ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting)

OHP: One person dead after plane crash in Canadian County

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:37

BY KATRINA BUTCHER

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – One person is dead after a plane crash in Canadian County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. 

Crews responded Wednesday just after 5:15 p.m. to the scene near El Reno.

“We were notified about 5:13 of a plane crash, location’s Memorial Road and Manning Road,” said Trooper Mat Conway with OHP.

Officials say a crop duster was spraying in the area when it hit a radio tower.

“Single, fixed-wing. It was a crop duster. They were spraying a weed killer. He was flying and making a turn and struck the guy-wire for the cell tower,” said Conway.

OHP says the pilot was the only person on board the Ayres S2R, formerly known as an Ag Commander, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials have not released the pilot’s name.

Fuel from the plane started a fire in the creek bottom where it crashed.

In a statement, the FAA says “investigators will be making their way to the crash site and the NTSB has been notified. The NTSB  will be in charge of the investigation.”

OHP: One person dead after plane crash in Canadian County

 

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No serious injuries after small plane crashes near Tonopah Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:34

by Matthew Seeman

TONOPAH, Nev. (KSNV) —

No serious injuries were reported after a small plane crashed outside of Tonopah late Wednesday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Both Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to a report of a crash just before 11:13 a.m. Wednesday, about 10 miles east of Tonopah, according to NHP.

The pilot reported a mechanical issue and tried to land at Tonopah Airport, the sheriff’s office said, but the plane crashed about a mile away near U.S. 6.

Two people were inside the plane when it crashed, according to the sheriff’s office, and they were both able to get out of the plane without any serious injuries.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a single-engine Beechcraft B36A reported engine problems shortly after taking off from the Tonopah Airport. The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.

http://news3lv.com/news/local/no-serious-injuries-after-small-plane-crashes-near-tonopah-airport

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Mitchell International Airport reopens after military plane emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:33

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Mitchell International has reopened after the emergency landing, according to airport official Harold Mester.

The airport also tweeted advising travelers to check their flight times.

ORIGINAL STORY:

MILWAUKEE — A military plane has arrived safely at General Mitchell International Airport after it experienced what is believed to be a lightning strike, according to the 128th Air Refueling Wing.

Tower cam footage showed several emergency vehicles assisting the KC-135 plane on the runway. Two tires were blown out upon landing.

Because the airplane is currently disabled on the on the runway, the airport will be closed to all incoming and departing flights for at least an hour, the 128th says. The other primary runway was already closed due to ongoing construction.

There’s no word yet on why caused the emergency, or if anyone on board was hurt.

https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/in-flight-emergency-forces-military-plane-to-land-in-mke

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:31

45 Years ago today: On 31 May 1973 an Indian Airlines Boeing 737-2A8 collided with high tension wires and crashed near Delhi; killing 48 out of 65 occupants.

Date: Thursday 31 May 1973 Time: 21:58 Type: Boeing 737-2A8 Operator: Indian Airlines Registration: VT-EAM C/n / msn: 20486/279 First flight: 1971-03-26 (2 years 2 months) Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 58 Total: Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 65 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 6 km (3.8 mls) from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (   India) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India Destination airport: Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India Flightnumber: 440

Narrative:
The Boeing 737 named “Saranga” collided with high tension wires during an NDB instrument approach, crashed and caught fire. The visibility was below minima, but the pilot continued the approach, descended below minimum descent altitude and selected 40deg. flaps without sighting the runway.
The plane had taken off from Madras at 19:15.

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Today is Wednesday the 30th of May, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:05

Here are your midweek stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Plane runs out of fuel, crashes on Iron Springs Road

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:03

Passengers survive after aircraft clips light pole and flips on roadway

By The Daily Courier

An aircraft that ran out of fuel crashed and flipped on Iron Springs Road as it attempted to make an emergency landing Tuesday night.

According to Prescott Airport officials, three passengers on board the plane survived the crash with minor injuries. The two males and one female were taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott to be evaluated.

The report of the crash came in at 9:12 p.m.

The 6-seater, Piper Malibu aircraft originated out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, with Prescott listed as its destination.

“We understand that the pilot contacted the tower with a low fuel emergency request,” said Robin Sobotta, director of Prescott Airport. “They were approved to proceed to Prescott for an emergency landing but they did not make it.”

The plane was attempting to land west to east on Iron Springs Road in the 1500 block, crashing about 100 yards west of the Iron Springs Cafe when its right wing clipped a light pole and flipped the aircraft.

“It was a remarkable landing considering the extreme circumstances, landing at night on a road that has some curves to it,” Sobotta said. “We are very, very relieved that the outcome was no major injuries and no fatalities.

“We also are very fortunate that, at this time of the evening, traffic was limited on the roadway,” Sobotta said.

Besides the light pole, no buildings or structures were damaged in the crash.

Two cars were involved in a rear-end accident after the plane hit the ground. Police believe the distraction of the wreckage and emergency vehicle lights may have played a role in the car crash, said Officer Matt Medina with the Prescott Police Department.

A tow company was called to transport the aircraft to the Prescott Airport where it will be reviewed by investigators. It was expected that the wreckage would be cleared and roads reopened by midnight.

“I’d like to acknowledge the Prescott police and fire department personnel for the way they quickly responded and secured the scene so that no additional injuries or accidents occurred,” Sobotta said. The City of Prescott Airport Department also responded to the crash.

The names of the pilot and passengers are not being released at this time.

Courier Senior News Editor Tim Wiederaenders was on scene for this report. WNI News Content Director Richard Haddad assisted from the news desk.

https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/may/30/plane-runs-out-fuel-crashes-iron-springs-road/

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United Airlines B-767 Makes Emergency Landing at Munich Airport After Engine Failure

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:02
Date: 30-MAY-2018 Time: 10:13 LT Type: Boeing 767-322ER (WL) Owner/operator: United Airlines Registration: N670UA C/n / msn: 29240/763 Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: Other fatalities: 0 Airplane damage: Unknown Location: near München-Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC/EDDM) –    Germany Phase: En route Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: München-Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC/EDDM) Destination airport: Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR)

Narrative:
United Airlines flight UA31 returned to land at Franz Josef Strauss Airport, Munich, Germany after suffering a no.2 engine failure after departure.
The aircraft, a Boeing 767-300ER, took off at 10:06 hours local time. The climb was stopped about FL130, six minutes after departure. A passenger reported hearing “a loud bang”. The aircraft turned back and landed safely on runway 26R at 10:29 hours.
The aircraft was stopped after exiting the runway with airport fire fighting services attending.
Photos from the scene show foam had been applied to an area near the no.2 engine/right hand main landing gear.

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2 men unhurt in Columbia County plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:00

By Emily Masters

TAGHKANIC — Two people were uninjured when their single-engine airplane crashed Saturday afternoon in Columbia County, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. 

The aircraft crashed at 4:42 p.m. into a grassy farm field on Koeppe Road in Taghkanic, the sheriff’s office said.

The pilot radioed authorities at about 12:30 p.m. to report his engine was stalling and would not restart, so he was planning an emergency landing. When the aircraft touched down, the uneven ground ripped off the landing gear and the plane spun 180 degrees, deputies said.

The single-engine prop and belly of the two-passenger airplane were also damaged.

The pilot — 54-year-old Roger Tryon of Monterey, Mass. — and his passenger — 53-year-old Steve Snyder of Monterey, Mass. — were not injured.

Tryon was flying from Dutchess County Airport to the Great Barrington Massachusetts Airport when he was forced to land, deputies said. The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/2-men-uninjured-after-plane-crashes-in-Columbia-12951448.php

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Manchester Airport gate evacuated after cracks appear in floor at temporary lounge

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 08:58

Only one flight affected, spokesman insists

Jon Sharman

Passengers were evacuated from part of Manchester Airport after cracks appeared in the floor of Terminal 2.

The structural damage occurred at a temporary gate lounge in the terminal, an airport spokesman said, where “some cracks appeared in the floor”.

Passengers were evacuated from that area as a “precautionary measure” and the damage “will be investigated and obviously repaired”, he added.

A single flight was impacted by the alert, the spokesman said.

An image tweeted by a passenger showed a large crack where a girder joined a wall – not the floor – and she said the “temporary floors sound like they are collapsing”.

The airport said it was aware of the photograph and that an investigation was underway, but could not provide further information.

The temporary gate lounge was opened last autumn and was due to remain for two years while expansion work was completed. It can accommodate about 650 passengers.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-airport-evacuated-crack-floor-gate-terminal-2-flight-status-delays-a8373616.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 08:55

57 Years ago today: On 30 May 1961 a VIASA McDonnell Douglas DC- 8-53 crashed into the sea after takeoff from Lisbon; killing all 61 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 30 May 1961 Time: 01:20 UTC Type: Douglas DC-8-53 Operating for: VIASA Leased from: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Registration: PH-DCL C/n / msn: 45615/131 First flight: 1961 Total airframe hrs: 209 Cycles: 82 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1 Crew: Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14 Passengers: Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 61 / Occupants: 61 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) WNW off Fonte da Telha (   Portugal) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal Destination airport: Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal Flightnumber: 897

Narrative:
VIASA Flight 897 operated on the route Rome – Madrid (MAD) – Lisbon (LIS) – Santa Maria (SMA) – Caracas (CCS) when it landed at Lisbon at 00:06 UTC. Following a crew change and inspection by KLM maintenance personnel the flight was cleared for a runway 23 departure. The DC-8 took off at 01:15, heading the Capiraca (LS) NDB. At 01:18:37 the aircraft advised that the cloud base was at 3700 ft and changed to the Lisbon area control frequency. It reported again at 01:19 :25 to Lisbon Control that it was “over LS at 19 climbing through FL 60”. This message ended with two quickly spoken sentences. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The DC-8 entered a spiral dive to the left during the last message, banking to the left to 90° within about 20 seconds and striking the water after another 15 seconds . During the last 15 seconds, the bank was overcorrected to the right. It struck the sea with a pitch angle of approximately 25° nose down, while it was probably banking 30° to the right.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Notwithstanding a very thorough, time-consuming investigation, in which many authorities and experts co-operated, it was not possible to establish a probable cause of the accident.”
The Netherlands, as state of registry commented: “Though there are no direct indications in this respect, the Board regards it as possible that the accident was due to the pilot or pilots being misled by instrument failure, in particular of the artificial horizon, or to the pilot having been distracted, so that a serious deviation from
the normal .flight path was not discovered in time .”

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Today is Tuesday the 29th of May, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:09

A sad day here in Chicago as we mourn the line of duty death of Firefighter Juan Bucio, a member of the CFD Air Sea Rescue Unit. Firefighter/Diver Bucio died and two other divers were injured during a rescue attempt on the Chicago River Monday evening.

Juan joined the fire department in 2003, and has been on the dive team since 2007. He is survived by his two sons, ages seven and nine, and nine siblings, including a brother who works for the Chicago Fire Department, and a sister who works for the Chicago Police Department.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Juan, his family and friends and to all my Brothers and Sisters on the Chicago Fire Department.

May he rest in peace…

Now here are the ARFF stories for today…

Be safe out there!!!

Tom

 

 

 

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1 killed, 1 hospitalized in fiery plane crash at Millard Airport; witnesses describe devastating scene

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:46

By Aaron Sanderford and Kevin Cole / World-Herald staff writers

People who live near the Millard Airport regularly watch small private planes take off from and land on this 165-acre slice of land between cold storage facilities, housing subdivisions, PayPal offices, Interstate 80 and a golf course. 

For Virginia and Stanley Jenkins, living near the airport’s flight path is something they won’t miss when they move. They were packing at 8:45 a.m. Sunday when Stanley stepped out of the garage and saw flames just short of the runway, behind a barbed wire fence he and others have seen pilots struggle to clear.

He called for his wife to come see the single-engine plane that appeared to have crashed on its nose, tail in the air. They watched as someone pulled up to the wreckage and pulled one person from it.

“He just sat down there with him,” said Virginia Jenkins, who shared cellphone video she took of the plane as it burned. “In my heart, I felt like that man was devastated.”

A man on the plane died at the crash scene, and a woman on the plane was given CPR while being driven to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy. Hospital officials offered no update on her condition.

Authorities had not yet disclosed the victims’ identities. The 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza P35 was registered to an owner at an Omaha address. 

Just across 132nd Street from the airport, at Millard Air Park Self-Storage, Jeff and Connie Sheehan had just arrived at their storage unit about 8:50 a.m. when they saw rescue crews rushing to the airport.

The Sheehans said they used to live in one of the subdivisions near the airport. Jeff said he’s seen close calls there and at his old home near the Des Moines airport.

He said the degree of crumpling and damage he saw led him to believe that someone had a medical issue, overcorrected to avoid the fence or undershot the runway, losing altitude very quickly.

“I saw a number of pilots miss that fence on approach (and have to adjust),” he said. “Something happened there where he went into that (ground) hard.”

Weather was unlikely to have been a factor. The National Weather Service in Valley said the weather at the time of the crash was 82 degrees, with clear skies, high visibility and 8 mph winds.

Omaha Airport Authority police and the Omaha Police Department joined Federal Aviation Administration investigators at the scene. Some officers were interviewing witnesses from the airport, nearby businesses and homes.

They closed the airport from the time of the crash until shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. 

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board will lead a probe of the crash. The investigator is expected to arrive from Chicago late Monday or early Tuesday, officials said.

Officials said the NTSB would post its first updates on the investigation to NTSB.gov this week. Investigations take a year or more to complete.

Sunday marked only the second time since 1983 that the Millard Airport recorded a fatal crash, according to the NTSB’s database of aircraft-related incidents.

The last was in December 2005, when three people were killed in a crash shortly after takeoff. Most of the 15 other crashes at or involving the Millard Airport since 1983 were less serious.

A recent example, in January, involved an engine failure on approach to the airport. An instructor of a student pilot made an emergency landing on a baseball field at 138th Street and Millard Avenue.

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/one-dead-one-critically-iyyujhnjured-in-fiery-plane-crash-at/article_5c5c889f-1faa-54e2-915e-fc304f7d9350.html

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Plane crash kills 2 in Petaluma

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:43

ELOISA RUANO GONZALEZ

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Giorvi Alvarez was sitting Sunday in front of his house about 4 p.m. when he heard a single-engine plane sputter after taking off from the next door Petaluma Municipal Airport. 

“The engine started failing,” Alvarez, 39, said. “It let out three or four ‘pop-pops.’ ”

The plane turned around and headed back toward the airport when it suddenly crashed about a thousand yards east of the airport on East Washington Street near Old Adobe Road, Alvarez said.

Both the pilot and passenger were killed.

“The engine stopped and it went nose down,” said Alvarez, who jumped into his car and raced a quarter-mile down Parkland Way to the crash site, joining several Rooster Run Golf Course employees who tried to render aid.

The engine landed on the north side of the street, while the rest of the aircraft slid across to the south side.

Petaluma police Lt. Brian Miller said multiple witnesses called 911 after seeing the plane come down.

“Our initial reports tell us that it took off from our airport and may have been attempting to return,” he said.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and Petaluma police and firefighters responded to the crash.

Authorities have not released their identities.

Alvarez described the two people in the plane — a man and a woman — as being in their 50s or 60s.

According to Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was a Van’s RV-6, a two-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt airplane sold in kit form.

A witness, Sean O’Brien, described in an email that the plane took off from runway 29. 

“As he (pilot) banked into the turn, his right wing went in to full stall and the RV-6 started to spin in to the ground,” O’Brien wrote. “The pilot almost recovered from the spin as he hit the golf course fence and plowed his RV-6 into the road.”

The cause of the crash is unknown, Petaluma Fire Battalion Chief Mike Medeiros said in a statement.

Miller said officials from the FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board were on the scene investigating. The NTSB could not be reached for more details Sunday night.

Petaluma police closed the area of East Washington from Adobe Road to Executive Drive for several hours to deal with the crash’s aftermath.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8371789-181/plane-crash-kills-2-in?artslide=7&slide=GAL&sba=AAS

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Small plane crashes in Butler County, MO

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:40

Written by Kyle Hinton, Digital Content Producer

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) –

A small plane has crashed in Butler County, Mo. on Sunday, May 27.

According to MSHP, a crop duster crash on County Road 221 near County Road 220.

Only the pilot was on board and was uninjured.

MSHP officers have cleared the scene.

The FAA has been advised of the crash.

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/38288207/small-plane-crashes-in-butler-county-mo

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Coast Guard suspends search for missing man from plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:38

The Coast Guard has stopped searching for a 70-year-old man missing from a plane crash in Eagle Harbor.

The search for the missing man was suspended at 2:08 p.m. Monday, according to Coast Guard officials. He was not identified.

Boaters near Eagle Harbor reported seeing a plane go into the water just after 5 p.m. Sunday, and when they went to look closer, they found a woman floating in the water near the crash site.

The woman, who was injured and bleeding, was rescued by the good Samaritans. She was then taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment and was in reportedly critical condition.

The plane crashed in water that was about 100 feet deep. Coast Guard officials began searching the area late Sunday for the other person aboard the downed aircraft, described as a two-seater, fixed-wing, single-engine airplane built in 1974.

The search extended into Monday, and included a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles.

Members of the Seattle Harbor Patrol, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, the Bainbridge Island Police Department also assisted in the search, as well as approximately 20 volunteer vessel crews, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard aircrew searched until after sunset Sunday and headed back to Port Angeles shortly before 10 p.m., while Coast Guard crews from Seattle and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie searched throughout the night and through Monday morning.

The plane has not been found, and officials also noted no pollution or debris from the plane turned up at the crash location or in the surrounding area.

A crew aboard the Kitsap Marine 81, a North Kitsap fire-rescue vessel, used a side-scan SONAR to search the area but they were unable to locate the sunken aircraft, officials said.

Searches were also conducted along the shores of the Eagle Harbor at its entrance, as well as southern Bainbridge Island, and from Blakely Harbor to Restoration Point.

The Coast Guard has been in contact with the families affected by the crash.

Officials said the search “may resume pending additional information.”

http://www.bainbridgereview.com/news/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-missing-man-from-plane-crash/

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Condor plane makes emergency landing in Mombasa after bird strike

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:37

By MOHAMED AHMED

A plane belonging to German leisure airline Condor on Tuesday morning made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport, Mombasa. 

Coast regional police boss Noah Mwivanda told the Nation that the craft landed after a bird strike.

The plane was taking tourists to Zanzibar for holiday.

Police said the incident happened shortly after take-off from the Kenyan airport at 9.30am.

A source said two crows flew into one of the plane’s engines.

The plane landed safely at the airport and there were no injuries, Mr Mwivanda said.

“I am informed that there was a bird strike but all the passengers are safe. They are awaiting further instructions,” said Mr Mwivanda.

When the Nation visited the airport, passengers were heading back to their hotels in Nyali.

One of the crew members, who sought anonymity because he is not authorised to give media briefings, said the tourists will take another plane to Zanzibar tomorrow.

A passenger who only identified himself as Morris said: “We just thank God we are okay. We are now heading to the hotel until tomorrow. I can’t wait to get there”.

Moi International Airport manager Walter Agong said the plane was in transit from Frankfurt, Germany.

“It was picking up some passengers here in Mombasa before taking off to Zanzibar,” he said.

Cases of bird strikes are increasingly being cited at the cause of emergency landings at the Mombasa airport.

In October last year, a Turkish Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a bird was sucked into one of its engines.

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The flight was bound for Istanbul from the airport and 121 passengers affected.

The aggressive birds, which mostly scavenge at Mwakirunge dumpsite, have become a threat to the aviation industry as they also cause crashes.

The Mombasa county government has set out to address the menace.

In its county’s medium-term draft budget 2018/2019, Sh30 million has been set aside to fight the birds in five years.

https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/mombasa/Bird-strike-rocks-fight-at-Moi-International-Airport/1954178-4585192-ij4jpiz/index.html

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Couple safe after their small plane crashes in Cedar Key

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:35

CEDAR KEY, Fla. (WCJB)- A couple is safe after their small aircraft crashed into the water at the Cedar Key Airport today.

Levy County deputies say a couple from Miami was taking off from George T. Lewis around 4pm Monday.

When the plane wasn’t able to develop enough lift, it crashed into the water.

One resident says the plane crashed a couple yards away from his mother’s house, where he was visiting.

“We thought we heard something that sounded, you know, a little out of the ordinary but we did;t investigate. And we really didn’t know until we heard it on TV20,” Thane Fulmer, said.

Fulmer also says he’s glad to hear the couple was able to walk away from the crash.

Deputies say no injuries were reported.

Since 1982, there has been 35 airplane crashes at the airport, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

A total of 19 people have died.

http://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Couple-safe-after-their-small-plane-crashes-in-Cedar-Key-483901211.html

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World War II plane crashes just after flying over Memorial Day ceremonies in Kansas

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:34

BY KAITLYN ALANIS AND JASON TIDD

A World War II plane that had just finished flying over area ceremonies and cemeteries for Memorial Day crash-landed at Westport Airport in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday afternoon. 

The 1943 Fairchild PT-23 plane was part of the Commemorative Air Force – Jayhawk Wing that was doing flyovers across the state for Memorial Day, Sgt. Kelly O’Brien said.

The plane was southbound for the airport, near Kessler and Pawnee, when the engine failed just after noon, O’Brien said. The plane landed just north of Pawnee — and the airstrip is on the south side of Pawnee.

The plane’s right wing clipped the ground and at least one pole, O’Brien said.

“Thankfully they missed the fueling vessels that are over there and there was no fire with the plane or anything else,” O’Brien said.

Two people — a male pilot and woman passenger — received minor injuries and will need stitches, O’Brien said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. It is not yet known what caused the engine to go out.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article212073774.html

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Small plane crashes in Tekamah on Memorial Day

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:32

Jessica Crimmins Editor

The Burt County Sheriff’s office announced Monday morning that a small plane had crashed into a ditch south of Highway 32, at mile marker 100.

A passerby notified the Sheriff’s office about the crash on Monday, May 28tharound 9:00 a.m. Sheriff Robert Pickell announced in a press release that two Burt County men, pilot Dennis Westergaard, 62, and passenger Delmar Chamberlain, 87, were transported to Blair Memorial Hospital by Tekamah Fire and Rescue.

Westergaard flies his plane over the Craig Memorial Day Program each year, and it is believed that he was on his way back from that service at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and Pickell states that the accident is currently under investigation by both the Burt County Sheriff’s Office, and the FAA.

http://www.enterprisepub.com/burtcounty/news/small-plane-crashes-in-tekamah-on-memorial-day/article_21089eb8-62b5-11e8-ab81-6fb5f00f6e75.html

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Plane strikes power line, crashes in Hampshire

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:30

Chacour Koop

A single-engine plane struck power lines and crashed Sunday evening near Hampshire, but no serious injuries were reported, officials said.

The plane crashed shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Getty Road near Route 20, according to the Hampshire Fire Protection District.

Firefighters extricated the pilot, who was the lone occupant of the Cessna aircraft, and took him to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, officials said. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Hampshire police and the Kane County sheriff’s office also responded to the crash. Police are investigating.

http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180527/plane-strikes-power-line-crashes-in-hampshire

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