ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

Jason Momoa’s Private Plane Forced to Make an Emergency Landing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 07:17

JThe actor shared a video of himself in which he explained, “We got ourselves a slight delay”


Jason Momoa‘s has a scary experience Wednesday when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

The 39-year-old actor shared a video of himself on his Instagram Stories in which he explained, “We got ourselves a slight delay.”

“Half an hour out of Palm Springs and the plane wanted to start a fire,” he said. “So, uh, yeah. Good old fire department, gotta love them. Looks like we’re driving.”

Momoa shared a video of the fire department but later shared the plane was back up and running again.

“All right round two. Got the pack. Friends came to pick me up,” he said.

The Aquaman star posed alongside a Palm Springs firefighter. The department shared the photo through its Instagram page.

“Had an Aircraft emergency today. Reported engine fire with @prideofgypsies on board,” the caption read. “ARFF Engineer Andy Meza told his crew, “Not on my watch boys…not on my watch”. Turned out to be a false alarm but the ARFF Lads were on the ready.”

“It’s always nice to meet cool people. #aquaman #palmsprings #firefighters #bestjobintheworld #ARFF #visitpalmsprings #local3601 #engine #truck #chiefmiller,” the caption read.

Momoa is the most recent star to have aircraft problems. Jennifer Aniston’s private plane was also forced to make an emergency landing in February as she and her friends, including Courteney Cox, tried to fly to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for her 50th birthday.

Her plane landed at the Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California.

statementthis link opens in a new tab released by the airport revealed there were problems with the plane’s landing gear.

“A Gulfstream aircraft with 10 passengers and two flight crew members on board landed without incident at Ontario International Airport (ONT) after experiencing landing gear difficulty,” the statement read.

“The plane was en route Friday from Los Angeles International Airport to Cabo San Lucas when it was discovered that one of the four rear tires had displaced,” the statement continued. “The aircraft landed safely at ONT around 2 p.m. Friday.”

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 07:15

12 Years ago today: On 7 March 2007 a Garuda Indonesia Airways Boeing 737-400 crashed on landing at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, killing 21 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2007 Time: 07:58 Type: Boeing 737-497 Operator: Garuda Indonesia Airways Registration: PK-GZC C/n / msn: 25664/2393 First flight: 1992-11-05 (14 years 4 months) Total airframe hrs: 35207 Cycles: 37360 Engines:CFMI CFM56-3C1 Crew: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 133 Total: Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 140 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Yogyakarta-Adisutjipto Airport (JOG) (   Indonesia) Crash site elevation: 107 m (351 feet) amsl Phase: Landing (LDG) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK/WIII), Indonesia Destination airport: Yogyakarta-Adisutjipto Airport (JOG/WARJ), Indonesia Flightnumber: GA200

Garuda flight 200 was an early morning service from Jakarta (CGK) to Yogyakarta (JOG). The pilot in command (PIC) was the pilot flying, and the copilot was the support/monitoring pilot.
The PIC intended to make an instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 09 at Yogyakarta and briefed the copilot accordingly. Yogya Approach cleared the aircraft for a visual approach, with a requirement to proceed to long final and report runway in sight. Although the crew acknowledged the visual approach clearance, they continued with the ILS approach, but did not inform the controller. The descent and approach were conducted in visual meteorological conditions.
At 07:55:33, when the aircraft was 10.1 miles from the runway, it was 1,427 feet above the initial fix of 2,500 feet published in the approach chart, and the airspeed was 283 knots. The pilot in command descended the aircraft steeply in an attempt to reach the runway, but in doing so, the airspeed increased excessively. As the aircraft was being flown at speeds that were in excess of the wing flaps operation speed, the copilot elected not to extend the flaps as instructed by the PIC. During the approach, the Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) alerts and warnings sounded 15 times and the copilot called for the PIC to go around.
The PIC continued the approach with flaps 5 degrees, and the aircraft attained the glideslope near the runway 09 threshold. Flaps 5 degrees is not a landing flap setting. The aircraft crossed the threshold, 89 feet above the runway, at an airspeed of 232 knots, 98 knots faster than the required landing speed for flaps 40 degrees. The wind was north easterly at 9 knots. The groundspeed was 235 knots. The aircraft touched down at an airspeed of 221 knots, 87 knots faster than landing speed for 40 degrees flap. Shortly after touching down, the copilot called, with high intonation, for the PIC to go around.
The aircraft overran the departure end of runway 09, to the right of the centerline at 110 knots. The aircraft crossed a road, and impacted an embankment before stopping in a rice paddy field 252 meters from the threshold of runway 27 (departure end of runway 09). The aircraft destroyed by the impact forces and an intense, fuel-fed, post-impact fire

Probable Cause:

“1. Flight crew communication and coordination was less than effective after the aircraft passed 2,336 feet on descent after flap 1 was selected. Therefore the safety of the flight was compromized.
2. The PIC flew the aircraft at an excessively high airspeed and steep descent during the approach. The crew did not abort the approach when stabilized approach criteria were not met.
3. The pilot in command did not act on the 15 GPWS alerts and warnings, and the two calls from the copilot to go around.
4. The copilot did not follow company instructions and take control of the aircraft from the pilot in command when he saw that the pilot in command repeatedly ignored warnings to go around.
5. Garuda did not provide simulator training for its Boeing 737 flight crews covering vital actions and required responses to GPWS and EGPWS alerts and warnings such as ‘TOO LOW TERRAIN’ and ‘WHOOP, WHOOP PULL UP’.”

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Today is Wednesday the 6th of March, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:47

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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2 on board when plane crashes at Statesboro airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:43

By: Khalil Maycock

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Two people were on board when a plane crashed at the Statesboro Bulloch County Airport Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, the plane took off from Savannah and had to make an emergency landing.

Photos from a witness show the plane engulfed in flames.

Statesboro Deputy Fire Chief Bobby Duggar says at least a dozen firefighters responded to the airport around 3:05 p.m.

The pilot and passenger were checked out by Bulloch County EMS on the scene and were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating. They are expected in Statesboro on Wednesday.

The airport is located on Newton Road, about three miles from downtown.

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Pilot dies hours after tree-trimming helicopter crashes, sheriff’s office says

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:41

By: Tom Regan

PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. – The pilot of a tree-trimming helicopter  dies after he was rushed to the hospital following a crash Tuesday morning in north Georgia.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said the helicopter crashed off of Ellijay Road in Talking Rock just north of Highway 515.

Channel 2’s Tom Regan was the only reporter at the scene, where wreckage of the chopper was still on its side on the ground Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said the helicopter crashed as pilot, Johnny Kent, was towing a stem of saws under the chopper and cutting back tree limbs near power lines.

Somehow, Kent lost control and crashed, officials said.

Regan talked to Kris Stancil with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office about how the crash happened.

“He hit a tree at some point,” Stancil said. “The wind was pretty strong, so there’s a possibility that the wind caused it.”

The chopper plunged 60 feet to the ground, the saws taking down a tree stand nearby. The impact of the crash broke the helicopter apart, officials said.

“It was kind of flipped over when it hit the ground,” Stancil said. “He was hanging in the harness up against his neck. Fortunately there were some crews on the ground working with the flight crew, so they were able to get to his aide and call 911 to get here quickly.”

Ken was alert and emergency medical services staff were able to communicate with him when they took him to the hospital by air ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital. Kent died shortly before 6 p.m., the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into the cause of the crash.

Regan looked in to crashes involving aerial tree trimming and found that they are pretty rare.

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Student pilot dead after plane crashes in woods near Interstate 95 in Indian River County

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:40

Mary Helen Moore, Treasure Coast Newspapers

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The pilot of a small plane that crashed Tuesday in a wooded area near Interstate 95 is dead, a fire rescue official confirmed.

It took hours for first responders to reach the heavily damaged plane, which was deep in the woods south of Vero Lake Estates.

The pilot, whose name has not yet been revealed, was the only person aboard, said Battalion Chief Kyle Kofke, with Indian River County Fire Rescue.

“We did suffer a tragic loss at FlightSafety Academy this morning,” said Steve Phillips, vice president of communications at FlightSafety International.

“It was one of our students who was on a solo training flight. We have reached out to the family expressing our condolences. … We told them, whatever they need, just let us know.”

The plane took off Tuesday morning from Vero Beach Regional Airport for Palm Beach County Glades Airport in Pahokee, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Air Force reported losing contact with the plane about 11:30 a.m. in the area, said Maj. Eric Flowers, with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office launched its helicopter as deputies and fire officials searched the brush.

The helicopter pilot spotted the plane, a Piper PA-28 Cherokee, about 1 p.m. It was a mile and a half south of Vero Lake Estates, east of the interstate, Flowers said.

The Florida Forest Service sent two plows to clear a path to the crash site, as fire engines staged nearby, at 90th Avenue and 77th Street.

The FAA, which arrived on scene about 2:30 p.m., will investigate the crash, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine its cause.

Phillips said FlightSafety International, which operates a flight training school at the Vero Beach airport, is working closely with investigators.

Flowers said they were working Tuesday afternoon to notify the pilot’s relatives.

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NASA plane experiences malfunction with landing gear at Ellington Field

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:38

By Brittany Taylor – Digital News Editor

HOUSTON – A NASA WB-57 high altitude research plane experienced a malfunction with its landing gear during takeoff at Ellington Field on Tuesday afternoon. 

There were conflicting reports on whether the malfunction happened while the plane was still at the airport or while landing. However, a spokeswoman for NASA later confirmed that the plane experienced a problem with its gear during takeoff and had to aport mission to takeoff. She said the plane had to be towed back to the hangar.

NASA Operations Division confirmed there were two crew members on board, the pilot and sensor operator. There were no injuries reported.

A viewer, John Gladu, said he witnessed the incident and shared a photo with KPRC that showed emergency crews surrounding the plane.

The extent of the plane’s damage is unknown. The research plane is one of three at the Ellington Field.

The incident is under investigation.

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Military plane diverts to Tulsa after reported fire on board

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:11

TULSA — A U.S. Navy plane has diverted to Tulsa International Airport for an emergency landing after a pilot reported a possible fire on board, authorities say.

After a safe landing, airport officials said it was determined to be an overheated fan that caused the concern.

Authorities tell us all 22 passengers de-boarded safely. No injuries have been reported.

The plane is being moved to a cargo ramp awaiting maintenance.

A spokesperson for Tulsa International Airport tweeted this statement:

“At 3:09 PM a military aircraft made an emergency landing at TUL without incident. In an abundance of caution, the crew elected to deplane the aircraft on a nearby taxiway. None of the 22 passengers on board were injured. The airport remained open with flights landing on the crosswind runway until the main runway opened a short time later. Flight operations have returned to normal.”

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NTSB: Atlas Air crew lost control 18 seconds before black box stopped recording

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:08

By Nicole Hensley and Jay R. Jordan

Audio recovered from doomed Atlas Air cargo flight indicates the pilots may have lost control of the Boeing 767 aircraft before it plunged into Trinity Bay, federal investigators said. 

A cockpit recording fished from the muddy wreckage of Flight 3591 captured the final moments of Capts. Ricky Blakely and Sean Archuleta and First Officer Conrad Aska during a Feb. 23 contract flight from Miami to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport with cargo from Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service.

The three crew members were 40 miles away from their destination and in contact with air traffic control with plans to land at runway 26L. The pilots then made communications “consistent with a loss control of the aircraft,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s initial review.

The recording stopped 18 seconds later, according to a NTSB news release.

It took about 30 seconds for the plane to plunge 11,750 feet and nose dive into the bay near Anahuac in Chambers County.

It was not known if the end of the recording signified the moment of impact. It is possible for cockpit voice recorders to stop working when the engines shut off, NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said.

The investigation into the cockpit audio continues, although engineers noted it was difficult to understand the crew members because of the poor quality of the audio. A copy of the two-hour-long recording was not available.

“The quality of the audio is poor,” the statement read. “There are times during the recording when the content of the crew discussion is difficult to determine. At other times the content can be determined using advanced audio filtering.”

Investigators expect to release a transcript of the final transmissions in at least a week, officials said. 

Search crews were unable to find black boxes containing the cockpit recorder and flight data until about a week after the crash. A layer of mud in the shallow waters made it difficult for divers to hear the pings both devices were emitting.

The audio was recovered Friday, while a black box containing flight data was pulled from the crash site on Sunday afternoon. The second mud-caked device arrived at a Washington D.C. lab just before midnight with a hard drive containing data from final flight and 16 others inside. The drive was “disassembled, cleaned and dried” and the data downloaded Monday, according to investigators.

The data accounted for the plane’s functions, altitude and other measures for 54 hours in flight.

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Lawmakers call for immediate action on firefighter gear after Boston 25 report

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:05

By: Blair Miller

BOSTON – Lawmakers are calling for immediate action after a Boston 25 News report laid out some new concerns about the gear firefighters wear.

Researchers are concerned about the chemicals being used on that gear and the possible impacts to the health of firefighters.

Boston 25 News traveled to a lab at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, where nuclear physics professor Graham Peaslee is testing firefighter gear — including some from Boston.

He’s looking for certain man-made flourinated chemicals called PFAS.

Studies show they can be linked to cancer and Peaslee’s tests showed those chemicals on the jackets firefighters wear.

“The reason I’m doing this study is because I’m concerned,” Peaslee said.

Massachusetts State Representative Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro) wanted to see our story. He’s recently filed a bill that would reduce toxic chemicals in protective gear for firefighters. After seeing our report, he wants to fast track it.

“I think this is an urgent situation that needs to be dealt with right away,” Hawkins told Boston 25 News.

He says too many firefighters are dying too young — linked to occupational cancer.

“I don’t think you can get rid of the gear. They need the gear, so it would be different chemicals and a different way of keeping them safe from the flames and smoke and other carcinogens that they may be exposed to in a fire,” Hawkins said.

The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts responded to our story saying, “The excessive rate of firefighters being diagnosed with occupational cancer is simply unacceptable! Your report and other studies we have seen are extremely concerning to the PFFM. The PFFM will insist that municipalities provide our firefighters with safe turnout gear and other equipment to protect our members.”

“This isn’t an emotional knee-jerk response,” Rep. Hawkins said. “This is a scientific response to a problem.”

We also took some firefighter gear from Massachusetts to that lab in Notre Dame to be tested. Some of it contained Bromine, which is also toxic. Dr. Peaslee was very concerned about that. Several firefighters said they now plan to check their own gear to make sure it’s not on there.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:04

16 Years ago today: On 6 March 2003 an Air Algérie Boeing 737-200 lost control and crashed on takeoff from Tamanrasset, Algeria, killing 102 occupants.

Date: Thursday 6 March 2003 Time: 15:15 Type: Boeing 737-2T4 Operator: Air Algérie Registration: 7T-VEZ C/n / msn: 22700/885 First flight: 1982-06-09 (20 years 9 months) Total airframe hrs: 41472 Cycles: 27184 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A (HK3) Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 96 / Occupants: 97 Total: Fatalities: 102 / Occupants: 103 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Tamanrasset Airport (TMR) (   Algeria) Crash site elevation: 1377 m (4518 feet) amsl Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Tamanrasset-Aguemar Airport (TMR/DAAT), Algeria Destination airport: Ghardaïa-Noumérat Airport (GHA/DAUG), Algeria Flightnumber: 6289

Air Algérie flight 6289 originated in Tamanrasset and was bound for Algiers, with an intermediate stop at Ghardaia. Takeoff was commenced from runway 02 with the co-pilot acting as pilot-in-command. The aircraft rotated and at 15:14:52 the co-pilot ordered the gear to be raised. At that moment, at a height of 78 feet and a speed of 158 kts, the no. 1 engine suffered a turbine failure. The captain took over control of the airplane. Three seconds later the co-pilot asked if she should raise the gear, but the captain did not respond. The 737 lost speed and at 15:15:06 the speed had dropped to 134 kts. Height at that moment was 398 ft. The aircraft, named “Monts du Daia”, stalled and crashed and broke up on rocky terrain about 1645 metres past the runway

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES: The accident was caused by the loss of an engine during a critical phase of flight, the non-retraction of the landing gear after the engine failure, and the Captain, the PNF, taking over control of the airplane before having clearly identified the problem.
The following factors probably contributed to the accident:
– the perfunctory flight preparation, which meant that the crew were not equipped to face the situation that occurred at a critical moment of the flight;
– the coincidence between the moment the failure occurred and the request to retract the landing gear;
– the speed of the event that left the crew little time to recover the situation;
– maintaining an inappropriate rate of climb, taking into account the failure of one engine;
– the absence of any teamwork after the engine failure, which led to a failure to detect and correct parameters related to the conduct of the flight (speed, rate of climb, configuration, etc.);
– the takeoff weight being close to the maximum with a high aerodrome altitude and high temperature;
– the rocky environment around the aerodrome, unsuitable for an emergency landing.

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Today is Tuesday the 5th of March, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 07:06

Been a tough couple of days for keeping aircraft on pavement! Yesterday there were two of note, one in Maine (Emb-145) , one in Canada (B-767) and then an evacuation of a B-777 in Russia.

See the stories below…

Be safe out there!


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Plane skids off runway, closing airport in Presque Isle

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 07:00

Anthony Brino & Jessica Potila, Special to The County

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A United Airlines flight from Newark to Presque Isle landed roughly on its second approach and then slid off the runway Monday as passengers screamed and some seat parts popped off, according to one occupant. 

Of the 28 passengers and 4 crew members on board, four passengers and the pilot were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, said Kim Smith, Presque Isle public information officer.

Presque Isle International Airport will be closed until further notice as representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration investigate, Smith said.

The United flights for the Newark-Presque Isle service are operated by CommuteAir, which is partly owned by United. The service runs two outbound and inbound flights per day on weekdays and one outbound and one inbound flight per day on weekends.

The aircraft that arrived around 11:30 a.m. Monday also sustained unspecified damage and is remaining in place until investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration can assess the incident, Smith said.

It is not clear what may have caused this to happen, Smith said.

The accident closed the airport Monday, and it is not known immediately when outgoing and incoming flights will resume, she said.

Rick and Cassie Daigle, owners of Too Far North Fitness in Fort Kent, were on the flight returning from Columbus, Ohio, where Cassie Daigle was competing in a kettlebell event at the Arnold Sports Expo. 

Rick Daigle said from the airport via an interview using Facebook messenger that passengers realized there was a problem even before the plane hit the runway.

“Well, the first attempt they pulled up before landing … so obviously something was wrong,” he said. Contradicting the report that the plane landed on the runway and then skidded off, he said, that “the actual ‘landing,’ if you want to call it that, completely missed the runway. The first impact was hard and violent.”

Daigle said the plane then bounced four or five times before coming to a stop at a location far from the runway.

“The plane literally is nowhere near the actual runway,” he said, adding that snowplows had to remove snow so that emergency responders could get to the plane to help the injured passengers.

The scene inside the airplane as it landed was one of chaos with people screaming and seats coming apart, Daigle said. 

“We smelled some burning, but nothing was on fire. We were just in shock.”

Daigle said his wife hit her head during the incident and once the couple returns to Fort Kent she plans to be evaluated at Northern Maine Medical Center as a precaution.

“We climbed out on a ladder with the help of local firefighters,” he said.

The Daigles were still at the airport as of 2 p.m. after having been interviewed by emergency medical technicians and a United representative, Daigle said.

The Daigles are parents to a 4 1 /2 year old son.

“Cass did say to me she will be OK when she sees Keegan,” Rick Daigle said.

“I do want answers though,” he said.

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Air Canada flight slides off runway at Halifax Stanfield

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 06:56

Andrew Rankin

It was a flight that Stephanie Ray and her twins won’t soon forget.

“When it was all over I sent my husband a text saying, ‘Thank goodness, this could have ended up so much differently,’ said Ray.

“The captain was very calm and the entire crew did a great job.”

Her 17-year-old children Skyler and Storme McNeil sat safely beside her aboard Air Canada Flight 614 on Monday night at about 9 p.m. The plane had slid off a runaway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and had come to rest in a snow bank, she said. The trio of Halifax residents had been waiting to deplane for about two hours, after travelling most of the day from Victoria, B.C.

The Chronicle Herald could not immediately reach anyone for comment at the Halifax airport. But the airport’s Twitter account did confirm an incident occurred on the runway and a Transportation Safety Board of Canada crew was on its way to investigate.

Ray said that nobody aboard the plane appeared to be hurt but several people were rattled by the incident.

“It was quite rough coming in. They engaged what I thought was the brakes full-on and the plane started turning.

“A lot of women were crying. There was no big bang but it was a bit scary initially.”

Isabelle Arthur, spokeswoman for Air Canada, said none of the 211 passengers were hurt. Arthur did not say what exactly caused the incident.

“Flight AC614, a Boeing 767-300ER, arriving from Toronto with 211 passengers was unable to taxi to the gate in Halifax because of poor weather conditions,” said Arthur in an email statement. “We thank our passengers for their patience and understanding as they were bussed to the terminal.”

Ray said the runway was closed following the landing and that buses were sent to the plane to deliver passengers to the airport.

At 10 p.m., Ray said she and her children were in the airport with other passengers after deboarding into Park’N Fly shuttles. The flight captain met each passenger as they deboarded making sure everyone was OK, she said.

Skyler took the unusual ordeal in stride, recalling the plane hitting turbulence before landing. He said several passengers began clapping immediately after landing before pausing and then clapping again once the plane finally came to a standstill. He joined in the applause.

“The crew told us it would be a little bumpier coming into the landing and the lights were flickering a bit but the crew was calm the whole time and the pilot had been updating us quite frequently,” said Skyler while he was still aboard the plane. “We could see emergency lights in the distance but no vehicles came up really close.”

“We weren’t going very fast by the end so it wasn’t scary. The scary part was probably coming in with all the turbulence.”

CBC reported Monday night that flight operations resumed at the airport by about 8:30 p.m.

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‘Drop everything, evacuate immediately. The plane will explode’: Passengers scramble to safety after flight from China to LA is forced to make emergency landing in Russia

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 06:55
  • Passengers on the Air China Boeing 777 were ordered to immediately evacuate
  • This was amid fears of a suspected fire in the baggage hold area of the plane
  • Russian officials said in the end there was ‘no confirmation’ of a fire


Passengers on a plane from Beijing to Los Angeles were ordered to immediately evacuate amid fears it would ‘explode’ after a dramatic emergency landing in sub-Arctic Russia

The cabin was said to be full of ‘screams and panic’ over a suspected fire in the baggage hold on the Air China Boeing 777.

Footage shows the 188 passengers coming down emergency chutes in the Arctic Chukotka region of Russia – many with rough landings on the tarmac.

One passenger posted online: ‘When the flight attendant opens the door she yells: “Drop everything, evacuate immediately. The plane will explode”.

‘The cabin is full of screams and panic and the flight attendant is doing her best to maintain order.’

The passenger said there was terror on the flight as it made the emergency landing in Anadyr – capital of Chukotka – Russia’s easternmost town where the temperature was reported as -4F (-20C).

One video showed terror-stricken passengers rushing to escape.

Earlier it was reported that the alarm system suggested a blaze in the baggage hold.

The Chinese crew immediately sought a landing in the nearest airport, Anadyr.

The 188 passengers plus crew used emergency chutes to safely exit the plane in Anadyr, where Roman Abramovich was once Chukotka region governor.

The plane was en route from Beijing to Los Angeles when the warning alarms sounded leading to ‘deep concern’ on the flight deck.

Russian sources said there was ‘no confirmation’ of a fire but a back-up plane has been sent from the Chinese capital to pick up the stranded passengers amid concerns of faults on the original plane. 

‘The passengers had planned dinner in Hollywood but instead founded themselves stuck on the floor in one of the bleakest towns in the world,’ said one comment.

Pictures showed passengers huddling on the tarmac and later lying on the floor in the small airport terminal in Anadyr, population 15,500.

An air safety official said: ‘The evacuation of passengers was carried out by inflatable chutes.’

Deputy Governor Leonid Nikolayev said: ‘All passengers were accommodated in the international flight zone and the airport VIP-hall. They are provided with food and drink. There are doctors on the spot.’

No injuries were reported.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 06:51

53 Years ago today: On 5 March 1966 a BOAC Boeing 707 broke up and crashed at the foot of Mount Fuji, Japan, killing all 124 occupants.

Date: Saturday 5 March 1966 Time: 14:15 Type: Boeing 707-436 Operator: British Overseas Airways Corporation – BOAC Registration: G-APFE C/n / msn: 17706/113 First flight: 1960 Total airframe hrs: 19523 Cycles: 6744 Engines:Rolls-Royce Conway 508 Crew: Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 113 / Occupants: 113 Total: Fatalities: 124 / Occupants: 124 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Mount Fuji (   Japan) Crash site elevation: 1320 m (4331 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan Destination airport: Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong Flightnumber: 911

BOAC Flight 911 was a scheduled service from San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) via Honolulu (HNL) and Tokyo (HND). The Boeing 707 was expected to arrive at Tokyo Airport at 16:45 on 4 March. However, due to poor meteorological conditions at Tokyo and because the precision approach radar (PAR) of the GCA was out of service, it diverted to Fukuoka (FUK) and landed there at 18:00. After staying overnight at Fukuoka, Flight 911 left for Tokyo at 11:25 and landed there at 12:43. The aircraft was prepared for the next leg to Hong Kong and a flight plan was filed for a flight in accordance with the instrument flight rules via Oshima on airway JG6 to Hong Kong at FL310.
At 13:42 hours the crew contacted ATC requesting permission to start the engines and clearance for a VMC climb via Fuji-Rebel-Kushimoto. The aircraft left the ramp at 13:50. It was instructed to make “a right turn after take off”, and departed Tokyo Airport at 13:58. After takeoff the aircraft flew over Gotemba City on a heading of approximately 298 deg at an altitude of approximately 4900 m and indicated airspeed of 320 to 370 knots. The aircraft, trailing white vapor, then suddenly lost altitude over the Takigahara area, and parts of the aircraft began to break away over Tsuchiyadai and Ichirimatsu. Finally over Tarobo at an altitude of approx. 2000 m, the forward fuselage broke away. The mid-aft fuselage together with the wing, making a slow flat spin to the right, crashed into a forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. The forward fuselage crashed into the forest approx. 300 m to the west of the above site and caught fire

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The aircraft suddenly encountered abnormally severe turbulence over Gotemba City which imposed a gust load considerably in excess of the design limit.”

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Today is Monday the 4th of March, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:30

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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‘There was an EXPLOSION, the cabin crew were screaming’: Terrified passengers tell of ‘flames and sparks’ as jet carrying 175 people ‘screeched to halt’ on Stansted runway before scramble to escape

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:28
  • The Laudamotion A320 jet was on the runway about to take off at Stansted
  • Passengers claimed they heard a loud bang on one side of the aircraft 
  • The jet screeched to a halt before cabin crew ordered them to evacuate
  • The passengers used the emergency slides to evacuate the Airbus aircraft
  • The airport reopened shortly before 11pm after the runway was fully inspected 


Passengers evacuated off a plane at Stansted airport last night have recalled the terrifying moment they fled the aircraft after hearing an ‘explosion’.   

The pilot of the Laudamotion passenger jet had to abandon take-off after an engine failure as it was due to lift off en-route to Vienna shortly before 8pm.

The Airbus A320 jet screeched to a halt and 169 passengers and the six crew members were evacuated down emergency slides, forcing Air Traffic Controllers to halt all departures and arrivals.

Anja Kohlfurst said passengers panicked as staff screamed ‘evacuate’ and ‘jump’.

She said: ‘They were just screaming evacuate and jump and pushing people to the slides.

‘We were just hearing a bang and we saw something that looked like a explosion.

‘After sliding out, we were just standing on the field and everyone was panicking.’

Sam Long, another passenger who was on board, said there was a ‘loud bang as plane began to accelerate and take off’.

Another tweeted: ‘Mid take off at Stansted, our plane had a huge bang, skidded to a stop and all had to evacuate down the slides, with my friend opening the emergency door. A scary experience for sure.’

He added: ‘Cabin crew screaming evacuate and all had to slide down the slides.’

The emergency incident delayed flights at the busy airport for three hours causing significant disruption to thousands of other passengers.

Dozens of jets were diverted to alternative airports while others were delayed for hours until the runway at Stansted was cleared.

Passengers claimed they heard a bang as the aircraft gathered speed on the runway before the jet stopped.

Eight passengers suffered minor injuries after they were evacuated down the slides. 

The Air Accident Investigation Branch said they were sending a team of experts to Stansted to discover what caused the pilot to abort the take off.

Thomas Steer was on a Vienna-bound Lauda Air flight which suffered a ‘scary’ aborted take-off shortly after 8pm on Friday.

The estate agent, 24, from Essex, said it had been accelerating for around 15 seconds before there was a ‘big bang on the side of the aircraft which skidded to a stop’.

He said: ‘It was scary. And then staff shouting ‘evacuate evacuate’.

‘My friend opened the emergency exit and we slid down the slides, a few old people fell over and the fire brigade treated them.

‘No-one was seriously injured just minor things.

The aircraft was removed from the runway shortly before 10pm and a full inspection of the tarmac has been launched ahead of the resumption of flight operations.

An airport spokesman said: ‘Flights at London Stansted Airport are currently suspended due to an aircraft on the runway following an aborted take off due to a suspected engine problem.

‘Emergency services attended and all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft as a precaution and have now been taken back to the terminal.’

There were no reports of any injuries. Images posted to social media by delayed passengers showed flashing blue lights on the runway.

One man, who said he was on the plane, posted on Twitter: ‘Mid take off at Stansted, our plane had a huge bang, skidded to a stop and all had to evacuate down the slides, with my friend opening the emergency door. A scary experience for sure.’

Footage showed the emergency services assisting the jet.  

Significant delays are expected this evening as dozens of jets have been forced to divert to other airports such as Southend, Birmingham and Luton.

Others returned to their departure airports.

Stansted later tweeted: ‘The aircraft has now been removed from the runway and a full inspection is underway. All flights will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. The safety of our passengers is always our top priority and we’re working closely with our airlines to ensure affected passengers are looked after.’

A spokesperson for Laudamotion told MailOnline: ‘The crew of this Laudamotion flight from London Stansted to Vienna (1 Mar) OE 327 decided to abort the take off due to engine issues and to disembark the passengers on the runway as a precautionary measure.

‘Passengers were transferred to the terminal by bus and will be reaccommodated onto a replacement flight.’

The Austrian-based airline was owned by former Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda

Nearly three hours after the incident, Stansted tweeted: ‘Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational. We are extremely sorry for the disruption caused by the incident, but our first priority is always the safety of passengers and staff.’

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3 killed in plane crash in North Carolina, plane headed to Hilton Head Island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:26

By: Darius Johnson


Authorities say that three people died Friday night a plane crash in Franklin County.

Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead said a homeowner near the airport on Clifton Pond Road heard a loud boom and thought a plane had gone down.

Crews on ATVs searched the pond nearby and found a plane in the pond. A boat was sent to the scene to investigate.

Officials said Saturday afternoon a man and two women who were in the plane died in the incident, which happened southwest of the airport in Louisburg.

The plane left Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg around 7:20 p.m. Friday heading to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The plane could be seen in the daylight Saturday and was in some water. The plane had been pulled near the shore of the body of water and was ripped and heavily damaged.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol earlier said it can’t get to the plane because it is still in the water. The debris field was scattered. It called the operation a recovery effort.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is a Cessna C-172 and that it crashed shortly after taking off from the Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg.

The FAA is at the scene investigating the crash.

Relatives of those who died are being contacted before the names of the victims are released.

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Kenya Helicopter Crash Kills 4 Americans, Police Say

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:23

By Mike Ives

A helicopter carrying four Americans crashed in Kenya, killing them and the pilot, the Kenyan police said on Monday.

The National Police Service said in a Twitter thread that the helicopter crashed on Sunday evening in Central Island National Park, near the country’s northern border with Ethiopia. It said the cause of the crash had not yet been established.

United States officials confirmed the Americans’ deaths and provided names of three of the victims — Anders Asher Jesiah Burke, Brandon Howe Stapper and Kyle John Forti — to The Associated Press on Monday.

The police service said the helicopter was one of two that had landed at a “tented camp” on the island, and that the other one had cleared the area safely. The Kenyan news outlet Capital FM Kenya reportedearly on Monday that the Americans were tourists who had visited the camp and were flying out when the crash occurred.

Capital FM Kenya identified the pilot as Mario Magonga and said that he had been among the pilots working for Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto.

Central Island National Park sits on an island in Lake Turkana, which the Kenya Wildlife Service says is the world’s largest permanent desert lake. The park is less than two square miles in size, and the lake is a three-day drive from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Central Island has three active volcanoes and three crater lakes that provide a habitat for the world’s largest concentration of Nile crocodiles, according to the wildlife service. Most visitors travel there by air.

The A.P. said five people were killed last month when their plane crashed as it flew to the town of Lodwar, west of Lake Turkana. Three were American.

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