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Carencro pilot taken to hospital following small plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:22

The pilot of a small, crop duster plane was hospitalized Tuesday after his craft crashed around 8 a.m. in a sugarcane field on La. 10 west of Morganza.

According to the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office, Carl Comeaux of Carencro was attempting to land and load up chemicals so he could work for the day but in his approach, the plane rose suddenly in elevation and then went straight down into the ground.

Officials say he was flying with an aviation service out of St. Landry Parish and had to be extricated from the plane by nearby field workers before it caught on fire.

He remains in a hospital in stable condition, officials say.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be investigating to figure out if it was a mechanical or pilot error, officials said.

https://www.klfy.com/news/local/carencro-pilot-taken-to-hospital-following-small-plane-crash/1931504161

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Two men killed in helicopter crash near Fountain Hills

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:21

By Rudy Rivas

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ (3TV/CBS5) — A Tempe-based aviation company is mourning the loss of two men who were killed in a helicopter crash near Fountain Hills on Tuesday morning.

Van Horn Aviation said experimental test pilot Rucie Moore and VHA engineering manager Stephen Estes were the only two onboard the helicopter when it went down after 7 a.m. near Fort McDowell and Yavapai roads.

VHA said Moore was a decorated helicopter test pilot for the U.S. Army and was a professor and helicopter program chair at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to Embry-Riddle, Moore was a decorated helicopter test pilot for the U.S. Army.

Estes graduated from Arizona State University with a masters in aerospace engineering and had been an engineer with VHA for five years.

Before that, he was “instrumental in the design and analysis of current rotor blades,” VHA said.

“We mourn the loss of our friends during this tragic accident,” said VHA president Dean Rosenlof in a statement. “Both men contributed greatly to the design and development of our most recent rotor blade designs. Their passing will leave large holes in our company and they will both be missed personally and professionally.”

To some, Moore was the friend you’re lucky to have.

“It’s a big hit. There’s a lot of people that he touched during his life and he’ll be missed,” said David Allen.

Alllen now lives in Alaska, but he and Moore go way back to their army days.

“Rucie and I met in basic training actually when we started back in ’86,” he said. “He was actually my flight school roommate throughout all of flight school.”

The two became so close during that time, that Moore was a groomsmen in Allen’s wedding.

Allen was shocked when he heard what happened.

“I’ll be honest, it brought tears to my eyes,” Allen said.

He wishes he could tell Moore one more thing.

“That’s a tough one…yeah….just gonna miss ya ,” he said through tears.

But among the tragedy, Allen has found peace knowing his friend’s last moments were spent in the sky.

“At least he was doing what he loved to do, and I can only hope that I can go out the same way,” Allen said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Arizona’s Family that a Bell 206B crashed under “unknown circumstances”.

The pair departed from Falcon Field in Mesa before the crash occurred.

The FAA initially said it believed the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft.

Video from our news helicopter showed the aircraft down in a remote field, destroyed.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash.

“Our dear colleague, Rucie Moore, was an outstanding pilot, an Army veteran and distinguished faculty member with deep experience in the flight test arena,” said Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus. “His many contributions to the education of our students, including his extensive real world experience, was immeasurable. The entire Embry-Riddle family, our faculty, students and staff, feel his loss and extend our thoughts and prayers to his family.”

https://www.azfamily.com/news/one-dead-after-helicopter-crashes-near-fountain-hills/article_a01709ea-6054-11e9-a168-c3623775133e.html

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Sources: Plane In Emergency Landing At JFK Airport Almost Crashed

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:19

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sources told CBS News new details about last week’s emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Sources said the American Airlines jet that suffered wing damage nearly crashed as pilots struggled to regain control during takeoff.

We’re told as the Los Angeles-bound plane began to lift off, it rolled left. The wing tip scraped the ground, then hit a runway sign and a light pole.

The conversation between the pilot and air traffic control was recorded on LiveATC.net,

“We departed with a strong roll to the left as we were climbing and we decided we’d like to return to Kennedy,” the pilot said. “We were banking, uncontrolled bank 45 degrees to the left and then the aircraft-”

“Turbulence from another aircraft?” the air traffic controller asked.

“I don’t think so. There’s a good cross wind today. We had an uncommanded roll to the left as we rotated,” the pilot replied.

The pilots got the the plane off the ground, but they soon returned to JFK. No one was hurt.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/04/17/sources-plane-in-emergency-landing-at-jfk-airport-almost-crashed/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:17

55 Years ago today: On 17 April 1964 a Middle East Airlines Caravelle crashed off Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing all 49 occupants.

Date: Friday 17 April 1964 Time: 19:32 UTC Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III Operator: Middle East Airlines – MEA Registration: OD-AEM C/n / msn: 23 First flight: 1960 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42 Total: Fatalities: 49 / Occupants: 49 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 19 km (11.9 mls) SSE of Dhahran International Airport (DHA) (   Saudi Arabia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon Destination airport: Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabia Flightnumber: ME444

Narrative:
Flight ME 444 departed Beirut (BEY) at 17:09 UTC and climbed to its cruising altitude of FL300. At 19:04 the aircraft reported to Bahrain Control that it was estimating Dhahran (DHA) at 19:28, and was cleared to descend to reach FL50 over the Dhahran beacon. At 19:06 weather information was reported to flight 444, which read a NNE/10 knots wind, gusting to 16, and 0,5nm visibility (in a sandstorm). At 19:26 the pilot reported estimating the Dhahran NDB in two minutes. At 19:28 it contacted Dhahran and reported “5 000 feet descending” and was cleared for an ADF approach. The controller requested the crew to report at 4000 feet and outbound at 2000 feet. One minute later it reported leaving 4000 feet and at 19:30 passing 2500 feet and turning inbound. It was then cleared to final approach and requested to report reaching minimum and runway in sight. At approximately 19:32 a short loud transmission noise was recorded by the Tower. No further message was received from the flight. It was subsequently found that the aircraft struck the sea at the completion of the procedure turn 4 NM off shore and 10 NM south of Dhahran Airport.
The investigation team concluded that there was no mechanical failure that could have caused the accident. Several theories were investigated, a.o. erroneous radio altimeter indications as a result of the sandstorm (these effects have been proven in tests done by Air France), but the team was not able to prove any of those theories

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The probable cause of this accident can not be ascertained.”

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Today is Tuesday the 16th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:41

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Stratolaunch Completes Historic First Flight Of Aircraft

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:39

Flight Took Place Saturday From Mojave Spaceport

Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch on Saturday. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air and Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per  hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing successfully back at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

“What a fantastic first flight,” said Jean Floyd, CEO of Stratolaunch. “Today’s flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems. We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today’s flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman’s Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Space Port.”

The test team conducted standard aircraft testing exercises. Initial results from Saturday’s test points include:

Performed a variety of flight control maneuvers to calibrate speed and test flight control systems, including roll doublets, yawing maneuvers, pushovers and pull-ups, and steady heading side slips.
Conducted simulated landing approach exercises at a max altitude of 15,000 feet mean sea level.

The Stratolaunch aircraft is a mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable and routine. The reinforced center wing can support multiple launch vehicles, weighing up to a total of 500,000 pounds.

“We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today’s historic achievement,” said Jody Allen, Chair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust. “The aircraft is a remarkable engineering achievement and we congratulate everyone involved.”

(Images provided with Stratolaunch news release)

FMI: www.stratolaunch.com

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German govt plane crash lands, disrupts airport traffic

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:37

A German government plane crash-landed today, briefly disrupting traffic at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport, in the latest of a series of technical faults to plague the official fleet.

No passengers were onboard the Luftwaffe’s Global 5000 jet, but the crew was being examined by doctors for injuries, a spokesman for the airforce told AFP.

The aircraft experienced technical problems soon after takeoff and then had serious trouble landing at the Berlin airport.

“The aircraft took off from Schoenefeld for a so-called functional flight, which takes place regularly after maintenance work, and during the flight, there was a malfunction, forcing the aircraft to turn back,” said the spokesman.

“The jet touched the ground with both wings and a controlled landing was no longer possible.”

The runway was briefly closed while the plane was towed away, leading to the disruption of dozens of flights.

After the incident, Schoenefeld announced at 7.30am GMT that flight schedules had been suspended and approaching planes were diverted to Berlin’s other airport, Tegel, northwest of the city centre.

The airport was open again by 10am GMT, but Berlin Airport Services tweeted “delays may still occur”.

The incident is the latest in a string of mishaps suffered by the government’s fleet of aircraft in recent months.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel missed the beginning of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires last November as the plane carrying her from Berlin encountered electrical problems and was forced to land in Cologne.

The “Konrad Adenauer” Airbus A340 was given a complete overhaul following the incident but on its first outing since, on 1 April, it blew a tyre on landing in New York with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on board.

The plane eventually had to be towed to its parking space, but the delay meant that Maas missed his first appointments at the UN.

In March, the foreign minister was stranded in Mali due to a hydraulic problem with his Airbus A319’s landing gear.

The plane woes have also hit other top German officials.

At the end of January, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was stuck in Ethiopia for similar reasons while Development Minister Gerd Mueller had to cancel a trip to Namibia at the start of the year owing to problems with his plane.

With the Konrad Adenauer back in the repair workshop, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz recently had to fly on a smaller plane, the A321, which required mid-route refuelling in Iceland to complete its journey to the United States.

In response to the defects, the German government announced last week they are paying €1.2 billion to buy three new Airbus A350s planes, the first of which will be delivered in 2020.

https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2019/0416/1042911-germany-plane/

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Pilot suffers minor injuries in Lebanon plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:36

LEBANON, Ind. (WTHR) – An Indiana pilot went to the hospital after his plane went down Monday afternoon at the Boone County Airport.

He only has minor injuries, thanks in part to other pilots who rushed over to help when they saw the crash.

One of those fellow pilots, Mark Van Zant, even took cell phone video of the accident, which the NTSB is now using in its investigation.

That video shows the moment the small experimental 1972 Houlihan RTH Jungster Bi-Plane flipped and crashed on a grassy runway.

Van Zant, a pilot and mechanic himself, was working on his own plane at the Boone County Airport around 4:00 Monday afternoon. He said he took out his phone and started recording when he saw the aircraft do a touch-and-go, then make a few low passes as if it was in trouble.

“I kind of thought something might happen, but I was hopeful it wouldn’t happen and then it did happen,” Van Zant said.

Investigators say 55-year-old James Petko of Mishawaka was flying the bi-plane. Petko later told rescuers he was headed north from Bloomington and wasn’t familiar with this airport. He didn’t know that after heavy rains one area of the grass runway tends to flood.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly where Van Zant saw him landing long.

“It put him closer to where the water was at the end of the runway and shortly after he touched down and landed, his whole plane flipped over upside down,” Van Zant said. “Thankfully there was a bunch of other guys out at the airport that day because normally there’s not somebody out there.”

Van Zant and three other guys hopped in their trucks and raced to the runway, where they say Petko was trapped and bleeding – the nose of his plane, stuck in the mud.

https://www.wthr.com/article/pilot-suffers-minor-injuries-lebanon-plane-crash

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Amphibious plane makes ‘bumpy’ landing at Tyler airport, one runway shut down

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:34

By Christian Terry

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – A plane had a bumpy landing Monday at Tyler-Pounds Regional Airport.

According to Jenny Wells, spokesperson for the City of Tyler, the Cessna 185 float plane was having trouble getting its landing gear down and ended up landing on its floats on runway 422.

Wells said there were two people on board the plane when it landed and they were not injured. Damage to the plane is minimal.

Wells said runway 422 will be closed for the next 12 hours as a special removal team will be brought in the take the plane off the runway. She said no flights should be affected as the airport has two other runways open.

http://www.kltv.com/2019/04/15/amphibious-plane-makes-bumpy-landing-tyler-airport-one-runway-be-shut-down/

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Plane flying out of Piedmont Triad International Airport strikes birds; damaged plane returns to airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:33

BY WEB STAFF

An airplane flying out of Piedmont Triad International Airport Monday morning struck a flock of birds and had to return to the airport.

American Airlines flight 3930 was heading for Texas around 7:15 a.m. when the plane hit the birds, a passenger told FOX8.

An American Airlines official confirmed the bird strike. A replacement aircraft was en route to the airport.

https://myfox8.com/2019/04/15/plane-flying-out-of-piedmont-triad-international-airport-strikes-birds-damaged-plane-returns-to-airport/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:32

47 Years ago today: On 16 April 1972 an ATI Fokker F-27 crashed near Ardinello di Amasend, Italy, killing all 18 occupants.

Date: Sunday 16 April 1972 Time: ca 22:10 Type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 Operator: Aero Trasporti Italiani – ATI Registration: I-ATIP C/n / msn: 10251 First flight: 1964 Total airframe hrs: 20461 Cycles: 26490 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15 Total: Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Ardinello di Amaseno (   Italy) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy Destination airport: Foggia Airport (FOG/LIBF), Italy Flightnumber: 392

Narrative:
ATI flight BM392 was a scheduled service from Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Foggia (FOG). The flight was cleared for takeoff from runway 16 and takeoff was accomplished at 21:56. Immediately after takeoff the crew contacted the Rome Departure controller. The controller confirmed the en route clearance via Pratica, Latina and Teano. He then instructed the flight crew to contact Pratica di Mare. The crew was not able to contact the air traffic controller at Pratica di Mare. At 22:00 the flight contacted Rome Departure again. They reported leaving FL65 for FL110 and noted their problems of contacting Pratica. They were then instructed to call Rome-Control (Terminal Sector South). At 22:04 flight 392 contacted the Terminal Sector South controller and reported at FL100, estimating Latina at 22:10.
At 22:05 the flight was cleared to climb to FL150, following the specific request of the pilot. The F-27 was also cleared for a direct route to Teano, skipping Latina.
Three minutes later the pilot reported passing FL135 and the crew were instructed to switch frequencies to Teano. Nothing more was heard from the flight. By then the flight entered an area of poor weather with local thunderstorm activity. The aircraft had almost reached FL150 when it suddenly lost 1200 ft of altitude and the airspeed dropped 30 knots. This developed into phugoid oscillations from which the pilots were not able to recover. The airplane entered a descent and struck the ground at 340 knots at an angle of 20 degrees.

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Today is Monday the 15th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:40

We start the new week with these stories…

Have a great week, be safe out there!

Tom

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At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:38

SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu 

A co-pilot and two policemen were killed when a Summit Air plane skidded off the runway during take-off and collided with two parked helicopters at Lukla airport on Sunday morning.

Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari said that S Dhungana, co-pilot of the plane, and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed at the helipad, were killed in the incident. Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the incident and airlifted to Kathmandu, died at Grande Hospital, hospital sources said.

The incident occurred as the aircraft with registration 9N-AMH skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit two helicopters parked 30-50 metres from the runway. 

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was in the helicopter, were also injured in the incident. They are receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger. The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.

Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, is the gateway to Mt Everest. It is often referred to as one of the most difficult and dangerous airports in the world because of a short runway (527 metres) and challenging terrain.

https://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-04-14/summit-air-plane-crashes-at-lukla-airport-2-reported-dead.html

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Small plane crashes in Nassau County: police

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:36

BY ALIZA CHASAN

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. — A small plane crashed onto a residential street in Nassau County on Sunday night, police said.

The Cessna 172 aircraft crashed about 2 miles northeast of John F. Kennedy International Airport around 10:20 p.m., according to the FAA.

The incident happened on Clarendon Drive, according to police.

Police initially said the plane crashed into a home, but footage of the scene shows the plane appears to have crashed in the front yard of a house.

While police said two people were on board, an FAA official later said “initial reports indicate three people were on board.”

It does not appear as if anyone was injured, according to police.

The FAA plans to investigate.

https://pix11.com/2019/04/14/plane-crashes-into-home-in-nassau-county-police/

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Mississippi plane crash kills 3 including married couple, officials say

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:34

By Nicole Darrah | Fox News

Three people, including a married couple, were killed on Saturday after a plane crashed in North Mississippi, officials said.

Co-pilot Tommy Nix and his wife, Merline Nix, of Belmont, and co-pilot Jarrod Holloway, of Booneville, were identified by Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards as those who died in the crash.

The Rockwell Sabreliner 65 aircraft in which they were flying crashed around 10 p.m. between New Albany and Blue Springs, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson told The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear why the plane, which was headed to Alabama’s Marion County-Rankin Fite Airport from University-Oxford Airport in Mississippi, crashed.

The state and the southern U.S. saw severe storms over the weekend, which included tornadoes and flooding that left eight people dead.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency on Sunday following the powerful weather.

The FAA spokesperson said both the agency and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/mississippi-plane-crash-3-dead-married-couple

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One hospitalized after plane crashes in Yolo County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:33

by Matthew Keys

Federal aviation officials are investigating the cause of a small plane crash that happened Saturday morning near Winters.

First responders were called to the scene of the crash around 11:15 a.m. near County Road 31 in unincorporated Yolo County, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

Officials told KCRA-TV the pilot of the plane took off from Yolo County Airport near Davis and then flipped the plane after trying to land in a nearby field. It was not clear why the pilot was trying to land the plane in a field or if there was an emergency during flight.

One person, believed to be the pilot, was taken to the hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the cause of the crash. No other information was released.

https://www.wintersexpress.com/local-news/plane-crash-yolo-county-road-31-davis-airport/

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Pilot Recovering After Ultralight Plane Crash in Paulden

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:30

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

A pilot avoided life-threatening injuries when his small, homemade aircraft crashed in northern Arizona.

Yavapai County sheriff’s officials say 51-year-old Kenneth Seebeck was conscious when they found him amid the wreckage of his ultralight plane Thursday afternoon.

He was airlifted to a Flagstaff hospital in stable condition with some broken bones.

Seebeck’s father, who was at the scene, told deputies they had built the aircraft and decided to test it in an open area off Highway 89 in Paulden. The airplane went down within a minute after take-off.

The incident prompted a passing motorist to report to 911 a small aircraft crashing.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

https://www.knau.org/post/pilot-recovering-after-ultralight-plane-crash-paulden

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Ackerman man killed after crashing plane into Scott County field

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:29

By Josh Carter

LAKE, MS (WLBT) – One man is dead after crashing his plane into a field near Ole Sawmill Road in Lake, Mississippi.

The accident happened around midnight Friday, April 12th.

The man has been identified as 53-year-old Walter Stanford of Ackerman.

According to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee, neighbors in the area heard the crash Friday night, but were unsure as to what it was.

The small, two-seat plane was not found until Saturday morning. Stanford was the only person inside.

The pilot’s body has been taken in for autopsy.

FAA and NTSB are on the scene trying to discover what caused the crash.

http://www.wlbt.com/2019/04/14/ackerman-man-dies-after-crashing-plane-into-scott-county-field/

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Aldino Airport: Officials

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:28

Emergency personnel were summoned after a small plane went down Friday in a field in Harford County, officials reported.

By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — A small aircraft went down near the Aldino airport Friday morning after the pilot made an emergency landing, according to officials. Nobody was injured.

The aircraft was located in a field in the 3700 block of Aldino Road at 8:42 a.m. on Friday, April 12, according to Jenn Chenworth, spokeswoman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Upon taking off from the Harford County Airport — which is nearby in the 3500 block of Aldino Road — the plane experienced an engine failure, officials said, so the pilot forced an emergency landing.

The Level Volunteer Fire Company was called to the scene and was clearing the incident around 9 a.m., Chenworth said. According to authorities, there was minor damage to the plane.

https://patch.com/maryland/havredegrace/aircraft-down-field-near-aldino-airport-officials

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