ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

One Dead In Banner Plane Crash In Fort Lauderdale

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:21

By Carey Codd

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – One person is dead after a small plane crashes into a building in Fort Lauderdale Friday.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan says the bright yellow plane was a banner plane. 

“The banner plane made contact with a high-rise building between the 16th and 17th floor,” said Chief Gollan on CBS4 News at Noon.  He said the building was under construction and the plane fell to the pool deck.

The pilot did not survive. There were no other injuries.

The building, called The Berkeley South, is located at 3015 North Ocean Boulevard.

The building’s balconies and pool deck have been under construction for more than a year but the 18-story building is occupied.

Residents say they heard the crash around 11:55 a.m. then a loud boom, which is when the plane hit the 17thfloor and fell to the pool deck.

The fire alarm went off and about a hundred people were evacuated.

A1A was shut down both northbound and southbound just south of Oakland Park Boulevard.

Witnesses said they could tell the plane was in trouble.

“We noticed that the plane was low and shaking a little bit and seconds later, we hear the crash,” said Tony Bonilla.

Witnesses said the plane was pulling a banner along the beach shortly before noon Friday. One witness said it appeared the banner got stuck at some point. Ken Criswell said it was clear the pilot was in trouble even though the engine was running.

“It was running but he just had no power,” Criswell said. “He couldn’t climb. I saw him when he was crossing A1A. And I could still the see banner in the air and then that quick, I knew this guy was going down.”

First responders from Fort Lauderdale arrived quickly. They said the plane hit the building around the 16th floor.

A person was in the condo near the crash but was unhurt.

Then the plane fell to the 2nd-floor pool deck where workers ran for safety. Investigators say there were more than 100 people in the building. Some told us they felt the building shake. Investigators said they need to make sure the building is safe.

“We have the building evacuated and evaluated for structural integrity,” said Stephen Gollan, Battalion Chief for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

We looked up the tail number on the Piper PA-25 airplane. It comes back to a company called Aerial Banners in Pembroke Pines.

The FAA says the plane took off from North Perry airport in Pembroke Pines.

CBS 4 News contacted the owner of Aerial Banners, Bob Benyo, and he told CBS 4 News that they’re struggling to figure out why this plane crashed. He said the pilot should not have been this low when he was turning west.

All in all, however, investigators say they’re grateful there weren’t more fatalities with the number of people on the pool deck.

“It’s a recipe for disaster when you have 20 individuals there that are just doing their job working,” Gollan said. “There’s no telling what could have happened.”

Investigators with the NTSB will be back Saturday morning to figure out how to remove the plane from the pool deck.

One Dead In Banner Plane Crash In Fort Lauderdale

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2 Southwest Planes Clip Wings At Newark Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:19

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSDFW.COM) – A Southwest Airlines that was taxiing at Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday clipped wings with a parked aircraft, the company said.

The Dallas-based company said the incident happened at around 7 a.m., and there were no injuries reported.

According to Southwest, an aircraft bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida was taxiing when its left wing “grazed” a parked plane that was getting ready to travel to Nashville.

Twitter user Bryan Rogers tweeted from the taxiing plane, saying “Well looks like my Florida vacation will actually be at Newark Airport because my Southwest plane just got hit by another plane on the tarmac.”

The company said the planes will be out of service for inspections.

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/03/02/southwest-planes-clip-wings-newark-airport/

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Small Plane Crashes Into Water Near Merritt Island Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:17

By Spectrum News Staff Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard County Fire Rescue is investigating a small plane crash at Merritt Island Airport.

According to an airport spokesperson, the plane took off from the airport and went down into Sykes Creek about 50 yards off the runway around 9:08 a.m.

According to Brevard Fire Rescue, at least one person was brought to shore by boat.  That person was flown as a trauma alert to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

No word yet on how many people were on board the plane when it went down, or what led to the crash.

https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2019/03/02/small-plane-crashes-into-water-near-merritt-island-airport

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Scottsdale Airport reopens after plane makes emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:16

Alia Beard Rau, Arizona Republic

A plane reporting gear problems Saturday afternoon made an emergency landing on its belly, sliding off the runway.

According to airport officials, there was one person on board the Cessna 172. The individual is not reporting any serious injuries.

Officials closed the airport for about an hour due to the landing. It was reopened at about 2:15 p.m.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale-breaking/2019/03/02/scottsdale-airport-closed-after-plane-makes-emergency-landing/3041681002/

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Flight data recorder from Trinity Bay crash site found

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:13

By Nicole Hensley

A mud-caked flight data recorder was recovered Sunday from the site of a cargo jet wreckage in Trinity Bay. 

The black box was one of two devices that National Transportation Safety Board investigators hope will shed light on what caused the Boeing 767 aircraft to crash in Anahuac during a Feb. 23 flight from Miami to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental. Investigators will analyze the data — the plane’s functions, altitude and other measures — in Washington D.C., officials said.

The plane fell 11,750 feet in about 30 seconds and plunged nose-first into the shallow waters about 30 miles from its destination, where it was slated to deliver an Amazon and U.S. Postal Service payload. A cockpit recording device was recovered from the crash site Friday, according to the NTSB officials.

A layer of mud at the crash site made it difficult for divers to hear the ultrasonic pings emitted by the devices.

Authorities have identified the remains of Capt. Ricky Blakely, Capt. Sean Archuleta, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska, who were aboard the Atlas jet carrying cargo for Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service.

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Flight-data-recorder-from-Trinity-Bay-crash-site-13659811.php#photo-17016733

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Worker Killed When Tire Explodes in John Wayne Airport Workshop

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:11

The force of the explosion triggered a fire alarm and sprinklers inside the workshop and prompted a response from an Orange County Fire Authority crew and paramedics stationed at the airport.

By City News Service

One person was killed when a large tire being worked on exploded at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, officials said Wednesday.

The man was an employee of John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT AeroTech) and was fatally injured when a jet way tire exploded and struck the man in the neck, according to the Department of Industrial Relations Public Infoamtion Officer.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident in an attempt to determine the cause.

Two airport contractors were working on the four-foot tall jet bridge tire about 11:30 p.m. in a workshop near Gate Three when the tire exploded and caused traumatic injuries to one of the workers, said airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson. A jet bridge is an enclosed, movable connector which extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, allowing passengers to board and exit the aircraft without being exposed to the elements.

The force of the explosion triggered a fire alarm and sprinklers inside the workshop and prompted a response from an Orange County Fire Authority crew and paramedics stationed at the airport, she said.

The second employee in the workshop refused medical attention, Thompson said.

No airport operations were affected, she said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was conducting an investigation into the incident and CalOSHA investigators were expected to arrive at the airport later Wednesday to conduct its investigation, Thompson said.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/One-Dead-Tire-Explodes-John-Wayne-Airport-506089581.html

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Today is Friday the 1st of March, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 08:07

We end the week but start a new month with the following stories…

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!

Tom

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Flybe plane evacuated at Exeter Airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 08:05

A Flybe flight has been evacuated at Exeter Airport in an ongoing incident, with reports that part of the site has been closed off.

The plane could be seen from the runway with its emergency evacuation slides deployed. 

Eyewitnesses say the plane was just about to take off when the pilot switched off the engines and told everyone to get off the plane. It then became “very rushed” one passenger told ITV News.

Theo Sampson was onboard the Alicante bound flight when the cabin began to smell of smoke.

The pilot said evacuate immediately we all scrambled for the emergency exits I went for the slide at the front of the plane and when I exited the aircraft there were two firetrucks were waiting and shortly after one ambulance came.

As the cabin smelt of smoke and we could see it coming into the cabin also everyone was looking around worried and after the pilot told us to evacuate we all got up so quickly we all were waiting to get onto the walkway but there wasn’t enough room.

– THEO SAMPSON

100 passengers and 5 crew members had to leave the plane, which was preparing for take off and the Embraer 195 aircraft was moved off the runway and passengers were evacuated via slides.

Exeter Airport says the pilot decided to stop the flight after reporting an air quality issue in the cockpit. It’s thought one person suffered an ankle injury.

Passengers were taken back to the terminal by bus where they were told that another flight was being arranged.

Flybe have confirmed that another flight has been found for the holidaymakers. The new plane is scheduled to leave at 12.35pm. The plane is now thought to be in a hangar at the airport.

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2019-02-28/flybe-plane-evacuated-at-exeter-airport/

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Plane appears to be submerged in Red River not far from runway

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 08:04

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, La — Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputies are monitoring an area just north of the Shreveport Downtown Airport near where they believe a small engine plane crashed into the Red River.

The plane lost contact Thursday morning with the control tower shortly after leaving Shreveport Downtown Airport. Multiple agencies began an aggressive search for the plane.

Sheriff Steve Prator was confident by late Thursday afternoon that the location had  been pinpointed, saying, “We have some debris and some spoilage that has floated up. … We feel like that’s where the plane went down.”

By Thursday night, Bossier sheriff’s spokesman Bill Davis provided more details and said the Marine Unit used an electronic device to spot what appears to be the aircraft submerged in the Red River north of the Interstate 220 bridge and not far from the airport runway.

Federal authorities will be on the scene Friday morning.

Search efforts were focused most of Thursday afternoon in that area of the river after a private citizen saw fuel on top of the water.

The depth of the river is estimated to be about 25 feet there. Conditions were too dangerous and difficult to put divers down at that time, Prator said.

The search for the plane began after Caddo 911 received a call from the Shreveport Approach Tower to say that they had lost contact with a small passenger plane, perhaps a Piper Malibu Mirage. This type of aircraft is a single-engine plane and carries a pilot and as many as five passengers.

Davis said the pilot indicated that he was in distress just before they lost contact.

The plane was headed to Vernon, Texas. It’s uncertain how many people were on board.

Family and friends of the pilot were at the airport until nightfall while the search was underway.

Caddo and Bossier sheriff’s deputies began searching areas north of Shreveport and Bossier City. BPSO concentrated west of Interstate 220 near the Red River. Shortly after 2 p.m., they had two drones that were actively searching the area.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, along with deputies on foot, were involved in the search. Joining in were the Benton Fire Department and other agencies.

https://www.ktbs.com/news/local/update-caddo-bossier-authorities-find-plane-in-red-river/article_d2093a46-3b8c-11e9-84f2-27066f9c5384.html

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Blackhawk helicopter crashes in Moore County with 2 on board, pilot taken by LifeFlight for treatment

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 08:00

Mariah Timms, Nashville Tennessean

The helicopter that crashed outside Tullahoma, Tennessee, on Thursday afternoon was on the way to an industry trade show in Atlanta.

Arista Aviation Services confirmed Thursday evening that two of its employees were on board a HH-60L Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed in a “deserted” part of Moore County. 

As of Thursday evening, the pilots were yet to be identified, pending notification of next of kin.

Both were experienced pilots, Arista said.

One pilot was transported by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from Tullahoma Airport. The individual reportedly had neck and back injuries.

The other was transported by emergency services to a local hospital for evaluation.

The helicopter went down in a privately-owned field five miles south of Tullahoma, according to Tullahoma spokesperson Winston Brooks confirmed.

At 3:16 p.m., the Coffee County Communications Center received a crash complaint from one of the two pilots, Brooks said in an emailed release.

According to the FAA, the helicopter in question was a Sikorsky HH60

“The FAA will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. We will release the aircraft registration after local authorities release the names of the aircraft occupants,” an emailed statement from the FAA said.

Metro Moore County Emergency Management Agency took charge of the scene Thursday evening.

Arista is based in Enterprise, Alabama. A release from the company said it provides “maintenance and modifications to an assortment of rotor wing platforms operated both domestically and internationally for a variety of missions, which include firefighting and construction.”

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/02/28/tullahoma-coffee-county-helicopter-crash-two-injured-minor-field/3020927002/

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Passengers drowned after door impeded exit in NWT plane crash: TSB

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 07:58

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s aviation safety watchdog says a “significant safety issue” exists with a popular small airplane in which three passengers drowned during an attempted landing on a northern lake.

The Transportation Safety Board says problems with the Cessna 206’s doors have been known for more than two decades with no regulatory action.

“The risks resulting from delayed egress from the aircraft remain high and more defences are needed to mitigate this hazard,” the board said in an aviation safety advisory released Thursday.

In the advisory, the board notes the five-passenger, float-equipped plane was on a sightseeing trip from Fort Simpson, N.W.T., to Virginia Falls in Nahanni National Park last August when the pilot lost control while trying to land on a lake. The right wing hit the water, the plane flipped and came to rest upside-down and partially submerged.

The pilot and one passenger got out safely and were quickly rescued. The pilot dove back in to try to free the others inside but was unsuccessful.

“The three remaining occupants were unable to exit the aircraft and drowned; they were found inside the cabin with their seatbelts undone,” says the document.

“The impact forces were well within the range of human survivability. The investigation was unable to determine what egress action, if any, was taken by the passengers who were unable to exit the aircraft.”

Killed were 33-year-old Geoffrey Dean of Castor, Alta., and Stewart and Jean Edelman of Saskatoon, who were both 72.

The Cessna 206 is equipped with two adjoining cargo doors.

The board found that the front door was blocked by the extended flap of the right wing, which stopped the door from opening past eight centimetres. In that position, the rear door can only be opened by actions described on a placard above the handle.

“Without functional exits, the time required to exit the aircraft may increase, which in turn increases the risk of death in time-critical situations,” the board says.

The problem has been understood since 1989. In 1991, Cessna released a bulletin to plane owners recommending installation of a spring assembly to automatically retract the rear handle and get that door to open.

Transport Canada strongly recommended the spring in 2007, but it wasn’t made mandatory. Simpson Air, the company that owned the crashed Cessna 206, hadn’t installed it.

No one from Simpson Air was immediately available to answer questions.

Board spokesman Eric Collard said in an email the door problem can’t be linked definitively to the fatalities.

“The (board) has not conducted any analysis to determine differences between operating doors equipped with or without the spring.”

The investigation into the accident is continuing, Collard said. No recommendations have been issued to Transport Canada, although the advisory says “(Transport Canada) may wish to reassess the suitability of the rear double cargo door as an emergency exit.”

Department spokesman Simon Rivet said Transport Canada is reviewing the advisory.

“The department will provide its response to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s advisory letter within 90 days,” he said in an email.

Aviation regulators in Canada and the United States had discussed the problem extensively with Cessna between 1999 and 2003. Transport Canada looked at it again in 2005 and commissioned a report on exiting submerged float planes.

No action was ever taken.

“Results of the studies indicated there were no suitable design changes that could feasibly be applied to the entire Cessna 206 fleet,” the advisory says. “By May 2008, the file was put on hold due to other priorities and the absence of a clear way forward.”

The board says five accidents resulting in eight deaths have occurred since 1989 in the United States and Canada in which extended flaps blocked the rear double-door.

There are more than 250 Cessna 206 planes licensed in Canada for commercial and private use.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/passengers-drowned-after-door-impeded-exit-in-nwt-plane-crash-tsb-1.4317122

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ALPA Applauds New DOT Rule On Lithium Batteries

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 07:56

Agency Working To Enhance Aviation Safety Through The Safe Shipment Of Lithium Batteries

The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) commended the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for issuing an interim final rule that would enhance safety provisions for lithium batteries transported by aircraft in the United States.

“This rulemaking is a major enhancement to U.S. aviation safety and supports ALPA’s long-held position that the shipment of lithium-ion batteries by air poses a significant safety risk,” said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA president. “We are grateful for Secretary Chao’s and PHMSA’s leadership on this issue. ALPA remains committed to working with regulators to mitigate risks associated with the bulk shipment of lithium batteries by air and will continue to support all measures that ensure these batteries can be shipped safely.”

The interim final rule prohibits the transport of lithium-ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. In addition, the rulemaking requires lithium-ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard cargo-only aircraft.

“We applaud PHMSA’s action that would take steps to increase the level of safety by harmonizing domestic rules with the International Civil Aviation Organization standards that apply to the shipment of lithium batteries on flights into and out of the United States. Today’s final rulemaking is a step in the right direction and will help to ensure that the flights within the United States have the same protections as international flights.”

(Source: ALPA news release)

FMI: www.alpa.org

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 07:55

57 Years ago today: On 1 March 1962 an American Airlines Boeing 707 lost control and crashed into Jamaica Bay off New York, killing all 95 occupants.

Date: Thursday 1 March 1962 Time: 10:08:49 Type: Boeing 707-123B Operator: American Airlines Registration: N7506A C/n / msn: 17633/12 First flight: 1959 Total airframe hrs: 8147 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1-MC6 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 87 Total: Fatalities: 95 / Occupants: 95 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Jamaica Bay, NY (   United States of America) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America Destination airport: Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America Flightnumber: AA1

Narrative:
The American Airlines Boeing 707, named “Flagship District of Columbia”, was cleared for takeoff at 10:05 on a scheduled domestic non-stop IFR flight to Los Angeles, California. The aircraft carried out what appeared to be a normal takeoff, and lift-off was at 10:07 hours about 5000 ft down runway 31L. At 10:07:37 the aircraft started a gentle turn to the left approximately 8000 ft down the runway, at an altitude of 100 ft, and was established on a heading of 290° at 10:07:42. Straightening out from the turn, the aircraft continued to climb for several seconds on a heading of 290° and started a second turn to the left as instructed by Departure Control. These manoeuvres were in accordance with the noise abatement procedures then in effect for taking-off from runway 31L. Having started the second turn, the angle of bank increased until the aircraft rolled through 90° of bank at a peak altitude of about 1600 ft msl . It then entered an inverted, nose-low attitude and plunged earthward in a nearly vertical dive. It struck the earth in the shallow waters of Pumpkin Patch Channel of Jamaica Bay during low tide. Impact was at an angle of approximately 78° nose down on a magnetic heading of 300°. Fire broke out a few minutes later

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “A rudder control system malfunction, producing yaw, sideslip, and roll leading to a loss of control from which recovery action was not effective.”

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Today is Thursday the 28th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:35

We close out the month of February with the following stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Plane slides off runway at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:33

By Chris Oberholtz

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — The Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport has reopened after a plane slid off the runway due to slick, freezing precipitation Wednesday morning.

Airport officials said an Embraer Phenom 100 light jet was landing to the south about 4:30 a.m. when it left the runway.

There was one person onboard, the pilot, and there are no known injuries or major visible damage to the aircraft.

Field maintenance crews pre-treated the runway with E36 deicing agent, officials said.

https://www.kctv5.com/news/plane-slides-off-runway-at-charles-b-wheeler-downtown-airport/article_c9bee7aa-3aa1-11e9-aa3f-6bd2bfba6f30.html

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Flybe passengers’ close shave after plane almost crashes at 195mph

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:31

The Flybe plane was approaching George Best Belfast Airport at 2,000ft when the safety of the aircraft “may have been compromised”

By Bradley Jolly

Dozens of Flybe passengers had a close shave when a plane came within a split second of crashing at 195mph, a report revealed today.

The Embraer 170 was 100ft away from ploughing into a paraglider eight miles east of George Best Belfast Airport.

Belfast Live says the report by the UK Airprox Board blamed the paramotor for “flying into conflict” with the twin-engined jet.

Flybe flight BE486 landed safely after the incident at around 7.30pm on August 13 last year.

UK Airprox Board, which investigates near misses in UK airspace, said the paramotor pilot could not be traced despite “intensive” efforts.

It called for the Civil Aviation Authority to review its licensing requirements for paramotor pilots as a result of the near miss.

The British Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association told investigators that it was “most fortunate that a collision did not occur”.

The report said: “Extensive enquiries with BHPA schools, clubs and paramotor rated pilots in Northern Ireland regarding whether any paramotor (or paraglider) pilots were operating in that area on the 13th August, have drawn a complete blank.

“However, the BHPA would like to add that a number of non- BHPA paramotor pilots operate in Northern Ireland who may not have had the benefit of any formal training in airmanship, air law or airspace restrictions.”

Timo Anderson, Flybe’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We note the findings contained in the Airprox Report relating to an incident which occurred on 13th August 2018 when an unidentified paramotor infringed controlled airspace and came into close proximity with Flybe flight BE486 on its approach to Belfast City Airport.

“We concur with the recommendations made in the report.

“Safety is always Flybe’s number one priority and we employ a rigorous approach to ensuring the very highest standards are met and maintained at all times to ensure the safety of our passengers and crew.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/flybe-passengers-close-shave-after-14065032

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2 years ago, an airplane crashed in Riverside, killing 4; soon, we may know the cause

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:28

Two years to the day from when a twin-engine Cessna 310 plunged into a Riverside neighborhood, killing four of the five people on board, the National Transportation Safety Board indicated that investigators are close to announcing a likely cause.

The five people, all from San Jose, had flown down to watch daughters of two of the passengers participate in a weekend cheerleading event at Disney California Adventure.

Then about 4:40 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2017, the 43-year-old airplane that took off from Riverside Municipal Airport plummeted back to the ground, clipping one house on Rhonda Road a mile east of the airport and then crashing into the home next door, sending up a fireball. The crash and inferno destroyed two houses and damaged two others.

Stacey Pierce, 46; pilot Nouri Hijazi, 83; his wife, Dana Hijazi, 67; and Adine Farelas, 22, died. Silvia Farelas, 46, survived. No one on the ground was reported injured.

The NTSB factual report, a followup to the preliminary report, was released Nov. 27, 2018. A spokesman said Wednesday that the final report, expected to offer a cause of the crash, is usually published “within weeks” of the factual report.

Witness statements in the factual report suggest engine trouble and the pilot’s health as possible contributing factors.

The plane was boarded three times before departure, the first time after Hijazi had problems starting the left engine. Surviving passenger Silvia Farelas told the NTSB that Hijazi’s wife, Dana Hijazi, “became anxious and started to put pressure on the pilot to depart.” Farelas offered to rent a car, but Dana Hijazi “insisted they would return to (San Jose) in the airplane.”

After takeoff, the NTSB said Farelas “recalled that the airplane shook” during its climb, but she could hear the engines running continuously. Then, “the airplane entered a cloud and then began to vibrate violently as it started to descend.” The vibration was accompanied by a horn sound, which Farelas identified as the airplane’s stall warning alarm after hearing an example of one.

Pilot’s health in question

There were various accounts showing concern about the condition of Nouri Hijaz.

Larry Fistorela, identified as the pilot’s mechanic, told the NTSB that in December 2016 — about two months before the crash — he found Hijazi “laying in a prone position…with his head and shoulders underneath the pilot’s side instrument panel.” Fistorela said Hijazi had been in that position for about 90 minutes when he found him.

Nasser Michael Elsaleh, working at a flight school at the airport, heard the radio calls between Hijazi and the control tower and told the NTSB, “I felt like I heard a lot of red flags during his communications with the ground, such as unfamiliar with the departure procedure and confused with the taxi instructions.”

A Riverside County Coroner Office’s autopsy described an enlarged heart, with 70 percent narrowing of two coronary arteries and a 40 percent narrowing of a third artery.  A blood sample test found no drugs of abuse, alcohol, or carbon monoxide.

https://www.pe.com/2019/02/27/2-years-ago-an-airplane-crashed-in-riverside-killing-4-soon-we-may-know-the-cause/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:26

52 Years ago today: On 28 February 1967 a Philippine Air Lines Fokker F-27 lost control and crashed while approaching Mactan; killing 12 out of 19 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 28 February 1967 Type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 100 Operator: Philippine Air Lines Registration: PI-C501 C/n / msn: 10147 First flight: 1960 Total airframe hrs: 15956 Cycles: 10195 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 15 Total: Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 19 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 1,5 km (0.9 mls) SW of Mactan Island-Chicago Naval Air Base (NOP) (   Philippines) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Manila International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines Destination airport: Mactan Island-Chicago Naval Air Base (NOP/RPVM), Philippines Flightnumber: 345

Narrative:
Flight 345 was a scheduled domestic flight from Manila to Mactan. It departed Manila at 1720 hours on an IFR clearance direct to Mactan, via Amber 1 at flight level 130. At 1908 hours the flight reported to Mactan Control Approach that it was descending through FL 70. It was cleared to FL 50, given an altimeter setting of 29.81 in Hg and requested to report at FL 60. At 1909 hours the flight requested a visual descent from FL 50 to 30 and at 19:13 hours it reported commencing a VOR approach to runway 04. At 19:17 hours the flight reported on final and Mactan Approach cleared the flight to land, giving the wind as 330°/5 kt. The flight acknowledged the clearance and this was the last communication from the aircraft. Whilst on a long final approach commenced from a height of 1 500 feet approximately 4 miles from the runway threshold, the aircraft suddenly assumed a nose-high attitude and additional power was applied. A crew member then came out of the cockpit and spoke in the direction of a number of supernumerary crew traveling in the passenger compartment instructing them to move forward. Moments later a flight attendant came from the cockpit and instructed everybody to move forward. Before all the passengers could comply, the aircraft started banking alternately to the right and left, descending in a tail low attitude and crashed at approximately 19:18 hours 0.9 miles before the threshold of runway 04

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Loss of control at a low altitude. The contributory factor was the distribution of load which placed the center of gravity aft of the rear CG limit.”

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Plane aborts takeoff and slides off runway at Bowman Field onto nearby street

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 07:16

By Joel Schipper

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A plane aborted takeoff at Bowman Field on Tuesday night and slid off the runway, ultimately crashing through a fence and coming to a stop on a nearby street. 

The plane, which is owned by the Louisville Pilots Club, blocked Pee Wee Reese Road for more than four hours, forcing cars to drive around it.

Officials are not sure yet if the plane even became airborne before going through the fence. Two men were onboard at the time and were not hurt, even getting out of the plane by themselves.

The wings were damaged, and there was a small gas leak, which was quickly cleaned up. Witnesses said they didn’t hear anything when it happened.

“Is it kind of surreal to see something like this in person,” said David Wall, who lives near Bowman Field. “When I walked up on it, I was really glad to hear that nobody actually did get hurt. At the end of the day, the life is what matters.”

The plane, a 1979 single-engine Piper Archer, is owned by the Louisville Pilots Club, Inc., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials say the plane aborted takeoff for unknown reasons, which caused it to slide off the runway. Louisville Fire officials said two people were in the plane, both of whom got out of the plane on their own and aren’t hurt.

NTSB and FAA officials responded to the scene and will investigate the crash.

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