ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Hurricane Irma: Reports roof flew off the fire station at Naples Airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 06:59

The roof of the fire station at Naples Municipal Airport has been ripped off by Hurricane Irma, said Christopher Rozansky, the airport’s executive director.

No one was at the fire station, and no reports of injuries, Rozansky said.

“It was built in the 80s, so we knew it likely wasn’t going to withstand this,” he said.

At least one hangar has been lost, Rozansky said.

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/09/10/hurricane-irma-reports-roof-flew-off-fire-station-naples-airport/651809001/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 06:58

56 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 Total airframe hrs: 688 Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 71 Total: Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 77 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane 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

Narrative:
After a normal flight from Orly Airport, Paris, Flight 2005, Paris-Rabat-Casablanca, reported over the Rabat-Sale Airport, where meteorological conditions were unfavourable owing to thick, low fog which reduced horizontal visibility and ceiling. The pilot reported his intention to attempt a break-through over the nondirectional beacon; the control tower immediately replied that that facility was not in line with the runway, but the message was not acknowledged. The aircraft crashed to the ground at 2109 hours GMT. The aircraft was completely destroyed by impact and the fire which followed.

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 Monday the 11th of September, 2017 – Sixteen years have passed since innocent civilians, police officers and our brothers were murdered when our nation was attacked. Rest In Peace. Never forget!

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 08:01

FIREFIGHTER’S PRAYER

When I’m called to duty God wherever flames may rage
grant me the strength to save a life whatever be its age

Help me to embrace a little child before it is too late 
or save an older person from the horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently put the fire out

I want to fill my calling Lord and give the best in me
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property

And if according to your will I am to lose my life
God bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Don’t Be Be Distracted – 9/11/17 – Orio Palmer (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:58

All,

With so much going on, specifically the horrible storms causing so much of the damage and death that we have seen in Texas, Louisiana – and now the Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida – our best thoughts and prayers go out to anyone and everyone who is impacted.

As those folks and those assisting them must continue to deal with the devastation, and while we all should and will do whatever we can to support them….please take time tomorrow to avoid distraction. The rest of us cannot be distracted from the fact that it is-once again-9/11. 9/11 killed and continues to kill nearly everyday and must never be forgotten.

Continues to kill: Nearly 6,000 people directly related to 9/11 are fighting cancer today. 

Today is 9/11/2017 and while so much can be, will be and has been said about this 16th year, please keep those who are still suffering from the murders and attempted murders of 9/11 in your hearts and prayers. The 9/11 murders continue. Never forget?

We cannot and will not forget any aspect of 9/11/01.

A VIDEO FROM AN FDNY BATTALION CHIEF’S SON ABOUT HIS DAD:

HERE IS A VIDEO that hasn’t been viewed as much as perhaps it should…it highlights just one of so many who gave their lives while trying to save others.

FDNY Battalion Chief Orio Palmer… a video provided by his son:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP51TrbyfsI

Please keep those who continue to suffer medically and emotionally-and those who work to help them, in your prayers and ceremonies tomorrow, 9/11/2017.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 9/10/2017 1930 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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A letter to share with you from retired FDNY R-2 FF Lee Ielpi

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:56

Yet another year has passed since September 11, 2001. Thank you to all of you, our brothers and sisters who stood with us in the aftermath and who continue to remember our darkest day. Today, as we pause to remember, please also include in your hearts and remembrance those who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 from WTC related illnesses.

September 11th is a difficult day for not only myself and the 9/11 community, but for the world. It brings back so many painful memories from sixteen years ago. However, I firmly believe that we must channel our pain to do something positive and educate people about the events of 9/11. If a new member of your department was not on the job that day, take the time to make sure they understand why we said we would “NEVER FORGET”.

As Billy always reminds us, “Take care. Be Careful. Pass it on.” Take time in your department to plan ahead. How would you respond to a terrorist attack? The #1 finding of the 9/11 Commission was that we never imagined it would happen. Take the time to be prepared.

If you are in NYC, I welcome you to come to the 9/11 Tribute Center www.tributewtc.org. Located right next to FDNY 10/10 firehouse, on the south side of the WTC site, it is a special place where families, survivors, first responders and residents of the WTC are able to share their stories with students and visitors from around the world.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 – here in New York, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA and with all who have become ill since the attacks. You paid the ultimate price for your commitment to serve others.

In loving memory of my son, Jonathan Ielpi, FDNY Squad 288, and all of our brothers.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

Lee Ielpi

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4 DEAD AFTER A DUKE LIFE FLIGHT HELICOPTER CRASHES IN EASTERN NC

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:49

BELVIDERE, NC (WTVD) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol said four people are dead in a Duke Life Flight helicopter crash in Perquimans County near Belvidere in eastern North Carolina. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Eurocopter MBB-BK went down around 11:30 Friday morning near Swamp Road and Sandy Cross Road close to the Amazon US Wind Farm East wind turbine complex.

The Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

Following the incident, Duke Health officials issued this statement:

“With deep sorrow we can confirm that a Duke Life Flight helicopter crashed early this afternoon near Belvedere, North Carolina. We are in the process of directly confirming information related to this incident and will share more information as it becomes available.”

Authorities said the helicopter was flying to Duke Medical Center from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center when it crashed.

Duke University Hospital President Kevin Sowers said they are mourning the loss of two staff nurses, a pilot, and a patient.

The helicopter and its crew were based at Johnston Regional Airport, aiport officals said.

“Our county’s leadership joins many others around the region and the state in expressing our great shock and sadness over today’s tragedy,” said Jeff Carver, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. “Our hearts, minds and prayers are with the families of those who were on board the Duke Life Flight aircraft, and we offer them our condolences and support in the difficult days, weeks and months ahead.”

To honor the deceased, Duke University lowered their flags Friday evening.

Duke University Hospital has grounded their Life Flight service until further notice.

Duke has a fleet of aircraft to transport patients in need of critical care.

The sheriff’s office has yet to release the names of those involved or how the crash occurred.

However, Sheriff Shelby White said an eyewitness claims they saw smoke coming out of the chopper as it was hovering before it crashed.

4 dead after a Duke Life Flight helicopter crashes in eastern NC

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Troy Gentry killed in Medford helicopter crash

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:47

MEDFORD – One half of a popular country music duo was killed in a helicopter crash here Friday afternoon.

Troy Gentry, of the band Montgomery Gentry, died when the helicopter in which he was a passenger crashed at the Flying W Airport just south of the runway, police said. 

The pilot of the helicopter, 30-year-old James Evan Robinson of Medford, also was killed.

The aircraft went down around 12:37 p.m. The band had been set to perform Friday evening at the airport, which also houses a resort.

Gentry’s singing partner, Eddie Montgomery, was at the airport waiting for him to arrive when the helicopter crashed, police said.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry … was tragically killed in a helicopter crash,” the band reported on their verified Twitter account about 4 p.m.

Vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, both Kentucky natives, began performing with other bands in the 1990s before forming Montgomery Gentry in 1999. The band has collaborated with Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five for Fighting, and members of The Allman Brothers Band.

They recorded six albums for the Nashville Division of Columbia Records that produced 20 chart singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the No. 1 hits “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”, “Something to Be Proud Of”, “Lucky Man”, “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll with Me.” Other songs have been hits in the top 10 on country charts.

In 2009 they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. The Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association both named them Duo of the Year in 2000. Every year since they have been nominated for that award by both associations.

In 2013, in an interview with the Des Moines Register, the singers said that after nearly 20 years together, they were still having fun.

“I reckon we’re like a married couple, sort of,” Montgomery said. “You hear horror stories all the time about duos, but we’ve always just been friends having fun and making music.”

Medford Police Chief Richard Meder said officers were called to the airport at 12:40 p.m. for reports of a helicopter having difficulty in the air.

The flight had taken off from the airport and was attempting return, police said.

“We were there within a minute, but shortly after our arrival, the helicopter went down short of the runway in a wooded and swampy area,” the chief said.

“We were able to extricate one of those passengers and transported him to Virtua (Marlton Hospital), where he was later pronounced dead. The passenger was later identified as Troy Gentry.”

Robinson, the pilot died at the scene, and rescue crews worked for hours to remove his body from the mangled wreckage. Robinson, a helicopter pilot at the Flying W’s flight school, recently moved to Medford and originally was from Meigs, Ga., police said.

Meder said Montgomery had been at the airport, waiting for Gentry’s arrival, when the accident occurred. “There were witnesses there who were able to identify” Gentry, the chief said.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the Schweitzer 269 “crashed in a wooded area off the end of runway 1.” Arlene Salac said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

The helicopter was registered with Helicopter Flight Services, which is based at the airport. A message seeking comment was not immediately returned.

A person who answered a phone at Flying W, which straddles Medford and Lumberton townships, said the airport did not plan to make a comment on the crash.

News of Gentry’s death reverberated throughout the country music community.

Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and the Grand Ole Opry both tweeted that they were “heartbroken.” Shooter Jennings called Gentry a friend, saying: “I had great times with him. I’m stunned, angry and upset at the moment. I’ll miss you.”

Gentry was a fan of Kentucky basketball and was dedicated to his wife, Angie, and their daughter, Kaylee. But the duo’s longtime publicist, Craig Campbell, said what defined Gentry professionally is his admiration for country music fans.

“One of the greatest things about those guys is he and (Eddie Montgomery) loved their fans,” Campbell explained. “Everybody says that, but everything they did was for their fans.”

Blake Chancey, former senior vice president of A&R at Sony Music, signed Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery to a record deal in 1998 after seeing them play at the Grapevine in Lexington.

“The club was filled with friends and family the night I went to see them,” Chancey recalls. “After the first song, the whole club turned around and looked at me — like they were staring holes through me. I was scared to death. I had to sign them so I could get out of there alive,” he joked.

“I love those guys,” he continued. “I’m beyond words. … My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.”

Gentry’s recent years were marked with loss and struggle. In 2014, he grieved the death of his brother, Keith. Their father, Lloyd Gentry, died Aug. 13 of this year.

Two years ago, the 19-year-old son of Eddie Montgomery died suddenly in an unspecified accident.

Gentry was also by Montgomery’s side as he battled prostate cancer in 2010. That experience gave him insight and courage a few years later when his wife, Angie McClure Gentry, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was eventually declared cancer-free in 2015.

“Angie and I are pretty deeply faithful people,” he told The Tennessean that year.

There were career setbacks, as well. Gentry’s image never fully recovered after a 2004 hunting incident, in which he used a bow and arrow to kill a captive bear in a 3-acre private enclosure. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. In 2010, he faced a new round of criticism after an animal-rights group posted video of the incident. In a public statement, Gentry apologized for “the unethical way the bear was taken.”

“I have learned my lesson, and have paid a huge price, both personally and professionally. Since this happened, I know in my heart that I am a different and better person.”

That same year, Montgomery Gentry was recognized for their charitable work by the Academy of Country Music. They earned the organization’s humanitarian award for their work with the U.S. military, the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee and St. Jude’s Research Hospital, among others.

The duo’s most recent album, “Folks Like Us,” was released in 2015. Last year they re-signed with former label Average Joes Entertainment with immediate plans to work on new music.

The Tennessean contributed to this report.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2017/09/08/helicopter-crashes-lumberton-airport/646542001/

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Father, son killed after plane crashed in Benicia

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:45

BENICIA, Calif. (KCRA) —

A father and son were killed after their plane crashed in Benicia Saturday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said.

Perry Vallee, 67, of Arcadia, and Preston Vallee, 43, of Concord, were identified as the two people on board when the plane crashed Saturday. The plane was found Sunday.

The plane was flying from Buchanan Field in Concord to Arcata-Eureka Airport Saturday when it crashed for unknown reasons, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate.

No other details were released.

http://www.kcra.com/article/irma-s-fury-rips-roof-off-in-miami/12213010

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Pilot suffers non life-threatening injuries after ultralight crash southwest of Coweta

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:44

From Staff Reports

COWETA — A pilot suffered nonlife-threatening injuries after the ultralight aircraft he was flying on Sunday night crashed southwest of Coweta, authorities said.

Authorities got the call about a plane down about 7:30 p.m. The plane was found crashed near 175th Street South and 209th East Avenue.

The male pilot was treated by Coweta firefighters at the scene, then taken to an area hospital by Coweta EMS.

Neither his name nor age were released Sunday night.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

In addition to Coweta Fire, officials with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa Fire Department, Tulsa Police Air, Wagoner County Emergency Management and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to the crash.

It is not known at this time where the flight originated from. We will have updated information as it becomes available.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/communities/wagoner/pilot-suffers-non-life-threatening-injuries-after-ultralight-crash-southwest/article_81ee5a2e-96a0-11e7-ae5b-97ea77fd05e8.html

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Small plane crashes near Priest Lake, no serious injuries

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:42

COOLIN, Idaho –

Firefighters are investigating after a small plane crashed near Priest Lake in Coolin, Idaho, Sunday afternoon.

Coolin Fire Chief Peggy Smith reports four people were in the plane when it crashed trying to take off from a grass air strip at Cavanaugh Bay. Smith says there were minor injuries as a result of the crash, but no one was taken to the hospital.

The plane landed nose down up against a fence.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation Sunday.

Additional details were not immediately available.

http://www.khq.com/story/36332541/small-plane-crashes-near-priest-lake-no-serious-injuries

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Small Plane Crashes on James Madison Highway in Louisa County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:41

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) –

A pilot and his family are safe after their plane crashed this evening along Route 15 in Louisa County. 

A pilot from New York and his family came crashing down around 7:30 p.m. on September 10.

First responders on the scene say the engine failed in the family’s plane, and they had to perform an emergency landing.

“As the pilot came into the field, he did an excellent job of landing in this field right here. You can see the only damage that occurred was to the fence right here. He has to be commended for keeping the plane under control and bringing it in safely,” said Micheal Schlemmer, Louisa County fire captain.

The family of four was flying from buffalo, New York to Greene, North Carolina when the pilot says he was having engine trouble.

Emergency crews say the pilot was trying to land the plane at a nearby airport, but it began to go down.

The plane crashed in a field and then bounced into a fence.

Everyone on-board the plane escaped without injuries, and no one was hurt on the ground.

http://www.nbc29.com/story/36332531/small-plane-crashes-on-james-madison-highway-in-louisa-county

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Plane forced to return to Irish airport after being struck by lightning

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:39

The plane is currently being examined by engineers

A plane was forced to return to a Belfast airport after being struck by lightning this afternoon.

The Flybe plane, which travelled from the George Best Belfast City Airport and was heading to the East Midlands had 74 passengers onboard and had to turn around after 3.30pm on Sunday, according to Belfast Live .

Those onboard the flight were safely taken off and the plane is currently being examined by engineers.

Richard Lennon, who was onboard the flight, said that passengers were left in shock.

He said: “We were about 15 minutes into the flight, I was looking out of the window and saw a big flash of lighting and sparks flying.

“At first I thought a bird was flying into the wing – however the pilot advised that we were hit by lighting and said we would need to turn around and fly back to Belfast.

“It wasn’t a massive bang but you could see the lighting. Everyone looked at each other and was wondering what was going on. The staff on the plane was excellent made sure everyone was OK.

“A staff member on the plane said they’d been flying 19 years and had only seen it happen three times.”

A Flybe spokesman: “Flybe can confirm that flight BE365 travelling from George Best Belfast City Airport to East Midlands this afternoon returned from airborne as a precautionary measure due to a lightning strike.

“The aircraft landed as normal and the 74 passengers and crew disembarked without incident.

“Engineers are currently inspecting the aircraft. Arrangements are being made to enable passengers to complete their journey as soon as possible.

“The safety of passengers and crew is always Flybe’s number one priority and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delay.”

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/plane-forced-return-irish-airport-11146150#ICID=sharebar_facebook

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Today is Friday the 8th of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:49

We close this week with one big comment;

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions that have been or are going to be affected by hurricane Irma, currently heading straight towards Florida. To my many friends in the Southeast and to all our Brothers and Sisters in the path of this thing, stay strong and stay safe!

Here are the stories for this Friday…

Be safe out there!

Tom

 

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One dead: Plane crashes on road north of Winnipeg

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:39

By Canadian Press

ANDREWS, Man. – RCMP say a plane that crashed near a small airport north of Winnipeg, killing the pilot, had been taken without the owner’s consent.

Police say the 29-year-old man from Thunder Bay, Ont., was a licensed pilot who knew the owner.

Officers were called to the crash site near St. Andrews Airport about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Pictures from reporters at the scene showed the shattered wreckage of the single-engine Beech A23-19 strewn across Highway 8.

The highway, which leads from Winnipeg north to Gimli, had to be closed in both directions.

Police said there are no indications anyone else was on board.

The RCMP and Transportation Safety Board are working together on the investigation.

A spokesman with STARS air ambulance said one of its helicopters was initially dispatched to the crash site, but did not land because it was not medically required.

The St. Andrews Airport is a small, not-for-profit, community-owned airport just north of Winnipeg city limits.

On its website, it says it is a certified pilot training facility and is home to two companies that train pilots.

It also lists several charter companies as its tenants.

One dead: Plane crashes on road north of Winnipeg

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Cherry Capital Airport Hosts Aircraft Fire, Rescue Training

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:37

Throughout Wednesday you may have seen clouds of smoke coming from the Cherry Capital Airport. No worries because it was all part of a special aircraft fire and rescue training.

It’s a requirement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have a training like this every year.

The Traverse City Fire Chief, Jim Tuller says the training is so valuable they would have one anyway.

All day they use unique tactics to fight aircraft fires and mock rescues.

Chief Tuller says, “It’s pretty realistic, we have a soundtrack that has screaming passengers and such and we have training smoke in the aircraft itself so the visibility is very down. It’s as realistic as we can make it.”

The training included Grand Traverse Metro Fire and an instructor from Minnesota.

http://www.9and10news.com/2017/09/06/cherry-capital-airport-hosts-aircraft-fire-rescue-training/

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Dennis Smith (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:36

All,

There is hardly an Firefighter worldwide who hasn’t been impacted by now retired FDNY Firefighter Dennis Smith. From his best-selling books including REPORT FROM ENGINE CO 82 and REPORT FROM GROUND ZERO to being the founder of FIREHOUSE Magazine and so much more…Dennis has had a very positive impact at all levels of our profession.

While Dennis has done so much for so many, he is now facing very significant health challenges of his own. His closest friends are asking if firefighters, fire companies and fire departments could simply send Dennis a signed get well card with your fire dept or company patch or sticker attached-it would do wonders in raising his spirits as he faces these tough medical challenges. Unfortunately Dennis cannot access social media and is unable to receive phone calls, so a “snail mail” get well card as described above is the best way to express all of our best wishes.

Please send it ASAP to:

Firefighter Dennis Smith

Heartland Health Care & Rehab Center
5401 Sawyer Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

Thanks so much…without a doubt Dennis will be blown away and super energized when he hears from so many.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/7/2017-1800 Hours

www.FirefIghterCloseCalls.com

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:35

23 Years ago today: On 8 September 1994 a USAir Boeing 737 crashed after losing control on approach to Pittsburgh, PA killing all 132 occupants.

Date: Thursday 8 September 1994 Time: 19:03 Type: Boeing 737-3B7 Operator: USAir Registration: N513AU C/n / msn: 23699/1452 First flight: 1987-09-24 (7 years) Total airframe hrs: 23846 Engines:CFMI CFM56-3B2 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 127 / Occupants: 127 Total: Fatalities: 132 / Occupants: 132 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Aliquippa, PA (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America Destination airport: Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America Flightnumber: US427

Narrative:
Flight 427 was approaching Pittsburgh runway 28R when ATC reported traffic in the area, which was confirmed in sight by the first officer. At that moment the aircraft was levelling of at 6000 feet (speed 190 kts) and rolling out of a 15deg left turn (roll rate 2deg/sec) with flaps at 1, the gear still retracted and autopilot and auto throttle systems engaged. The aircraft then suddenly entered the wake vortex of a Delta Airlines Boeing 727 that preceded it by approx. 69 seconds (4,2 miles). Over the next 3 seconds the aircraft rolled left to approx. 18deg of bank. The autopilot attempted to initiate a roll back to the right as the aircraft went in and out of a wake vortex core, resulting in two loud “thumps”. The first officer then manually overrode the autopilot without disengaging it by putting in a large right-wheel command at a rate of 150deg/second. The airplane started rolling back to the right at an acceleration that peaked 36deg/sec, but the aircraft never reached a wings level attitude.
At 19:03:01 the aircraft’s heading slewed suddenly and dramatically to the left (full left rudder deflection). Within a second of the yaw onset the roll attitude suddenly began to increase to the left, reaching 30deg. The aircraft pitched down, continuing to roll through 55deg left bank. At 19:03:07 the pitch attitude approached -20deg, the left bank increased to 70deg and the descent rate reached 3600f/min. At this point, the aircraft stalled. Left roll and yaw continued, and the aircraft rolled through inverted flight as the nose reached 90deg down, approx. 3600 feet above the ground. The 737 continued to roll, but the nose began to rise. At 2000 feet above the ground the aircraft’s attitude passed 40deg nose low and 15deg left bank. The left roll hesitated briefly, but continued and the nose again dropped.
The plane descended fast and impacted the ground nose first at 261 knots in an 80deg nose down, 60deg left bank attitude and with significant sideslip.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE :” The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the USAir flight 427 accident was a loss of control of the airplane resulting from the movement of the rudder surface to its blow down limit. The rudder surface most likely deflected in a direction opposite to that commanded by the pilots as a result of a jam of the main rudder power control unit servo valve secondary slide to the servo valve housing offset from its neutral position and over travel of the primary slide.”

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NTSB: Plane crash lands at Anchorage International Airport, citing landing gear problem

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:29

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – A plane landed abruptly Wednesday morning when the pilot on board realized there was a problem with the landing gear, preventing a normal landing.

Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed that the plane touched down at around 6:30 a.m. on runway 15 of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The plane, a Beechcraft King Air, was a medical aircraft with LifeMed, and was transporting a patient along with the pilot and three staff members.

According to Johnson, the NTSB will be investigating exactly what went wrong with the plane, but the landing gear was immediately identified as being a problem area. Johnson said the left side of the landing gear collapsed on landing.

Despite the rough landing, no injuries were reported during the incident. The nature of the flight and the identities of those on board have not been released.

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/NTSB-plane-crash-lands-at-Anchorage-International-442927993.html

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Pilot killed in plane crash at Caernarfon Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:27

One person has died after a light aircraft crashed onto the runway at an airport in north Wales.

Police were called to Caernarfon Airport at 18:29 BST on Wednesday after the plane crashed and burst into flames on the runway.

The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation has begun.

Ch Insp Sharon McCairn, of North Wales Police, said: “A cordon is in place around the site and we are urging the public to remain clear of the area.”

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has sent a team to the airport.

Mark Hancock, a guest at the nearby Morfa Lodge holiday park, said he saw what looked like a twin-engine plane crash as it came into land.

“The first thing I noticed was that the plane had no landing gear on, its wheels weren’t down,” he said.

“It was coming in way too fast and then the bottom of it did a sort of belly flop on the runway. It caught fire and then it bounced back up into the air and when it hit the ground again it burst into flames.

“It was like a massive fireball and there was black smoke everywhere. We could feel the heat from where we were standing. There were bits of plane all over the runway.”

Caernarfon Airport, near Dinas Dinlle, operates training flights and is also home to the Wales Air Ambulance and the HM Coastguard Helicopters operated by Bristow.

Wales Air Ambulance said the crash did not involve any of its aircraft.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-41180580

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