ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:14

58 Years ago today: On 12 September 1961 an Air France Caravelle crashed near Rabat, Morocco, killing 77 people.

Date: Tuesday 12 September 1961 Time: 21:09 UTC Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III Operator: Air France Registration: F-BJTB C/n / msn: 68 First flight: 1961-05-17 (4 months) Total airframe hrs: 688 Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 71 Total: Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 77 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 9 km (5.6 mls) SSW of Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA) (   Morocco) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France Destination airport: Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA/GMME), Morocco Flightnumber: AF2005

The Caravelle III, operated by Air France, was destroyed when it crashed near Rabat-Sale Airport in Morocco. All 77 on board were killed.
Flight 2005 departed Paris-Orly Airport, France, to Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco. Meteorological conditions at Rabat Airport were unfavourable owing to thick, low fog which reduced horizontal visibility and ceiling.
The aircraft passed KJ NDB (Non Directional Beacon), which is located 800m west of Rabat Airport, and made a 360° turn to loose altitude. Now flying at 1650 feet, the Caravelle passed Rabat city. At 21:08 the crew requested a 180° turn to intercept the runway 04 localizer. KJ NDB would be used as backup for the final approach. The control tower advised the crew that KJ NDB was not in line with runway 04, but he did not receive a confirmation. At 21:10 he informed the crew about the visibility which was now less than 100m. Again flight 2005 did not confirm the message.
It appeared that the Caravelle was on the 4 mile final when it struck the ground. The nose gear touched the ground at 21:09 followed by the main gear. The Caravelle then struck a rock and burst into flames when it hit a hill.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “In the opinion of the board of inquiry of all the theories listed above, those related related to material failure appear the least likely. On the other hand, the theory regarding an error in instrument reading appears more probable than the others. Therefore, the Board explained the failure: 1) by the fact that reading of the Kollsman window altimeter, with which this Caravelle was equipped, may be delicate, as demonstrated by some systematic tests carried out by highly trained crews of various European airlines; 2) by the possibility that the pilot made that error of 1 000 ft at the beginning of the descent, retaining it, then gave his full attention to reading the pointer, which seemed to him to be of prime importance, in order to bring in the aircraft at the minimum authorized altitude.”

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Today is Wednesday, the 11th of September, 2019 – NEVER FORGET!

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 06:51

Today is 9/11/19 and if your department doesn’t have some plan to host a memorial service, or participate in one, that’s sad. And you know the reasons why.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the survivors of the 9/11 attacks, to those who lost family and friends and to those who continue to suffer as a result of the attacks.

God Bless you all, and for those who have made the supreme sacrifice, may they all Rest In Peace….

Be safe out there!


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Cargo plane crashes near Toledo Express; status and number on board not yet confirmed but search of large debris field is underway

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 06:40

The plane was headed to Toledo Express from a small airport near Memphis. The Port Authority believes it was carrying auto parts.

Author: WTOL Staff

Crews are on the scene of a cargo plane that crashed near Toledo Express Airport on Wednesday at 2:37 a.m. The number and status of those on board the plane is not yet known, according to Joe Rotterdam of the Port Authority, but a search is underway of a large debris field.  

The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office says the plane crashed on Garden Road east of the airport in Bubba’s Mobile Truck repair Heavy duty towing’s parking lot.

The aircraft struck multiple unoccupied vehicles on the ground and a significant fire resulted from the impact.

Investigators are looking into whether this plane matches flight N24DR. That plane traveled to Millington, Tennesse from Laredo, Texas, then to Toledo. Flight records show it landed around the same time of the plane that crashed.

Port authority officials believe the wrecked plane was carrying auto parts

In a live press conference, Joe Rotterdam with the Lucas County Port Authority said “initial reports were two souls on board,” however he added that the information cannot be confirmed at this time and a search for wreckage is still underway.

The crash has not affected any flights arriving or departing at the airport and business at Toledo Express Airport is operating normally.

The crash is not expected to impact any flights coming to and from the airport at all.

Multiple fire departments from different counties in the area have been called to work on the fire which appears to be under control.

Toledo hazmat was also called to the scene to do air quality monitoring to check explosive levels as a safety precaution.

Eber and Garden Road have been closed due to the crash.

It is unclear if anyone is injured at this time.

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FD: Small plane crashes into building at Ak-Chin Regional Airport near Maricopa, 2 injured

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 06:38

By Danielle Miller

MARICOPA, Ariz. – The Ak-Chin Fire Department says a plane crashed into a building at the Ak-Chin Regional Airport.

A fire official said the crash happened between 8:30 a.m. and a little after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. Two people on board, an instructor and a student, were taken to the hospital. Their names were not released. 

Tim Costello, the airport’s manager, was the only one in the building when the plane came crashing down. He was not injured.

““There was a loud bang,” said Costello.

A Federal Aviation Association official said a single-engine Ercoupe 415-C crashed shortly after taking off. The aircraft tail number is N3816H.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Desert Aero Club did confirm the plane belongs to them.

The airport is owned and operated by the Ak-Chin Indian Community. It serves the Pinal County communities of Casa Grande and Maricopa and is 44 miles (71 kilometers) southeast of Phoenix.

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‘Flames coming out of the engine’: Emergency landing in Abbotsford after plane hits geese

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 06:35

Kendra Mangione and Allison Hurst, CTV News Vancouver

A Boeing 737 was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday after several geese were sucked up into one of its engines near the Abbotford airport.

Flight 312, from the discount airline Swoop, took off from the Abbotsford International Airport at around 8:15 a.m. A short time later, the Edmonton-bound plane hit the birds and had to land again.

flight tracking website suggests it circled the area just south of the border, and landed back at YXX at 8:38 a.m.

In an emailed statement, the airline said passengers “were offloaded without incident” after the bird strike.

“The aircraft involved in the bird strike has been inspected and is undergoing repairs. It is expected to return to service this evening,” the email from Swoop said, adding that they’re working to accommodate 176 affected travellers.

“Safety is our number one priority and will always be at the forefront of our decision making. We apologize for the inconvenience to our impacted travellers.”

The discount airline’s website initially showed the flight had been moved to a 10 a.m. departure, but was later updated to suggest it wouldn’t leave until 8 p.m.

“This is a significant strike,” said Parm Sidhu the Abbotsford International airport general manager, “we’ll look at everything.”

Sidhu said the airport does have wildlife and bird plans in place such as sound mechanisms, “just like every airport is regulated to do.”

In August, there were seven reported bird strikes at the Abbotsford airport, although none had any documented effects on airport operations.

“This is the first time that I recall that we actually had an aircraft turn around and land due to wildlife issue,” said Sidhu. First responders attended the scene, fortunately no one was injured.

“Any time there’s an incident public safety is first. We will work with our partners and review the processes.”

Witness reorts suggest loud “booms” could be heard from the ground below at the time of the incident. Some suggested they’d seen smoke or fire.

Passengers speaking to CTV News in Abbotsford described the moments of panic on board.

“We hit bumps – it felt like speed bumps,” Bruce Mason said.

“The lights would come off and on. Over at the window seat, they start yelling, ‘Fire! Fire!'”

Fadhl Abu-Ghanem, who was able to see out the window, said he saw flames coming out of the engine and felt the heat.

“A flight attendant comes and I said, ‘The right engine’s on fire!’… I started texting my mom saying, ‘Something’s wrong with the airplane. I love you.'”

A Facebook post from a woman who said she was also on the plane at the time said passengers were told “one of the engines sucked up some geese.”

She said they smelled smoke in the cabin, and were told the 737 was turning around because it was down to one engine.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 06:33

18 Years ago today: On 11 September 2001 four hijacked U.S. airliners crashed in New York, Washington and Somerset, killing 265 occupants and thousands on the ground.

Date: Tuesday 11 September 2001 Time: 08:46 Type: Boeing 767-223ER Operator: American Airlines Registration: N334AA C/n / msn: 22332/169 First flight: 1987-04-07 (14 years 5 months) Total airframe hrs: 58350 Cycles: 11789 Engines:General Electric CF6-80A2 Crew: Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 81 / Occupants: 81 Total: Fatalities: 92 / Occupants: 92 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 1600 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: New York, NY (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America Destination airport: Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America Flightnumber: AA11

In a massive coordinated terrorist attack 19 men hijacked 4 jetliners on the morning of September 11. The hijackers were on a suicide mission and had received orders to take over control of the aircraft and to fly the planes into specified targets. American Airlines Flight 11 departed Boston-Logan for Los Angeles at 07:59. The aircraft was hijacked by five terrorists. The hijackers took over control, reportedly switched off the transponder and changed course to New York. At 08:46 the aircraft was flown into the North side of the 110-story New York WTC North tower in a slightly left wing down attitude, crashed and exploded into the 93rd through 98th floors. According to an FAA study, N334AA struck the WTC at a speed of 494 mph; an MIT study however determined the plane was probably traveling at 429 mph.
The massive fire weakened the tower structure on these floors and the tower collapsed at 10:28. Most of the office workers below the 93th floor were able to evacuate the tower on time before the collapse. Seventeen minutes after Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, the WTC South Tower was struck by a United Airlines Boeing 767, N612UA.
A total of 2,606 people were killed in the World Trade Center buildings, including about 292 on the ground. A precise breakdown of the number casualties relating to Flight 11 (North Tower) and Flight 175 (South Tower) is impossible.
It has been estimated that about 1600 people were killed on the North Tower, and about 900 on the South Tower.

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Today is Tuesday the 10th of September, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:06

After a couple of crazy busy days here in Grand Rapids at the 30th ARFF Working Group Annual Conference, I’ve finally got a few minutes to do some catching up with the news.

It’s great to be seeing old friends and meeting new ones here at the conference. If your around, stop by Booth 11 and say hello!

Here are the stories to get caught up…

Be safe out there!



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Pilot dies after plane crashes into water tower

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 07:25

By Lynn Moore

WHITEHALL, MI – An 80-year-old pilot died late Monday morning after his plane struck a water tower near a middle school. 

The fiery crash occurred in Whitehall north of Muskegon around 11:42 a.m. Sept. 9, said White Lake Fire Authority Chief Gregory Holman.

The single-engine plane struck a city water tower located near Whitehall Middle School and the district’s athletic fields at Sophia Street. Whitehall Police Chief Roger Squiers said the pilot lived east of Whitehall. He did not identify the victim who was alone in the plane.

The plane had left the Fremont Municipal Airport about 45 minutes earlier, Holman said. When fire crews arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and flames, he said.

Squiers said representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration would be investigating the crash. 

“It appears that the plane was on a level flight path, did not veer and did not change the engine speed,” Squiers said. “There did not appear to be any problem with the engine.”

The water tower is located in a populated area and the “potential for injury to innocent civilians is very real” if the plane had crashed elsewhere, Squiers said.

The water tower was shut off from the rest of the water system following the crash and the water and the tower structure will be tested, Squiers said.

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Helicopter crash in Walkerton under investigation

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 07:12

By: Shannon Nolan

JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—Police are investigating a helicopter crash on Poplar Road on Monday.

According to officials, officers were called to the helicopter crash in the 68000 block of Poplar Road around 2:14 p.m.

Poplar Road is closed near the area of the crash as the aircraft is leaking chemicals.

According to the St. Joseph County Police Department, the pilot, 44-year-old Nathan Shrock suffered minor scrapes and refused medical care at the scene.

The Walkerton Police Department said that the helicopter involved was an agricultural sprayer.

The NTSB and FAA have been contacted but the cause of the crash is unknown. The pilot reports that there was some type of engine failure.

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Marine Patrol recover small plane submerged in Lake Guntersville

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 07:09


GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama Marine Patrol recovered a small plane that crashed into Lake Guntersville Saturday afternoon.

Authorities said the crash happened about two miles away from the Little Mountain Marina and a pontoon boat saw the plane crash land and towed it back to the boat dock.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s office told WHNT News 19 the pilot was attempting to land in the water and the aircraft’s skids malfunctioned.

Authorities said the pilot was the only one on board and they were not injured.

Officials said the FAA will be investigating the crash

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UPDATE: Residents talk about seeing plane crash near Henderson airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 07:03

Memorial grows near crash site

By: Joyce Lupiani , Sean DeLancey, , Cinthia Maldonado

UPDATE 9:30 P.M. There are now two confirmed fatalities as a result of the airplane crash in Henderson on Saturday night. First responders and others are expected to be on the scene for several hours. 

The plane was taking off to fly to California when it crashed just south of the airport, according to officials. Two other people have serious injuries and one person has minor injuries. Volunteer Boulevard is closed in the area of the crash.

RELATED: No injuries reported after aircraft makes hard landing Sunday at Henderson airport

Audio obtained via indicates that a door came open on the plane before it crashed. That information has not been confirmed.

The FAA says it was a single-engine Beechcraft Sierra. The aircraft tail number is N24030, which belongs to So Cal Leasing in El Cajon, California. The plane was on the way to Gillespie Field Airport in San Diego. The FAA will investigate the crash and it can take up to one year to determine the cause of the crash..

Four people were killed in 2018 when their plane crashed in California after taking off from Henderson airport.

vintage military plane crashed near the airport in 2017. The plane burst into flames but the pilot was able to walk away.

A plane on its way from Porterville, California, to Nashville, Tennessee, was forced to divert to Henderson in 2016. It crash landed just short of the runway. The two people on board were not injured.

family of 5 was killed in 2015 when their plane crashed on its way from northern California to Henderson. The plane crashed near Bakersfield. It was supposed to land in Henderson.

HENDERSON (KTNV) — A small, private plane crashed on Saturday night at the Henderson Executive Airport.

According to Henderson Fire Department, 5 people were injured. One person is dead and the other 4 people have been transported to a local hospital.

Three of those transported have serious injuries and 1 person has minor injuries.

The plane crashed just south of the airport off of Volunteer Boulevard. It crashed as it was taking off, according to a spokesperson for McCarran International Airport.

Henderson Fire Department spokesperson Kathleeen Richards says that the plane, which is a single-engine prop plane, had a mechanical issue and was attempting to turn around and go back to the airport when it crashed. The plane was planning to fly to California when it took off.

Richards also said that one of those people injured was a Good Samaritan who rushed to the plane crash to try and help those on board. That person suffered minor smoke inhalation.

Volunteer Boulevard is currently closed.

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Plane crash kills as fly-in set to start in Oregon

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 06:56

By Andrew Selsky

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As dozens of horrified pilots and other aviation enthusiasts looked on, a small plane took off Friday from an airfield in the scenic Oregon town of Hood River then plummeted to the ground after its engine cut out, killing the pilot and his passenger.

The crash occurred as an annual “fly-in,” where hundreds gather to view planes, many of them antiques, was about to start.

One of the people killed was Ben Davidson, chief pilot for a museum of antique planes and cars that hosts the event, Hood River County sheriff’s Deputy Joel Ives said. Also killed was Matthew Titus of Turlock, California, who was piloting the Super Cub airplane, Ives said.

Ives said the two men were apparently related.

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a two-seat, single-engine monoplane, introduced in 1949 by Piper Aircraft.

Witnesses said the plane probably didn’t get more than 100 feet (30 meters) off the ground when the engine cut out, almost caught, and then cut out again, Ives said. The weather was clear, with scattered clouds and light winds.

Davidson was chief pilot for the Western Antique Airplane & Automobile Museum, which hosts the Hood River Fly-In, being held on Saturday and Sunday.

A woman who answered the phone at the museum, located alongside Hood River’s Ken Jernstedt Airfield, said she could not comment, and hung up. Ives said the museum owned the crashed plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified, and an FAA representative, who may have been off duty and happened to be nearby, already visited the scene, Ives said.

Video footage showed the yellow airplane had broken into pieces upon impact. The rear fuselage was intact, bearing the logo of the U.S. Air Force from 1947.

“The main cockpit was extremely mangled,” said Ives, who got to the scene after fire department and emergency medical services arrived. No one on the ground was hit, he said.

Hundreds of people flock to the airfield, located less than three miles (five kilometers) from the Columbia River, for the Hood River Fly-In.

“There are lots of fly-ins. Pilots fly in with their personal planes and line them up for viewing by the public,” Ives said.

The event features bi-plane rides, a Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, pilot seminars, aircraft restoration workshops and book signings. One of the books is “Fumes and a Prayer: How to Live at the Edge and Still Be Home for Dinner,” by Dennis Bauer.

The fly-in is still planned, the museum indicated on its Facebook site. Hours after the crash, it posted photos of some of the planes that have arrived. It made no mention of the crash.

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1 person dies in plane crash near Lady Lake

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 06:53

By: Jason Kelly

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – One person died Friday afternoon in a plane crash near Lady Lake, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said someone called 911 after seeing the single-engine plane crash near Singletary and Marion County roads.

Investigators said they combed the crash scene for evidence.

They said it is unknown to where the plane was traveling.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Small Plane Makes a Miraculous Crash Landing at Walla Walla Airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 06:51

A quick flight from Prosser to Walla Walla for a lunch date nearly ended in tragedy when a small private plane’s landing gear failed…

According to the Walla Walla Sheriffs office the small plane which was carrying 4 passengers were able to crash land the plane safely at the Walla Walla regional airport after the planes landing gear failed. It was a very scary situation for all of those on board and fortunately no one was injured in the incident.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 06:49

43 Years ago today: On 10 September 1976 a British Airways Trident collided with an Inex Adria DC-9 over Vrobec, killing 176 people.

Date: Friday 10 September 1976 Time: 10:14 Type: Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 3B Operator: British Airways Registration: G-AWZT C/n / msn: 2320 First flight: 1972 Total airframe hrs: 8627 Cycles: 6952 Engines:Rolls-Royce Spey 512-5W Crew: Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9 Passengers: Fatalities: 54 / Occupants: 54 Total: Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 63 Collision casualties: Fatalities: 113 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Vrbovec (   Croatia) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom Destination airport: Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey Flightnumber: BE475

Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 3B operated by British Airways as flight BE476 and a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, operated by Inex-Adria Aviopromet, were destroyed when both aircraft crashed near Vrobec following a mid-air collision. All 176 on board both aircraft were killed.
The Trident was on a scheduled flight from London-Heathrow Airport in England to Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport in Turkey, carrying 54 passengers and a crew of 9. The aircraft took off at 08:32 GMT and the flight proceeded normally. First contact with the Zagreb Area Control Centre was established on the Upper Sector frequency 134,45 MHz at 10:04 GMT. The flight was requested to report passing the Zagreb VOR at flight level 330.
The aircraft flew along the centreline of airway UB5 with slight side deviation 1-2 km to the right due to wind. At 2 minutes and 50 seconds before the collision, the aircraft changed heading to 115° to head back towards the airway centreline. Airspeed was 295 Kts.
The DC-9 departed Split Airport at 09:48 GMT to fly 108 West German tourists back to Cologne. Flight JP550 was issued instructions to climb to FL180.
At 09:54 the flight, on passing flight level 130, switched to the Zagreb Area Control Centre lower sector east frequency of 124.6 MHz, receiving clearance to climb to FL240 and later to FL260.
At 10:03 the crew switched to the frequency of the middle sector controller, responsible for safety and regulation of traffic between flight levels 250 and 310. This controller cleared to flight to FL350.
The aircraft assumed a heading of 353° and a speed of 273 Kts as it passed a beam and to the west of the KOS NDB, approximately 2-3 km from the airway centreline. While heading towards the Zagreb VOR, the flight crew radioed the Upper Sector controller on frequency 134,45 MHz at 10:14:04 GMT and reported that they were climbing through FL325. The controller then requested, in Serbo-Croatian, flight JP550 to maintain their present altitude and report passing the Zagreb VOR. The controller stated that an aircraft was in front passing from left to right at FL335, while in fact BE476 was at FL330. At 10:14:38 the crew replied, also in Serbo-Croatian, that they where maintaining FL330.
Three seconds later both aircraft collided. The outer five meters of the DC-9’s left wing cut through the Trident’s cockpit. Due to the sudden decompression, the forward part of the Trident’s fuselage disintegrated. The remaining part of the fuselage struck the ground tail-first. With it’s left wing torn off, the DC-9 tumbled down and hit the ground right-wing first

Probable Cause:

CAUSES OF THE ACCIDENT: “1) Direct cause of the accident was the struck of the DC-9 wing into the middle side of the TRIDENT THREE fuselage which occurred at the height of 33.000 feet above Zagreb VOR so that both aircraft became uncontrollable and fell on the ground.; 2) Improper ATC operation; 3) Non-compliance with regulations on continuous listening to the appropriate radio frequency of ATC and non-performance of look-out duty from the cockpits of either aircraft.”

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Today is Friday the 6th of September, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 08:41

Here are the stories to close out this week.

Safe travels for those heading to Grand Rapids for the ARFFWG Annual Conference. I’ll be getting in tomorrow evening and look forward to seeing everyone there…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!


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Two Men Killed In Morgan County Plane Crash

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 08:38


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Two men were killed in an airplane crash in Morgan County.

Authorities with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office identified the pilots as Samuel Cortright, 34, and Kenneth Cram, 50, on Thursday.

Sgt. Craig Tillet said the plane took off from Evanston, Wyoming, with Cortright and Cram on board. Both were pilots. 

The two men were aboard a Cessna 210 and were last heard from around 3 a.m. Thursday. Concerns that the plane might have crashed came after a woman contacted authorities, concerned that her husband never made it home.

“To the best of my knowledge, it’s a company that flies helicopters and planes, checking pipelines,” Tillet said.

Farmer Scott Reese said deputies informed him Thursday morning that the plane might have gone down somewhere on his property, based on a ping that placed the plane around that area. Reece said that he, along with his son, found it quickly after looking in some of the steeper terrain there. Reece said based on the wreckage, it looked like plane struck the ground hard.

“These two guys did not suffer,” Reese said. “I mean once they had the bugeebees scared out of them, knowing that they were done, there was instant death. I don’t think they had a chance, no suffering at all. And it was very difficult … There’s going to be some sad families tonight.”

A search began for the aircraft after GPS coordinates were obtained through the plane’s company.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will investigate the cause of the crash.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From New Orleans Pitts Accident

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 08:35

Airshow Performer Franklin Augustus, TV Reporter Fatally Injured When The Plane Went Down

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred August 16th that fatally injured “Drug Fighter” Franklin Augustus and nationally-known TV reporter Nancy Parker. 

Augustus was giving an aerobatic ride to Parker, who was working on a documentary about his work. According to the report, the Pitts S2B aerobatic airplane, N600DF, registered to Drug Fighter LLC, was destroyed following a forced landing shortly after takeoff from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW).

Part of the documentary being produced by Parker included a local flight in the pilot’s aerobatic airplane. The takeoff was filmed. The film shows the airplane’s run up and takeoff from runway 36R at NEW. Initial review of the film shows the airplane lift off the runway and climb out, then turn to the left toward a downwind. Tower personnel at KNEW reported that the pilot requested a return to the airport via radio shortly after takeoff. The pilot did not specify the reason for wanting to return. The tower acknowledged the pilot to return to the airport.

According to witnesses and tower personnel, the airplane was flying on what appeared to be a left downwind toward runway 36, heading south of the airport. The airplane continued flying south and did not return toward the airport. Witnesses observed the airplane in what appeared to be in a steep descent, before impact in an open field about .8 miles south of the airport.

Evidence at the accident site showed that the airplane impacted the ground about 45-degrees nose down. A post impact fire consumed most of the airframe. The accident site was documented and the wreckage was transported to a secure facility for detailed examinations of the airframe and engine. A review of the airplane’s historical maintenance logs was conducted and no deficiencies were noted.

(Source: NTSB. Image from file)

FMI: Report

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 08:33

34 Years ago today: On 6 September 1985 a Midwest Express DC-9-14 crashed shortly after takeoff from Milwaukee, WI following a catastrophic failure of the right engine; all 31 occupants.

Date: Friday 6 September 1985 Time: 15:21 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14 Operator: Midwest Express Registration: N100ME C/n / msn: 47309/393 First flight: 1968 Total airframe hrs: 31892 Cycles: 48903 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27 Total: Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 0,5 km (0.3 mls) SW of Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE) (   United States of America) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), United States of America Destination airport: Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America Flightnumber: 105

Midwest Express Airlines Flight 206, DC-9 N100ME arrived at Milwaukee (MKE) at 13:15 on September 6, 1985. It departed Milwaukee at 13:36 and arrived in Madison at 13:55 after an uneventful flight. At Madison, N100ME was designated as flight 105 to Atlanta (ATL), with an intermediate stop in Milwaukee. Flight 105 departed Madison at 14:25 and arrived at Milwaukee, on time and without incident, at 14:41.
About 14:49, the first officer of flight 105 contacted Milwaukee Tower to request an instrument flight rule (IFR) clearance to Atlanta. The clearance was received. The Atlanta forecast included a 1,000-foot ceiling, visibility 2 miles, thunderstorms and rain showers.
At 15:12, the Before Engine Start Checklist was read and accomplished in accordance with Midwest Express operating procedures. Engine start was commenced at 15:14 and the After Start Checklist was accomplished. The first officer requested clearance to taxi to runway 19R for departure. About 15:17:50, the Taxi Checklist was completed, and the engine pressure ratio (EPR) and airspeed reference bugs were set to 1.91 and 133 knots, respectively. Both indications were correct for the departure conditions applicable to flight 105. At the conclusion of the Taxi Checklist, the captain advised the first officer “Standard briefing …” At 15:19:15, the first officer reported to the tower local controller, “Milwaukee, Midex 105, ready on 19R.” Flight 105 was cleared to “position and hold” on runway 19R. The captain called for the Before Takeoff Checklist, which was completed in accordance with the COM. Flight 105 was cleared for takeoff at 15:20:28; the first officer acknowledged the clearance. The captain operated the flight controls, and the first officer handled radio communications and other copilot responsibilities during the takeoff. The Midwest Express DC-9 Flight Operations Manual required the use of
standard noise abatement takeoff procedures during all line operations, unless precluded by safety considerations or special noise abatement procedures. At the time flight 105 departed, noise abatement procedures were in effect. Midwest Express also utilized “reduced thrust” takeoff procedures (at the captain’s discretion) to extend engine life. The flightcrew was complying with the reduced thrust and standard noise abatement takeoff procedures.
The takeoff roll and liftoff were normal, with liftoff occurring near the intersection of the midfield taxiway and runway 19R, about 4,200 feet from the start of the takeoff roll. Rotation to the takeoff attitude occurred at 140 knots. The DC-9 accelerated to 168 knots with a rate of climb of about 3,000 feet/minute, indicating a normal two-engine initial takeoff flightpath. At 15:21:26 N100ME was about 7,600 feet down the runway, reaching a height of 450 feet above the ground. At that moment there was a loud noise and a noticeable decrease in engine sound. The captain then remarked “What the # was that?” The first officer did not respond. At 15:21:29, the local controller transmitted, “Midex 105, turn left heading 175.” At the time of his transmission he observed smoke and flame emanating from the right airplane engine. The captain asked the first officer, “What do we got here, Bill?” The first officer did not respond to the captain but advised the local controller, “Midex 105, roger, we’ve got an emergency here.” Two seconds later, the captain said, “Here”; again there was no response. Neither pilot made the call outs for “Max Power” or “Ignition Override-Check Fuel System,” which were part of the Midwest Express “Engine Failure after V1” emergency procedure. Meanwhile the airplane began to deviate substantially to the right and the heading changed from 194 degrees to 260 degrees in eight seconds. The vertical acceleration dropped sharply to about 0.3 G and increased to a value of 1.8 G. At that point the airplane stalled. This accelerated stall occurred at a KIAS of about 156 kts

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The flight crew’s improper use of flight controls in response to the catastrophic failure of the right engine during a critical phase of flight, which led to an accelerated stall and loss of control of the airplane. Contributing to the loss of control was a lack of crew coordination in response to the emergency. The right engine failed from the rupture of the 9th to 10th stage removable sleeve spacer in the high pressure compressor because of the spacer’s vulnerability to cracks.”

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