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5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Yorba Linda Neighborhood

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:17

BY KRISTINA BRAVOJOHN FENOGLIO AND BRIAN DAY

Five people died after a small plane crashed into a neighborhood in Yorba Linda on Sunday afternoon, officials said. 

The twin-engine Cessna 414A had just departed the Fullerton Municipal Airport when the incident happened under unknown circumstances, Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration told KTLA.

The pilot of the plane, as well as four people on the ground, died as a result of the crash at about 1:45 p.m., Ornge County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Cory Marino said. Two other victims were hospitalized with burn injuries and a firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

The pilot was initially described only as male, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Those killed in the home were described as two male victims and two female victims.

Witnesses told KTLA the aircraft appeared to catch fire and disintegrate mid-air before wreckage rained down on the neighborhood at Crestknoll and Glendale drives, setting two homes on fire.

“The plane blew up about 100 feet off of the ground. The plane blew up in the sky,” neighbor Jared Bocachica said.

“I come out …it’s raining plane parts from he sky,” he said. “The plane didn’t hit and scatter, it blew up and hit the house.”

Witness video footage showed flames emanating from the plane as it tumbled toward the ground.

Firefighters arrived to find one home engulfed in flames, according the the Orange County Fire Authority. The flames soon spread to a second home.

Flaming aircraft wreckage could be seen strewn throughout the neighborhood.

The debris field covered an area four blocks long, officials said.

The aircraft’s fuselage came to rest in a residential backyard. A man could be seen in video footage using a garden hose to extinguish a flaming piece of wing in the street. 

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the crash, Kenitzer said.

FAA records show Oregon-based KL Management LLC applied for the registration of the plane, which was manufactured in 1981. The registration was pending.

It was not clear Sunday night whether any distress call was made from the plane before the crash. The investigation into the cause of the crash was expected to take months to complete.

Sheriff’s officials said road closures near the crash scene would remain in effect due to the large-scale debris field.

Nearby Glenknoll Elementary School, which authorities were using as a command post for the incident, was to be closed on Monday, sheriff’s officials said.

5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Yorba Linda Neighborhood

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Pilot lands overheating plane on I-35 exit ramp, taxis to Kwik Trip

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:12

By: Sarah Danik, FOX 9

STACY, Minn. (FOX 9) – A small yellow plane made an emergency landing Saturday morning on an Interstate 35 exit ramp in Stacy, Minnesota.

According to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, the plane was overheating and had to make an emergency landing.

The pilot, Michael Robbins, 47, of Green Lake, Minn., saw that his plane was at an unsafe temperature to continue to fly and determined he needed to land quickly, according to Sgt. Steve Pouti of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

“My alarms started going off in my dash to let me know I have a serious problem, and then I started looking for a place to land and that was the best option,” Robbins said.

Robbins decided to use the exit ramp to land and then he taxied the plane to a Kwik Trip parking lot in the area.

“At the time, I stayed calm,” he said. “Afterward, I got worried and started shaking.”

Later, the pilot determined the issue was due to a coolant leak, which he fixed in the parking lot.

“It got cooked onto the muffler, just spraying out there slowly and brought me down,” Robbins added. “That started flashing to let me know I had a serious problem.”

Later, deputies temporarily closed Stacy Trail so Robbins could take off again and fly the plane safely to the Cambridge Municipal Airport, which was his intended destination.

The Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries or damage as a result of the emergency landing. The FAA was notified of the incident, but does not need to get involved because no injuries or damage to property occurred. The landing is not classified as a crash.

In a Facebook post about the incident, the Chisago County Sheriff’s office joked, “We are deciding whether or not to issue him a citation for being quadruple parked though.”

http://www.fox9.com/news/yellow-plane-lands-on-i-35-exit-ramp-taxis-to-kwik-trip-in-stacy-minn-saturday

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MCSO investigating fatal crash at Jumbolair airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:11

ANTHONY — A 56-year-old man was killed in an ultralight glider crash at Jumbolair Airport Saturday afternoon, according to a post on the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The name of the victim had not been released as of early Saturday night, pending notification next of kin, the post stated.

According to the post, deputies and Marion County Fire Rescue personnel responded at 4:26 p.m. to reports of a crash at the airport, which is located at 8857 West Anthony Road in Anthony. Responders found the aircraft had “crashed near the runway” and the pilot was deceased.

The post indicates MCSO Major Crimes will conduct the death investigation and the NTSB and FAA have been “notified of the incident and will be responding to investigate.”

https://www.ocala.com/news/20190202/mcso-investigating-fatal-crash-at-jumbolair-airport

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Small plane crashes into marsh on Knotts Island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:08

By: Taylor O’Bier

KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — A small plane crashed into the marsh on Knotts Island on Saturday, but it’s sole occupant, the pilot, came out uninjured.

Currituck County Fire-EMS crews were dispatched to the 200 block of Island Bay Lane around 5:11 p.m. for reports of the crash.

When they arrived, they found the Cessna aircraft intact, said Currituck County Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton.

The plane’s pilot was able to get out of the plane before emergency crews arrived and was not injured, Melton said.

The pilot had taken off from the Suffolk Executive Airport and reportedly had mechanical issues near the island.

The crash is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board.

https://www.wavy.com/news/north-carolina/small-plane-crashes-into-marsh-on-knotts-island/1748720074

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Socorro plane crash sends pilot to hospital

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:05

By: KRQE Media

SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – Federal agents are trying to find out what caused a plane to crash in Socorro sending a pilot to the hospital.

State Police responded to the crash at the Socorro Airport Friday. They say the small plane’s wing clipped a light pole at some point during the crash.

The Federal Aviation Association started their investigation soon after. The pilot’s condition is unknown.

https://www.krqe.com/news/news-briefs/socorro-plane-crash-sends-pilot-to-hospital/1748494891

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Emergency crews respond to small plane crash in Washington County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:04

By Gephardt Daily Staff

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 1, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A small plane that went down in rural Washington County was located late Friday afternoon.

The pilot and passenger had only minor injuries after the plane, which was trying to land on a snow-covered private runway, flipped upside down.

Officials from Iron and Washington counties worked on the search, as did pilots from SUU Aviation, out of Southern Utah University.

“Today, our great partnership with SUU aviation paid off big,” a statement from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office says.

“A call about an emergency locator transmitter from a down plane was called into the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Pilots from SUU aviation and deputies from Iron County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area only accessible by air or snowmobile.

“They located the pilot and his passenger with minor injuries,” the ICSO statement says. “They were flown from the crash site to an airport in Hurricane. We are happy to report they are safe.”

https://gephardtdaily.com/local/emergency-crews-respond-to-small-plane-crash-in-washington-county/

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Coast Guard to search throughout night for downed plane

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:02

by Gary Detman

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The Coast Guard says it will search throughout the night for a down plane off the coast of Palm Beach, carrying two people and two dogs.

According to the FAA, a Piper PA 32 aircraft crashed into the ocean around 1 p.m. on Friday with two people on board. The Coast Guard says two dogs are also on board. The plane’s tail number is N3016l, and according to FAA records, it’s registered to Simmons Pet Properties LLC., associated with Kenneth Simmons. There’s no official confirmation Mr. Simmons and his wife Alice were on the plane.

According to FlightAware, the plane left the Lantana Airport at 1 p.m., with a scheduled arrival at Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas at 2:15 p.m.

The plane’s track on FlightAware shows it hitting a heavy storm.

The plane made several trips back-and-forth from Marsh Harbor in the past week, according to FlightAware records.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it is assisting the Coast Guard with the search-and-rescue efforts.

The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC-1106) and a 45-foot Medium Endurance Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet to help with the search-and-rescue operation.

The FAA is investigating and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the crash.

https://cbs12.com/news/local/coast-guard-plane-down-east-of-palm-beach

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 08:58

4 Years ago today: On 4 February 2015 a TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600 crashed at Taipei, Taiwan when the crew shut down the wrong engine after an engine failure; killing 43 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 4 February 2015 Time: 10:54 Type: ATR 72-212A (ATR-72-600) Operator: TransAsia Airways Registration: B-22816 C/n / msn: 1141 First flight: 2014-03-28 (10 months) Total airframe hrs: 1627 Cycles: 2356 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 53 Total: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 58 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 5,3 km (3.3 mls) E of Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA) (   Taiwan) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan Destination airport: Kinmen-Shang-Yi Airport (KNH/RCBS), Taiwan Flightnumber: GE235

Narrative:
A TransAsia ATR-72-600 operating as flight GE235 from Taipei to Kinmen Island impacted a highway viaduct and the waters of the Keelung River near New Taipei City shortly after takeoff. Forty-three occupants on board the airplane suffered fatal injuries. Fifteen were injured.
The airplane took off from Taipei-Sung Shan Airport’s runway 10 at 10:51 hours local time and turned right, climbing to an altitude of 1350 feet. At 10:52 the master warning sounded in the cockpit associated with the right engine (no. 2) flame out procedure message. Some 26 seconds later the left hand (no. 1) power lever was retarded to flight idle. After twenty seconds the left engine condition lever was set to the fuel shutoff position resulting in left engine shutdown.
Instead of continuing the climbing right hand turn, the airplane had turned left and began losing altitude and speed with several stall warnings sounding in the cockpit. At 10:53, the flight contacted the Sung Shan Tower controller declaring a Mayday and reporting an ‘engine flameout’. The airplane then turned to the right while the crew attempted to restart the left hand engine.
This succeeded at 10:54:20 hours. Fourteen seconds later the stall warning sounded in the cockpit. Video footage of the accident show that the airplane banked almost 90 degrees left as it hit a taxi on a viaduct. Parts of the left hand wing broke off upon hitting the barrier of the viaduct. The airplane broke up as it impacted the Keelung River and came to rest inverted

Probable Cause:

Findings Related to Probable Causes:
Powerplant
1. An intermittent signal discontinuity between the auto feather unit (AFU) number 2 and the torque sensor may have caused the automatic take off power control system (ATPCS):
– Not being armed steadily during takeoff roll;
– Being activated during initial climb which resulted in a complete ATPCS sequence including the engine number 2 autofeathering.
2. The available evidence indicated the intermittent discontinuity between torque sensor and auto feather unit (AFU) number 2 was probably caused by the compromised soldering joints inside the AFU number 2.

Flight Operations
3. The flight crew did not reject the take off when the automatic take off power control system ARM pushbutton did not light during the initial stages of the take off roll.
4. TransAsia did not have a clear documented company policy with associated instructions, procedures, and notices to crew for ATR72-600 operations communicating the requirement to reject the take off if the automatic take off power control system did not arm.
5. Following the uncommanded autofeather of engine number 2, the flight crew failed to perform the documented failure identification procedure before executing any actions. That resulted in pilot flying’s confusion regarding the identification and nature of the actual propulsion system malfunction and he reduced power on the operative engine number 1.
6. The flight crew’s non-compliance with TransAsia Airways ATR72-600 standard operating procedures – Abnormal and Emergency Procedures for an engine flame out at take off resulted in the pilot flying reducing power on and then shutting down the wrong engine.
7. The loss of engine power during the initial climb and inappropriate flight control inputs by the pilot flying generated a series of stall warnings, including activation of the stick pusher. The crew did not respond to the stall warnings in a timely and effective manner.
8. The loss of power from both engines was not detected and corrected by the crew in time to restart an engine. The aircraft stalled during the attempted restart at an altitude from which the aircraft could not recover from loss of control.
9. Flight crew coordination, communication, and threat and error management (TEM) were less than effective, and compromised the safety of the flight. Both operating crew members failed to obtain relevant data from each other regarding the status of both engines at different points in the occurrence sequence. The pilot flying did not appropriately respond to or integrate input from the pilot monitoring.

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Today is Friday the 1st of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:09

We end the week and start the new month with these stories…

Have a safe weekend!

Tom

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Two Indian fighter pilots die in Mirage crash

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:07

By AFP

Two Indian Air Force pilots were killed Friday when their French-built Mirage 2000 aircraft crashed minutes after take-off.

The single-engine jet fighter aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation was on a test flight after an upgrade carried out by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). 

“Both occupants sustained fatal injuries… Investigation into the cause of accident is being ordered,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

Local media reports said the pilots tried to eject but were caught in flames as the plane exploded at the HAL airport in the southern city of Bangalore. No one was hurt on the ground.

India had signed a $2.4 billion deal with France in 2011 to upgrade 51 Mirage 2000 fighters, which were purchased in the mid-1980s, with new electronic warfare systems and radar.

Last week, the Economic Times daily said the upgrade of the multi-role aircraft had been hit by production delays on part of HAL.

Crashes involving fighter planes are not uncommon in India which is in the midst of upgrading its Soviet-era military.

Most of the accidents involve the MiGs that India bought decades ago from the Soviet Union, earning it the unflattering “flying coffin” tag.

Last July, the pilot of an MiG-21 jet died after the fighter jet crashed in northern Himachal Pradesh state.

India is investing billions of dollars in modernising its air force as fears grow over increasing cooperation between its arch-rival Pakistan and China.

New Delhi has signed a contract to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters from France for $8.8 billion. The jets are expected to be delivered later this year.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6657023/Two-Indian-fighter-pilots-die-Mirage-crash.html

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Plane out of El Paso crashes outside Houston, one person dead

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:05

KATY, Texas – UPDATE: ABC-7 has confirmed with the Texas Department of the Safety the plane had departed from El Paso. According to DPS, the plane was on it’s way from El Paso to Houston.

ABC-7 is working to find our more information on the crash and the victim.

Stay with ABC-7 for more updates.

Original story: Authorities with the Texas Department of Safety said one person is dead following a small plane crash in Katy. According to ABC News, authories said they believe the plane had departed from El Paso.

The plane was found in a wooded area near a neighborhood, according to ABC News.

DPS responded to reports of a low-flying plane Thursday night. Authorites said the plane clipped a power line. The pilot then tried to “nose up” to avoid the power line, but hit it and went nose down.

“So the whole front fuselage is in the ground, so the NTSB and FAA are en route here,” said Sgt. Richard Standifer.

The Cy-Fair Fire Department said there are no survivors, and the person killed is possibly the pilot.

Officials said the accident caused the power in a nearby neighborhood to go out.

https://www.kvia.com/news/texas/plane-out-el-paso-crashes-in-outside-houston-one-person-dead/997207716

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Emergency landing in Church Hill for rescue helicopter

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:03

JEFF BOBO

CHURCH HILL — A Ballad One medevac helicopter made an emergency landing in Hawkins County Thursday morning.

The helicopter was reportedly responding to a medical emergency in Hancock County shortly before 11 a.m. when pilots encountered snow and activated the de-icer, after which they detected smoke, according to Church Hill Fire Chief David Wood. No one was injured in the incident.

Wood told the Times News he was informed by the pilot that their protocol is to land anytime they see or smell smoke.

At 10:49 a.m., the helicopter landed in a field adjacent to Highway 11-W across from Pal’s in Church Hill.

“We checked it and didn’t see anything, but he (the pilot) thought it might be something to do with the de-icing on it,” Wood said. “When they were flying, they got into a little snow. He said that intake above the motor on the top is where that de-icer is located. I didn’t see anything leaking.”

Wood said the flight crew shut off the motor and opened the doors after landing. A mechanic was supposed to be en route Thursday afternoon to determine if the helicopter could be flown back out or would have to be towed.

Wood added, “Good thing no one was hurt, and they followed protocol and set that thing down and got out of it.”

The helicopter is owned and maintained by PHI Air Medical.

On Thursday afternoon, the company issued the following statement to the Times News: “This morning, while responding to an emergency call, our crew made a safe, uneventful precautionary landing. This was out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with our established aviation procedures. All personnel are safe and there is no damage to the helicopter. Our maintenance experts are on scene thoroughly inspecting the aircraft to ensure its return to service.”

http://www.timesnews.net/Health-Care/2019/01/31/Smoke-in-cockpit-prompt-emergency-landing-in-Church-hill-for-rescue-helicopter.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=

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Missing Alaska plane presumed to have crashed, bodies sought

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:01

By Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An air ambulance with three people aboard that vanished in Alaska was presumed to have crashed and the owners said Thursday that they will look for the bodies of the crew.

After an air and sea search of hundreds of square miles, the Coast Guard announced it was suspending the search for the twin-engine King Air 200, which went missing Tuesday while heading to the tiny community of Kake to pick up a patient.

“This was an extensive search effort in some very challenging conditions,” said Coast Guard Capt. Stephen White in a statement. “Suspending a search for any reason is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make.”

A wing part and other aircraft debris were found near the plane’s last known position.

The Coast Guard couldn’t confirm whether it came from the missing plane.

However, Guardian Flight, the medical flight company that owns the plane, announced late Thursday that it will try to recover the bodies of the missing: pilot Patrick Coyle, 63; flight nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30, and 43-year-old Margaret Langston, the flight paramedic.

All were based in Juneau.

“Our hearts are heavy, and we respectfully offer our deepest thoughts and prayers to our lost employees and their families,” Randy Lyman, a company vice president, said in a statement.

https://nypost.com/2019/02/01/missing-alaska-plane-presumed-to-have-crashed-bodies-sought/

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Shutdown May Have Impaired Federal Investigations Into Plane and Highway Crashes

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 07:59

By Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Thomas Fuller

Whenever there is a plane or major highway crash, federal investigators descend immediately to the scene to collect evidence. Their goal is to find the accident’s cause so that future tragedies can be prevented. 

But during the 35-day government shutdown, the National Transportation Safety Board furloughed all but a handful of its 400 staff members. And investigations into at least 18 fatal accidents in the United States that normally would have meant sending experts to the scene were not begun, according to the agency.

Only now are investigators who returned to work this week beginning to examine the accidents, which led to at least 32 deaths. And some experts fear that crucial evidence has been lost.

“Trying to go back after the fact and reconstruct all the facts, elements and circumstances will be very difficult, or impossible,” said Greg Feith, a former senior air safety investigator at the agency who is now a private consultant.

Most of the accidents were crashes of small planes, like one that plunged into Chickamauga Lake, Tenn., on Jan. 7, killing the pilot, Frank Davey, and sole passenger, Lynda Marinello.

Ms. Marinello’s husband, Chris, a pilot for 20 years, said he feared that once the safety board was finally able to examine the wreckage, it would default to a finding of “pilot error” because evidence supporting other causes might have been spoiled with no one from the agency there to safeguard it.

In an interview, Mr. Marinello said that Mr. Davey was a good pilot, and that three cameras were recovered from the wreckage that could yield clear evidence of what brought the plane down. But he worries the information on the cameras may be badly degraded.

“If the N.T.S.B. guys would have been on the scene, they would have understood the importance of getting those SIM cards to Washington or to some facility that had the ability to get the data,” he said. He says he has asked but has not been told where the cards are, or whether they are locked with other wreckage in storage.

While safety board members are appointed by the president, it is an independent federal agency. The potential impairment of so many investigations has prompted some air-safety experts to question why the agency did not keep more investigators working in the United States, even as some were taken off furlough to help with crashes in other countries.

Those included the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610, a Boeing 737 that plunged into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 on board.

“Who made the decision that the board is going to perform some of its functions, but not others?” asked Jim Hall, who was chairman of the safety board during the 1990s, when he said he kept investigators working during government shutdowns.

Mr. Hall added, “The fact of the matter is that if you are not able to respond, you have weakened the investigation.”

Just how much has been lost is not clear. The safety board declined to characterize which investigations had been most impaired by passage of time and spoilage of evidence. 

A spokesman, Christopher O’Neil, said the agency “closely followed” guidance from the federal Office of Personnel Management during the shutdown.

Under the law, Mr. O’Neil said in an email, staff members “could only be recalled to investigate an accident if their work was necessary to prevent imminent loss of life or significant property damage.”

He said agency officials assessed every accident reported during the shutdown. Only two — the failure in late December of a United States-manufactured engine on a South Korean airliner, and the continuing inquiry into the Lion Air crash — met the threshold for recalling furloughed investigators.

But the agency concedes that investigators may never visit some accident sites, and opportunities to learn things that could prevent tragedies have been missed.

Seven people died in a car accident near Gainesville, Fla., this month. Federal accident investigators were not sent to the crash site because of the shutdown.

“Important evidence was lost that we would normally examine following an accident,” Mr. O’Neil said in a statement. That, he added, “potentially could prevent determination of probable cause.”

Another accident not investigated during the shutdown was a fiery multivehicle highway crash in Florida on Jan. 3 that killed five children headed to Walt Disney World, and two others. An eight-member team is being dispatched, the agency said on Wednesday.

In addition, the agency did not gather evidence needed to determine whether investigations were warranted in five other highway, railroad and pipeline accidents that left eight more people dead.

Federal investigators returning to their jobs in many cases will have to rely on information collected by local law enforcement, whose evidence gathering may not be as precise or granular.

And a lot is simply lost, too, by not being able to see the disaster firsthand, and how wreckage was strewn about.

Examples of important but highly perishable evidence include the distance between propeller marks in the snow or mud — which help estimate an aircraft’s speed at impact — or chunks of ice shaped like a leading edge, which tell investigators that ice may have been on a wing.

By now, Mr. Feith said, at many crash sites the wreckage will have been hoisted onto trucks, often after being cut into pieces, and shipped to storage facilities.

There, agency investigators will sift through the pieces, not always knowing which fractures and fatigue happened before the crash, which were caused by the crash, and which were caused by moving the wreckage afterward.

“They may not be able to decipher what is an artifact of the accident, versus what is an artifact of the post-accident recovery,” Mr. Feith said.

Moreover, another key evidence collection — requests for air traffic control data normally made quickly after a crash — may not be possible in some cases. “A lot of that information is lost in the abyss,” he said.

The significance of getting investigators to accident sites speedily is underscored by how the safety agency organizes its inquiries: A “Go Team” of rotating experts fly immediately to the most significant crash sites. They are on call 24 hours a day, with a bag of audio recorders, cameras, flashlights, screwdrivers, wrenches or other tools at the ready.

“The importance of being on site as soon as possible is why the agency is structured the way it is,” said Mr. Hall, the former agency chairman.

It is not only the physical evidence that fades or breaks down, he added.

“Individuals’ memories further away from the event can be less than certain than what might have been, had they been interviewed as soon as the event occurred,” he said.

The shutdown also may have slowed some investigations by the Federal Aviation Administration — including an inquiry into a Jan. 21 near miss above a heavily populated neighborhood of Oakland, Calif.

During the mishap, which has not been previously reported but was confirmed by the F.A.A., two single-engine planes came within 100 to 200 feet of each other, the two pilots said in interviews. The Oakland control tower mistakenly instructed them to fly at the same altitude even as they flew toward each other, the pilots said.

“I was shocked by how close he was,” one pilot, Isaac Reynolds, said of the other aircraft. “We very easily could have hit each other.”

An F.A.A. spokesman, Ian Gregor, said the Oakland control tower filed a report about the near miss on the day it occurred, and that it was investigated the next day.

But Mr. Reynolds said he was never contacted. And the other pilot, who requested to remain anonymous because he did not want his family to know about the near miss, said when he called the airport to report the incident after landing, he was told the investigation would be slower because of the shutdown.

“They said things were slower than usual because the person who would investigate was on furlough,” the pilot said. “I’m not trying to throw anyone under the bus, but I do think that shutdowns matter. Whether or not this contributed or not it’s hard to say, specifically. But it’s certainly not helping safety.”

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 07:57

62 Years ago today: On 1 February 1957 a Northeast Douglas DC-6 crashed on Rikers Island following takeoff from New York-LGA, killing 20 out of 101 occupants.

Date: Friday 1 February 1957 Time: 18:02 Type: Douglas DC-6A Operator: Northeast Airlines Registration: N34954 C/n / msn: 44678/543 First flight: 1955 Total airframe hrs: 8317 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB17 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 95 Total: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 101 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Rikers Island, NY (   United States of America) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America Destination airport: Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America Flightnumber: 823

Narrative:
Northeast Flight 823 to Miami (MIA) was scheduled to depart from New York-La Guardia (LGA) at 14:45. Snowfall delayed the departure.
Carrying 95 passengers and 6 crewmembers, the gross weight of the aircraft was 98575 pounds, 265 pounds below maximum weight. The crew started the takeoff roll on runway 04 at 18:01. Except for some sliding of the nose wheel at low speed, the takeoff roll was normal. A positive rate of climb was established and the gear was retracted, flaps raised and METO power set. The crew went on instruments immediately after gear retraction and the captain monitored airspeed, rate of climb and direction. the aircraft was to climb on runway heading, but started turning to the left. This was not noticed by the crew. While over Rikers Island on a 285deg heading, the DC-6 first struck small trees. The left wingtip touched the ground; the right wingtip 150 feet beyond. The plane then skidded 1500 feet. Impact occurred about 60 seconds after the start of takeoff.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The failure of the captain to: 1) properly observe and interpret his flight instruments, and 2) maintain control of his aircraft.”

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Today is Thursday the 31st of January, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:50

The 3rd and final day of the 2019 ARFF Leadership Conference.  

Another great conference put together by the ARFF Working Group, as always! Next stop, the Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Safe travels to everyone heading back home from Jacksonville!

Here are the news stories for today…

Everyone be safe out there!

Tom

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Unmanned Plane Crashes At Modesto Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:38

MODESTO (CBS13) – A small unmanned plane crashed at Modesto Airport Wednesday afternoon.

A pair of pilots were reportedly working on the electrical system of a single-engine Beech V35B, manipulating the propeller, but said it wouldn’t start. When the pilots walked away, the propeller suddenly engaged on its own and taxied away, hitting a car and a fence.

The pilots told police the plane took off at speeds around 40 miles per hour. The plane was moving toward the busy Mitchell Road after it clipped the parked car.

“If it was to get over that [grass] and get onto Mitchell, we would really have had a problem on our hands trying to stop that plane with nobody inside it,” said Sgt. Mark Phillips with the Modesto Police Department.

Phillips said it was a good thing the plane hit the vehicle because it changed direction, diverting the plane from a hanger that was occupied at the time of the incident. Two structures were damaged by the plane, but no one was hurt in the crash.

The building belongs to DC Air, which is owned by Dan Costa of 5-11 Tactical. He was apparently inside at the time of the crash along with numerous other people.

The plane is registered to Doncam Consulting, LLC in Modesto, according to the FAA database. The FAA went to the scene to investigate the crash and wrapped up their investigation Wednesday afternoon. There is no official word on what caused the plane to take off.

The plane suffered extensive damage in the incident.

https://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/01/30/plane-crashes-modesto-airport/

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Search for missing Air Tindi plane heads into the night

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:33

By Sarah Pruys and Ollie Williams

Rescuers searching for a downed Air Tindi aircraft were wading through deep snow in a bid to reach its possible location as night fell on Wednesday.

The plane, a King Air 200, and its two pilots disappeared between 9am and 9:30am on Wednesday morning. The aircraft has still not been definitively located.

Search and rescue teams are trying to reach a “site of interest” – which may or may not be the plane – detected earlier in the afternoon near Behchokǫ̀ by the crew of a Hercules aircraft.

Officials at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario, say they cannot be sure the site actually contains the missing aircraft until those teams reach it and report back.

Technicians have parachuted in to the vicinity of the site and are equipped with overnight arctic kits to help them stay warm and safe as they cover the remaining ground.

As of 9:30pm on Wednesday, neither Air Tindi nor the Trenton command centre had any new information regarding the plane or its crew.

The next update is not now expected until first light on Thursday.

“The CC-130 Hercules is overhead and the search and rescue technicians are still moving towards the site, but the snow is reported to be very deep,” said Jennifer Jones, a Royal Canadian Air Force spokesperson speaking on behalf of the Trenton command centre.

Jones said Canadian Rangers trying to reach the site from Behchokǫ̀ were also being held up by snow.

“They will keep moving towards the suspected site under illumination from the CC-130 overhead, but we likely won’t have another update until the morning,” she said.

Flights suspended

The King Air 200 had been heading from Yellowknife to Whatì – which is north-west of Behchokǫ̀ – with no passengers on board when it lost contact.

All Air Tindi flights remain suspended. The airline will discuss later on Wednesday whether other services will be able to resume on Thursday.

“We’re concerned about the pilots very much and are trying to make sure all of our people are being kept informed,” Al Martin, the president of Air Tindi, said earlier.

What exactly happened to the aircraft is unclear. Conditions in the area were poor on Wednesday, with temperatures below -20C and blowing snow affecting visibility.

The airline said the Transportation Safety Board and the local community government had been notified, as had the pilots’ next of kin.

This is the first significant incident involving an Air Tindi flight since November 2014, when all on board survived an emergency landing on Great Slave Lake performed by an Air Tindi plane heading from Yellowknife to Fort Simpson.

Three years earlier, a pilot and a passenger were killed when an Air Tindi flight came down 200 km east of Yellowknife.

Search for missing Air Tindi plane heads into the night

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A MESSAGE FROM THE FDNY re: Firefighting Operations (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:31

Hey,

Check out this important video from the FDNY about Firefighting Operations. This is a “must see” video for every Firefighter at every department.

FDNY VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/iGBxujMOVBM

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 1-40-2019-1800 hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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FAA Issues InFO on Portable Fire Extinguisher Inspection Requirements

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:28

Last December, the FAA issued an Information for Operators (InFO) bulletin that reminds aircraft owners, operators, air agencies, suppliers, distributors, and maintenance technicians that hand-held/portable fire extinguishers have the potential to leak, and should be inspected per the proper prescribing guidance. The FAA also recommends operators be familiar with any record-keeping requirements for hand-held/portable fire extinguishers. For more details, see InFO 18013 at: https://go.usa.gov/xE8V6.

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