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U.S. Air Force plane makes emergency landing at Lincoln Airport after engine catches fire

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:54

Lincoln Journal Star

A U.S. Air Force plane made an emergency landing at the Lincoln Airport on Thursday evening after one of its engines caught fire midflight.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Dave Engler said six people were on board and used a slide to evacuate safely after the plane landed shortly after 7 p.m. The fire was extinguished within about 15 minutes.

The Air Force released a statement that said the plane is part of the 522nd Air Control Wing, which is based at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. The fire cause and the damage it caused are being investigated.

http://www.hastingstribune.com/news/state/nebraska/u-s-air-force-plane-makes-emergency-landing-at-lincoln/article_cbec5b51-ea9e-5b72-981c-c6243de1f5cc.html

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Pilot identified in small plane crash at Katy community center

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:49

The plane crashed into a building and remnants of the plane also flew into a community pool. There are remnants of smoke in the area.

Author: Brandon Scott, Elena Arteaga, KHOU Staff

KATY, Texas — Authorities have identified a pilot killed in a small plane crash in Katy Saturday morning. 

Noshir Medhora, 70, died in the fiery crash at a community center in the Nottingham Country neighborhood on Kingsland Boulevard around 10:30 a.m.

Medhora was born in India and came to the U.S. in 1973, according to Rice University.

He got a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley and worked at Mustang and Exxon in Houston.

The single-engine Cessna 172 was coming from the southeast when it crashed into a pool maintenance building. Remnants of the plane also flew into a community pool.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane collided with several trees before hitting the community center and breaking apart.

FAA investigators are headed to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board, which is charge of investigating the crash, has been notified.

Both the building and the plane were fully engulfed in flames. There were remnants of smoke in the area.

Only the pilot was killed and no one else was injured. There was no one on the ground when the aircraft crashed, according to an emergency official at the scene.

The facility had storage and restrooms. There were also pool cleaning materials, according to Harris County ESD 48 Lt. Simon VanDyk

“We do not believe there is any risk to the public,” VanDyk said. “However, in fighting the fire, the water we put on there, there could have been some mixing of that, and we have HazMat coming out here in an abundance of caution to make sure that everything is good and secured.”

A few people were preparing for a wedding at the clubhouse next to the pool maintenance building, Pct. 5 Constable Ted Heap said.

They were the first witnesses to the crash, though none of them were physically hurt, Heap said.

“There’s a lot of the fuselage that still appears to be inside of the cinder block building,” Heap said. “But it actually went through – struck nose first, went through, a good portion of the plane went through the building, and went across the play area, as well as the pool area, that’s located behind it.

It’s going to be a long process to recover a lot of the debris, from within the water and pulling this investigation together.”

It was not immediately clear where the plane was headed or what caused the crash.

https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/pilot-identified-in-small-plane-crash-at-katy-community-center/285-fc5e136f-c642-4011-ba64-beece142d8ab

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Sweden plane crash: Nine dead as aircraft carrying skydivers smashes into island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:47

Police in Sweden say all nine people aboard a plane died after it crashed into an island south of an airport on the island of Storsandskar

By Talia Shadwell

Nine people are dead after a small plane carrying skydivers crashed into an island Sweden. 

Witnesses watched in horror as the aircraft plummeted into the island outside the northern city of Umea, on Sweden’s eastern coastline, killing all aboard.

One witness said he heard the strange sound and watched as the plane plummeted, nose-first toward the River Ume, then crashed out of sight with a loud ‘bang’.

Axel Pettersson, 16, told Aftonbladet he was sitting on the couch at his home near Umea Airport eating when heard a sound from the skies becoming higher, and higher-pitched.

Axel said he is used to the sounds of the planes arriving and departing, but described the noise as like one he had never heard before.

He went outside and saw a plane circling.

He began filming, and seconds later captured the plane plummeting rapidly.

He said he heard it crash with a loud “bang” then everything went quiet.

Axel said his pulse rose and he barely breathed, thinking: “what the hell is happening now, what the hell is happening now, what do I do now”.

He called for his parents who immediately alerted emergency services.

At a press conference following the crash, air crash investigation authorities told media all the dead were Swedish, including one person who had dual citizenship.

The authorities rejected reports a wing had fallen off the airborne plane before it crashed.

Witness reports in the Swedish media said some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before the crash.

Authorities in Sweden said the plane had taken off from Umea Airport shortly after 1.30pm and sounded an alarm at 2.12pm.

Local police told Sweden’s SVT reports of the crash came in about 2pm.

It crashed in the river near the island of Storsandskar, which is located about 2km from Umea airport.

A police spokesman said early reports suggested the plane had gone down in the river in an area south of the airport, on Storsandskar.

The aircraft was said to have been a single-engine.

Swedish authorities said the plane was carrying skydivers.

Witnesses living nearby the airport told Expressen they had heard a ‘bang’ and saw the plane dip.

Another witness said she saw the plane spin with its nose facing downwards before it plummeted.

“We are already on the scene with a rescue team which is assisting the ambulance and we have opened a location, together with aid organisations, to give psychological and social care,” Conny Qvarfordt from the local rescue services told Sweden’s TT newswire, reports Sweden’s The Local.

“It’s a parachute plane, and something seems to have happened just after take-off.” 

Umea Airport operator Swedavia, said the plane was a GippsAero GA8 Airvan, which is a single-engine eight-seater utility aircraft, similar to a Cessna.

The small plane designed to carry parachutists crashed on an island on the Ume river shortly after take off, police spokesman Peder Jonsson said.

He added the cause for the accident was unknown.

He said those on board were on a skydiving trip.

The region’s main University Hospital of Umea confirmed there were no survivors and relatives of the deceased had been notified.
Neither Jonsson nor the hospital immediately identified the victims’ names or nationalities.

King Carl XVI Gustaf expressed his sorrow in a statement.

“In view of today’s tragic air crash outside Umea, which took nine people’s lives, I want to convey my condolences. My family and I send our thoughts to their families and relatives,” he said on Facebook.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the government was in close contact with the relevant authorities as they investigate the cause of the crash.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-sweden-plane-crash-nine-18208716

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37 hurt, 9 seriously, on Air Canada flight hit by turbulence

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:43

Plane forced to divert to Honolulu, 30 treated and released from local hospitals

CBC News

An Air Canada plane on a flight from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia, after travelling from Toronto, encountered sudden and severe turbulence Thursday, leaving more than three dozen people with injuries, the airline said.

Flight AC33 was diverted to Honolulu’s international airport around 6:46 a.m. local time, where medical staff were on standby to examine the injured. 

Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said 35 people sustained minor injuries. That number was later updated to 37 by emergency officials in Honolulu. They told reporters 30 people were transported to local hospitals, nine with serious injuries and 21 with minor injuries. Those people have since been treated and released, according to Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah.

The remaining seven decided against being transported to hospital.

There were neck and back injuries, head injuries, and lacerations, officials said, adding that those affected range in age from children to the elderly.

The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew and was about two hours past Hawaii when it hit “severe clear air” turbulence, Fitzpatrick said.

Passenger Jess Smith spoke to local TV station KHON as she exited the plane. She said she was jolted awake.

“We hit turbulence and we all hit the roof, and everything fell down … people went flying,” she said.

Fais Asad, who was awake on the plane, said he was “quite terrified” after the aircraft suddenly dropped.

“It was like a second, but it was enough to see everybody jump. Some people that weren’t strapped in, you saw them rise in the air and hit their heads on the roof and everything, so it was quite intense,” he told KHON.

Passenger Stephanie Beam of Colorado Springs, Colo., told The Associated Press a woman behind her hit the ceiling so hard that she broke the casing of an oxygen mask.

“The plane just dropped,” Beam told AP. “When we hit turbulence, I woke up and looked over to make sure my kids were buckled. The next thing I knew there’s just literally bodies on the ceiling of the plane.”

The turbulence happened at 10,973 metres (36,000 feet) about 966 kilometres southwest of Honolulu, said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor.

Flight attendants were handing out snacks when it began with mild turbulence, said Alex Macdonald, a passenger from Brisbane, Australia.

“The whole experience was probably 10 to 15 seconds, a bit of mild shaking, nothing out of the ordinary, and then just a drop out of nowhere,” she told CBC News.

‘Eerie stillness’ in aftermath

“I saw the people ahead of me hitting the overhead baggage compartments and then just slamming back into their seats,” she said.

“[It] was just a bunch of noise, people extremely shocked, and then a very eerie stillness throughout the cabin as people tried to grasp what had happened,” said Macdonald, who was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt.

She said a couple of flight attendants were among those who hit the ceiling of the cabin.

Passenger Luke Wheeldon told Honolulu news station KTIV about half the passengers weren’t wearing seatbelts. “There was no warning and then half of them, their head hit the roof all at once,” he said. “And I went, ‘Oh, this is a bad day.”‘

Air Canada said it was arranging hotels and meals in Honolulu for those who were on aboard the flight.

The flight to Sydney is expected to resume Friday, Air Canada said.

With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/air-canada-turbulence-injuries-1.5208458?cmp=rss

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Naxos airport closed after Sky Express airplane lands in a ditch

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:41

It was a wrong handling and the Sky Express that was about to take off from the airport of Naxos landed in a ditch next to the runway. The accident occurred at 5:30 Friday afternoon and the airport had to be closed for safety reasons.

None of the 47 passengers was injured.

Sky Express Flight was scheduled from Naxos to Athens.

The shocked passengers were transferred from the airport to the port of the island where they could get the next ship for Piraeus and the Greek mainland.

The late flight of Olympic Air was cancelled as the airport was closed.

According to local media naxostimes, Sky Express experts arrive later on the island with a helicopter in order to investigate the accident and organize its removal from the ditch. 

“The accident will raise the issue of expanding the airport or even better build a new one outside the town of Naxos,” notes local media naxospress that posted also the airplane pictures shot by Alexandros Seintanis.

According to latest information, by 22:30 in the evening trucks and crane were seen at the airport waiting for the green light to launch the operation to bring back the plane type ATR 42 back to the runway, so that the airport can open again on Saturday.

UPDATE

The operation to remove the airplane from the ditch concluded at 6 o’ clock Saturday morning.

The airport opened again at 8:30 am, reports local media naxospress.

https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2019/07/12/sky-express-naxos-airport/

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Single-engine plane crashes in Hastings, Fla., both occupants survived

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:38

The crash occurred around 7:40 a.m. in the Southwest area of St. Johns County near Barrel Factory and Leonard Roads, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Author: First Coast News

A single-engine plane crashed upside down in Hastings, Florida Sunday morning and both occupants of the plane miraculously survived, according to the St. Johns County County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred around 7:40 a.m. in the Southwest area of St. Johns County near Barrel Factory and Leonard Roads, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to FHP,  62-year-old Joseph Linebach of Satsuma Florida was flying the 1957 Cesna model PA 22 plane when it experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff. The plane then crashed into an oak tree at the edge of a cornfield landing upside down, they said.

Thomas Linebach of Satsuma Florida, 60, was also a passenger on the plane, FHP said.

According to the St. Johns County Fire and Rescue Department, one person was transported via air ambulance to the trauma unit at Orange Park Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries. The second person was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, SJCFR said.

At this time, the condition of each person has not been released.

In a photo posted by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, hydraulic fluid can be seen leaked out onto one of the plane’s wings.

The Florida Aviation Authority released the following statement about the crash:

A Piper P22 aircraft crashed in a field in Hastings, Florida, about 8 a.m. today. Check with local authorities about the condition of the two people on board. The FAA will investigate.

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/single-engine-plane-crashes-in-hastings-fla-both-occupants-survived/77-10ae0533-6e1b-47e2-873e-403c5f0d7f31

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2nd small plane crashes in St. Johns County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:36

Both people on board survived crash, Florida Highway Patrol says

By Zachery Lashway – Reporter/anchor, Nick Jones – Digital producer

ELKTON, Fla. – Shortly after a small plane went down Sunday in Hastings injuring two pilots, News4Jax learned of a second small plane crash in St. Johns County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a single-engine 1979 Cessna crashed in Elkton in a farm field not far from County Road 305 and Huff Road just before 9:30 a.m. Two men were on board the plane and no one was hurt.

Troopers said the pilot was practicing emergency drills over the field. The pilot made an error, which led to the crash.

Earlier in the morning, a plane went down near an agricultural field in Hastings. Two men were hospitalized, both with serious injuries.

https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/st-johns-county/2nd-small-plane-crashes-in-st-johns-county

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Small plane misses runway, lands in ditch near Plainwell Municipal Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:35

by Newschannel 3

PLAINWELL, Mich. — A small plane missed the runway of the Plainwell Municipal Airport and instead landed on the other side of U.S. 131 on Sunday.

Deputy of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department said the incident happened at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane and was not injured in the crash.

Police shut down the northbound entrance ramp on U.S. 131, affecting traffic until the incident was cleared.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the landing, the deputy said.

https://wwmt.com/news/local/small-plane-misses-runway-crashes-near-plainwell-municipal-airport

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Pilot injured after single-engine plane crashes onto Langley field

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:33

CTV News Vancouver

A 47-year-old pilot was injured after crashing a small aircraft onto a privately owned field in Langley Friday afternoon.

The extent of the man’s injuries hasn’t been confirmed, but authorities said he was able to call for help on his own.

The single-engine plane he was piloting crash-landed on a field on 272nd Avenue at around 2 p.m. Authorities said one of the wings was torn off, and that fuel was left leaking from the aircraft.

It’s unclear how much fuel escaped into the field.

Police, firefighters and paramedics all responded to the accident, and the pilot was taken away from the scene in an ambulance. It appears he was the only person on board when the plane crashed.

A Coast Guard team also attended the scene, but only so the crew could deactivate the plane’s emergency beacon.

There have been at least three crashes involving small aircraft in Langley over the last month. In June, a Cessna 152 carrying a flight instructor and student was forced to crash into a wooded area after experiencing some kind of engine failure shortly after takeoff.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the previous accidents.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/pilot-injured-after-single-engine-plane-crashes-onto-langley-field-1.4506303

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Today is Wednesday the 10th of July, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 14:25

A quick shot at some internet time gets this report out from somewhere off the Alaskan/Canadian coast, north of Vancouver…

Thanks again to Christy and Jim for the technology to get this report posted!

Here are the stories to catch up…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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All 6 people aboard small plane survive crash and fire at Bethel airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 14:10

Author: Zaz Hollande

A plane operated by Grant Aviation crashed on landing at Bethel’s airport Monday afternoon, but the pilot and all five passengers escaped the fiery wreckage, authorities say.

The crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. as the plane was landing after a flight from Nelson Island.

A video taken from the runway shows heavy smoke billowing from the wreckage and just the upturned tip of a wing showing.

But everyone got out as the plane burned, officials said.

The Bethel Fire Department arrived to find airport fire crews spraying down the wreckage, according to firefighter Thomas Haviland. The department helped put out a fire that spread into the grass.

An ambulance transported three people to the hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening, Haviland said. Staff at Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital declined to provide an update of their conditions on Tuesday morning.

The three others involved — the pilot and two passengers — were taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to Grant Aviation president Robert Kelley.

Kelley said he couldn’t talk about what caused the crash. Grant temporarily suspended operations in Bethel on Monday but resumed normal flights Tuesday.

The company is cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board, he said.

Investigator Noreen Price hoped to talk with the pilot Tuesday as the agency starts trying to find out what happened as the plane approached the airport, NTSB Alaska chief Clint Johnson said.

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/aviation/2019/07/09/all-aboard-survive-small-plane-crash-and-fire-at-bethel-airport/

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Plane lands safely after reporting landing gear trouble

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 14:03

BY CITY NEWS SERVICE

RAMONA, Calif. — The pilot of a light airplane with landing gear trouble made a non-injury hard landing at Ramona Airport Tuesday.

The single-engine aircraft came down on its “belly” on the runway of the small airport on Montecito Road and safely slid to a halt shortly before 11:30 a.m., Cal Fire Capt. Thomas Shoots said.

No fire resulted, and the two occupants of the plane were unhurt, Shoots said.

https://fox5sandiego.com/2019/07/09/plane-lands-safely-after-reporting-landing-gear-trouble/

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Pilot dies after plane crash near airport in Walton County

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:59

By Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A pilot is dead after a small plane crashed near an airport in North Georgia on Tuesday afternoon, authorities confirmed.

The aircraft was found near the Monroe-Walton County Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration told Channel 2 Action News.

A man was the only person on the plane, and he died at a hospital, police told Channel 2. His name has not been released, but he was a resident of the area and a friend of local law enforcement, police said.

Police Chief R.V. Watts said the man, who was born in 1980, was flying a single-engine plane that belonged to someone else, the Walton Tribune reported. The pilot had been working on the aircraft and was circling back to land when the crash occurred.

The plane was found on a hillside between the runway and Richard Parsons Drive, the newspaper reported.

No information is available about the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board was called to investigate the incident.

AJC.com has reached out to Walton County Fire Rescue for more information.

https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/breaking-plane-crashes-near-airport-walton-county/lgVLrCMbop2BZmGKphurCJ/

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Newport mayor, two passengers injured in plane crash on Oregon coast

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:56

The plane crashed on the north side of the jetty in Newport, near the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.

Author: KGW Staff

NEWPORT, Ore — A small plane piloted by Newport’s mayor crashed during an emergency landing on the Oregon coast Monday evening.

Mayor Dean Sawyer, 66, and two passengers were injured in the crash. Deborah Reasoner, 61, of Molalla, suffered serious injuries. She was airlifted to a Portland hospital.

Sawyer and the other passenger, a 7-year-old child from Molalla, suffered minor injuries.

According to Oregon State Police, Sawyer took off from the Newport airport around 4:30 p.m. and flew around the Depoe Bay area. While flying near Newport, Sawyer noticed a mechanical problem and tried to return to the Newport airport.

Sawyer realized the plane would not make it, police said, so he attempted an emergency landing on the beach.

The plane crashed on the north side of the jetty in Newport, near the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, around 5:10 p.m.

Sawyer has had his pilot’s license for over 40 years and has been flying the plane that crashed, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk II, for over 30 years, according to police.

In a Facebook post, Sawyer said he was home resting with torn cartilage in his chest. He asked for prayers for his passenger, Reasoner, and thanked the emergency responders who helped at the crash scene.

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/newport-mayor-two-passengers-injured-in-plane-crash-on-oregon-coast/283-db04ab57-7c04-4901-91ce-1d74589e95ad

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Small plane crashes on I-88 in Kane County, clips a truck

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:52

By Mary Chappell
Daily Herald correspondent

A small plane crashed on the Reagan Memorial Tollway near Kaneville and clipped a truck during its landing Monday, police said.

The small, fixed-wing plane was en route from Waukegan to Aurora when the pilot reported engine trouble, according to a news release from Illinois State Police. The pilot attempted an emergency landing in the westbound lanes of the tollway near Watson Road about 4 p.m., police said.

While the plane was landing, it clipped a gray GMC Canyon before it landed in the grass median, police said.

The pilot was taken by the Kaneville Fire Department to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck wasn’t injured, and the vehicle sustained minor damage.

One lane of traffic was blocked as a result of the crash.

The crash investigation continues. Police said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190708/small-plane-crashes-on-i-88-in-kane-county-clips-a-truck-

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Pilot injured in agricultural helicopter crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:48

By: Rebekah Pewitt

FRANKLIN, Ky. (WTVF) — A Kentucky pilot was injured in a agricultural helicopter crash.

The helicopter crashed Monday morning in a field near Franklin, Kentucky.

It crashed while spring a corn field. The helicopter was spraying a corn field

Officials found the chopper destroyed in a field near Kummer Road and Schweizer Road about five miles south of Franklin.

According to Simpson County Emergency Management Agency officials, the pilot showed up at an emergency room in Franklin around 11 a.m.

The pilot was identified as 35-year-old Anthonie Vos of Sevierville. The helicopter was a 1973 Tomcat MK6c helicopter.

Officials said the chemicals on board the helicopter were contained to the crash site.

The FAA has been contacted and will investigate the crash.

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/pilot-injured-in-agricultural-helicopter-crash

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:41

34 Years ago today: On 10 July 1985 an Aeroflot Tupolev 154B-2 stalled, entered a flat spin and crashed near Uch-Kuduk, killing all 200 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 10 July 1985 Time: 23:46 MSK Type: Tupolev Tu-154B-2 Operator: Aeroflot / Uzbekistan Registration: CCCP-85311 C/n / msn: 78A-311 First flight: 1978 Engines:Kuznetsov NK-8-2U Crew: Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9 Passengers: Fatalities: 191 / Occupants: 191 Total: Fatalities: 200 / Occupants: 200 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Uchkuduk (   Uzbekistan) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Karshi Airport (KSQ/UTSL), Uzbekistan Destination airport: Ufa Airport (UFA/UWUU), Russia Flightnumber: SU7425

Narrative:
The Tupolev 154 departed Karshi (KSQ) on a flight to Leningrad (LED) via Ufa (UFA). The flight crew climbed to the cruising altitude of FL380 (11.600 m) at an airspeed of 400 km/h, which is close to stall speed under the given conditions. During cruise flight vibrations started because of the low airspeed. The crew assumed that the vibrations were caused by engine surges. They reduced power to flight idle, causing the airspeed to drop to 290 km/h. Trying to maintain altitude, the airplane eventually stalled. The Tu-154 went into a flat spin and crashed.

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Today is Monday the 8th of July, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:20

This morning we’re doing the report from Skagway, Alaska on day 4 of the IBARFF cruise.

Thanks to Jim and Christy for the internet connection to get this report out!

Now here are the stories for today…

Have a great week, be safe out there!

Tom

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Plane crashes on Ole Miss golf course

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:12

By Staff Report

A Civil Air Patrol plane crashed on the Ole Miss Golf Course Saturday afternoon.

The single-engine plane was performing ‘touch and go’ takeoffs at the nearby Ole Miss airport when it crashed around 3:15 p.m. near the course’s 17th tee box. The only person onboard was a female pilot who suffered serious burns in the crash. She was airlifted to a Memphis-area trauma center and her condition is unknown, per a statement released by the university communications office.

Not long after the plane hit the ground, officers from Oxford Police Department, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the University Police Department responded to the scene. No one on the golf course was injured in the crash.

“We were on (hole) 9… It looked like it was landing and then aborted the landing and we saw it struggle to come back up,” bystander Brian Scott Rippee said. “Then, when we were walking off the green it just fell straight down into the trees.”

A report by the Starkville Daily News on Saturday night identified the pilot as Lake Little. Little, 18, is an incoming freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi. Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill confirmed Lake was the pilot in the Daily News’ report. Little is also the daughter of Starkville’s Ward 3 Alderman David Little. She was a 2019 graduate of Starkville Academy.

Multiple news outlets, including the Daily News, reported Little succumbed to her injuries sustained in the plane crash and passed away Saturday night. Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill confirmed Little’s passing to the EAGLE.

“The City of Oxford mourns alongside those of you in Starkville,” Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill wrote in a tweet. “Prayers for peace and comfort for the family of Lake Little and for all of those who loved her. May God wrap His loving arms around you.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted and will handle the investigation at the crash scene.

This is a developing story. More information will be published as it becomes available.

https://www.oxfordeagle.com/2019/07/06/plane-crashes-on-ole-miss-golf-course/

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