Aeromedical/Aviation

Airplane crash at Trois-Rivières airport

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 14 min ago

MARIE-EVE LAFONTAINE – The Nouvellist

A small plane missed its landing, around 00:20, Tuesday, at the Trois-Rivières airport.

The aircraft violently hit the ground before leaving the runway. The pilot and his student managed to extricate himself from the Piper who caught fire. The firefighters of Trois-Rivières quickly intervened. The plane was nothing more than a pile of junk.

The two wounded were taken to the hospital. One of them suffered minor injuries while the other suffered from fractures. A security perimeter was erected around the scene of the accident.

It is the Transportation Safety Board that is conducting the investigation. Two investigators have been on site all day. The airport was closed while the aircraft was towed.

https://www.ledroit.com/actualites/le-fil-groupe-capitales-medias/ecrasement-davion-a-laeroport-de-trois-rivieres-1f204c7aeb7be3fc4b44b7a9ff41d4ff

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Helicopter pilot dies in crash on Catalina Island, FAA and NTSB plan to investigate

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 15 min ago

By NATHANIEL PERCY

A pilot was found dead after a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter on Tuesday, June 18 discovered the wreckage of a helicopter that had crashed on the west side of Catalina Island.

Smoldering debris was found just before 10 a.m. Tuesday north of the Isthmus on a hillside, said Sky Cornell, a Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector.

Sgt. Craig Harman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Avalon Station confirmed the aircraft as a helicopter.

The pilot, who was not identified, was known to take recreational flights from Torrance to Catalina Island, which he would fly over before returning, Harman said.

He would not always land on the island, Harman added.

The Sheriff’s Department received a call from the Air Force Coordination Rescue Center after the pilot reportedly hadn’t returned for 16 hours, Harman said.

A search and rescue was initiated and authorities started by searching the last coordinates the helicopter was known to be, Harman said.

“They found the wreckage there,” he said. “We did have precise longitude and latitude.”

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of a missing Robinson R44 helicopter traveling from Torrance to Catalina Monday afternoon, Spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. He said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board planned to investigate the cause of the crash.

The smoldering fire was contained to the wreckage and had not spread to brush, Cornell said. There was no threat to structures.

Sheriff’s Department personnel were on scene to investigate the cause of the crash, Harman said

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted in searching for the missing aircraft.

The aircraft owner was not affiliated with Robinson Helicopter Company, spokeswoman Loretta Conley said. The company is based at the Torrance Municipal Airport.

“We are devastated by the loss of life and anyone involved,” the company said in a statement. “Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of the individual affected by this tragic accident.”

An accident investigator with the company was assisting the FAA and NTSB in their investigation, the company said.

“As always, our first concern and priority is the safety and welfare of the people involved with our aircraft,” the statement said.

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/06/18/1-dead-in-catalina-helicopter-crash/

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3 hospitalized after emergency landing of helicopter in Key West

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 18 min ago

7 News – WSVN

KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people have been hospitalized after a helicopter made an emergency landing in Key West.

Monroe County Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near South Roosevelt Boulevard on Monday night and helped the passengers out of the helicopter.

The Key West Police Department as well as the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office captured the sightseeing helicopter in the water.

The pilot and two passengers were transported and taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center with minor injuries.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently investigating.

According to the owner of Air Adventure Helicopter Tours, the pilot has been a part of the company for a year and a half and is very experienced. This is the first incident in the company’s five years of operation.

https://wsvn.com/news/local/3-hospitalized-after-emergency-landing-of-helicopter-in-key-west/

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Pilot survives plane crash on Tennessee River near Island Home Airport

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 19 min ago

Sarah Riley, Knoxville News Sentinel

A small plane crashed into the Tennessee River on Tuesday night near the Knoxville Downtown Island Airport.

At about 8:45 p.m., the Knoxville Fire Department received a call that a plane had gone down in the river. A department spokesman said eyewitnesses saw the plane go down near the north bank.

Firefighters launched a rescue boat, and the pilot was spotted and pulled from the water.

The 62-year-old pilot, who is uninjured and was the only person on board, had flown out of Skyranch Airport in Knoxville before his engine failed just shy of Island Home Airport.

The pilot was flying a Flightstar ultralight plane. It is submerged in 15 feet of water, the fire department said in a press release.

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/2019/06/18/small-plane-crashes-tennessee-river-knoxville/1495630001/

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Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Hamilton: airport

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 21 min ago

By Don Mitchell

Hamilton International Airport says a Porter Airlines plane made an emergency landing at one of its two runways on Tuesday morning.

The airport said on Twitter that it had closed a runway after a Toronto-bound flight from Montreal had run into some trouble and made a landing just after 11 a.m.

“As the flight landed, Hamilton International Airport fire responded, and there are no reported injuries,” the tweet read.

“All passengers and crew have deplaned and departed Hamilton International,” the airport announced in a followup post just after 1 p.m.

According to the Porter Airlines, Flight 458 left Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport at 9:10 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. at Toronto’s Billy Bishop island airport.

Brad Cicero, Director of Communications for Porter, told Global News that the flight diverted due to “a hydraulic fluid indication.”

“The aircraft punctured tires upon landing and stopped on the runway.” said Cicero, “All 59 passengers and four crew are safe and uninjured. Passengers were transported by bus to the terminal and then on to Toronto.”

Tomas Cleary, Communications Coordinator for Hamilton International Airport, told Global the airport remained open after the incident and “that there are no impacts to passenger operations.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/5403735/passenger-plane-emergency-landing-hamilton-airport/

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Draft Airports Advisory Circulars — U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Web Update

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 24 min ago

We recently added the following documents to the Draft Airports Advisory Circulars page on the FAA website:

Draft AC 150/5210-7E, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications

Draft AC 150/5210-14C, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Equipment, Tools and Clothing

Comments for both drafts are requested by July 19, 2019. Please visit the page to access the draft documents and read procedures for submitting comments.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 25 min ago

72 Years ago today: On 19 June 1947 a PanAm Lockheed L-049 Constellation crashed near Meyadine; killing 14 out of 36 on board.

Date: Thursday 19 June 1947 Time: 01:40 Type: Lockheed L-049 Constellation Operator: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) Registration: NC88845 C/n / msn: 2045 First flight: 1946 Total airframe hrs: 2645 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 26 Total: Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 36 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Mayadine (   Syria) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan Destination airport: Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey Flightnumber: PA121

Narrative:
The Constellation, named “Clipper Eclipse”, was cruising at FL185 when the no. 1 prop had to be feathered due to engine problems. The remaining three engines overheated, forcing the crew to reduced power. This resulted in a gradual descent. The crew elected to continue to Istanbul instead of landing at the nearby Habbaniya RAF Station in Iraq. While descending through FL100 a fire broke out in the engine no. 2 nacelle. A rapid descent was started during which the no. 2 engine separated from the wing. With the left wing on fire a belly landing was carried out in the desert. It appeared the no. 1 engine failure was due to a broken exhaust rocker arm on the no.18 cylinder. The no. 2 engine failure was due to a failure of the thrust bearing which in turn resulted in blocking the passage of oil from the propeller feathering motor to the propeller dome.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was a fire which resulted from an attempt to feather the No. 2 propeller after the failure of the No. 2 engine thrust bearing.”

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Today is Tuesday the 18th of June, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:23

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Military aircraft forced to make emergency landing after ‘engines cut out’

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:21

By Marc Betts

The pilot of a military aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, on Monday, June 17, after a mid-flight emergency. 

The B-52, an American bomber, was spotted by several people on social media flying in circles around the base as it tried to burn off fuel before landing.

It is believed that two of the plane’s eight engines cut out.

It was spotted over Swaffham, Thetford and King’s Lynn leaving trails of smoke as it waited to land.

Flight enthusiast Tony Kelly was watching the incident unfold at Woodstock Farm Campsite near Wereham.

He said: “There were two [B-52s], one was in a holding pattern waiting for a tanker from RAF Mildenhall. It then developed an engine issue and landed.

“The second was also held for a while then headed back to the USA with a KC10 extender tanker up the east coast.”

The B52 has been used by the United States Air Force since 1955 and featured in the Cold War, Vietnam War and the Gulf War.

Chris Stone travelled from Norwich to see the plane when it had landed.

He said: “I’m lead to believe it had two engines overheating and one had a small fire – also steering problems.

“It was on the way back to the states from Europe but I don’t know what it was doing over there. It got to Norfolk about 5.40pm and I think that’s when the problems happened.

“It circled west off Norwich, King’s Lynn and Bury St Edmunds before landing around 7pm. I just took about a 40-mile trip from Norwich to see it has I have never seen one before.”

US officials said it was supporting a number of exercises in the region.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/b-52-makes-emergency-landing-at-raf-mildenhall-1-6111419

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Deadly crush in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli: the identity of the revealed passenger

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:19

22-year-old man succumbs after failed take-off

By ARNAUD KOENIG-SOUTIÈRE and CATHERINE BOUCHARD

A two-seat plane crashed almost immediately after taking off from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli airport on Sunday night, killing its 22-year-old passenger.The identity of the victim was unveiled by the Sûreté du Québec on Monday morning. It is Vincent Robichaud, 22, from Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley.

“The plane crashed on the ground during take-off,” said Sûreté du Québec spokesman Stéphane Tremblay. The aircraft was taking off towards the west. He turned left and immediately crashed. ”

“When an accident has just happened, you really have to be factual, warns the civil aviation expert Jean Lapointe. All causes are possible and we must eliminate them one at a time. ”

“Superb” conditions

However, it is unlikely that the weather could have played a bad trick to the driver, said Mr. Lapointe, who himself took the skies four times Sunday.

“The flying conditions were great all across the province,” he says. This means that there was probably a mechanical problem or a steering error. I do not think the environment has been a factor. ”

Investigation

Rebuilding experts and investigators from the Sûreté du Québec Major Crime and Forensic Identification Units were dispatched to conduct the investigation.

The Transportation Safety Board has been notified and is expected to send a team to Saint-Jean-Port-Joli on Monday to clarify the causes of the crash.

https://www.journaldequebec.com/2019/06/16/accident-davion-a-saint-jean-port-joli

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Plane crashes near Tri Cities Airport in Endicott; pilot is dead

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:17

Maggie Gilroy and Ashley Biviano, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

One person is dead following a plane crash Monday morning near the Tri Cities Airportin Endicott, police said.

Endicott police said the crash occurred at 11:18 a.m.

The pilot, who was the victim, was operating a single-engine airplane. His name will not be released, police said, until his next of kin is notified.

New York State Police and Broome County Sheriff’s employees were at the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation and Safety Board were en route Monday.

Authorities were congregated on and near the train tracks close to the airport.

https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2019/06/17/plane-crashes-tri-cities-airport-endicott/1477764001/

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Crop duster airplane crashes into windmill tower in western Kansas, troopers say

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:15

BY JASON TIDD

The pilot of a crop duster escaped without injury when the airplane crashed into a windmill tower in southwest Kansas on Monday, state troopers said.

Emergency crews were called to a plane crash at around 11:41 a.m. to the area of P Road and 4 Road in Seward County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said in a crash report. That’s about 6 miles east of Liberal in a rural area.

The 1997 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft was flying northbound and “crop-dusting a field when it struck a windmill tower with the right wing of the aircraft,” troopers wrote in the report. “Aircraft impacted the ground and slid to a stop facing south.”

The pilot had no apparent injuries from the crash landing. He was identified in the report as 61-year-old Craig L. Stratton, of Meade.

Stratton’s company, Crop-Serv Inc., which is also known as Bringham Flying Service, is listed as the registered owner of the 1997 Air Tractor turboprop in Federal Aviation Administration records.

https://www.kansas.com/news/business/aviation/article231660888.html

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Truck crashes into Southwest plane at Pittsburgh International Airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:13

By PAUL GUGGENHEIMER

A Southwest Airlines plane parked at a gate was struck by a provisioning truck Monday morning at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The ramp agent who was driving the vehicle was taken to a hospital, a Southwest spokesman said.

No further information was available on the driver’s condition. There were no reports of any injuries to those on board the aircraft, the spokesman said.

Airport operations are unaffected, airport spokesman Bob Kerlik said.

The incident occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. The plane at gate A1 was a Boeing 737-800 that was scheduled to fly to Denver with 174 passengers on board and a crew of six. The aircraft will be taken out of service, and the airline is working to get customers to their destinations as quickly as possible, the Southwest spokesman said.

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/southwest-plane-hit-by-truck-at-pittsburgh-airport/

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Small plane made an emergency beach landing at Jekyll Island

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:11

A maintenance crew helped the biplane refuel on Glory Beach Friday

By Chloe Walker – Associate producer

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – A small plane made an emergency landing on the beach at Jekyll Island in Georgia Friday.

Officials at Jekyll Island say the pilot ran out of fuel when it touched down at Glory Beach. A maintenance crew from St. Simon’s Island airport brought fuel to the pilot so the plane could take back off.

No injuries were reported and neither the landing nor take-off impacted any sea turtle nests.

https://www.news4jax.com/news/a-small-plane-made-an-emergency-beach-landing-at-jekyll-island

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:09

47 Years ago today: On 18 June 1972 a BEA Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1C crashed near Staines after stalling on climbout, killing all 118 occupants.

Date: Sunday 18 June 1972 Time: 16:11 UTC Type: Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1C Operator: British European Airways – BEA Registration: G-ARPI C/n / msn: 2109 First flight: 1964 Crew: Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9 Passengers: Fatalities: 109 / Occupants: 109 Total: Fatalities: 118 / Occupants: 118 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Staines (   United Kingdom) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom Destination airport: Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium Flightnumber: 548

Narrative:
Flight BE548 was a scheduled passenger service from London to Brussels. Start-up clearance was given at 15:39 for a scheduled departure time of 15:45. Push-back was not requested until 16:00 due to load re-adjustment. Clearance to taxi was given at 16:03. The HS-121 Trident taxied to runway 28R for takeoff. At 16:06:53 the crew reported ready for takeoff. Takeoff clearance was given and at 16:08:30 the brakes were released.

The standard BEA practice for this particular flight involved a takeoff with 20° flap, leading edge droop (wing leading edge slats) extended and the engine thrust at settings below full power. After takeoff speed should be increased to the initial climb speed VNA (ie, takeoff safety speed, V2 plus 25 knots). The scheduled value of VNA for this flight was 177 knots Indicated Air Speed (IAS). At 90 seconds from brakes-off flaps are to be selected fully up and the engine thrust reduced to the noise abatement settings. At 3,000 feet climb power is to be set and then as the aircraft accelerates and reaches 225 knots the leading edge is retracted and the en route climb established. The minimum droop retraction speed is placarded by the lever and is well-known to all pilots.

The takeoff was normal and at 42 seconds the aircraft rotated, leaving the runway 2 seconds later at 145 knots IAS. At 63 seconds the autopilot was engaged 355 feet above the runway at 170 knots IAS; the IAS speed lock was selected shortly thereafter. At 74 seconds the aircraft started a 20° banked turn to port towards the Epsom Non-Directional Beacon (NDB). At 83 seconds the captain reported ‘Climbing as cleared’. He was then instructed to change frequency and contact London Air Traffic Control Centre.
At 93 seconds the noise-abatement procedure was initiated. On the assumption that the captain was the handling pilot, this would involve the second officer selecting the flaps fully up and operating the thrust levers to reduce power to the pre-calculated figure. At 100 seconds the captain called ‘Passing 1500’ and at 103 seconds the aircraft was cleared to climb to Flight Level 60. This message was acknowledged by the captain at 108 seconds with the terse call ‘up to 60’. This was the last message received from the flight.
At second 114 when the airspeed was 162 knots and the altitude 1,772 feet, the droop lever was selected up putting the aircraft into the area of the stall as the droop started to move. At second 116 the stick-pusher stall recovery device operated, causing the autopilot automatically to disengage and the nose of the aircraft to pitch down and the stick-push to cease as the incidence decreased. Since the elevator trim would stay at its position on autopilot disengagement which at that speed with the droop up would be – the incidence then increased causing a second stick-push at second 124 and a third at second 127. At second 128 the stall recovery system was manually inhibited by pulling the lever. The aircraft then pitched up rapidly, losing speed and height, entering very soon afterwards the true aerodynamic stall and then a deep stall from which at that height no recovery was possible. Impact was at second 150 in a field next to the A30 motorway

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Immediate causes were:
1) Failure by PIC to achieve and maintain adequate speed after noise-abatement procedures; 2) Droop-retraction 60kts below minimum speed.; 3) Failure to monitor speed error and to observe droop lever movement.; 3) Failure to diagnose reason for stick-pusher operation and warnings; 4) Operation of stall recovery override lever.
A factors was a.o. the abnormal heart condition of the captain.

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Today is Monday the 17th of June, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:14

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Here are the stories to start the week…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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United Airlines jet blows tires upon landing at Newark, delaying flights

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:11

by Leslie Josephs

  • United Airlines Flight 627 skidded off the runway at Newark on Saturday afternoon.
  • The FAA is investigating the incident and United said some passengers had minor injuries.
  • The plane landed with “multiple” flat tires, the airline said.

United Airlines said one of its jet blew “multiple” tires on Saturday upon landing at Newark Liberty International Airport. Flights were delayed by more than five hours at the busy United hub airport that serves the New York City area.

The tires on the left landing gear of the Boeing 757 blew after Flight 627 from Denver landed at Newark around 1 p.m. said the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA, which is investigating the incident, said the plane veered off to the side of the runway after it landed. Earlier the agency said the plane had skidded off the pavement.

The plane had 166 passengers and six crew members on board.

Flights in and out of the airport, one of United’s busiest hubs, were briefly suspended, the airport said, but had resumed by 3 p.m. Some arriving flights were delayed by an average of more than five hours the FAA said. Images on social media showed travelers departing the plane by stairs.

United Airlines said some customers had minor injuries and that they refused medical attention.

The Chicago-based airline said it is evaluating the damage to the aircraft.

“We’re in close touch with the FAA and airport authorities and are working expeditiously to safely remove the disabled aircraft so that operations at the airport can return to normal,” it said in a statement.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/15/united-airlines-jet-skids-off-runway-at-newark-disrupting-flights.html

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One killed in crash of vintage warplane north of Porter Ranch

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:07

By ERIC LICAS

A vintage military plane went down in the Santa Susana Mountains in Los Angeles County, leaving one person dead on Saturday, June 15.

The aircraft had replica U.S. military insignia. But the plane was identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Nanchang model CJ-6. That’s a Chinese military trainer that’s also used for general aviation and crop-spraying work. Hundreds of the planes are privately owned around the world, according to military aircraft websites. 

The crash took place roughly two miles north of Porter Ranch at about 2:40 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Paramedics found the sole occupant of the privately owned, single-engine, two-seat plane that crashed dead amidst the wreckage of the aircraft. That person’s identity was not immediately made public.

No other injuries were reported in the crash near Palo Sola Truck Road, and no fire was burning at the crash site as of Saturday afternoon, Humphrey said.

Information regarding what might have caused the plane to go down was not immediately known. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will handle the investigation into the incident, which officials said may prove to be in the county’s jurisdiction.

https://www.dailynews.com/2019/06/15/one-killed-in-plane-crash-north-of-porter-ranch/

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Small Plane Crash-Lands With 3 People on Board Near Airport in Upland

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

BY STEVE GANEY AND BRIAN DAY

A small plane with three people on board crashed near an airport in Upland, San Bernardino County Fire Department officials said Saturday morning.

A single-engine light aircraft crash landed around 9:45 a.m. “off of Cable Airport just east of the runway near Benson Ave.,” fire officials wrote on Twitter.

The Cessna 182 experienced engine trouble before crash landing in a parking lot about 300 feet short of runway 26L, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

Battalion Chief Kenny Halseth said when first responders arrived all three people had already gotten out of the plane and were sitting on a nearby park bench.

“I think it’s probably a combination of pilot skill and a little bit of luck,” Halseth said. All three people were transported to local hospitals with injuries, but are expected to survive.

“It’s amazing that we had the minor injuries that we had, and the outcome was as it was,” Halseth said.

Halseth said the plane came very close to striking a building.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

It was the first of two small plane crashes that occurred in the L.A. metro Saturday. A second crash killed one person in the Santa Susana Mountains north of Porter Ranch around 2:40 p.m.

https://ktla.com/2019/06/15/small-plane-crash-lands-with-3-people-on-board-near-airport-in-upland/

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