ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Bird strike forces plane to return to TF Green

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:16

By Nancy Krause

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — An American Airlines flight was forced to return to T. F. Green Airport Wednesday afternoon after a reported bird strike during flight.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said American Eagle Flight 5396 – which is operated by PSA Airlines – landed safely.

Feinstein said the plane was in the air for less than 30 minutes when the bird strike happened.

According to T.F. Green’s website, the flight was scheduled to depart at 11:51 a.m. for Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

Feinstein said maintenance crews at the airport were inspecting the plane for possible damage.

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SpiceJet Flight Tyres Burst At Chennai Airport, Main Runway Closed

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:15

The main runway of the Chennai airport was closed after a SpiceJet flight made an emergency landing due to a tyre-burst.

Chennai | Reported by J Sam Daniel Stalin

CHENNAI:  A SpiceJet aircraft with over 200 people on board made an emergency landing at the Chennai airport this afternoon after one of its tyres burst during take-off. 

All 199 passengers on the flight to Delhi were safe, airport officials said. The primary runway of the Chennai International Airport was closed till 6 pm.

A flight due for take-off right after the SpiceJet one spotted debris on the runway, alerting air traffic control. At the same time, the pilot on board the SpiceJet flight also diagnosed problems with the landing gear and requested an emergency landing around 2:25 pm, airport officials said.

“The crew decided to turn back and landed safely at the Chennai airport. Passengers were deplaned safely in a normal manner and taken to terminal building,” the airline said.

The flight landed safely but a second tyre on the aircraft burst while landing. The main runway was closed down as the aircraft got stuck in the taxiing area.

An Ethiopian cargo plane also had to make an emergency landing after reporting low fuel due to the hold-up.

Chennai’s international airport has two runways. Flight operations are underway on the secondary runway but cascading delays are expected.

“Due to damage to main runway and aircraft stuck in taxiway near the runway, the same will not be available for operations for at least three hours… Secondary runway is in use currently. Inconvenience caused to passengers is regretted”, Chennai Airport said on Twitter.

Another tweet said at least 21 flights were delayed and six were diverted to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Tuticorin.

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Passenger comment prompts evacuation at Lindbergh Field

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:11

SAN DIEGO — A possibly confused or irrational airline customer’s troubling comments about his luggage prompted an evacuation of part of Lindbergh Field Wednesday until authorities determined that the statements indicated no threat of any kind.

A person flagged down a security officer in a baggage-claim area in Terminal 2 at the bayside airport shortly after 11 a.m. to report the man’s suspicious remarks, San Diego Harbor Police Sgt. Victor Banuelos said.

Officials cleared travelers and employees out of the eastern side of the terminal while officers with a service dog and explosives experts scrutinized the luggage in question.

Nothing hazardous was found, and the area was re-opened shortly before noon, the sergeant said.

The owner of the searched baggage, whose name was not released, was detained for a mental-health evaluation.

Though any delays in outgoing flights caused by the incident were expected to be minor, authorities advised Travelers were advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport Wednesday afternoon.

Banuelos declined to disclose the nature of the comments that prompted the roughly 45-minute security alert.

Passenger comment prompts evacuation at Lindbergh Field


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Battery Deal Called ‘A Major Step Toward Fully Electric Aviation’

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:10

Kokam Batteries To Power First Flights Of All-Electric Aircraft By The End Of 2018

Eviation Aircraft and South Korean battery manufacturer Kokam have revealed details for a battery supply deal worth over $1 million. These batteries will be used to power Eviation’s Alice aircraft, set to fly by the end of this year.

With the goal of making clean regional air travel accessible for all, Eviation is tackling one of the world’s dirtiest industries – aviation. Its zero-emissions solution, the Alice, which debuted at the 52nd Paris Air Show in June 2017, leverages an IP portfolio that includes thermal management and autonomous landing, as well as distributed electric propulsion, industry-leading battery technology provided by Kokam, and cutting-edge composite body frames capable of carrying up to 9 passengers on a single charge for 650 miles.

Beginning with its patented manufacturing process, Kokam’s battery solutions feature a compact battery cell design, an industry-leading energy density of 260 Watt hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) and a long cycle life, making them optimized to achieve light, energy efficient solutions meeting the safety demands of an aircraft. While the company’s battery solutions have been used in aerial, ground, surface, and underwater drone applications for military, commercial, and industrial purposes, this deal with Eviation marks the first time they will be used in manned aerial flights of regional commuter aircrafts.

“Eviation is taking the electric transportation revolution to its next logical level: the air,” said Ike Hong, vice president of Kokam’s Power Solutions Division. “While the aviation sector is behind those on the ground in electrifying, today’s battery capabilities are both more compact and with higher energy density than earlier technology, already able to power flights of 500 miles or less, a distance encompassing half of the world’s 4.5 billion flights annually.”

Eviation is primed to make regional air travel emissions-free with a fully-electric aircraft design, built from the ground up to cut costs and improve efficiency on the busiest city-to-city transit routes, such as San Diego to Silicon Valley and Seoul to Beijing. Through 2019, Eviation will certify and commercialize its all-electric Alice aircraft, while partnering with leading industry suppliers, including Kokam, to bring its prototypes to scale and to the market.

“Kokam is known around the world for its exceptional lithium ion battery technology, which already powers everything from energy storage systems to unmanned aerial, surface, and underwater vehicles,” said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation. “We’re confident this is the best battery to usher in the age of electric aerial mobility, helping to save customers time and money, while being the most sustainable solution in the air.”

(Source: Eviation Aircraft news release. Alice aircraft pictured in file photo)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:09

29 Years ago today: On 8 February 1989 an Independent Air Boeing 707 crashed into Pico Alto, Azores, killing all 144 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 1989 Time: 14:08 Type: Boeing 707-331B Operator: Independent Air Registration: N7231T C/n / msn: 19572/687 First flight: 1968 Total airframe hrs: 44755 Cycles: 12589 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (HK) Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 137 / Occupants: 137 Total: Fatalities: 144 / Occupants: 144 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Pico Alto (   Portugal) Crash site elevation: 547 m (1795 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bergamo-Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY/LIME), Italy Destination airport: Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal Flightnumber: 1851

Flight IDN 1851, a Boeing 707, departed Bergamo, Italy (BGY) at 10:04 UTC for a flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) via Santa Maria, Azores (SMA).
At 13:56:47 Santa Maria Tower cleared the flight to descend to 3000 feet for a runway 19 ILS approach: “Independent Air one eight five one roger reclear to three thousand feet on QNH one zero two seven and runway will be one niner.” In that transmission, the trainee controller had transmitted an incorrect QNH that was 9 hPa too high. The actual QNH was 1018.7 hPa.
After a brief pause the message resumed at 13:56:59: “expect ILS approach runway one niner report reaching three thousand.” This transmission was not recorded on the voice recorder of Flight 1851, probably because the first officer keyed his mike and read back: “We’re recleared to 2,000 feet and ah … .” The first officer paused from 13:57:02 to 13:57:04, then unkeyed the mike momentarily. This transmission was not recorded on the ATS tapes.
In the cockpit, the first officer questioned aloud the QNH value, but the captain agreed that the first officer had correctly understood the controller.
After being cleared for the ILS approach the crew failed to accomplish an approach briefing, which would have included a review of the approach plate and minimum safe altitude. If the approach plate had been properly studied, they would have noticed that the minimum safe altitude was 3,000 feet and not 2,000 feet, as it had been understood, and they would have noticed the existence and elevation of Pico Alto.
At 14:06, the flight was 7.5 nm from the point of impact, and beginning to level at 2,000 feet (610 meters) in light turbulence at 250 KIAS. At 14:07, the flight was over Santa Barbara and entering clouds at approximately 700 feet (213 meters) AGL in heavy turbulence at 223 KIAS. At 14:07:52, the captain said, “Can’t keep this SOB thing straight up and down”. At approximately 14:08, the radio altimeter began to whine, followed by the GPWS alarm as the aircraft began to climb because of turbulence, but there was no reaction on the part of the flight crew. At 14:08:12, the aircraft was level when it impacted the ridge of the mountain. It collided with a rock wall on the side of a road at the mountain top at an altitude of approximately 1,795 feet (547 meters) AGL.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The Board of Inquiry understands that the accident was due to the non-observance by the crew of established operating procedures, which led to the deliberate descent of the aircraft to 2000ft in violation the minimum sector altitude of 3000ft, published in the appropriate aeronautical charts and cleared by the Santa Maria Aerodrome Control Tower. 
Other factors:
1) Transmission by the Santa Maria Aerodrome Control Tower of a QNH value 9 hPa higher than the actual value, which put the aircraft at an actual altitude 240ft below that indicated on board.;
2) Deficient communications technique on the part of the co-pilot, who started reading back the Tower’s clearance to descend to 3000ft before the Tower completed its transmission, causing a communications overlap.;
3) Violation by the Aerodrome Control Tower of established procedures by not requiring a complete read back of the descent clearance.;
4) Non-adherence by the crew to the operating procedures published in the appropriate company manuals, namely with respect to cockpit discipline, approach briefing , repeating aloud descent clearances, and informal conversations in the cockpit below 10000ft.;
5) General crew apathy in dealing with the mistakes they made relating tot the minimum sector altitude, which was known by at least one of the crew members, and to the ground proximity alarms.;
6) Non-adherence to standard phraseology both by the crew and by Air Traffic Control in some of the air-ground communications.;
7) Limited experience of the crew, especially the co-pilot, in international flights.;
8) Deficient crew training, namely concerning the GPWS as it did not include emergency manoeuvres to avoid collision into terrain.;
9) Use of a route which was not authorized in the AIP Portugal.;
10) The operational flight plan, whose final destination was not the SMA beacon, was not developed in accordance with the AIP Portugal.”

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Santee fire chief: Witness heard ‘throttling’ before plane circled and crashed, killing 2

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:42

A small plane crashed into a storage yard in Santee early Tuesday shortly after taking off from Gillespie Field, killing two people and one of two dogs who were onboard, authorities said. 

The Cessna 182 Skylane crashed nose-first into the glass company’s yard shortly before 7 a.m. on Prospect Avenue near Cuyamaca Street. No one on the ground was hurt.

Santee Fire Chief Richard Smith said the single-engine plane apparently experienced some kind of mechanical issue after taking off from Gillespie, with a witness hearing “some kind of throttling” after the Cessna had taken off and was headed west.

The pilot “circled around and was trying to make it back to the airport, came up short and landed in the yard,” Smith said.

When fire crews arrived, they found the plane upright, leaning on its left side. The fire chief said the plane crashed nose first and was heavily damaged.

Firefighters checked the plane and found two adults on board who had died.

Two badly injured dogs also were found in the plane and were taken to an El Cajon veterinarian for treatment.

One dog did not survive, said Dan DeSousa, director of the county Department of Animal Services. He said the other dog was in grave condition as of late afternoon.

The crash did not ignite a fire but spilled fuel in the Tower Glass yard. A hazardous materials team was dispatched to do cleanup, a Heartland Fire & Rescue dispatcher said.

The crash could have been much worse, Smith said, noting that there are homes and businesses near the airport.

“Fortunately the layout with Gillespie Field and this dirt field here allows for some margin of error, if you will,” Smith said. “All in all, it could have been a lot worse.”

Alexis Hill and her brother, Zachary Hill, were driving by when they saw the plane swerving and go down. They called 911 to summon help.

“The wreck was so bad there’s no way we could have gotten anywhere in there, seen anything. It was just destroyed, on top of the equipment that was in there,” she said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane’s registered owners are John and Cherril Longhurst of Darby, Mont.

Investigators from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were responding to the crash site, Smith said. 

There have been several plane crashes near Gillespie Field in recent years.

A pilot and two passengers were injured Dec. 17 when a single-engine plane crashed into a parking lot in El Cajon shortly after taking off. That crash was in a parking lot off Gillespie Way near Weld Boulevard.

In September 2017, a small plane lost power after taking off from Gillespie and crash-landed on North Second Street near El Rey Avenue in El Cajon. The two people on the plane were not injured.

In September 2015, a flight instructor and student pilot were killed when their plane crashed into a roof of a Santee house. A preliminary federal accident report said the engine of the plane quit and the pilots were trying to restart it when the wing of the plane hit the roof of the house on Corte De La Donna.

Killed in the crash were flight instructor Robert C. Sarrisin, 59, of Rancho Penasquitos, and Jeffrey Michael Johnson, 50 of El Cajon, who was taking flying lessons.

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Coast Guard rescues 4 from downed airplane

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:40

By Ben Estes

The Coast Guard rescued four people from a downed plane in the Atchafalaya River south of Patterson on Tuesday (Feb. 6).

A Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane traveling from Slidell to Patterson in St. Mary Parish ran low on fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing around 5 p.m., the Coast Guard reported.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans hoisted the survivors and transported them to Perry’s Flying Center in Patterson.

One person suffered a minor injury to the arm, the Coast Guard said.

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SF to settle with firefighter blamed for running over girl in Asiana crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:38

By Michael Barba

Tuesday February 06, 2018

San Francisco has reached a $250,000 tentative settlement in a lawsuit alleging a firefighter was wrongly blamed for the death of a teenage passenger in the Asiana Airlines crash.

The lawsuit claimed firefighter Elyse Duckett became a “sacrificial lamb” for the San Francisco Fire Department after 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan died as first responders scrambled to rescue passengers and douse flames July 6, 2013.

Asiana Flight 214 clipped the seawall at San Francisco International Airport and burst into flames on the runway. The impact ejected Ye from the Boeing 777.

Two fire rigs later struck the teenager, according the lawsuit. Ye was covered in fire-fighting foam when Duckett drove the second rig over her. Firefighter Jimmy Yee drove the first rescue vehicle. Yet, the lawsuit alleged a member of the SFFD only leaked Duckett’s name to the press as the firefighter who ran over Ye.

“As questions about SFFD leadership and training intensified, the brass attempted to shift blame and scapegoat an individual firefighter to minimize and downplay broader failures within the SFFD,” attorneys said in the lawsuit.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said in a court filing July 28 that she did not know who in the department, if anyone, leaked the name to ABC7 News. Hayes-White also said firefighters acted “immediately and effectively.”

“At great danger to themselves, department first responders rushed to the crash site, initiated a daring search and rescue for passengers trapped on the burning plane and extinguished fires,” Hayes-White said. “Their valiant efforts saved hundreds of lives. Three hundred and four people aboard Flight 214 survived.”

Hayes-White said Ye was one of three passengers who died after being ejected from one of the two back rows of the jetliner.

San Francisco fire officials said in a January 2014 accident investigation report to the National Transportation Safety Board that Ye died before being run over by either rescue vehicle.

Duckett, a 24-year veteran of the SFFD, is a black lesbian woman who the lawsuit said was a member of the first class of firefighters to join the department under a court-ordered consent decree to integrate the SFFD.

The lawsuit claimed SFFD named only her in retaliation for being outspoken against harassment and discrimination in the department, including “their continued marginalization and patronizing of women at SFO.”

Hayes-White said she was not aware before the lawsuit that Duckett “had ever complained that any department member had ever subjected her to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.”

Court records show the City Attorney’s Office reached a settlement with Duckett in early November. The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the tentative settlement in the coming weeks.

“While The City has sound arguments and defenses in this matter, we believe this is a reasonable and prudent settlement given the facts, the legal claims and the inherent uncertainty of litigation,” said John Cote, a spokesperson for the City Attorney’s Office.

Eduardo Roy, an attorney for Duckett, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:37

52 Years ago today: On 7 February 1966 an Indian Airlines Fokker F-27 crashed in Banihall Pass, killing all 37 occupants.

Date: Monday 7 February 1966 Time: ca 11:55 Type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 Operating for: Indian Airlines Leased from: Schreiner Airways Registration: PH-SAB C/n / msn: 10271 First flight: 1965 Total airframe hrs: 1930 Cycles: 1280 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33 Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Banihall Pass (   India) Crash site elevation: 3768 m (12362 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Srinagar Airport (SXR/VISR), India Destination airport: Jammu-Satwari Airport (IXJ/VIJU), India

At 11:27 hours local time, the F-27 took off from Srinagar (SXR) for the return journey to Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) with en route stops at Amritsar (ATQ) and Jammu (IXJ). The flight was cleared to climb VMC. A few seconds later, the Commander reported that he had climbed to 7500 ft and was turning to starboard. Srinagar Control requested a call while passing 8000 ft and the request was complied with. The controller then requested a call when passing 15 miles. No message, however, was received and at 11:40 controller asked for the position of the aircraft. The crew replied: “Will be crossing Banihal 2 to 3 minutes.”
Erroneous navigation took the captain to a point 12 miles west of his normal route. At this spot, the configuration of the mountain range has a deceptive similarity with the Banihal Pass, and has, because of this similarity, come to be known as “False Banihal”. The hills near “False Banihal” are several thousand feet higher than the true Banihal. The pilot must have realized his error and his wrong position too late when he saw the high mountain in front of him on emerging from the clouds. He attempted to climb but the aircraft hit the hill about 300 ft below the summit, at 12364 ft asl. It broke into two main pieces which fell on either side of a big rock, while several smaller pieces were broken off and scattered over a considerable area on the hillside. Some portions of the fuselage were found nearly 3000 ft below the point of impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The cause of the accident was undoubtedly a navigational error. The Court was at first tempted to accept the hypothesis that the error was committed deliberately by Capt. Duggal because he wanted to take a short cut over the hill to Udampur, instead of going first to Banihal and then turning slightly right to the prescribed route to Udampur. Some support was lent to this hypothesis by the general assessment of Capt. Duggal’s character as being hasty and casual and disinclined to pay heed to detail. But after giving greater consideration, it seems to the Court that this hypothesis cannot be accepted and that the navigational error was not intentional.
The configuration of the hill at a spot 12miles west of the Banihal Pass does not snow that the aircraft would have had a clear passage at an altitude of 12000ft because there are hills which are 14000ft high as shown by the contour lines on the map. Also Duggal did reply to the call 0610 hours GMT when he said that he would be crossing Banihal in two or three minted. It seems to the Court, therefore, that when flying through clouds at an altitude insufficient to ensure safety, Duggal found himself at a spot which resembled in its appearance the Banihal Pass. He must have steered an incorrect heading on leaving the airfield. Changes in cloud formation and decreasing visibility did not permit a full and clear view of the mountain range which lay across the route. So, when he was near the point where it crashed, he thought that he was going to cross Banihal and sent this message to the airport. In point of fact, he was 12 miles off his track and crashed at a point 12364ft above sea level.
A more careful and cautious pilot would, in the circumstances, have made sure of his direction and position by a reference to the Srinagar Airport where, in addition to the VOR, an Automatic Direction Finding facility is available.”

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Today is Tuesday the 6th of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:09

Here are the articles for today…

Be safe out there!


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Pilot injured when small plane crashes near Carrabelle Airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:07

Franklin County officials are investigating a plane crash in the woods near the Carrabelle Airport.

The pilot, 68-year-old Gregory Newman of Carrabelle, was flown to Tallahassee in critical condition. Newman was responsive when he was found by emergency officials.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Christy Thompson, the plane went down at about 11 a.m. near the airport off Coastal Highway 98.

Several people witnessed the crash of the single-seat plane and local pilot Mark Nobles took off in his own plane to aid ground crews in finding the crash site.

The Carrabelle Police Department, FCSO and Franklin County EMS located the plane and provided medical attention to Newman.

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Black Eagles jet crashes in Singapore

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:05

By Kang Seung-woo
A T-50B jet of the Korean Air Force’s Black Eagles aerobatic team skidded off a runway at Singapore’s Changi Airport and caught fire during an air show, Tuesday, according to the local civil aviation authority.

“One aircraft of the Black Eagles aerobatic team from the Korean Air Force skidded and crashed into the grass verge on the side of Changi Airport’s Runway 1 and caught fire,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.

The aircraft was about to take off to perform in the air show’s opening flight demonstration. The biennial aerospace event will run through Sunday.

“The aircraft was taking off for the flying display program at the air show. The Airport Emergency Service responded to the incident immediately and the fire was extinguished. The pilot sustained light injuries and is being treated,” it added.

The Korean Air Force also confirmed the accident, adding that an investigation has been launched to study the cause of the accident and potential damage.

The Black Eagles team left its base in Wonju, Gangwon Province, Jan. 26, for its third appearance at the show and arrived there three days later via Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia.

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NTSB: Van’s Pilot Issued ‘Mayday’ Call Prior To Accident

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:02

RV-12 Went Down In Florida, Pilot Fatally Injured

The pilot of a Van’s RV-12 that went down in Bonita Springs, FL January 22 issued a “Mayday” call before the aircraft impacted terrain, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report on the accident.

According to the report, the pilot held a sport pilot certificate and was flying the SLSA aircraft which was registered to a corporation. He was fatally injured in the accident. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight originated at Page Field (KFMY), Fort Myers, Florida about 1200 and was destined for Everglades Airpark (X01), Everglades City, Florida.

According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) voice communication and radar data obtained from the FAA, the flight was en route from KFMY to X01. The pilot was receiving flight following services from ATC. While on a southeasterly heading and at 2,500 ft mean sea level, the pilot was advised of traffic in his vicinity. The pilot acknowledged, and shortly after this transmission he stated, “mayday, mayday.” No additional calls were received from the pilot and radar and radio contact were lost.

The airplane went down in a forested area, about 18 nautical miles southeast of KFMY. There was no fire. The wreckage path was oriented south-southwest and was about 750 ft in length. All components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. Flight control continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit controls.

The pilot held a sport pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. According to the FAA, he did not possess an FAA medical certificate, nor was one required to operate as a sport pilot.

The low-wing, single-engine, two-seat airplane incorporated a fixed, tricycle landing gear. The airplane was equipped with a Rotax 912-ULS 100-horsepower reciprocating engine. The engine was fitted with a Sensenich fixed-pitch composite propeller. The airplane was built in 2011. According to the airplane maintenance records, a condition inspection was completed on July 24, 2016, at 95 hours total time.

(Source: NTSB.)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:01

22 Years ago today: On 6 February 1996 a Birgenair Boeing 757 crashed while into the sea after takeoff from Puerto Plata, Dom.Rep., killing all 189 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 6 February 1996 Time: 23:47 Type: Boeing 757-225 Operating for: Alas Nacionales Leased from: Birgenair Registration: TC-GEN C/n / msn: 22206/31 First flight: 1985 Total airframe hrs: 29269 Cycles: 13499 Engines:Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 Crew: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Passengers: Fatalities: 176 / Occupants: 176 Total: Fatalities: 189 / Occupants: 189 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 26 km (16.3 mls) NE off Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (   Atlantic Ocean) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Puerto Plata-La Union International Airport (POP/MDPP), Dominican Republic Destination airport: Gander Airport, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada Flightnumber: ALW301

Flight ALW 301 departed Puerto Plata for a charter flight to Frankfurt via Gander and Berlin at 23:42 LT. At 80 knots on takeoff the captain found out that his air speed indicator (ASI) wasn’t working properly. The co-pilot’s indicator seemed to work fine. While climbing through 4700 feet the captain’s ASI read 350 knots (real speed was about 220 kts); this resulted in an autopilot/autothrottle reaction to increase the pitch-up attitude and a power reduction in order to lower the airspeed. At that time the crew got ‘Rudder ratio’ and ‘Mach airspeed’ advisory warnings. Both pilots got confused when the co-pilot stated that his ASI read 200 knots decreasing while getting an excessive speed-warning, followed by a stick shaker warning. This led the pilots to believe that both ASIs were unreliable.
Finally realizing that they were losing speed and altitude they disconnected the autopilot. The autopilot, fed by the captain’s faulty ASI, had reduced the speed close to the stall speed. Full thrust was then applied. At 23:47:17 an aural GPWS warning sounded. Eight seconds later the aircraft struck the ocean.
The incorrect ASI readings were probably caused by the obstruction of the pitot system by mud and/or debris from a small insect that was introduced in the pitot tube during the time the aircraft was on the ground. The aircraft was not flown for 20 days before the crash and was returned for service without a verification of the pitot-static system as recommended by Boeing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The crew’s failure to recognize the activation of the stick shaker as a warning of imminent entrance to the stall, and the failure of the crew to execute the procedures for recovery from the onset of loss of control.”

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Today is Monday the 5th of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:23

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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Pilot tells tale of landing plane on Highway 126 outside Piru

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:21

A small plane landed safely on Highway 126 east of Piru Sunday afternoon after taking off from the Santa Paula Airport just two days after a small plane crashed while landing at the same facility.

No one was injured in either incident.

On Sunday, pilot and flight instructor Ted Ripp had taken off on his way home to the greater Los Angeles area. He planned to arrive at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, north of Burbank.

Ripp and his passenger weren’t planning to go to a Super Bowl party. But NFL football’s biggest game of the year may have contributed to his uneventful landing shortly after 3 p.m.

Ripp’s two-seat Cessna 150 was cruising at around 3,000 feet when the engine started running roughly and the plane wouldn’t sustain altitude, Ripp said during an interview on the shoulder of the highway while awaiting his mechanic’s arrival.

After running through an emergency checklist, he and his passenger, Lisa, who declined to give her last name, determined an emergency landing was required.

Ripp had enough time in the air to try various tactics to restart the plane and to plan a landing and approach. While in the sky, Lisa helped scout potential landing sites.

Ripp maneuvered to land, heading into the wind, on the westbound lanes of the highway. The 1966-vintage plane was small enough that he didn’t have to worry about oncoming traffic.

“There were no cars conflicting at the time, and we landed uneventfully,” Ripp said.

He then maneuvered the single-engine plane off the roadway onto a shoulder, in front of a citrus orchard. The plane was undamaged.

Ripp said he has flown for 33 years and has never had a prior flight emergency.

“I knew he’d land the plane,” Lisa said.

Ventura County Fire Department crews initially responded to the scene.

Ripp’s mechanic, John Clausen, drove in to handle the plane’s transport.

The plane is too large to simply tow.

A California Highway Patrol officer at the scene said it was likely the plane would need to be drained and have the wings taken off so it could be transported.

The officer also said the light traffic during Sunday’s Super Bowl may have helped the plane make a safe landing.

“Everybody’s home right now,” he said of the clear roadway.

On Friday, two people walked away unharmed from a crash that left their plane upside down in the Santa Clara River bottom.That incident occurred during an attempted landing when the plane clipped an unoccupied helicopter and went down an embankment.

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Engine failure leads to plane landing in Butler County field

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:20


BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Officials in Butler County responded to an emergency landing Saturday.

They tell us Eisenhower Airport in Wichita got a mayday call after a plane suffered engine failure.

The call was then turned over to Butler County, where authorities found the pilot in a field at NE Flint Hills and NE 50th

They tell us no one was hurt during the incident and crews are working to get the plane in the air again.

Engine failure leads to plane landing in Butler County field

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Santa Paula plane crash leaves 2 uninjured

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:18

Two people walked away from a plane crash Friday morning at the Santa Paula Airport that left the aircraft upside-down in the dry Santa Clara River bottom. 

Santa Paula police and fire officials said a single-engine propeller plane, approaching the airport runway for a landing sometime after 11 a.m., went out of control and traveled south across the tarmac.

The aircraft clipped an unoccupied helicopter and went down an embankment, eventually coming to rest upside-down in the river bottom about 50 yards from the runway.

Santa Paula Police Department Detective Shane Norwood said people at the airport rushed to the scene to help the aircraft’s occupants.

“The pilot walked out under (her) own power,” Norwood said.

Norm Plott, assistant chief of the Santa Paula Fire Department, said the pilot and male occupant were uninjured, refused transport to a hospital and were released from the scene.

Plott said a Ventura County air unit was requested along with crash rescue crew out of the Camarillo. Those resources were canceled, however, as the occupants were safely out of the aircraft.

Pilots were initially told to avoid the airport during the response, but that advisory was lifted just before 12:15 p.m.

According to Norwood, the Santa Paula Police Department will be investigating the incident until Monday, when it will be handed off to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Federal Aviation Administration documents show the aircraft to be co-owned by two Ventura residents.

“I think the good thing is we didn’t have anyone injured,” Plott said.

“The biggest concern was to mitigate a small fuel spill into the river bottom.”

About 3 gallons of fuel went onto the river bottom before the spill was stopped by fire personnel.

Crews then prepared to flip the aircraft upright, attaching a cable to the tail end of the plane, pulling it end over end.

Plott said the plane would be loaded onto a vehicle and taken into a Santa Paula Airport hangar where it will await inspection by the NTSB.

Friday’s crash is one of a handful of Ventura County incidents investigated by the NTSB in the past year.

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Passengers construct makeshift breathing apparatus out of bits of oxygen masks to save woman’s life during mid-air plane drama

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:16

EXCLUSIVE: John Flanagan and Matthew Stevenson were 20 minutes into their JetBlue Flight 1721 from Orlando, USA, to Jamaica when an elderly woman went into ‘complete respiratory arrest’

By Rachael Burford

Two plane passengers saved a woman’s life by constructing a makeshift respiratory machine and pumping oxygen into her lungs for 45 minutes while the aircraft made an emergency landing. 

Anesthesiologists John Flanagan and Matthew Stevenson were 20 minutes into their flight when a fellow passenger began struggling to breathe.

When the elderly woman went into complete respiratory arrest and collapsed in the aisle, the doctors incredibly managed to make breathing apparatus using only what was available to them on board.

“The woman had a lung disease and when we got to the high altitude she just couldn’t breathe,” Mr Flanagan told

“We were asking the crew if they had anything we would usually use to help a person in respiratory arrest but they didn’t have a lot on the plane.

“They had masks (in the ceiling) but they were not the sort of masks you could use to help her.”

While Mr Flanagan tried to help the unconscious woman breathe on her own, Mr Stevenson went about making a respiratory machine.

The flight crew found a self-inflating bag and the doctors, from Jacksonville, Florida, managed to cut the tubing that holds the oxygen masks to the ceiling of the aircraft and attach it to one of the oxygen tanks on board.

“I was at her head while Matthew was cutting tubes and fitting things together,” said the dad-of-four.  

“There was a moment when we thought she might not make it but we managed to get her hooked up somehow and she started to come round a bit.”

The Jamaica-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Fort Lauderdale Airport.

Photos, taken by Mr Flanagan’s wife Xenia, show the other passengers clinging onto the doctors as the aircraft descended in a bid stop them and their patient sliding down the aisle.

“As we got down to the slower altitude she started to look a lot better,” said Mr Flanagan. “I think if we hadn’t got down she would have died.”

Mr Flanagan’s ‘proud’ wife was with her husband on the January 6 JetBlue flight and described the event as ‘amazing and terrifying’.

She told “I was so touched to see so many kind people on board support my husband and his friend as they were helping that lady.

“You couldn’t really tell by the pics but there were people holding my husband and Matthew up so they wouldn’t slide down the aisle when we were landing.

“Everyone, including the crew were strapped in expect for them. John and Matthew feel humbled by everyone’s kind words. John saves lives every day, its his job. But it was terrifying and amazing for me.

“They were working on this lady for about 45 minutes, breathing for her. John and Matthew were so calm and didn’t panic.

“When we finally landed the woman was awake again. I hear the occasional story about what John does at work but my husband never takes credit for anything.

“It was beautiful to witness him working and saving a life. I’m so proud.”

After the plane landed, paramedics were called and the woman who collapsed taken to hospital.

The pilot was then cleared to continue the journey on to Jamaica.

When asked if the doctors got any special treatment on the second leg of their journey, Mrs Flanagan said: “They got a big round of applause and the crew offered us a free drink, which was great.” has contacted JetBlue for comment.

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