ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 06:49

15 Years ago today: On 3 January 2004 a Flash Airlines Boeing 737-300 crashed into the sea following take-off from Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt killing 148 occupants.

Date: Saturday 3 January 2004 Time: 04:45 Type: Boeing 737-3Q8 Operator: Flash Airlines Registration: SU-ZCF C/n / msn: 26283/2383 First flight: 1992-10-09 (11 years 3 months) Total airframe hrs: 25603 Cycles: 17976 Engines:CFMI CFM56-3C1 Crew: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Passengers: Fatalities: 135 / Occupants: 135 Total: Fatalities: 148 / Occupants: 148 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 15 km (9.4 mls) S off Sharm el Sheikh (   Egypt) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Sharm el Sheikh-Ophira Airport (SSH/HESH), Egypt Destination airport: Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt Flightnumber: 604

Weather was perfect (excellent visibility, 17 degrees C and a light breeze) when Flash Air flight 604 departed the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh for a flight to Paris-CDG with an intermediate stop at Cairo. On board were 135, mostly French, holidaymakers who were heading home.
At 04:38 the flight was cleared to taxi to runway 22R for departure. After takeoff, at 04:42, the plane climbed and maneuvered for a procedural left turn to intercept the 306 radial from the Sharm el-Sheikh VOR station. When the autopilot was engaged the captain made an exclamation and the autopilot was immediately switched off again. The captain then requested Heading Select to be engaged. The plane then began to bank to the right. The copilot then warned the captain a few times about the fact that the bank angle was increasing. At a bank angle of 40 degrees to the right the captain stated “OK come out”. The ailerons returned briefly to neutral before additional aileron movements commanded an increase in the right bank.
The aircraft had reached a maximum altitude of 5460 feet with a 50 degrees bank when the copilot stated: “Overbank”. Repeating himself as the bank angle kept increasing. The maximum bank angle recorded was 111 degrees right. Pitch attitude at that time was 43 degrees nose down and altitude was 3470 feet.
The observer on the flight deck, a trainee copilot, called “Retard power, retard power, retard power”. Both throttles were moved to idle and the airplane gently seemed to recover from the nose-down, right bank attitude. Speed however increased, causing an overspeed warning. At 04:45 the airplane struck the surface of the water in a 24 degrees right bank, 24 degrees nose-down, at a speed of 416 kts and with a 3,9 G load.
The wreckage sank to a depth of approx. 900 metres

Probable Cause:

CONCLUSION: “No conclusive evidence could be found from the findings gathered through this investigation to determine the probable cause. However, based on the work done, it could be concluded that any combination of these findings could have caused or contributed to the accident.
Although the crew at the last stage of this accident attempted to correctly recover, the gravity upset condition with regards to attitude, altitude and speed made this attempt insufficient to achieve a successful recovery.”

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Today is Wednesday the 2nd of January, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:17

Happy New Year to everyone, I hope today finds you all safe after the New Year celebration and that 2019 brings you all good health, an abundance of happiness and loads of prosperity!

We start 2019 with the following stories…..

Be safe out there!


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United flight makes emergency landing at O’Hare; No injuries reported

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:02

CHICAGO — A United flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport Tuesday.

There are reports of a blown tire in midair.

Cellphone video shared with WGN News showed firefighters helping passengers off the plane and onto the tarmac.

The passengers were then loaded onto a bus and taken to the terminal.

In a statement, United Airline said:

United flight 698 traveling from San Francisco to Chicago landed safely in Chicago after experiencing an issue with its landing gear. There were no injuries reported and we arranged transport for passengers from the aircraft to the airport terminal. We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience.

No injuries have been reported.

United flight makes emergency landing at O’Hare; No injuries reported

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Engine Fire Indicator Causes Emergency Response at KEWR

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:59
Date: 01-JAN-2019 Time: c. 08:00 LT Type: Boeing 737-824 (WL) Owner/operator: United Airlines Registration: N73283 C/n / msn: 31606/1456 Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: Other fatalities: 0 Aircraft damage: Unknown Location: Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR) –    United States of America Phase: Taxi Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR) Destination airport: Las Vegas, NV (LAS/KLAS)

The flight crew of United Airlines flight UA1753 fired the extinguishing bottle(s) following an engine fire indication while taxiing for takeoff at Newark-Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, USA.

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Several passengers fall ill on plane flying into Tampa

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:56

Healthy passengers were held on the plane for more than an hour after landing

By: Victoria Price

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Passengers on a Frontier flight were stuck on a plane in Tampa for more than an hour on New Year’s Day after several people on board reported feeling sick.

Authorities tell WFLA six of the 226 total passengers on Frontier Flight 397 fell ill at some point during the flight from Cleveland to Tampa.

“They were just coming out of nowhere,” said healthy passenger Tiffany McKinney. “Just throwing up, sick.”

Crew members let the passengers know mid-flight and asked anyone else feeling sick to let them know.

“It’s a little bit concerning just because we didn’t know what was going on,” said another passenger, Cris Selong. “We didn’t know what made everybody sick.”

The six people who were sick were not traveling together and are not related.

When the plane landed at Tampa International Airport around 3:30 p.m., the six sick passengers were removed and then held for medical observation.

At some point, passengers reported seeing health officials come on the plane wearing masks.

The passengers who were not sick were held on the plane for about an hour after landing. We’re told that was at the request of health officials.

The healthy passengers were allowed to deplane shortly after 4:30 p.m.

A spokesperson from the airport in Cleveland tells News Channel 8 there’s a possibility the illnesses are connected to a drinking fountain. They have shut down the drinking fountains in the Frontier concourse at the airport just to be safe.

At this time, there have been no other reports of people getting sick.

Frontier Airlines released this statement to News Channel 8:

“During Frontier flight 1397 from Cleveland to Tampa this afternoon, six passengers became ill. The aircraft was met by local emergency medical services upon arrival in Tampa. Those passengers displaying symptoms were evaluated by medical staff before being released. All other passengers were released after a brief holding period. The cause of the illness remains under investigation. Passenger safety is Frontier’s number one priority.”

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Oh, deer! Plane crashes in Apopka after animal spotted on runway

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:53

61-year-old pilot suffers non-life-threatening injuries

By Daniel Dahm – Digital Manager

APOPKA, Fla. – An airplane crashed Sunday night in Orange County after the pilot said he saw a deer on a runway at the Orlando Apopka Airport, forcing him to keep flying.

The crash was reported at 9:52 p.m. at 1321 Apopka Airport Road.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the 61-year-old pilot, the only person aboard the Cessna 400, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The pilot told deputies that he was trying to land when he spotted a deer on the runway and had to turn around. The plane then sustained mechanical problems and crashed in the woods west of the airport, according to sheriff’s officials.

The pilot was taken to Florida Hospital Apopka.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

No other details have been released.

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Plane veers off runway at AEX early Monday morning

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:51

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AEX) – According to Scott Gammel, Deputy Director/Airport Manager of England Airpark/AEX, an incident occurred Monday morning around 12:06 a.m. involving a plane veering off the runway at the Alexandria International Airport.

An Embracer ERJ, American flight 3826 coming from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, veered off the runway while landing at AEX.

In an attempt to return back to the runway surface, the right main landing gear became stuck in the soft ground. Fourteen passengers and crew were on board at the time with no injuries reported. The passengers were safely deplaned at the site and transported to the Jim Meyer Commercial Terminal Building.

Once all of the passengers had deplaned, the aircraft was towed back onto the paved surface and to the ramp parking area.

All passengered will be able to return to the terminal on Monday (December 31) to retrieve their belongings and luggage. An American Airline representative will deliver passengers’ items to their home if they do not wish to return to the airport.

The details of the incident have been reported to the FAA for review. For more information, you may call the American Airlines Public Affairs at 817-931-1348.

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Saginaw deputies guard plane crash site for days awaiting FAA investigators

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:49

By Cole Waterman

CHESANING, MI – Days after a single-engine plane crashed in Chesaning, federal authorities were responding Wednesday, Jan. 2, to remove the wreckage. It’s unclear if the federal government shutdown played a role in the delayed response.

The crash occurred about 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, and involved the plane striking a building in Showboat Park, near the Shiawassee River. The pilot and lone occupant, 83-year-old William C. “Bill” Burns, was found deceased in the plane.

As is standard protocol when a plane crash occurs, Saginaw County Sheriff’s deputies contacted the Federal Aviation Administration. Federal investigators did not respond to the scene, however, prompting deputies to guard the site ever since.

“We have had to utilize the FAA in the past and they’ve always been very timely,” said Sheriff Bill Federspiel. “We’ve been sitting on it and we’ll continue to sit on it until they come. Basically, we’ve had round-the-clock coverage of it. We told them we’d help any way we can. It’s the right thing to do. We’re not complaining about it.”

Federspiel could not definitively state the government shutdown accounted for the delayed response and the FAA could not be reached immediately for comment.

The sheriff added that personnel from the National Transportation Safety Board were responding to the site Wednesday morning to remove the plane. The NTSB is an independent agency that investigates accidents.

Federspiel said the incident had some unique factors. For example, the FAA always uses its own medical examiner to perform autopsies, but without one available, they sent deputies a kit to pass on to the local coroner. Deputies also had to record video of the removal of Burns’ body from the plane, Federspiel said.

“It’s important to preserve evidence, and we want to make sure they have the evidence,” he said.

Burns hailed from Vernon in Shiawassee County. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was honorably discharged in 1957, according to his obituary.

“Bill loved to fly,” his obituary states. “He obtained his pilot’s license in 1952 when he was 17 and has been an instructor since the early ‘70’s. He also enjoyed motorcycles and traveling. He loved his family dearly and would do anything for anyone.”

Burns married his surviving wife, Linda Jane Teichman, in 1989 while in a plane above Vernon.

Burns’ funeral is to take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes’ Durand Chapel, 501 N. Saginaw St. in Durand, with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon.

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Plane crash deaths rise in 2018 but accidents are still rare

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:46

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

(CNN)The number of people killed in plane crashes jumped in 2018 compared with the previous year, with more than 500 deaths recorded, new figures show.

Nonetheless, 2018 was still one of the safest years for commercial aviation on record, according to reports from Dutch aviation consultancy To70 and the Netherlands-based Aviation Safety Network (ASN).

The ASN recorded a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents in 2018, leading to 556 deaths, compared with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost in 2017, the safest year in aviation history.

Of those accidents, 12 involved passenger flights and three were cargo flights, the ASN report said. Three of the 15 planes were operated by airlines on the European Union “blacklist,” it said.

Despite the jump in the number of deaths last year, ASN Chief Executive Harro Ranter said the level of aviation safety had increased significantly overall.

“If the accident rate had remained the same as 10 years ago, there would have been 39 fatal accidents last year,” he said. The rate of the year 2000 would have seen 64 fatal accidents. “This shows the enormous progress in terms of safety in the past two decades,” Ranter added.

The figures for 2018 represent a rate of one fatal accident for every 3 million flights, said To70.

The consultancy highlighted the Lion Air crash off Indonesia in October — in which 189 people lost their lives — as the deadliest single incident for the year. The aircraft involved was a brand new Boeing 737 MAX plane.

A preliminary report by Indonesian investigators found that the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 were engaged in a futile tug-of-war with the plane’s automatic systems in the minutes before it plunged into the ocean.

“As in previous years, Europe and North America remain the safest parts of the world to fly in. Accidents here are rare,” said To70 in its analysis.

“There are as many accidents within the Airbus 320 family as there involving 737s,” To70 said. “However, the possibility that the Lion Air accident may have a technical cause is of serious concern, considering that the MAX is the future of the successful 737 model.”

In response to the Indonesian investigators’ report, released in November, Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” by the loss of the Lion Air flight — but maintained the 737 MAX 8 “is as safe as any airplane that has ever flown the skies.” The company is “taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident,” it said.

The ASN highlighted “loss of control” accidents as a “major safety concern” over the past five years, causing at least 10 of the 25 worst accidents. “Most of those accidents were not survivable,” it said.

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Who Wants To Be Fire Officer? Bueller..Bueller…? (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:44


Happy 2019! On behalf of Gordon G, Brian K, our entire crew and I, we sincerely hope that you and yours have a peaceful, happy and healthy 2019.

Speaking of peaceful, how would you like to be on the receiving end of this lawsuit?

Please take 5 minutes to take a look at the time and effort being used by the plaintiffs (link below) to prove their point against this California fire department. The below are links to media reports as well as a link to a WEBSITE set up by the plaintiffs attorneys AGAINST the fire department-who they are suing. The website names fire department officer names along with video and related links. This is nothing you or any of us ever want to experience.

The lawsuit, filed last Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, alleges the City of  San Luis Obispo Fire Department purposefully burned down the structure rather than put Firefighters in harm’s way.

While “who knows” how this will come out in court, it’s one heck of a reminder (at so many levels) about literally every aspect of what we do prior to and when responding to/operating at a fire related to:
=Fire pre-planning,
=Fire inspections,
=Fire response,

=Response times,
=1st alarm staffing,
=1st alarm resources,
=Fire size up (initial and continued)
=WHO IS in command at your fire,

=Command certifications/qualifications,
=The command decisions,
=Scene and company responsibilities,
=Water supply/water on the fire,
=Risk / benefit management (when do you risk your firefighters/when don’t you)
…along with state laws, standards and best practices….at every level.

And while this appears to be a very extreme lawsuit-the reality is that this fire department and it’s fire officers are now under the gun in at least by their having to defend these  allegations.


More related links:



Under the “there but for the grace of God go we”…this lawsuit issue IS an excellent opportunity to take a close look at yours/mine/our departments related written policies, procedures, related laws, and usual behaviors and ask:

===Do we train based upon our written policies and procedures?

===Do we consistently operate based upon our written policies and procedures?

While so many want to become fire officers, make sure the aptitude and complete understanding of the job is there… and when being so, that you clearly understand what you are expected to do-based upon department policies…and not what you necessarily “feel” like or want to do.

It is not easy.




No, seriously.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.


The Secret List 1/1/2019-1737 Hours

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:42

43 Years ago today: On 2 January 1976 an Overseas National DC-10, operating for Saudia, landed heavily at Istanbul and ran off the runway; no casualties among 373 occupants.

Date: Friday 2 January 1976 Time: 06:36 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF Operating for: Saudi Arabian Airlines Leased from: Overseas National Airways – ONA Registration: N1031F C/n / msn: 46825/81 First flight: 1973 Total airframe hrs: 9848 Engines:General Electric CF6-50C Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 364 Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 377 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST) (   Turkey) Phase: Landing (LDG) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Jeddah International Airport, Saudi Arabia Destination airport: Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey Flightnumber: SV5130

A DC-10-30CF passenger plane, N1031F, was damaged beyond repair when it impacted terrain while attempting to land at Istanbul Airport (IST), Turkey.
The airplane was owned by Overseas National Airlines and leased by Saudia to perform hajj flights to and from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Flight SV5130 was a charter flight from Jeddah to Ankara, Turkey. Because of poor weather conditions at Ankara, the destination was changed to Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST).
The en route part of the flight was uneventful and the airplane was positioned for an NDB approach to runway 24. During the approach, the flight continued below the glide slope. On finals the first officer noticed that one of the VASI lights turned red. He warned the captain: “We are below the approach slope.”. The captain increased power on all three engines but the sink rate increased. The aircraft struck the ground in a nose up attitude, 27 feet before the beginning of the stopway.
The undercarriage dug in and the no. 1 engine tore away. The left hand main gear and center gear then separated after impacting the raised lip of the runway.
When the aircraft came to a stop, the left wing was on fire. The aircraft was evacuated within 3-5 minutes. One crew member was injured

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: “The aircraft reported the runway in sight before reaching NDB and crossed the NDB about 600 ft below the established minimum. In the final approach continuously followed a path (glide slope) which was also below the 3° angle approach slope of the VASIS.
There were strong evidences that the first officer’s altitude call-outs were from the radio-altimeter, which was considerered a constributing factor for this low approach due to terrain characteristics.”

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Today is Monday the 31st of December, the last day of 2018!

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:26

It’s New Year’s Eve!

As I’ve been preaching for the past several years, tonight is an amateur night, so BE EXTRA CAREFUL OUT THERE!

For those who are standing a watch tonight, military or public servant, our thoughts and prayers are with you all………..

I’ll step down off my soapbox now with this quote from Benjamin Franklin;
”Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbors, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.”
Happy New Year everyone!
Now here are the headlines to close out 2018…

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6 injured after jet bridge failure at BWI-Marshall

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:22

By Barry Simms


Six people were taken to hospitals after a jet bridge incident at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Saturday evening. 

An investigation into the incident found that a metal bracket was defective on the jet bridge involved. As a precautionary measure, all brackets on five other jet bridges that were installed at the same time as the affected jet bridge will also be replaced.

The six jet bridges will be taken out of service as metal brackets are replaced through Sunday night and will be put back into service as they are completed, airport officials said.

Following Saturday night’s incident, airport crews inspected all 33 jet bridges with the same manufacturer and found they were safe to use, airport officials said. The airport is continuing inspections for the rest of the jet bridges.

According to the airport Saturday night, “Around 8 p.m., personnel from the BWI-Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department responded to a passenger requiring medical attention on board an airline flight that had arrived at Gate E-10. While working to move the passenger from the aircraft, the jet bridge that serves the airline gate failed. Six individuals were injured in a fall.”

Airport officials said the injured people were treated and taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Southwest Airlines released a statement, saying, “At 7:47 p.m. EST, Southwest flight 822 arrived Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with a request that paramedics meet the aircraft to assess an onboard medical situation that occurred in-flight with one passenger. While medical personnel were assisting that passenger outside the aircraft, the airport-owned passenger loading bridge experienced a failure. Initial reports are that a few people sustained injuries and are being transported to a local hospital. The remaining customers onboard flight 822 were deplaned using air stairs. We are working swiftly to assist all passengers and crew.”

Tyler Fisher, a passenger aboard the flight, tweeted that there was a medical emergency involving a passenger. Fisher said the jet bridge collapsed as the passenger was being evacuated from the plane.

Fisher said the pilot announced that the passenger is “awake and aware” and has boarded an ambulance. 

Michele Yerman, of Reisterstown, another passenger aboard the plane, said, “Mid-flight, they asked if there were any doctors or nurses on board because there was a woman not feeling well and several people went back, I didn’t hear what happened, but when we landed, the pilot asked us all to stay in our seats because paramedics were coming on board to claim her first to give her medical attention, and we did, and she actually walked on her own volition off the plane with some paramedics with her.”

“About two seconds after she walked out, there was a loud crash,” Yerman said. “It was traumatic and everybody rushed to the front of the plane.”

Yerman said they deplaned from a different door, down stairs.

Charlie Myers and Lynn Krugman were among other travelers at BWI-Marshall who witnessed the large emergency response.

Fisher said, “Southwest Airline employees and the first responders (fire, police, paramedics) … responded with compassion, calm and class.”

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No Injuries from Latest in a Series of Air Force T-38 Talon Trainer Accidents.

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:20

A U.S. Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon two-seat, twin engine, advanced supersonic jet trainer was damaged in a mishap at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia today, Friday, November 28, 2018.

No injuries were reported in today’s incident. Photos from the scene show the T-38 jet trainer resting on its right wingtip suggesting the right main landing may have failed as a result of, or as a contributing factor to, the incident. As with all U.S. military aviation incidents, the cause of the accident is pending an official investigation that is already underway.

The aircraft damaged in today’s incident had the tail code “FF” indicating it was assigned to the 71st Fighter Training Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing out of Langley AFB, VA.

This latest mishap brings the total of U.S. Air Force accidents involving the 57-year old T-38 to six in little more than one year.

On November 13, 2018 one crew member died in an Air Force T-38 crash near Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas

On September 11, 2018, a USAF T-38C advanced jet trainer from Sheppard AFB suffered an incident when it departed the runway and both crew members ejected. One of the crew members was a German exchange pilot.

The T-38 Talon is expected to be replaced by the new Boeing T-X next generation advanced jet trainer by 2023. The Air Force plans to buy 351 of the new Boeing T-X trainers according to a September 27, 2018 official announcement. In addition to replacing the aging T-38 Talon trainer fleet the new Boeing T-X advanced trainer will facilitate a more integrated transition to the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

The new Boeing T-X is a single-engine advanced jet trainer that is significantly larger and develops several times more thrust than the aging T-38. The target date for Initial Operating Capability of the new Boeing T-X is five years from now. Until then the Air Force will likely have to rely on the aging T-38 Talon for much of its advanced jet training of future fighter pilots. An extrapolation of the 2018 accident rate for the T-38 over the next five years suggests an ominous portend. From a strictly statistical perspective, at the rate of 6 accidents per year as experienced during 2018, there could be (mathematically) an additional 30 accidents involving the T-38 by 2023 when the Boeing T-X becomes operational.

This latest December 28, 2018 accident brings the total number of U.S. Air Force accidents since the beginning of 2018 to at least 11. The Air Force accidents so far in 2018 include the loss of an F-15C Eagle that crashed near Japan on June 11, 2018 and the fatal June 22, 2018 crash of an Embraer A-29 Super Tucano participating the Light Attack Experiment near Holloman AFB. This latest Air Force incident increases the total number of U.S. military aviation accidents in 2018 to at least 18. Earlier this year the U.S. Navy made changes to its official web portal that formerly reported aviation accidents to the public. The accident data has since been moved behind a password protected firewall and can no longer be viewed by media reporters. This change preceded a significant accident on December 5, 2018 involving a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D two-seat, twin-engine tactical fighter and a large, four-engine KC-130J turboprop aerial tanker. Six Marines died in the accident.

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One person dies after plane crash on Beaver Island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:18

by Rebecca Agnew

At least one person is dead after a plane crash on Beaver Island, according to the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office.

The Beaver Island Fire Department and EMS first responded to a report of a loud explosion in the area around Peaine Township Airport.

The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue, which found a Piper Fixed Wing Multi Engine plane had crashed in a heavily wooded area off of Buff Kett road.

One person was found dead.

No word yet on any other passengers or crew, the cause is still under investigation.

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Four killed after helicopter crashes into UAE’s Jebel Jais mountains

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:16

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah

It hit a zipline before crashing and bursting into flames.

Four crew members lost their lives after their rescue helicopter crashed into Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais mountain, Khaleej Times has learnt. It hit a zipline before crashing and bursting into flames.

The three Emiratis onboard have been identified as:

-Pilot Saqr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah AlYamahi

-Pilot Hameed Mohamed Obaid AlZa’abi – who hailed from Al Salehia area in Ras Al Khaimah, was leading the rescue team.

-Navigator Jasim Abdullah Ali Tunaiji

– Flight Paramedic Mark Roxburgh – a South African national.

Eyewitnesses said the tragic mishap took place around 6.30pm on Saturday.

“The chopper went into a spin all of a sudden and then crashed into the mountain. It burst into a ball of fire,” Salam Naif, en eyewitness said.

Police sources have confirmed the tragic mishap. “More details will be announced shortly,” they said.

The RAK Tourism Development Authority said zipline visitors were safe. “The tragic chopper collision took place 50 minutes after the closure of the zipline,” it said.

Officials are assessing if any of the ziplines have been damaged as a result of the accident.

Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, is home to the world’s longest zipline.

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Former flight instructor dies in Chesaning plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:14

by David Bondy/Sarah Jaeger

CHESANING, Mich – One person has died in a plane crash at Showboat Park in Chesaning. 

83-year-old William Burns of Vernon was the only person in the plane at the time of the crash.

The crash happened Saturday morning around 10:30.

The plane was originally said to be registered to a flying club out of Owosso, according to the Sheriff’s department.

The flying club says the plane was a four-seater CESSNA 172 and privately owned.

Members of the flying club in Owosso says Burns is a former flight instructor from the area.

Sheriff William Federspiel says a single engine plane crashed into a building at the park.

Witnesses said they heard the engine cut out and the plane came straight down.

Due to the partial government shutdown and the holiday it may take days before the FAA is able to come investigate the crash.

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Four people survive small plane crash in Bend

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:12

The airport remained open during the investigation.

Author: KGW Staff

One person suffered minor injuries after a plane crashed on Saturday at the Bend Municipal Airport, Bend police said.

The crash happened around 2:27 p.m.

Officers say three passengers were on board when the plane crashed on the northeast corner of the runway while it was landing.

The pilot, 58-year-old John Bentley of Bend and two passengers were not injured. A third passenger was taken to the hospital for a minor injury.

According to police, as Bentely was landing the plane a gust of wind knocked the plane off the runway causing it to crash into an embankment.

The airport remained open during the investigation.

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Engine trouble causes small plane to crash in Central Texas

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:10

By: Associated Press

JOHNSON CITY, Texas (AP) — Authorities say engine trouble caused a small plane carrying two people to crash in Central Texas.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Robbie Barrera says the Cessna aircraft went down Friday evening about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Horseshoe Bay in Blanco County.

Barrera identified the pilot as 34-year-old Joshua Chua of Newalla, Oklahoma. His passenger was 34-year-old Jerreza Chua, also of Newalla, which is an unincorporated community near Interstate 40 east of Oklahoma City.

Barrera initially said the two were not hurt but clarified later Saturday that it’s not clear if they were injured.

The destination of the plane was not known.

Barrera referred questions to the Federal Aviation Administration but the agency is impacted by the government shutdown and a spokesman didn’t immediately respond.

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Pilot makes emergency landing in Hayward after chopper struck by vulture

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:07

By Anser Hassan

HAYWARD, Calif. (KGO) —

A student pilot and his instructor were able to walk away from their helicopter after making an emergency landing. It all happened after they were hit by a bird.

“It was pretty crazy!” says Randy Acosta.

Acosta and his friends were playing a round of golf at Skywest Golf Course in Hayward. The pilots, who launched from the Hayward Executive airport, made their emergency landing near the 10 th hole of the course.

Acosta says they were one hole behind from where the chopper came down.

“You could see the helicopter pilot kind of had it (turn) strongly to the right, regain control and then it went down and he maintained control,” says Acosta.

Airport officials say a large turkey vulture, which can have a wingspan of up to six feet wide, hit the windshield shortly after the pilots took off.

A student pilot was flying, but then his instructor immediately took over after being hit.

“It was a miraculous landing when you think about it. The tail rotor which maintains directional flight for the helicopter was impaired and the instructor was able to still land the helicopter safely,” explains airport manager, Doug McNeeley.

McNeeley says the pilots flew about half a mile when they were hit.
Victor Toy and his group came to see what happened after the chopper landed and were amazed that no one was injured in the crash.

“I thought, aww man, that doesn’t look good at all,” says Toy. “Then I look at it now, (and think) that’s an incredible pilot. The way that it was out of control. To land it the way it is. That’s pretty amazing. That’s awesome skill.”

The two pilots were able to walk away uninjured but shaken up.

Airport officials say it is rare to have problems with birds at this airport. The NTSB will also be investigating.

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