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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:08

46 Years ago today: On 10 November 1971 a Merpati Nusantara Vickers Viscount crashed off Padang, killing all 69 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 10 November 1971 Type: Vickers 828 Viscount Operator: Merpati Nusantara Airlines Registration: PK-MVS C/n / msn: 448 First flight: 1962 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 62 Total: Fatalities: 69 / Occupants: 69 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: S off Padang (   Indonesia) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Jakarta (unknown airport), Indonesia Destination airport: Padang-Tabing Airport (PDG/WIMG), Indonesia

Merpati Airlines’ domestic service from Jakarta to Padang was carried out a by a Vickers Viscount named “Sabang”. The aircraft had initiated its descent for Padang when it crashed into the sea. Floating pieces of wreckage were found after three days, 75 miles off island of Sumatra.

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Today is Thursday the 9th of November, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:57

More sad yet helpful information from Chief Goldfeder and “The Secret List” this morning in regards to firefighter suicide. This piece includes additional information that you can IMMEDIATELY ACCESS & WATCH-BE IT ALONE, IN THE CLASSROOM OR AT THE FIRE HOUSE KITCHEN TABLE.

Please take a look, it’s important that we take care of ourselves and we take care of each other, we’re family!

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe!


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Fire Captain Takes His Own Life (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:48


Sad news out of California as a Fire Captain took his own life on Sunday.

CalFire Fire Captain Ryan Mitchell from Station 20, Battalion 4, took his own life at the Pine Valley Bridge shortly after completing his shift. Units from Battalion 4 responded to the call that came into the Cal Fire’s Monte Vista headquarters in El Cajon, where Captain Mitchell worked.

Below is a link to an article about this tragic incident.




This discussion includes two fire service subject matter experts with their perspective on this difficult issue. Join FDNY’s Captain Frank Leto Deputy Director of the Counseling Service Unit FDNY and Sean Riley Founder and President of Safe Call Now




Here is an article about Firefighter suicide from WILDFIRE TODAY where they report 52 FIREFIGHTER SUICIDES in a 2 year period:


Beyond The Call ” Full Length Behavioral Health Training Documentary



Please see additional resources below.

Our condolences to those affected by this loss. Rest In Peace.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 11/8/2017-1130 Hours



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



Suicide continues to be a constant in the profession of fire, rescue and EMS. Please take time to review these links-and have the info on hand.











=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (ABC NEWS) (ABC News Article on Firefighter Suicide)


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4 killed in helicopter crash in Gunma

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:44


A helicopter crashed in a village northwest of Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon, killing four employees of the helicopter service company who were aboard, local authorities said.

The helicopter crashed near a bridge around 2:30 p.m. in the Gunma Prefecture village of Ueno, which also encompasses the mountainous site of a Japan Airlines jumbo jet disaster in 1985, and burst into flames.

Operator Toho Air Service Co said the four employees were 60-year old pilot Ichiro Kitagawa and three mechanics — two in their 20s and one aged 50.

No damage to the surrounding residential area has been confirmed. The chopper was on its way to Tochigi Prefecture after leaving Yamanashi Prefecture shortly after 2 p.m., where it had transported some goods, Toho Air Service said.

The Tokyo-based air service company said the last radio contact from the aircraft was made around 2:03 p.m. to confirm its departure from the town of Hayakawa. The cause of the accident is unknown, the company said.

Kitagawa was a very capable seasoned pilot who belonged to its Yao office in Osaka Prefecture, while the three mechanics belonged to the Tokyo head office, according to Toho Air Service.

The helicopter was an AS332L chopper manufactured by Airbus Group company Airbus Helicopters Inc, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The ministry’s safety board will dispatch investigators to the site to find out the cause of the accident.

Local police said they received an emergency call from a witness as the helicopter went down about 700 meters west of the central village office.

Firefighters said another eyewitness told them that the chopper was flying west to east but made a U-turn, and after it lost altitude an object that appeared to be a piece of equipment fell off the aircraft’s rear.

The accident caused a power failure in the village as electricity lines were damaged, affecting about 600 households, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

Electricity was restored in the area at around 4:20 p.m.

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What we know about the hard landing of an Air Evac helicopter in Union City, TN

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:43

November 8, 2017 

 WPSD Staff

UNION CITY, TN – Here’s what we know so far about the hard landing made by an Air Evac helicopter in Union City, Tennessee, Wednesday morning.

The hard landing happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Union City police say there were three people in the helicopter when it landed, the pilot and two flight nurses. The police chief tells us all three are OK. They were not responding to an emergency call when they had to make the hard landing. Air Evac 143 out of Obion County, Tennessee, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that the crew members had only minor injuries.

The company’s full statement reads: “Air Evac 143 out of Obion County, Tenn., experienced a hard landing at 11:40 a.m. today in Union City, Tenn. There was not a patient on board and the three crew members sustained only minor injuries.”

Our crew at the scene has learned there was not a problem with the flight. The issue was specifically with the landing itself.

Additionally, when the helicopter landed, the rotor came off and struck power lines. That caused a power outage for a couple dozen homes nearby, but the lines have since been repaired. The hard landing happened across from the 911 dispatch center, but the center wasn’t affected by the power outage because the facility has a generator.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators arrived at the scene around 3 p.m. to look into what caused the landing problems.

Local 6’s Blake Stevens was live at the scene this afternoon with information he has learned. If you missed that live stream, you can watch it in full below:

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Navy P-8 Experiences Engine Fire In Texas

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:41

Makes Emergency Landing At Corpus Christi International Airport

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon made an emergency landing Monday afternoon at Corpus Christi International Airport after an engine on the aircraft caught fire in flight.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the plane was making practice approaches to the airport when the left engine caught fire. Airport officials said that such training approaches are a normal activity at the airport.

Airport marketing manager Kim Bridger-Hunt told the paper that she saw the aircraft in a nose-high attitude, and assumed it was taking off. But then she heard explosions and saw the flames coming from the engine.

Airport public safety director John Hyland said the airplane landed just before noon local time. Corpus Christi police and fire departments, the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office and airport emergency personnel responded to the incident. The engine was shut down and the fire extinguished.

Operations were slowed at the airport for a time due to the incident, but returned to normal about 1300 local time, Hyland said. The P-8 was parked at the General Aviation ramp..

The Navy, however, said the airplane was not one of theirs. Liz Feaster, public affairs officer at Chief of Naval Air Training based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, said it was not a Navy trainer at either Naval Air Station corpus Christi or Naval Air Station Kingsville. “We don’t know where it came from and what it’s doing here,” she said.

(Image from file)


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American Airlines flight from Tulsa lands at Dallas destination under emergency conditions

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:40

By Harrison Grimwood Tulsa World

An American Airlines flight that originated in Tulsa landed at its Dallas destination under emergency conditions Wednesday, with passengers reporting they saw smoke and smelled fumes on board. 

Flight 1060 experienced a “mechanical issue,” said Linda Brock, a spokeswoman for the airline. The Boeing 737 jet landed safely and taxied to a gate at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where firefighters came aboard before passengers disembarked.

The plane, carrying 158 passengers and a crew of six, departed Tulsa International Airport about 6:40 a.m.

Brock said that during the flight the pilot notified air traffic controllers of the need for an emergency landing, a procedure used to establish landing priority.

Tulsa City Councilor Phil Lakin said his wife, Adriane Lakin, was aboard the aircraft with friends en route to Mexico.

“They said a couple of them were light-headed,” Phil Lakin said. “They didn’t know if it was from the smoke and fumes or from anxiety or a combination of both.” He said his wife’s party boarded their next flight, destined for Mexico.

Maintenance crews were investigating the cause of the mechanical issue, Brock said.

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ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:38

Airlink confirms that an AVRO RJ85 airliner operating flight SA8103 from Harare to Johannesburg this evening was involved in an event which resulted in it making an emergency landing at O.R. Tambo International Airport shortly after 20.40 local time.   All 34 passengers and the four crew members are safe and unharmed.

While en route one of the four engines suffered an uncontained failure which then caused damage to its adjacent engine.  Upon assessing the damage and status of the aircraft, the crew elected to continue to Johannesburg where it landed safely under the power of its remaining two engines.  At no point was the safety of the passengers or crew in jeopardy.

Airlink has notified the South African Civil Aviation Authority, which will launch an investigation into the event in order to determine its likely cause.  Airlink will provide whatever technical assistance is requested by the SACAA.

Airlink will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed. However, the investigation remains the entire responsibility of the SACAA and it would be inappropriate for Airlink to comment or speculate on the cause of the event.

“On behalf of Airlink I apologise profusely to our passengers and their loved ones for any distress and inconvenience as a result of this evening’s event.  The safety and well-being of our passengers, crew and aircraft are our primary concern,” said Rodger Foster, Airlink Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.


Scary landing for SpiceJet passengers as plane scrapes runway at Delhi airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:37

The airline said no passenger was injured in the incident that occurred when the underside of the plane’s tail touched the tarmac on landing

A domestic flight operated by SpiceJet scraped the tarmac when it landed in Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, triggering panic among passengers and an inquiry from the country’s aviation regulator.

Photographs obtained by HT showed damage to the underside of flight SG-2642’s tail section, a sign of what is known as ‘tailstrike’ in aviation terms. Tailstrike can occur during landing and take-off if the aircraft is angled too steeply, causing the fuselage to come in contact with the ground.

“I have been travelling in flights for the last ten years but I experienced this for the first time… it was scariest moment of my life,” said one of the passengers in the Jabalpur-Delhi flight.

A SpiceJet spokesperson confirmed the incident and said none of the passengers were injured. The airline representative identified the damaged aircraft as VT-SUL, a Bombardier Q400 turboprop.

A second passenger said the flight, piloted by Taranjeet Kaur, had a routine take-off and “everything went well until the landing”.

“We are looking into it. It was perhaps a case of hard landing,” said an official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, requesting not to be named since he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

“It could have caused damage to the main body as well. Luckily, nothing of that sort happened.”

The official ruled out lack of visibility as a possible reason for the incident.

Delhi and its surrounding areas have been enveloped in a toxic haze originating from crop fires, reducing visibility to mere metres. The smog has led to several accidents in the surrounding states, some resulting in deaths.

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NTSB: Roy Halladay’s plane maneuvered at low altitude before crash

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:36

By Daniel Uria

Nov. 8 (UPI) — Witnesses reported Roy Halladay‘s plane was flying at low altitude prior to the crash that killed the former MLB star, a federal crash investigator said Wednesday.

Noreen Price, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge of the case, said witnesses reported seeing Halladay’s ICON A5 light sport amphibious plane flying low before it crashed off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico at around noon on Tuesday.

“Generally, a lot of witnesses have said that the plane was maneuvering at low altitude,” she said.

Price also said she had not seen video released to TMZ which appears to show the aircraft performing a series of low dives and other maneuvers before the crash. She called for the person who captured the footage to present it directly to the board.

“I encourage that person to reach out to us and directly give us that data, I’m sure it would help the investigation, she said.

Price said the plane was found upside down in 4 feet of water facing south after what appeared to be a high-energy impact.

“It looked like a high-energy impact, but all the pieces were there,” she said.

She added it may take one or two years for the NTSB to complete its final federal report.

Halladay was a certified private pilot since 2013, the same year he retired from baseball following a career that included two Cy Young Awards. He had recorded about 700 flight hours in his log book.

Two data recorders from the plane were recovered at the scene and likely would’ve recorded GPS location, performance, air speed and altitude, among other data, Price said.

She added no voice recorder was found and it appeared that no mayday call was made.

Halladay was the only passenger in the two-person aircraft, which was a 2018 model given to Haladay by ICON.

ICON released a statement offering condolences to Halladay’s family and offering to support the investigation.

“We were devastated to learn that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died today in an accident involving an ICON A5 in the Gulf of Mexico,” the company said. “We have gotten to know Roy and his family in recent months, and he was a great advocate and friend of ours.”

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First Prototype Of Brazilian KC-390 Military Cargo Aircraft Almost Crashed During Stall Tests Last Month

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:34

By David Cenciotti

Pilots of the KC-390 were only able to recover the aircraft 300 meters from the ground. 

Embraer has grounded the first prototype of the new KC-390 military cargo jet after a stall test incident on Oct. 12. According to the Brazilian planemaker, the scheduled test pushed the aircraft beyond its operating limits, however Brazilian Aero Magazine media outlet, that has talked to an engineer involved in the project who asked to remain anonymous, something else happened in the skies near Embraer Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport, the private airport located near Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, owned and operated by Embraer: an incident that almost ended in a tragedy.

As reported by Aero Magazine, the KC-390 registered PT-ZNF was performing critical pre-stall tests, that involved high-AOA (Angle Of Attack) and  ice formation on wings. During the maneuver, an equipment used for the tests, detached from its place and rolled to the back of the cargo compartment causing a sudden change in the center of gravity (CG) of the aircraft. As a consequence of the rapid displacement of the CG the pilots lost control of the airlifter, that stalled and started to spin towards the ground. Reportedly, the pilots were able to recover the aircraft as it was only 1,000 feet (about 300 m) above the ground, and landed the KC-390 safely in Gavião Peixoto airfield.

Analysis of the track based on the KC-390 ADS-B transponder using the popular plane-tracking websitesuggests that the cargo prototype plunged from about 20,000 feet to around 3,000 feet, between 13.25UTC and 13.28UTC, with a peak vertical speed of -30,976 fpm. However, based on the ADS-B raw data, the area where the test flight was taking place is not covered by receivers at altitudes below 2,800 feet, therefore it is possible that the aircraft was recovered well below 3,000 ft and that the transponder signal was detected once the aircraft had climbed again to a safe altitude after recovering from the spin.

Two KC-390 prototypes have been built, the second one being example PT-ZNJ that made its first flight on Apr. 28, 2016. PT-ZNF made its maiden flight on Feb. 3, 2015.

H/T Jaime Maia for the heads-up

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:30

18 Years ago today: On 9 November 1999 a TAESA Douglas DC-9-31 crashed shortly after departure from Uruapan, Mexico when the crew lost control as a resilt of spatial disorientation, killing all 18 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 9 November 1999 Time: 19:03 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31F Operator: TAESA Registration: XA-TKN C/n / msn: 47418/570 First flight: 1970 Total airframe hrs: 58000 Cycles: 59000 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Total: Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 12 km (7.5 mls) from Uruapan (   Mexico) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Uruapan Airport (UPN/MMPN), Mexico Destination airport: Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico Flightnumber: 725

The DC-9 carried out the TAESA flight 725 Tijuana-Guadalajara-Uruapan-Mexico City was scheduled to depart from Uruapan at 18:25 for the final 45-minute leg. The aircraft took off from runway 20 at 18:59 when 85 passengers had deplaned at Uruapan. Witnesses reported that the airplane assumed a higher than normal nose high attitude as soon as it departed. The airplane impacted the ground in a nose low attitude on a heading of 110 degrees in an avocado grove located on the east side of the departure course, 3.3 DME miles south of the airport.
Prior to entering service with TAESA June 1998, the aircraft had been used by NASA and was modified to support the reduced-gravity mission. N650UG completed 193 flights for NASA (TT 436.3 hours) between May 29, 1995 and July 11, 1997.

Probable Cause:

Investigation revealed that the crew had not used the checklists prior to departure. During the night-time climbout the pilots were confused about which heading to fly during a runway 20 standard instrument departure. Spatial disorientation was probably also a factor in that the plane attained an abnormally high nose up attitude. The stall warning alarm then sounded and the plane entered a dive from which it was not able to recover.

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Today is Wednesday the 8th of November, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:45

Here are the stories for today, including another heads-up from Chief Goldfeder on the loss of one of his friends, Chief Peter Meade who passed away from firefighter occupational cancer this past weekend, along with notice of a no-cost forum related to FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER being conducted on November 15… Take a look!

The stories…

Be safe out there!



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A Free Firefighter Cancer Forum, RIP Chief Pete Meade (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:33


For those of you strongly focused on the issues related to FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER, there is an important NO COST forum that you are invited to attend next week.

You can attend IN PERSON or watch it LIVE via FACEBOOK (so pretty much all of us should watch this important discussion) as shown below:

When: Wednesday November 15, 1900 to 2100 hours.

Where: Columbus Fire Training Academy in the John Nance Auditorium , 3639 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Admission is free and parking is available.


ON NOVEMBER 15 AT 1900 Hours Eastern


Columbus Firefighter Mark Rine, 36, is the father of five children and was diagnosed with terminal cancer about five years ago.
Nora Jaegly of Toledo lost her husband, firefighter Peter Jaegly, to occupational cancer in 2013. Peter was 49 and served as a Toledo firefighter for 20 years, two as battalion chief.
Missy Collier of Plain City watched her husband Jeff die of occupational cancer at 40.
Cal Holloway is a firefighter with the Dayton FD and has occupational cancer. Holloway has had several surgeries now to remove cancerous spots from his skin after he underwent a free skin cancer screening.
State Sen. Thomas Patton, a Republican from Strongsville Ohio, spearheaded the passing of Ohio’s presumptive cancer law that took effect in April.

Chief Dave Bernzweig, a battalion chief with the Columbus Fire Division and director of health and safety for the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, has spent years trying to get cancer prevention measures implemented into the fire service. Bernzweig is also a special committee member of the National Fire Protection Association, which helps set policy fire departments across the country follow.
…and many others as well.

MORE DETAILS HERE:–join-us-for-community-forum


We lost a wonderful Brother and life long friend last weekend when Chief Pete Meade, Nassau County (Long Island NY) Fire Marshals Office-Fire Communications (ret) and past President of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company (51 years service) succumbed to his decades long battle against firefighter occupational cancer.

I knew Pete (and his late Brother Mike-who also died from firefighting cancer) when they were at the Alert Fire Company and I was a young kid (riding my bike to their fires) and we remained friends until his passing. Much of our friendship grew when Pete was the well respected Chief of Fire Communications for Nassau County , NY (Firecom) and I was working for ISO covering southern New York. Firecom was always a good place to hang out (a/k/a hide) and listen to Pete’s unique take on the firefighting world.

I had a chance to write about Pete’s battle in the CLOSE CALLS column in Firehouse Magazine in 2006 (when we were really just starting to talk about firefighting cancers)…please take a moment to read about his story as a firefighter:

Here are also some great quick video interviews with Pete:

As we get older, we tend to lose more friends-that’s expected to some extent-and while Pete was a “Senior Man” his loss is no less tragic…but back then-FIREFIGHTERS didn’t KNOW what WE KNOW today.


Please make sure you-the younger Firefighters and Fire Officers-pay close attention to his and all the messages these days about FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER…because we are seeing some very YOUNG Firefighters losing their lives now-like never before. For one thing, attend or listen in to the above forum!

It’s hardly a senior Firefighter survival issue anymore.

Rest In Peace Pete..You Are Already Missed.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 11/7/2017-2033 Hours

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Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay dies in plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:30

Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay died when his single-engine plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s office in Florida. He was 40 years old. 

Halladay was the lone known occupant, and three mayday calls were made to air traffic control, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters at a news conference.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to a call at noon ET that a single-engine, light-sport category aircraft had crashed. The county’s fire department and U.S. Coast Guard also responded.

“When the deputies got out there, they hoped it would go low enough that somebody could have ditched it,” Nocco said.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Terry Williams told USA TODAY Sports that the agency’s investigators are scheduled to arrive at the scene of the crash Tuesday evening.

“The FAA will release the aircraft registration after local authorities release that information. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident,” FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said. 

Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his career and in 2010 became only the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason.

His 16-year career began in 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays until 2009. He spent his final four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies before retiring in 2013. He was an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top 5 of the Cy Young Award seven times.

“All of us at baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay,” said commissioner Rob Manfred in a written statement.

“A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter.”

Said Tony Clark, MLB players union chief: “Our hearts are broken. Roy Halladay was not just one of the greatest competitors, but was also among the best men in our generation of players.” 

On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in baseball history, beating the then-Florida Marlins 1-0.

Less than five months later on Oct. 6, 2010, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series.

After the 2013 season, he signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Blue Jays and announced his retirement from baseball due to constant back injuries.

Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, and two children, Ryan and Braden.

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Report: 2 Killed In Warren County, Tn. Plane Crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:26

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. – Two people were killed Tuesday night when a plane crashed into a field in Warren County.

According to the FAA, the Piper PA-32 aircraft went down near Tennessee Highway 287 and Sherell Road.

The aircraft was trying to land at Warren County Memorial Airport around 7 p.m.

The plane was substantially damaged by fire during the crash.

According to the Southern Standard, the two people on board the aircraft did not survive. Neither of their names was released.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

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Plane engine catches fire as it lands at Seattle airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:25

A dramatic scene played out at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle Tuesday night when a plane’s engine caught fire as it was landing. It was caught on video by people in a nearby terminal:

The Federal Aviation Administration says it was Hawaiian Airlines Flight 875, a ferry flight from Paine Field, Washington to SeaTac Washington.

CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV explains that a ferry flight  means only a flight crew was on board.

Hawaiian Airlines told CBS News the plane “experienced a left engine issue on final approach at SEA tonight. A left engine fire reported upon landing was extinguished by the aircraft fire extinguishing system and local fire officials.”

The FAA offered a different account, telling CBS News the aircraft “experienced a right engine flyer fire upon landing. The fire had already been extinguished by the time Fire crews arrived at the aircraft.”

There were no reports of any injuries.

A SeaTac spokesperson told CBS News the plane was an Airbus A330.

There were no issues or alarms when the aircraft was in the air, the spokesperson said, so it’s believed the problem was a compressor stall — similar to a car backfiring, and that it happened on the ground after the plane landed.

The FAA says it will investigate.

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NTSB Releases Prelim Report From Accident Involving Race Driver Ted Christopher

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:22

Witnesses Said They Heard No Airplane Sounds Prior To The Impact

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred September 16 that fatally injured race driver Ted Christopher as well as the pilot/owner of the aircraft, Charles Dundas.

According to the report, the two departed Robertson Field Airport (4B8), in Plainville, CT, en route to Francis S Gabreski Airport (KFOK) in Westhampton Beach, New York aboard a Mooney M20C owned by Dundas, an ATP-rated pilot. No flight plan was filed for the accident flight. 

According to the report, earlier on the day of the accident about 1000, the pilot/owner flew from FOK north to 4B8, where he planned to pick up his passenger for a subsequent flight back to FOK. The route of flight was about 60 miles. The pilot and passenger had been flying together for over 10 years and had flown the route many times.

At 1109, the airplane was fueled with 15.8 gallons of 100 low-lead aviation gasoline; 9 gallons in the right wing tank and 6.8 gallons in the left wing tank. After he topped-off both fuel tanks per the pilot’s request, the fueler witnessed the pilot sample the fuel in the airplane’s fuel system, before he departed with his passenger about 1230.

Several witnesses near the accident site stated that they did not see the airplane or hear any engine sounds, but they heard what sounded like a “crash” in the trees. One witness described it as the sound of “gravel being dumped out of a dump truck.” Several homeowners searched for the source of the sound and found the airplane wreckage about 1 hour after hearing the impact.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multiengine land. He held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and airplane single-engine sea. He also held a flight instructor certificate with a rating for instrument airplane. In addition, he held a mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot reported a flight experience of 31,300 total hours as of his last medical exam, dated October 16, 2006.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate on September 4, 1964. The airplane was a low wing, four-seat, monoplane of conventional metal construction. It was equipped with retractable landing gear, and was powered by an air cooled, Lycoming IO-360, 180-horsepower engine, driving a Hartzell 3- blade constant-speed propeller.

At 1353, the weather conditions reported at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), New Haven, Connecticut, which was located at 12.5 ft elevation, 9 miles southwest of the accident site, included variable wind at 3 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, broken clouds at 1,400 ft, temperature 24°C, dew point 19°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.16 inches of mercury.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane first struck 75-ft-tall pine trees in a steep descending attitude before coming to rest up against trees in a nose-down position on its right side. The wreckage path was 170 ft-long and oriented on a north-northeast magnetic heading of 021°. The right wing separated from the fuselage at the wing root during impact, and was the first piece of wreckage discovered at the start of the debris path. The outboard 3 feet of the left wing was found 75 ft north of the right wing and was wrapped around a tree. The remaining fuselage, cockpit, left wing and tail assembly remained intact. The landing gear were in the extended position and the landing gear selector was in the down detent. The wing flaps were in the retracted position.

The right fuel tank was breached during the accident and evidence of fuel was found on the trees and vegetation near the initial impact point. The left fuel tank contained approximately 7.5 gallons of fuel. Visual examination through the firewall indicated that the fuel selector in was in the left fuel tank position.

The engine remained attached to the mounts and remained largely intact. All cylinders remained attached to the crankcase and there were no broken fuel lines or oil lines discovered at the scene. The engine oil was measured using the dip stick and it was at the full indication The three-blade constant-speed propeller remained attached to the crankshaft flange and was largely intact. There was no evidence of rotational scoring and two of the blades were not damaged. One of the blades was bent aft about 30° and the propeller spinner was crushed on one side.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

(Image from file. Not accident airplane)

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:21

52 Years ago today: On 8 November 1965 an American Airlines Boeing 727 crashed short of the runway while approaching Cincinatti, killing 58 out of 63 occupants.

Date: Monday 8 November 1965 Time: 19:02 Type: Boeing 727-23 Operator: American Airlines Registration: N1996 C/n / msn: 18901/153 First flight: 1965-06-15 (5 months) Total airframe hrs: 938 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 56 Total: Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 62 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) N of Cincinnati-Greater Cincinnati, OH (   United States of America) Crash site elevation: 203 m (666 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America Destination airport: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY (CVG/KCVG), United States of America Flightnumber: AA383

American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing 727, N1996, departed New York-LaGuardia Airport (LGA) at 17:38 for a scheduled flight to the Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG). It was to be an IFR flight with a requested cruising altitude of 35,000 ft and an estimated time en route of 1 hour 23 minutes. The en route part of the flight was uneventful.
About 18:55, when the flight was about 27 miles southeast of the Greater Cincinnati Airport, radar traffic control was effected by Cincinnati Approach Control. Subsequent descent clearances were issued to the flight and at 18:57 flight 383 reported: “…out of five for four and how about a control VFR, we have the airport.” The Approach Controller replied: “… continue to the airport and cleared for a visual approach to runway one eight, precip lying just to the west boundary of the airport and its … southbound.” The crew acknowledged the clearance and the controller cleared the flight to descend to 2,000 feet at their discretion. At 18:58 Approach Control advised the flight that its radar position was six miles southeast of the airport and instructed them to change to the Cincinnati tower frequency. One minute later the tower controller cleared the flight to land. During the approach the visibility at the airport deteriorated as it began to rain. The tower controller reported: “American three eighty three we are beginning to pickup a little rain right now.” At 19:01:14 the tower asked: “American three eighty three you still got the runway Okay?” To which the crew replied “Ah just barely we’ll ah pickup the ILS here”. At this point, thirteen seconds before impact, the 727 was descending at a rate of 2100 feet/min to an altitude of approximately 725 feet (165 ft below published field elevation) with the airspeed holding at 160 knots. The descent rate then decreased to about 625 ft/min for approximately the last 10 seconds of flight with the airspeed decreasing to 147 knots at impact.
The right wing struck a tree at an altitude of 665 feet msl which is approximately 225 feet below the published field elevation. The aircraft slid a distance of 340 feet relatively intact through scrub trees and ground foilage before impacting and coming to rest amidst a group of larger trees. Following impact an intense ground fire erupted which completely destroyed the aircraft cabin forward of the tail section.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The failure of the crew to properly monitor the altimeters during a visual approach into deteriorating visibility conditions.”

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