ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Plane crashes near Converse Avenue, no injuries reported

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:00

Updated at 6 p.m.: New information added to the story including updating the specific location.

Update at 5:10 p.m.: The roads are now open to traffic. 

CHEYENNE – Converse Avenue between Dell Range and Pershing Boulevard was closed for about an hour Thursday following a single-engine plane crash in the field east of the road.

The private plane landed just before 3 p.m. near the road due to engine difficulties.

Cheyenne Regional Airport Director of Aviation Tim Barth said the man piloting the plane had recently purchased it and was taking it on a short flight from another airport to Cheyenne.

But when the airplane got over the city, the unidentified pilot started noticing difficulties.

“The engine just quit on him,” Barth said.

The pilot then did “the best thing he could,” which is to find a flat, large field for a safe landing, Barth said.

Neither the pilot nor his passenger were hurt. 

As of early Thursday evening, the plane was still sitting near Converse Avenue, but the road had opened up around 4:45 p.m.

Barth said the plan was to transport the plane back to Cheyenne Regional Airport for storage.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the plane is a fixed-wing single-engine aircraft manufactured in 1976.

The FAA will conduct an in-depth investigation.

The C-130 military transport aircraft parked above the scene of the accident was not related. That plane just had a flat tire, Barth said.

https://www.wyomingnews.com/news/local_news/airplane-crash-reported-near-converse-avenue/article_bc31b524-701a-11e8-8313-c3e6bb677928.html

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One injured after helicopter hits control tower at Griffiss International Airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:57

by CNYCentral

ROME, N.Y. — Officials are investigating an accident at the Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County.

Oneida County Office of Emergency Services confirm a helicopter came into contact with a control tower at the airport around 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Officials say six military personnel were on board the helicopter, which was taxiing at the time of the incident.

Oneida County Sheriff Deputies say one passenger on board suffered minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.

Authorities also say the control tower suffered minor damage.

Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente Jr. says the helicopter suffered more damage than the airport structure.

The National Transportation Safety board will investigate the accident.

Officials remained on scene for hours after the accident to make sure the area remained secure.

Griffiss International Airport is open.

http://cnycentral.com/news/local/military-personnel-injured-in-helicopter-accident-at-oneida-county-airport

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Plane Crashes Northeast Of Eureka Springs

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:55

BY MELISSA JONES AND SETH STEPHENSON

CARROLL COUNTY (KFSM) — Carroll County investigators and first responders were called to a report of a plane crash Thursday (June 14) afternoon. 

Errol Severe, president of Aviation Cadet World, said the plane that crashed was an Aeronca L-16 historic military aircraft. The plane was taking off from Silver Wings Field off of County Road 207 northeast of Eureka Springs when it crashed.

The plane came to rest approximately 75 yards east of the airstrip and was intact following impact.  Initial reports indicated smoke coming from the plane, however there was no fire, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause of the crash.

The pilot, Marlyn Atkinson of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, sustained facial injuries and was taken to Eureka Springs Hospital.  No other persons were aboard the craft, Severe said.

Butch Waller, a volunteer at Aviation Cadet World, said he watched the plane take off and then crash.

“He took off to the north, he banked for some reason or another at the end of the runway,” Waller said “He just turned it real sharp to the left like he wanted to land in the parking lot field over there and he didn’t make it. He just went down.”

Waller and others immediately drove to the plane to make sure the pilot was okay.

He said Atkinson seemed dazed and asked if the plane was okay.

Waller explained it was just pure chaos even after the first responders arrived to help.

The pilot had purchased the aircraft from Aviation Cadet World and had planned to transport it back to Kansas, Severe said.

http://5newsonline.com/2018/06/14/plane-crash-reported-northeast-of-eureka-springs/

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Vancouver bound flight makes emergency landing at Calgary airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:53

A WestJet flight was forced to return to Calgary shortly after takeoff on Thursday after a fire indication light came on in the cargo area of the plane.

The Boeing 737 was on its way to Vancouver when crews were alerted to an issue in the cargo hold.

The crew declared an emergency and the plane returned to Calgary where it touched down safely.

Calgary firefighters responded to the airport at about 6:50 a.m. and officials say they discovered smoke in the cargo space.

Passengers were taken off of the plane and were rebooked on a new flight soon after.

WestJet says the plane has been removed from service and is being inspected.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-bound-flight-makes-emergency-landing-at-calgary-airport-1.3973412

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ARFF Staffing Survey

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:51

June 2018

Dear ARFF Working Group Member

The ARFF Working Group (ARFFWG) is assisting Michael Nolan who is a member in good standing and retired Aircraft Firefighter Instructor with the US Navy and seeking information for a project in hopes of increasing staffing in ARFF.

We request you complete the survey in order to provide necessary information to him on staffing for his research paper. The research data that is collected and analyzed will be shared with the ARFFWG.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time, and is completely voluntary. Your response and time is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cut and paste the following into an Email addressed to:

michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Don’t forget to add your answers to the following questions.

On the airport, during air carrier operations;

  1. How many ARFF staff are on duty per shift?
  2. How many ARFF trucks are provided at the airport?
  3. How many ARFF fire trucks are manned for an aircraft emergency?
  4. What positions are manned on each ARFF fire truck responding to an aircraft emergency?
  5. How many designated rescue personnel are assigend per shift who actually mitigate aircraft cabin fires and extricate passengers in the event of an aircraft crash (not to be interpreted as all shift personnel are rescue qualified in an emergency response.)?
  6. How many EMT or Paramedic personnel are on duty per shift?

What is the off-airport mutual aid response time to the airport?

If you have any further questions please Email Mike at  michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Thank you for your time, Michael Nolan Sr – Retired Aircraft Firefighter and Aircraft Firefighting Instructor

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:50

46 Years ago today: On 15 June 1972 a Cathay Pacific Airways Convair CV-880-22M-21 crashed following a bomb explosion killing all 81 on board.

Date: Thursday 15 June 1972 Time: 05:59 UTC Type: Convair CV-880-22M-21 Operator: Cathay Pacific Airways Registration: VR-HFZ C/n / msn: 22-7-1-53 First flight: 1961 Total airframe hrs: 29434 Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 71 Total: Fatalities: 81 / Occupants: 81 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 55 km (34.4 mls) SE of Pleiku (   Vietnam) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand Destination airport: Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong Flightnumber: 700Z

Narrative:
Cathay Pacific Flight CX 700Z took off from Bangkok (BKK) at 04:55 UTC bound for Hong Kong (HKG). The flight proceeded normally along airway Green 67 at a cruise altitude of FL290, maintaining routine radio contact first with Bangkok ACC and from 05:42 with Saigon ACC. At 05:59 a high explosive device detonated within the passenger cabin centre section area. Some passengers’ seats were ejected through a hole in the fuselage. Portions of the fuselage and possibly some seats struck the vertical and horizontal stabilizers, causing severe damage. Simultaneously the floor of the cabin, centre fuselage section, and starboard wing root were disrupted. The CV-880 lost control, entered a high-speed descent and broke up. The aircraft crashed in a jungle area, lightly wooded with small trees.
It appeared that the explosive device was hidden in a suitcase under a passenger seat on the right side near the wing. A police officer whose fiancée and daughter were aboard was charged with the crime.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The aircraft broke up in the air and caught fire following the detonation of a high explosive device within the passenger cabin.”

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Today is Thursday the 14th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:30

Here are the stories for today.

Please take a few moments to read and participate in the ARFF Staffing Survey identified in the first article…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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ARFF Staffing Survey

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:25

June 2018

Dear ARFF Working Group Member

The ARFF Working Group (ARFFWG) is assisting Michael Nolan who is a member in good standing and retired Aircraft Firefighter Instructor with the US Navy and seeking information for a project in hopes of increasing staffing in ARFF.

We request you complete the survey in order to provide necessary information to him on staffing for his research paper. The research data that is collected and analyzed will be shared with the ARFFWG.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time, and is completely voluntary. Your response and time is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cut and paste the following into an Email addressed to:

michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Don’t forget to add your answers to the following questions.

On the airport, during air carrier operations;

  1. How many ARFF staff are on duty per shift?
  2. How many ARFF trucks are provided at the airport?
  3. How many ARFF fire trucks are manned for an aircraft emergency?
  4. What positions are manned on each ARFF fire truck responding to an aircraft emergency?
  5. How many designated rescue personnel are assigend per shift who actually mitigate aircraft cabin fires and extricate passengers in the event of an aircraft crash (not to be interpreted as all shift personnel are rescue qualified in an emergency response.)?
  6. How many EMT or Paramedic personnel are on duty per shift?

What is the off-airport mutual aid response time to the airport?

If you have any further questions please Email Mike at  michaelnolan688@yahoo.com

Thank you for your time, Michael Nolan Sr – Retired Aircraft Firefighter and Aircraft Firefighting Instructor

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2 dead, plane ‘disintegrated’ in Burlington County crash

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:24

by Joseph A. Gambardello & Will Feuer – Staff Writers

Two men were killed Wednesday morning when a small passenger plane crashed in a rural part of Springfield Township, Burlington County. 

The plane came down about 9:15 a.m. along Smithville-Jacksonville Road near Oxmead Road, plowing through a field and across a roadway before tearing into a stand of trees, officials and witnesses said.

“The plane is disintegrated,” said Maj. Brian Polite of the New Jersey State Police. The victims’ names were not immediately released because their families were being notified.

Officials reported that the plane took off from South Jersey Regional Airport in Lumberton, about 10 miles southwest of the crash scene, and was en route to Hyannis, Mass.

The two men aboard the plane were pronounced dead at the scene, Polite said.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is sending a team to investigate the crash, said the plane was a twin-engine Beech Baron 58, which can carry six people, including the pilot.

Polite said the NTSB team was expected to arrive Wednesday night and would take over the investigation.

Garret Andrew Rodriguez-Maribona, 27,  of Eastampton, who discovered one of the victims, said he was on his way to a doctor’s appointment when the plane came down.

“It went so fast. It was like smoke just appeared,” he said. “There was so much smoke I couldn’t see the plane crash. In the smoke I saw a dark shadow cross the road.”

He stopped his car and got out.

“I saw a bunch of metal and thought maybe something underground blew up,” Rodriguez-Maribona said. “Other people started pulling up and getting out of their cars. That’s when I saw the shoe, glass, all that metal. I saw the propeller and I knew it was a plane.”

“If I had been speeding it might have hit me,” said Rodriguez-Maribona, who called 911. Rodriguez-Maribona said he and another man looked for victims.

“On the way back we decided to look at the plane and I didn’t see anything,” he said. “The other guy I was with went behind the plane and looked under the tail, and that’s when we found the body.”

He said he stayed at the scene until police told him he was no longer needed.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” he said.

Cellphone video showed debris scattered along a path that ran from a field across the a roadway and into a wooded patch.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/small-plane-crash-new-jersey-burlington-county-20180613.html

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Fatality reported after Alaska midair crash; 1 pilot safe

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:21

By Dan Joling | AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A midair collision Wednesday sent a small airplane plummeting into Alaska’s Susitna River, killing a person on board. 

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed one fatality in the crash north of Anchorage, Alaska. The pilot of the second airplane made a safe emergency landing at an Anchorage airport.

Clint Johnson, chief of the NTSB Alaska regional office, said multiple callers contacted Alaska State Troopers after the collision shortly after noon.

“He indicated that as he was headed back to Anchorage, he saw an airplane that was basically nose-to-nose with him,” Johnson said. “He was able to pull up, but subsequently his landing gear struck the airplane.”

The impact severed the nose cone of the second airplane.

The surviving pilot, flying a Cessna 175, landed on a dirt landing strip at Lake Hood Seaplane Base, part of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the city’s main airport, shortly before 1 p.m.

The pilot had departed from a remote fishing site and was flying over the Susitna River in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The second pilot was not injured, Erich Scheunemann said, an assistant chief for the Anchorage Fire Department, which responded to the emergency landing.

The first airplane fell immediately. Johnson said the second pilot circled and used his radio to contact another pilot and summon assistance before flying on to Anchorage.

Emergency responders spotted wreckage of the first airplane partially submerged in the Susitna River where it flows into the saltwater of Knik Arm. Some debris landed on shore.

The wrecked plane was another “high-wing” Cessna, possibly in the 206 or 207 series, Johnson said.

The NTSB by mid-afternoon had not confirmed whether the pilot was the only person on board or details of the pilot’s departure and destination. The name of the person confirmed dead was not immediately released because next of kin had not been notified.

Johnson said Brice Banning, an NTSB senior aircraft accident investigator, was traveling from Fairbanks to the crash site to determine how to salvage the wreckage and investigate the crash.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fatality-reported-after-alaska-midair-crash-1-pilot-safe/2018/06/13/0599e632-6f67-11e8-b4d8-eaf78d4c544c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.622910a10581

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Pilot walks away from plane crash near Fort Dodge airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:19

Aircraft lands nose down in farm field

CHAD THOMPSON, Reporter

Allen Bass, of Fort Dodge, was standing at the end of his driveway visiting with a neighbor Tuesday afternoon when he spotted a small blue plane in the skies to the east.

It was flying as low as the treetops, he said.

“This plane was coming in real low,” Bass recalled as he stood at his home located at 1569 National Ave. “I heard the propeller. I heard him cranking on it.”

He added, “He brought it down real slow. It was just gliding — it was slow motion.”

The plane landed in a bean field near 160th Street and National Avenue, with the nose down and the tail sticking up.

The field is just north of the Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

“It didn’t nose dive or nothing,” Bass said. “If he could have made it to the runway, I don’t think he would have crashed it at all.”

The incident was called in by Bass at 3:18 p.m.

It was the first time he had seen anything like it after having lived near the Fort Dodge Regional Airport for many years.

“I’ve had parachuters land in my yard, but never a plane that close,” he said. “It was something you’d see in the movies.”

The pilot, Ralph Sonnicksen, 76, of Fort Dodge, reportedly crawled out of a window on the plane shortly after the crash.

He was seen up and walking around. He had a smile on his face a short time later as he sat in the passenger seat of a Fort Dodge police car.

According to Geof Miller, Webster County sheriff’s deputy, Sonnicksen suffered minor cuts and bruises, but was otherwise OK.

The pilot had taken off in the plane from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport, Miller reported.

Sonnicksen reported to officials that he made it to about 800 feet elevation when he began to have engine trouble.

He flew northeast, but the engine died, Miller said.

Sonnicksen noticed another aircraft in the area and decided to land in the bean field, he told officials.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department reported that Sonnicksen “even tried to land with the crop rows to reduce the damage to field and aircraft.”

According to online Federal Aviation Administration records, Sonnicksen manufactured the fixed wing single-engine plane.

Bass seemed to think the pilot did quite well given his situation.

“They say landings are just controlled crashes,” Bass said. “I’ll call it a controlled crash.”

Along with Webster County sheriff’s deputies, the Fort Dodge Police Department, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Badger Volunteer Fire Department, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center paramedics, Webster County emergency management, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, and the Fort Dodge Regional Airport maintenance department, responded.

The Federal Aviation Administration is anticipated to arrive today to conduct an investigation, Scott Forbes, Webster County emergency management coordinator, reported.

http://www.messengernews.net/news/local-news/2018/06/pilot-walks-away-from-plane-crash-near-fort-dodge-airport/

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Protesters in PNG’s Mendi torch plane, shut airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:18

Protesters in the Papua New Guinea southern Highlands town of Mendi have torched a plane and closed the airport. 

Earlier the local police station commander Gideon Kauke had said police were guarding the aircraft to ensure there was no further damage after its tyres had been flattened.

But he said his team of about ten police couldn’t contain a mob of uncountable numbers, particularly after missiles were thrown, forcing them to retreat; “we were guarding the plane but compared to them we were outnumbered and they came in all directions, all corners. Missiles were thrown, bush knives were thrown.”

Mr Kauke said some of the protestors, who continue to behave menacingly in Mendi as their numbers build up, were carrying guns.

He said the protest was in response to a court ruling in Waigani confirming the election of the Southern Highlands governor William Powi.

Governor Powi’s success in last year’s election had been challenged by Joseph Kobol and Bernard Peter Kaku.

He said the protestors alleged there was foul play in the court decision.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/359621/protesters-in-png-s-mendi-torch-plane-shut-airport

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Step in the right direction: Decontamination of PPE must include boots

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:11

Your firefighter boots require inspection and cleaning, just as thorough as the rest of your turnout gear

Product News with Robert Avsec

Shoes can be gross. We wear them everywhere. They collect everything – dirt, bacteria, germs, chemicals and mold spores, just to name a few – as we wear them throughout the day. And, then, most of us walk straight into our homes without removing them, only to transfer all that contamination to our carpets and rugs.

GROSS DECONTAMINATION OF FIREFIGHTER BOOTS

Imagine what your firefighting and station boots track into the station: road debris, petroleum residue, contaminated mud and dirt, blood and body fluids. While many fire stations have non-carpeted surfaces for easy cleaning, most dormitory areas are still carpeted. So, what’s in your carpet?

Hopefully, your fire department prohibits bunker pants and boots in the living quarters of your station. But, do you still walk into the kitchen at 2:00 a.m. after returning from a call wearing your bunker pants and boots? Be honest.

We’re paying more attention to conducting gross decontamination of our firefighting protective ensemble components before leaving the fire scene, and that’s a good thing. But what about your firefighting boots? Are they getting a good scrubbing, and not just a rinse from the water flowing down from above?

WHAT DO THE GUIDELINES SAY ABOUT CLEANING FIREFIGHTER BOOTS?

NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting doesn’t provide specific guidelines for cleaning firefighter boots to the degree that the standard addresses cleaning for turnout coats and pants.

According to Pat Freeman, technical services manager at Globe Manufacturing, for normal cleaning, such as surface debris from a structural fire, Globe advises their customers to use a soft sponge or rag with warm water to remove surface dirt, and then rinse thoroughly with clear water.

“Although we normally advise against using soap or detergents for everyday cleaning, if a boot requires specialized cleaning, we would recommend a very mild dishwashing detergent solution be used sparingly, and then the footwear rinsed off as soon as possible,” Freeman said. “It is permissible to use a soft bristle brush to scrub any dirt or debris off the surface. We do not recommend submerging the boots completely into water.”

Freeman also said that following cleaning, boots should be allowed to air dry. Firefighters should avoid using high heat drying apparatus, such as mechanical driers used for turnout coats and pants, as these can also reduce boots’ service life, especially for leather boots.

“Regular inspection, care and cleaning of all protective ensemble elements is critical to firefighter health and safety,” Freeman said. Firefighters work and walk around in structural fireground environments and come in contact with liquids such as acids, gasoline and hydraulic fluids, to name just a few. “Departments must include boot cleaning at as high a priority as all other structural firefighting protective ensemble elements.”

About the author

Batt. Chief Robert Avsec (Ret.) served with the Chesterfield (Va.) Fire & EMS Department for 26 years. He was an instructor for fire, EMS, and hazardous materials courses at the local, state and federal levels, which included more than 10 years with the National Fire Academy. Chief Avsec earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s degree in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a 2001 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s EFO Program. Contact Robert at Robert.Avsec@FireRescue1.com.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:10

46 Years ago today: On 14 June 1972 a Japan Air Lines McDonnell Douglas DC-8-53 crashed near Jaitpur, India, killing 82 out of 87 persons on board.

Date: Wednesday 14 June 1972 Time: 20:18 Type: Douglas DC-8-53 Operator: Japan Air Lines – JAL Registration: JA8012 C/n / msn: 45680/213 First flight: 1964 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D- Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 76 Total: Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 87 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 4 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 20 km E of Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) (   India) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand Destination airport: Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India Flightnumber: JL471

Narrative:
The DC-8 took off from Bangkok at 11:21 UTC on a flight to Delhi, India. Clearance for a straight-in ILS approach to Delhi runway 28 was given at 14:43 UTC. Shortly after reporting 23DME, the aircraft struck the banks of River Yamuna.
The first officer was Pilot Flying during the approach to Delhi.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Japanese investigators claimed a false glide path signal to be responsible for the descent into terrain. Indian investigators say the accident was caused by a total disregard of laid down procedures by the crew and abandoning all instrument indications without properly ensuring sighting of the runway.

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Today is Wednesday the 13th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:56

Here are the mid-week stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Plane skids off runway in Key West

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:55

By Doug Phillips – South Florida Sun Sentinel

A landing gear mishap sent a small plane skidding off the runway at Key West International Airport Tuesday morning, officials said.

While coming in for a landing shortly before 7:30 a.m., the small, twin-engine plane ended up sliding off the north side of the runway, according to Monroe County officials.

The two people aboard the Beechcraft Travel Air were not hurt during the incident.

However at least one takeoff — a Delta Airlines flight — was delayed as the runway was closed for a short time so the plane could be moved.

The runway reopened shortly before 8:30 a.m.

There was no immediate word on what caused the plane’s landing gear to malfunction.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-key-west-plane-runway-20180612-story.html

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Twin Otter Stuck in Ditch at Airport in Equador

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:53
Date: 12-JUN-2018 Time: Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 Owner/operator: Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana Registration: FAE 452 C/n / msn: 560 Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: Other fatalities: 0 Aircraft damage: Unknown Location: Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE/SEGU) –    Ecuador Phase: Taxi Nature: Departure airport: Destination airport:

Narrative:
A DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 operated by the Ecuador Air Force ran off the taxiway and became stuck in a ditch.

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Small plane goes off runway, flips over at Deer Valley Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:50

By azfamily.com News Staff

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) –

A small plane has gone off the runway and flipped at Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a small “tail dragger” airplane that went off the runway and flipped over in the dirt.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, only the pilot was on board and he was not hurt.

He was able to get out of the aircraft on his own.

The north runway has been shut down.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/38407365/small-plane-goes-off-runway-flips-over-at-deer-valley-airport

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Westover to hold training exercise simulating plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:49

By Jeanette DeForge

CHICOPEE – A training exercise is scheduled to be held at Westover Air Reserve Base and the adjacent Westover Metropolitan Airport Wednesday afternoon.

The drill will simulate an aircraft accident. Multiple members of Westover’s 439th Airlift Wing will join with the Massachusetts State Police, Chicopee Fire and Police departments and others for the training exercise, said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, acting chief of public affairs.

“These exercises provide crucial crisis response training for our many first responders,” said Col. Howard Clark III, acting 439th Airlift Wing commander. “Our exercise organizers aim to ensure an efficient and effective response in the event of an accident. Another goal of the exercise is to reinforce emergency response training before our Great New England Air and Space Show in July.”

https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/westover_to_hold_training_exer.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:47

22 Years ago today: On 13 June 1996 a Garuda Indonesia Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 crashed after aborting takeoff at Fukuoka, killing 3 out of 275 occupants.

Date: Thursday 13 June 1996 Time: 12:08 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Operator: Garuda Indonesia Airways Registration: PK-GIE C/n / msn: 46685/284 First flight: 1979 Total airframe hrs: 46325 Engines:General Electric CF6-50C Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15 Passengers: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 260 Total: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 275 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Fukuoka Airport (FUK) (   Japan) Phase: Takeoff (TOF) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF), Japan Destination airport: Denpasar-Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport (DPS/WADD), Indonesia Flightnumber: GA865

Narrative:
Flight GA865 was a regular flight from Fukuoka Airport (FUK) to Jakarta with an en-route stop in Denpasar (DPS), Bali. At 11:55 the DC-10 was pushed back from gate 5. The crew reported “Ready for taxi.” In reply, Fukuoka Ground instructed the aircraft: “Taxi via E2, contact Tower.” The crew taxied to runway 16 and were instructed by the Tower controller to hold short. After waiting for another plane to land, Flight 865 was cleared to taxi into position and hold. At 12:06:53 takeoff clearance was given. The DC-10 accelerated for takeoff. The nose was raised and at a speed of 158 kts the first officer called “Rotate”. It was 12:07:40. Three seconds later, at a radio altitude of 9 feet, a fan blade of the 1st stage HP turbine from the no. 3 engine separated. The N1 dropped to 23,7% within a few seconds. At 12:07:45 the flight engineer called “”Engine failure number one.” Takeoff was aborted at about the V2 speed and the airplane contacted the runway one second later at a vertical acceleration force of 2.1 Gs.
The thrust reversers were deployed and ground spoilers were extended. The DC-10 skidded off the runway through a ditch, fence and a road, before coming to a halt 620 m past the runway threshold.
Investigation revealed that the turbine blade that failed, had operated for 30913 and 6182 cycles. General Electric had advised customers to discard blades after about 6000 cycles.

Probable Cause:

The causes of the accident were as follows: “Although the CAS was well in excess of V1 and the aircraft had already lifted off from the runway, the takeoff was aborted. Consequently the aircraft departed the end of the runway, came to rest and caught fire. It is estimated that contributing to the rejection of the takeoff under this circumstance was the fact that the CAP’s judgement in the event of the engine failure was inadequate.”

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