ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

No one hurt after plane makes emergency landing at Kraków airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:11

No one was injured after a passenger plane made an emergency landing at Kraków-Balice Airport in southern Poland on Thursday morning, Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

The Lufthansa plane, flying from Kraków to Frankfurt, Germany, had 50 people on board, according to IAR.

The pilot decided to divert the plane back to the Kraków airport after detecting a problem with the landing gear, which would not retract, IAR said.

The plane touched down safely on a landing strip, it added.

On Wednesday evening, a passenger plane bound from Kraków to the Polish capital made an emergency landing without its front wheels extended at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport.,No-one-hurt-after-plane-makes-emergency-landing-at-Krakow-airport

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FAA investigating why plane nearly landed on wrong runway at San Francisco airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:06


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City nearly landed on the wrong runway at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday morning, ABC7 News has learned.

Aeromexico Flight 668 was given clearance to land on Runway 28R at SFO Airport, but for unknown reasons, the pilots aligned the Boeing 737-800 with the runway next to it, 28L.

At the same time, a Virgin America Airbus A320 was stopped on Runway 28L awaiting take-off to Kona, Hawaii, according to the FAA.

When Air Traffic Controllers noticed the mistake, they ordered the Aeromexico flight to abort the landing one mile from the airport. The pilots complied with the order and landed safely after making a second approach to SFO.

The Virgin America flight departed without incident.

Air Traffic Control audio reviewed by ABC7 News indicated the pilots acknowledged the correct runway they were told to land on.

The FAA said the Aeromexico pilots had been using their instrument landing system during the approach, which provides guidance to the pilots when landing in low visibility.

The FAA plans to interview the pilots as part of their investigation.

Aeromexico has not yet commented on the incident.

Tuesday’s incident follows a near mishap in July 2017 when an Air Canada flight from Toronto almost landed on a taxiway at SFO that was crowded with planes.

The FAA is investigating the Air Canada incident along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Jet part crashes onto moving car as plane takes off from John Wayne Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:04

A part fell from an airliner taking off from John Wayne Airport and landed on a moving vehicle recently in Newport Beach, officials confirmed Wednesday.

No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred Dec. 29.

The motorist, who has not been identified, was driving on Park Avenue near Diamond Avenue on Balboa Island about 4 p.m. when a fuel vent cover smashed onto the hood of his car, according to an account that Lee Pearl, a member of the Balboa Island Improvement Assn., posted on the social media app Nextdoor.

A photograph of the damage shows the vent cover, about the size of a dinner plate, next to a gash on the car’s hood.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency is looking into the incident. He said a plane departing the airport would have been a few thousand feet over Newport Beach at the time the part hit the vehicle.

The FAA has reached out to United Airlines, which was operating the Airbus A320 from which the part fell, and agency inspectors planned to speak this week with the contractor who was fueling the aircraft at John Wayne Airport that day, Gregor said.

“At United, safety is our top priority,” said airline spokesman Charles Hobart. “We are reviewing this incident internally and working with the authorities and manufacturers.”

If the vent cover is missing, a valve keeps fuel from leaking out of the plane, Gregor said.

Pearl, who frequently speaks out about how John Wayne Airport’s departure patterns affect Balboa Island, said, “This is just another example.

“It’s not just the noise and pollution and health impacts,” Pearl said in an interview.

He said the fallen part is a reminder of how catastrophic a plane crash or loss of a larger part could be if it happened in a neighborhood.

Newport Beach residents closest to the airport have been outspoken about planes ascending over residential areas.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:02

59 Years ago today: On 11 January 1959 a Lufthansa Lockheed Super Constellation crashed on Tubiacanga Beach (Brazil), killing 36 out of 39 occupants.

Date: Sunday 11 January 1959 Time: ca 11:20 Type: Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation Operator: Lufthansa Registration: D-ALAK C/n / msn: 4602 First flight: 1955 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29 Total: Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 39 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG) (   Brazil) Crash site elevation: 9 m (30 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR/GOOY), Senegal Destination airport: Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil Flightnumber: LH502

The Super Constellation operated on flight LH502 from Hamburg, Germany to Buenos Aires, Argentina with en route stops at Frankfurt, Paris, Lisbon, Dakar, Senegal and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The crew were cleared to descend from 4200 m to 3000 m when 20 min out from Rio de Janeiro. They were to maintain 3000 m to the KX NDB in preparation for an approach and landing at runway 14. Over KX they were cleared to descend to 900 m. Galeao Approach was contacted and normal position reports were made. The plane descended over Guanabara Bay under rainy conditions and struck the water with the nosewheel. The crew then presumably tried to continue the approach, but the Constellation crashed near Flecheiras Beach, short of the Galeao runway. Crew duty and flight time exceeded the Brazilian limits, but did not exceed the German limitations.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “In spite of an exhaustive investigation it was not possible to determine the actual cause. However, the probable cause was considered to be pilot error in descending below the minimum altitude on final approach. Aircrew fatigue was considered to be a contributing factor.”

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First BelugaXL Transporter Rolls Off Assembly Line

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:29

Next-Generation Super Transporter Is One Of The Largest Aircraft In Existence

The first structurally complete airframe for the new BelugaXL rolled out from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France this month. Once operational, a fleet of these next-generation airlifters will be used to transport completed sections of Airbus aircraft among the company’s European production sites and to its final assembly lines in France, Germany and Spain.

The BelugaXL is one of the most voluminous aircraft in existence, and everything about it speaks to that fact. With a bulging upper forward fuselage and enormous cargo area, the BelugaXL is hardly recognizable as the outsized airlifter version of the Airbus A330-200 jetliner from which it is derived. “We have the A330 as a foundation,” said Bertrand George, head of the BelugaXL programme, “but many changes have been successfully designed, introduced into the aircraft and tested. Transforming an existing product into a super transporter is not a simple task.”

This initial BelugaXL is expected to be flying by mid-2018. “The whole team is really looking forward to seeing its first flight and, of course, its smiling livery,” said George, referring to the supersized smile that will be painted across the ‘face’ of the transporter, the winning design of six options presented to Airbus employees for a vote in early 2017.

Before that can happen, the aircraft will undergo a months-long battery of tests after installation of its two jet engines, ensuring each of the BelugaXL’s systems function as intended. All the while, said George, “We will perform bench tests in Toulouse and Hamburg, Germany – testing our systems on flight simulators and in laboratories” as well as using hydraulic jacks to simulate flight loads on full-scale copies of specific joints between the new upper bubble and A330’s lower fuselage.

“The data from these tests will be used to clear the aircraft for flight and, later on, to attain type certification,” the official pronouncement of the aircraft’s safety and airworthiness, said George.

While the first structurally complete BelugaXL moves into its testing phase, the second A330 to be converted into a BelugaXL arrived on schedule in Toulouse to begin its integration process. George noted that with lessons learned from the production of the first transporter, the assembly time for the second is expected to be about two months shorter.

The BelugaXL programme was launched in November 2014 to address Airbus’ increasing transport requirements. At six metres longer, one metre wider and with a payload lifting capacity six tonnes greater than the BelugaST transporter version it is replacing, the BelugaXL will be able to transport both wings of the A350 XWB jetliner at once, instead of the single wing currently accommodated on the BelugaST. All told, five BelugaXLs are scheduled to enter service for Airbus’ airlift needs.

(Image provided with Airbus news release)


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Brisbane airport alleges air services agency failed to clean toxic firefighting foam

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:28

Airservices Australia sued over use of foam that contained substances suspected of being linked to cancer

Brisbane airport said it warned the nation’s air services agency to clean up firefighting foam contamination six years ago it, but alleges it failed to act. 

The airport’s owners are suing Airservices Australia, a government-owned corporation, over contamination caused by the decades-long use of toxic foam by aviation firefighters.

The foam contained substances known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (Pfas), which United States studies have found to share a probable link with cancer.

The wide-scale use of Pfas throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s has led to contamination crises at fire stations, defence bases, and airports across Australia, most notably at Williamtown in New South WalesOakey in Queensland, and Katherine in the Northern Territory.

Soil and groundwater at three locations at Brisbane Airport were found to be contaminated with Pfas, and a 2012 assessment found there were potential health risks to maintenance and construction workers.

In October, the Brisbane Airport Corporation launched civil action against Airservices in Queensland’s supreme court.

Court documents obtained by Guardian Australia suggest the contamination has spread outside the airport’s boundaries.

They also show the airport wrote to Airservices Australia in October 2012, urging it to develop plans clean up, or remediate, the Pfas contamination.

The airport alleges its request was not heeded.

Airservices developed environmental management plans to monitor groundwater and surface water, and to prevent the use of contaminated water.

But Brisbane airport alleges the management plans did not require any action by Airservices Agency (ASA) to remove or “otherwise deal with” the Pfas contamination itself.

“Notwithstanding [Brisbane Airport Corporation’s] advice regarding its requirement for the [environmental management plans], ASA has failed or refused to … implement any remedial measures to deal with the Pfas contamination of any of the ASA sites,” the documents allege.

The airport claims the failure was a breach of the conditions of the lease agreement between the pair.

The contamination, it alleged, spread due to the movement of groundwater through drainage channels.

The documents do not give an estimate for the clean-up cost. But the airport alleged it had been forced to delay developments on the site, and had borne the costs of investigating the “nature and extent” of the problem.

Contamination is being investigated at a number of other airport sites across the country. Aviation firefighters used a more toxic foam, known as 3M Lightwater, from 1988 until the early 2000s. Airservices Australia, upon learning of the dangers of Pfas, switched to another foam, named Ansulite, incorrectly believing it was Pfas-free.

It continued to use Ansulite until about 2010, when it switched to a Pfas-free product.

Airservices said it was unable to comment on the court case launched by the Brisbane Airport Corporation.

But it issued a statement saying it has been “proactively managing its response to Pfas contamination since 2003”.

“We continue to work with relevant Commonwealth, state and territory regulators and other government agencies to conduct site investigations, share information and contribute to the development of regulatory guidance to identify how best to manage our response to Pfas contamination,” the statement said.

“We continue to invest in research and development activities focused on better understanding Pfas and its potential impacts and identifying practicable solutions to Pfas containment and remediation.”

Airservices has taken steps to ensure any risk to human health is ameliorated for workers.

“It was determined that simple good hygiene practices are sufficient protection against exposure when working on the sites,” the agency said in an information sheet.

Late last year, the United Firefighters Union demanded airport firefighters be given blood tests. The Queensland government has already offered free tests to state firefighters.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:26

64 Years ago today: On 10 January 1954 a BOAC DH-106 Comet crashed into the sea off Elba, Italy, killing all 35 occupants.

Date: Sunday 10 January 1954 Time: 10:00 UTC Type: de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1 Operator: British Overseas Airways Corporation – BOAC Registration: G-ALYP C/n / msn: 06003 First flight: 1951-01-09 (3 years ) Total airframe hrs: 3681 Engines:de Havilland Ghost 50 Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29 Total: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 16 km (10 mls) S off Elba (   Italy) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy Destination airport: London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom Flightnumber: 781

Comet G-ALYP left Rome-Ciampino Airport (CIA) at 09:31 UTC on a flight to London. After taking off the aircraft was in touch with Ciampino control tower by radio telephone and from time to time reported its position. These reports indicated that the flight was proceeding according to the B.O.A.C. flight plan and the last of them, which was received at 09:50, said that the aircraft was over the Orbetello Beacon. The captain of another B.O.A.C. aircraft, Argonaut G-ALHJ, gave evidence of communications which passed between him and G-ALYP. The last such message received by the Argonaut began ” George How Jig from George Yoke Peter did you get my ” and then broke off. At that time, approximately 09:51, the aircraft was probably approaching a height of 27,000 feet. The Comet descended and crashed into the sea off the Island of Elba.
Initial examination and reconstruction of the wreckage of G-ALYP revealed several signs of inflight break-up. Shreds of cabin carpet were found trapped in the remains of the Comet’s tail section; The imprint of a coin was found on a fuselage panel from the rear of the aircraft; and Smears and scoring on the rear fuselage were tested and found to be consistent to the paint applied to the passenger seats of the Comet.
When most of the wreckage was recovered, investigators found that fractures started on the roof, a window then smashed into the back elevators, the back fuselage then tore away, the outer wing structure fell, then the outer wing tips and finally the cockpit broke away and fuel from the wings set the debris on fire.
To find out what caused the first failure, BOAC donated G-ALYU for testing. The airframe was put in a huge water tank, the tank was filled, and water was pumped into the plane to simulate flight conditions. After the equivalent of only 3,000 flights investigators at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) were able to conclude that the crash had been due to failure of the pressure cabin at the forward ADF window in the roof. This ‘window’ was in fact one of two apertures for the aerials of an electronic navigation system in which opaque fibreglass panels took the place of the window ‘glass.’ The failure was a result of metal fatigue caused by the repeated pressurization and de-pressurization of the aircraft cabin. Another worrying fact was that the supports around the windows were only riveted not glued, as the original specifications for the aircraft had called for. The problem was exacerbated by the punch rivet construction technique employed. Unlike drill riveting, the imperfect nature of the hole created by punch riveting may cause the start of fatigue cracks around the rivet.
The Comet’s pressure cabin had been designed to a safety factor comfortably in excess of that required by British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (2.5x P as opposed to the requirement of 1.33x P and an ultimate load of 2x P, P being the cabin ‘Proof’ pressure) and the accident caused a revision in the estimates of the safe loading strength requirements of airliner pressure cabins.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “We have formed the opinion that the accident at Elba was caused by structural failure of the pressure cabin, brought about by fatigue. We reach this opinion for the following reasons: –
(i) The low fatigue resistance of the cabin has been demonstrated by the test described in Part 3, and the test result is interpretable as meaning that there was, at the age of the Elba aeroplanes a definite risk of fatigue failure occurring.
(ii) The cabin was the first part of the aeroplane to fail in the Elba accident.
(iii) The wreckage indicates that the failure in the cabin was of the same basic type as that produced in the fatigue test.
(iv) This explanation seems to us to be consistent with all the circumstantial evidence.
(v) The only other defects found in the aeroplane were not concerned at Elba, as demonstrated by the wreckage. “

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Today is Tuesday the 9th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:00

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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Updated Info re LODD Funeral Philly (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:59

This is an update due to date scheduling changes. The Philadelphia Fire Department has released this information on services for Lt. Matthew LeTourneau. Two public viewings will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, followed by a funeral Mass. The Cathedral is located at 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
Details on the funeral procession and media logistics will be released soon-please follow PFD social media for those updates. .
Thursday, Jan. 11 – 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12 – 9 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 12 – 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa. Arrangements by the O’Leary Funeral Home in Springfield.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 1/8/2017-1700 Hours

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Former airline lobbyist to take over for outgoing FAA chief

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:57


Daniel Elwell will serve as acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) starting this weekend, taking over at a critical time for the aviation agency, the Transportation Department said Friday.

Elwell, a former Air Force lieutenant general and former commercial airline pilot for American Airlines, is currently the FAA’s deputy administrator.

He was previously a senior vice president for safety, security and operations with Airlines for America (A4A), the leading trade group representing most of the nation’s major airlines.

Elwell will replace outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, who was tapped by former President Obama in 2013 to lead the agency for five years. Huerta’s term expires Saturday at midnight.

President Trump said at one point last year that whoever permanently leads the FAA after Huerta should be a pilot.

“Dan’s background as a military and commercial pilot and past leadership positions in FAA and the aviation sector ensures a seamless transition to continue the important mission of the FAA,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in a statement.

Prior to working for A4A, Elwell served as an assistant administrator at the FAA for policy, planning and environment during the George W. Bush administration. He later went on to found an aviation consulting group, Elwell & Associates.

Elwell came back to the FAA last summer when he was appointed to be the agency’s deputy administrator.

He will now be leading the agency at a time when Congress is trying to pass a long-term reauthorization of the FAA, which has been operating under a short-term extension.

Some House Republicans and the airline industry have been pushing to spin off air traffic control from the federal government in the FAA reauthorization, but the proposal has remained stalled in Congress.

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Transportation Safety Board Of Canada Releases T-28 Accident Report

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:56

No Mechanical Issues Found With The Airplane, Board Says

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released an interim report with details about an accident which occurred during the Cold Lake Air Show on July 17, 2016 resulting in the fatal injury of pilot Bruce Evans of Calgary, Alberta CA. 

Evans was flying a vintage T-28 aircraft which impacted terrain at a steep nose-down attitude during his performance at the show. According to the TSB report, Evans participated in the first day of the show on July 16 without incident. During the accident flight, which began at 1340 local time, the first half of the demonstration consisted mainly of aerobatic maneuvers performed as listed in a submission to the air show operator. However, rather than a slow roll, the pilot flew what appeared to be half of a lazy eight followed by a half reverse Cuban, which was performed at show right to accomplish the reversal. It is not unusual for an aerobatic performer to modify the order of maneuvers in a routine to compensate for conditions or for positioning. Such alterations are acceptable provided that they are consistent with the maneuvers in the planned routine.

The pilot flew from show right to left at about 500 feet above ground level (AGL) within the defined airspace for the routine, then entered a roll just before show center. As the aircraft reached the inverted position, the roll stopped and the nose began to pitch toward the ground. The aircraft elevator was seen to move to full up deflection as the aircraft continued toward the ground in an arc until its collision with terrain, in a near-vertical position with a slight right roll.

The aircraft struck the ground at a high velocity, in a near-vertical attitude. It was destroyed by impact forces. The impact site was located among several structures used for provision of airfield services. These included the buildings that housed the precision approach radar equipment and its backup power generator, and twin 1000-gallon propane tanks.

All major components of the aircraft were accounted for at the accident site. Based on the examination of the wreckage, and on the information from the photographs and videos collected, it was determined that the engine and flight controls had been operating normally prior to impact.

(Image provided with TSB Report)

FMI: Full Report

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Active Firefighting Moms (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:54


While this may seem like an unusual request, many of the researchers involved in combating firefighter occupational cancer are leaving no aspect of this important issue uncovered.

In this case, researchers from the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research and University of Arizona are looking for new Moms who are also active Firefighters, running/responding to calls.  With funding from a FEMA AFG Research and Development grant, they will be looking at the safety of breast milk post-fire.

If you are currently a breastfeeding Mom/Firefighter who is actively responding to fires and are willing to participate, please email  For questions, you can email the project Principal Investigator Dr. Sara Jahnke at

Please also share this request to any Firefighter/Moms you are aware of.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 1/8/2018-1514 Hours

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Major US airlines will ban smart luggage with non-removable batteries starting January 15th

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:53

Bags with removable batteries are still allowed

By Sean O’Kane

Starting January 15th, a number of major airlines will ban any “smart luggage” that features a non-removable lithium-ion battery. Delta Air LinesAmerican Airlines, and Alaska Airlineshave all released similar guidelines in the last week that will prohibit these bags from being checked or carried onto flights, and others are reportedly considering joining them.

Travelers will still be allowed to check smart luggage with removable batteries, provided they take those batteries with them in the cabin. Luggage with removable batteries will also still be permissible as a carry-on item.

The move to restrict luggage with built-in batteries was spearheaded by American Airlines and the International Air Transport Association in order to decrease the risk of fires caused by lithium-ion batteries. Airlines have previously banned products like hoverboards and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 over similar concerns.

Tomi Pierucci, the CEO of smart luggage company Bluesmart, says in a statement to The Verge that the ban is “an absolute travesty,” and calls it a “huge step back” for travel technology. Bluesmart’s bags (65,000 of which are in use around the world, according to its website) will be particularly affected by the new restrictions because the company does not make the batteries removable.

Other companies that make smart luggage with removable batteries, like Away, are taking a softer line in response to the news. “Away’s products aren’t impacted by the new ban from American Airlines or any of the other airlines. The new policies are banning luggage with non-removable batteries, and since every Away Carry-On has a removable battery, we’re not impacted,” Away co-founder and CEO Steph Korey says in a statement to The Verge. Josh Udashkin, CEO of smart luggage brand Raden, says, “The only issue with some smart luggage brands is that their lithium ion battery is NOT removable. Raden’s battery is completely removable.”

In a post on Bluesmart’s website, the company says it has “organized meetings with the world’s leading airlines” in an attempt to create an exemption for its product. “We expect to have developments and positive news about these agreements within the coming weeks and before the various carriers implement these new regulations,” the company writes.

Away, however, isn’t taking any further action. “We were in touch with American Airlines in advance of the policy announcement, and we’re not pushing for exemptions or changes,” Korey says.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:51

15 Years ago today: On 9 January 2003 a Peruvian TANS Fokker F-28 collided with a mountain while on approach to Chachapoyas, Peru, killing all 46 occupants.

Date: Thursday 9 January 2003 Time: ca 08:45 Type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 Operator: Transportes Aéreos Nacionales de la Selva – TANS Registration: OB-1396 C/n / msn: 11100 First flight: 1975-11-13 (27 years 2 months) Engines:Rolls-Royce Spey 555-15 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41 Total: Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Chachapoyas (   Peru) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Chiclayo-Capitan FAP Jose Abelardo Quiñones Airport (CIX/SPHI), Peru Destination airport: Chachapoyas Airport (CHH/SPPY), Peru Flightnumber: 222

TANS Flight 222 departed Lima for a scheduled flight to Chachapoyas with an intermediate stop at Chiclayo. It departed Chiclayo at 08:17 and climbed to its assigned cruising altitude of FL190, which was reached approx. ten minutes after takeoff. The F-28 followed the V-3 airway, heading 075deg until 08:32. The crew then turned to the left heading 060deg, maintaining FL190 until 08:36. The flight then descended to FL130. After reaching that altitude five minutes later, the crew extended the speedbrakes in order to decelerate from 280 knots to 210 knots. Fifty seconds later, with the speedbrakes still extended, the crew turned to a heading of 135deg, aligning the plane with Chachapoyas’ runway 13. The turn was accomplished in 45 seconds with a 30deg bank angle course change in 45 seconds. Shortly afterwards the Fellowship struck Cerro Coloque at an altitude of 10350 feet. Rescue workers found the wreckage two days after the crash.
Until 1995 this F-28 was used as the Peruvian Presidential plane.

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Today is Monday the 8th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:25

A sad weekend for firefighters with the Line of Duty Deaths of 3 Brothers, 1 in Philadelphia, Pa. and 2 in Lillers, France. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends, including their Brothers and Sisters in the fire service.

Here are the stories to start this new week…

Be safe out there!


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ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:19

Tragic news out of Philadelphia as a Fire Lieutenant died in the Line of Duty.

Fire Lieutenant Matt LeTourneau, Engine Co. 45 and first alarm companies responded at 0851 hours to the 2200 block of North Colorado Street, a side street off West Susquehanna Avenue near 17th Street. There was a civilian inside and removed by PFD Firefighters-that civilian sadly perished.

While operating, there was an interior structural collapse of the original fire building and the companies of PFD’s special operations unit and from Battalion 8 and 3 were able to enter the building and extricate him-he was pinned in the debris-it took the members approx 30 minutes-and he was treated and transported to Temple Hospital. He was never alone, the rescue efforts started immediately. At 1107 hours he was declared deceased.

Lieutenant LeTourneau was very involved with the recent UL Basement Fire Research Studies and was a deeply respected veteran fire officer, instructor and Firefighter in the Philadelphia and Delaware County area. Matt’s wife is also a volunteer Firefighter at Springfield Township Company 44 in Delaware County and works for ISO. They have no children. We have posted a photo of Matt on our home page.

Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 1/6/2018-1430 Hours



ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:16

January 7, 2018

Tragic news out of northern France, (Lillers, Estrée-Blanche) where a house fire resulted in the Line of Duty Deaths of 2 Firefighters.
As Firefighters entered the dwelling to search for two known additional reported occupants, they became trapped by the fire. The two volunteer Firefighters from Lillers Fire and Rescue were gravely injured…crews found them under very difficult fire conditions. Unfortunately despite all efforts they were declared dead at 0359 this morning. The two young people (ages 16 and 20) they were attempting to rescue also died. The parents were able to escape the house with a 2 year old child.

The 2 Firefighters killed in the Line of Duty were age 21 and 32, respectively. One lived in the neighboring village of Longhem, the other in Lillers. Firefighters Arnaud Dauchy and Jonathan Cottret were part of the Lillers Fire Department.



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Aircraft catches fire after crash with another plane at Toronto airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:04

It was the second such incident at the airport in five months

A jet hit another on the ground at a Toronto airport on Friday, setting the tail of one aircraft alight and prompting passengers to leave the other via an emergency slide. 

Both WestJet and Sunwing confirmed that their planes were involved in the accident at 6.19pm local time at Toronto Pearson International, the second such incident at the airport in five months.

Several hours after the accident the airport said all WestJet passengers were safely at the terminal, adding that one of the airport’s fire and emergency service personnel was undergoing hospital treatment.

“At this time, airport operations have not been significantly affected by the incident but continue to be challenged by the extreme cold weather conditions,” the airport’s statement said.

The panicked shouts and cries of those aboard were audible on one Instagram video shot by a passenger inside the WestJet plane.

The clip showed flames erupting from the Sunwing aircraft, sending black smoke spewing into the frigid night air.

“Our plane was crashed into by another plane right after the pilot announced they were ‘low on staff,'” wrote the user who posted the video, under the handle stephen_belford.

WestJet said on Twitter that the Boeing 737-800 plane had 168 guests and six crew onboard, and had arrived in Toronto via Cancun.

Waiting to proceed to the gate, the aircraft “was struck by a Sunwing aircraft pushing back from the gate”, WestJet said.

“Due to the position of the aircraft on the laneway, WestJet guests required evacuation via emergency slide. Emergency crews were on hand and responded immediately,” the airline tweeted.

The company did not specify if the incident resulted in injuries but said “all 168 guests and six crew are accounted for”.

“We can confirm guests are safely in the terminal and they are in the process of clearing Customs.”

Sunwing said: “There were no Sunwing crew or passengers onboard at the time of the incident,” adding that its aircraft had been “under tow by our ground handling service provider” before the accident. 

Toronto’s weather was clear on Friday night as the temperature plunged close to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

The Transport Safety Board had arrived at the scene and launched an investigation.

The crash is the second such incident at Toronto Pearson in recent months.

In early August, a Canadian and a Polish passenger jet clipped wings on the ground at the airport, causing “serious” damage but no casualties.

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JetBlue flight circles back to Logan Airport after unusual odor detected

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:01

BOSTON — Federal aviation officials are investigating after a JetBlue Airways flight to the Dominican Republic returned to Logan International Airport for an unusual odor coming from the airplane, CBS Boston reports. The airline says passengers and crew members reported not feeling well during Saturday’s flight.

Passengers and crew members reported feeling ill, according to a Jet Blue statement.

“Shortly after departure from Boston, the crew on board JetBlue Flight 1095 to Punta Cana reported an unusual odor and customers and crew members feeling unwell,” the statement read. “In an abundance of caution, the crew elected to return to Boston and was met by medical (personnel). The aircraft will be inspected.”

The flight was in the air for about an hour and 15 minutes before landing.

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said the matter is under investigation.

“JetBlue 1095, an Airbus A320, landed safely on Runway 33L at Boston Logan International Airport tonight 6:25 pm after reporting fumes in the cabin. The FAA will investigate,” the statement read.

According to Massport Media Relations, no one was transported to the hospital.

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