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Abuja airport reopened after jet mishap

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:12

The Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja has been reopened after being closed on Thursday afternoon.

The runway was closed after a private jet (pictured) operated by Nest Oil skidded off the runway while landing and lost its landing gear in an attempt to return to the runway.

As of 6:35pm when this report was filed, TheCable confirmed that only incoming flights were landing and no flight had taken off from the airport.

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, first made the announcement saying the airport would be closed for 30 minutes with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) saying it had to carry out safety procedures.

A witness told TheCable that FAAN officials had to push the jet off the runway with their hands.

The runway is the only one available for use at the airport.

In 2017, the airport was closed for six weeks to allow repair works on the runway.

The Kaduna international airport was the alternative airport for flight operations at the time.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:11

44 Years ago today: On 26 January 1974 a THY Fokker F-28 crashed on takeoff from Izmir, Turkey; killing 66 out of 73 occupants.

Date: Saturday 26 January 1974 Time: ca 07:30 Type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 Operator: Türk Hava Yollari – THY Registration: TC-JAO C/n / msn: 11057 First flight: 1972-09-05 (1 year 5 months) Total airframe hrs: 2269 Cycles: 3133 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 68 Total: Fatalities: 66 / Occupants: 73 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Izmir-Cumaovasi Airport (ADB) (   Turkey) Phase: Takeoff (TOF) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Izmir-Cumaovasi Airport (IZM), Turkey Destination airport: Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey Flightnumber: 301

The Fokker aircraft became airborne after a ground run on runway 35 of approx. 3200 feet. At a height of 8-10 m the aircraft suddenly yawed left and pitched nose-down. The aircraft contacted the ground again and struck a drainage ditch, skidded, disintegrated and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The aircraft stalled on takeoff due to over rotation and frost accretion on the wings.”

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Pilot found dead in plane crash in central Minn. identified

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:57

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — A 50-year-old pilot was found dead after his single-engine experimental aircraft was discovered Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, after the plane was reported missing on Tuesday, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities later Wednesday identified the pilot as  Matthew James Skwira, of Rice.

Authorities were notified about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday that the aircraft hadn’t returned to the Sauk Centre Airport, where the pilot was to practice take-offs and landings, the sheriff’s office said. The plane was last seen around 3:30 p.m.

The sheriff’s office and Sauk Centre police began a search of the area with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration and cellular telephone carriers to try to pinpoint the aircraft’s location. Poor weather deterred an aerial search of the area, the sheriff’s office said.

With information from the FAA, Sauk Centre firefighters assisted in a ground search and located the aircraft around 8:25 a.m. Wednesday.

The FAA is conducting a crash investigation.

Sauk Centre is about 25 miles southeast of Alexandria along Interstate 94.

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Helicopter crash-lands on downtown Fort Lauderdale street

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:55

A helicopter lost its tail while crashing on a downtown Fort Lauderdale street during rush hour Wednesday, authorities said. No one was injured.

The “hard landing” happened at about 5 p.m. at 350 SE Second St., south of Broward Boulevard, said Deputy Chief Tim Heiser, a spokesman for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

“It was a loud crashing sound,” said Zack Leeds, of Title Boxing Club, which is right next to where the helicopter crash-landed. “When we looked behind us we were surprised to see a helicopter with two guys in it who didn’t look like they had any idea what was going on.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the crash of the Schweizer 269-C helicopter. Preliminary information was that it had departed from the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Heliport, at 201 SE Second St., an FAA spokeswoman said.

Pilot Sultan Saidmuratov, 26, and Alex Marshall, 48, were on board and escaped harm, said Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for Fort Lauderdale police.

The crash site was one block down from an Offerdahl’s restaurant.

The broken rotor flew about 100 feet from where the helicopter landed, Heiser said.

“For the amount of space the pilot had to put that helicopter down, it is absolutely amazing that no one was injured when the tail rotor snapped off, or when the helicopter landed,” Heiser said.

Police blocked traffic along the street, which is parallel to and a block north of East Las Olas Boulevard.

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Plane made emergency landing mid-flight after captain fell ill

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:54

By Alexandra Deabler

A transatlantic flight from Florida to Denmark had to make an emergency landing in Ireland after the captain became incapacitated.

The Norwegian Air liner was mid-flight, flying from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen, when the co-pilot declared a medical emergency reporting a “crew member” had fallen ill, Irish News reported.

The airline confirmed in a statement that it was the captain.

A third pilot had been on board the flight and helped with the diversion and emergency landing.

The flight safely diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland where it was met at the terminal by airport authorities and ambulance paramedics.

The captain was removed by ambulance, Irish Times reports, and taken to a hospital for treatment.

The 266 passengers and crew were made to disembark from the plane and enter the airport transit lounge where they were given meal vouchers. Arrangements were made for the passengers to get them to their final destination.

A spokesperson for Norwegian Air told Irish Times, “Flight DY7042 from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen was diverted to Shannon Airport where it landed safely. The safety and security of our passengers and crew is Norwegian’s highest priority and the diversion was made as a precaution after the captain fell ill.”

The flight resumed its journey at 1:30 pm local time, after the captain had been “replaced.”

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FAA to investigate small plane’s hard landing in Millard ball field

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:53

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — FAA inspectors are investigating what caused a small plane to hard land in a Millard ball field Wednesday afternoon.

Officials got word of the hard landing at Anderson ball field near 137th and Millard Avenue around 2:20 p.m.

6 News has learned the single-engine plane is owned by Oracle Aviation. An Oracle spokesperson told 6 News a student pilot and his flight instructor were inside the plane. They were returning to Millard Airport from a 2 to 3 hour cross country training flight. Both the instructor and his student were unharmed and walked away from the landing.

Jim Bolamperti was working in the area when the low-flying plane caught his attention. He told 6 News: “I look up and he’s just barely clearing those treetops. And it sounded like he was clipping some of them. And then I heard some other loud noises which might have been him hitting that wire, there. I ran over here and sure enough there he is – right up there against the fence.”

The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation by the F.A.A.

The F.A.A. is also investigating an incident last Saturday in which engine trouble forced a small plane, also owned by Oracle Aviation, to land in a field near 144th and Giles Road. A flight instructor and student were also involved in Saturday’s incident. They were both unharmed.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:51

28 Years ago today: On 25 January 1990 an Avianca Boeing 707 crashed near Cove Neck while approaching New York-JFK following fuel exhaustion; killing 73 out of 158 occupants.

Date: Thursday 25 January 1990 Time: 21:34 Type: Boeing 707-321B Operator: Avianca Registration: HK-2016 C/n / msn: 19276/592 First flight: 1967 Total airframe hrs: 61196 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9 Passengers: Fatalities: 65 / Occupants: 149 Total: Fatalities: 73 / Occupants: 158 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Cove Neck, NY (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Colombia Destination airport: New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America Flightnumber: AV052

Avianca Flight AV052 (Bogotá – Medellin – New York-JFK) took off from Medellin at 15:08 with approx. 81000 lb of fuel on board. When arriving near New York, the aircraft had to enter 3 holding patterns. The first for 19 minutes over Norfolk, the second for 29 minutes over New Jersey, and the third pattern over the CAMRN intersection for 29 minutes. Over CAMRN the aircraft descended from FL140 to FL110. At 20:44:43, while holding at CAMRN for 26 minutes, the New York (NY) ARTCC radar controller advised AVA052 to expect further clearance at 21:05. At that moment the Avianca crew advised ATC that they could only hold for 5 more minutes and that their alternate Boston couldn’t be reached anymore due to the low state of fuel. The flight left the holding pattern at 20:47 and the crew contacted the New York TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) who guided AV052 for a runway 22L ILS approach. On finals, at 21:15 the crew contacted JFK Tower and they were cleared to land four minutes later.
Due to the bad weather (300 feet ceiling, 400 m visibility, RVR – runway Visual Range of 2400 feet and wind shear of ca. 10 kt) the crew had to carry out a missed approach at 21:23. ATC vectored the crew for another approach. About 21:32, at 12 miles SE of JFK Airport, engines number 3 and 4 ran down. Shortly afterwards followed by the remaining two. At 21:34, heading 250° and flaps at 14° and gear up, the aircraft impacted on a hillside in a wooded residential area on the north shore of Long Island. The starboard side of the forward fuselage impacted and fractured the wooden deck of a residential home.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The failure of the flight crew to adequately manage the airplane’s fuel load, and their failure to communicate an emergency fuel situation to air traffic control before fuel exhaustion occurred. Contributing to the accident was the flight crew’s failure to use an airline operational control dispatch system to assist them during the international flight into a high-density airport in poor weather. Also contributing to the accident was inadequate traffic flow management by the FAA and the lack of standardized understandable terminology for pilots and controllers for minimum and emergency fuel states. The Safety Board also determines that windshear, crew fatigue and stress were factors that led to the unsuccessful completion of the first approach and thus contributed to the accident.”

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