has been identified as Charles Prather, 47, of St. Peter’s, according to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to a crash near County Road 101 and County Road 108 at 2:28 p.m.

Chris Banks lives close by and saw the helicopter go down.

“Looked away and heard the rotor stop, and then I looked back up and it just fell,” he said.

Banks immediately ran inside his home and called 911. Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism said multiple witnesses called in about seeing a helicopter in distress.

Banks said the sounds, more than the sights, let him know something was wrong.

“It sounded like when you drop a piece of glass on the floor, kind of that shattering sound,” he said.

The helicopter was found after an extensive 45-minute search in a remote area north of Bartley Lane.

The sheriff’s office said the search included the Fulton Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Department of Conservation, Central Callaway Fire Protection District, Callaway County EMS and the Staff for Life helicopter.

Chism said there are difficulties navigating the area around the crash site.

“It’s an off-road park. There are a lot of creeks, there’s hills, rutted out areas. It’s a very, very rough terrain,” Chism said. “At this point we’re mainly accessing it by UTV and ATV.”

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will be arriving in Callaway County on Thursday to take over the investigation.

https://www.komu.com/mobile/story.cfm?id=97471-one-dead-in-callaway-county-helicopter-crash

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Baker Aviation Introduces Proactive Solution To Lithium Battery Containment

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 03:28

HOT-STOP ‘L’ Is A New Off-Shore Helicopter Stowage Fire Containment Option  

Baker Aviation, the Master Distributor for the HOT-STOP ’L’ Fire Containment Kits, has introduced a new proactive fire containment solution for the off-shore helicopter industry that is used as a storage vessel during transport to and from drilling rigs. Supporting the proven HOT-STOP ‘L’ fire proof design and its capability to fully contain lithium battery runaways of powerful portable devices without the release of toxic smoke or flames, this new containment bag allows passengers to safely store multiple electronic devices during the flight and collect them upon arrival. This unique safe storage capability eliminates the threat of an on-board battery fire during the flight and allows easy transport of all passenger devices.

Ray Goyco, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer at Baker Aviation Maintenance commented, “As pioneers in this aviation fire containment market, HOT-STOP has always been a proactive solution and provided the option to safely store devices during the flight without liquid contamination. When the drilling rig helicopter operators came to us for a custom stowage solution, we determined the need for a stronger closure system to accommodate multiple devices. The unit itself is tested for multiple battery containment so the bag we used is the same proven HOT-STOP technology. We added a smoother bag interior to protect hands and knuckles from getting scraped when pulling devices in and out of the bag on every trip. This is a fitting example of how our fire containment products are different and can easily be customized to solve countless challenges but most importantly, this new containment stowage bag demonstrates our mission of preventing catastrophic fires, toxic smoke and gas emissions on board aircraft caused by li-ion battery runaways.”

The new helicopter stowage bag has been designed with two military grade zipper closures and is made of lightweight fire-proof materials.  HOT-STOP ‘L’ fire containment bags are easily stored in the cockpit or cabin, have no shelf-life limitations, require no aqueous liquids, and are the only solution to be burn certified and successfully tested in both UL and FAA registered laboratories.

Baker Aviation is committed to ongoing research and development throughout the year to further prove HOT-STOP’s performance against today’s modern technology of water proof devices and vigorously powered battery chargers which most travel with today. Recent testing was performed at Aeroblaze, a Fort Worth based, FAA registered laboratory.

(Image provided with Baker Aviation news release)

FMI: hot-stopl.comwww.baker-aviation.com

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