Today is Tuesday the 17th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:37

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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USAF To Change Aircraft Rescue And Fire Fighting (ARFF) Standards

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:34

Settles Lawsuit With Airshow Pilot’s Family For $1.4 Million

The U.S. Air Force has settled a lawsuit with the family of Aerobatic Hall of Fame pilot Eddie Andreini who was fatally injured during a performance at Travis Air Force Base in 2014. 

The Aviation Law Monitor recount the accident, in which Andreini (pictured) was attempting an inverted ribbon cut, but impacted the runway and became trapped in the cockpit of his Stearman biplane. He was fatally injured in the post-accident fire.

Records show that it took nearly five minutes for firetrucks to arrive at the accident scene, and by that time, Andreini had already succumbed. The USAF denied liability, saying the firefighters had acted “by the book” and that the fire spread so fast that it would have been impossible to safe Andreini no matter how fast they would have arrived.

But the ALM reports that attorneys representing the family proved the USAF did not meet its ARFF standards. The trucks were more than a mile from the runway, and firefighters were not suited up and ready to respond during the show. The showed that the Air Force was not entitled to immunity from a lawsuit under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

As a result of the legal proceedings, the USAF says it will as standard operating procedure position fire trucks to have immediate access to the show line during air shows. Firefighters will also be dressed and ready to go whenever a performer is in the air.

The settlement with the family was reported to be in the amount of $1.4 million.

FMI: Original report

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Authorities identify man and woman killed in plane crash in Coshocton County

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:25


Authorities say a single-engine plane headed to Florida has crashed in rural Ohio, killing two people on board.

The crash happened around five miles west of Blissfield, in a wooded area of Coshocton County. The FAA said the plane was a BE33 Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft that was flying from Elyria, Ohio to Deland, Florida.

Authorities were informed that the plane had disappeared from radar, and someone in the area spotted the wreckage hours later. Local law enforcement told the FAA that two people were killed on board. The FAA has begun an onsite investigation to help determine the cause.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation per the FAA.

Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the victims as 67-year-old Edward Zezlina and his passenger 71-year-old Linda O’Brien.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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Small plane lands on North Side San Antonio street

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:24

By Fares Sabawi

A small aircraft landed on a North Side street Monday afternoon after the pilot apparently missed a nearby runway. 

San Antonio Fire Capt. Kevin Koch said a couple in their 70s were trying to land the plane at Twin Oaks Airport around 3 p.m. when a wind gust lifted the plane past the runway. It ended  up in the 600 block of Heimer Road.

The plane had to make an emergency landing in the 600 block of Heimer Road Monday April 16, 2018.

The couple was not seriously injured but the woman was hospitalized after complaining of back pain. No one on the ground reported injuries.

The plane was partially on the sidewalk and caused damage to some fences. Though the damage to the plane was not extensive, Koch said the wing was bent and fuel was leaking from the aircraft.

A crane was brought in to remove the plane and it was placed back onto the runway, clearing the street, around 5 p.m.

FAA officials are investigating the incident.

This is the second incident involving a small plane in San Antonio in two days. On Sunday, the pilot of an experimental small-engine aircraft died after the plane crashed.

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ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:22

DOVER, Del. – A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base Monday night.

United Airlines 1559 was headed from Newark International Airport to Palm Beach International when the pilot declared an emergency due to a mechanical problem.

ABC News’ Jeffrey Cook reports, “The pilots of #UA1559 reported ‘trouble with the elevator’ to air traffic controllers before landing at Dover Air Force Base. Such a problem would lead to controllability challenges. Hence the diversion to the long runways at the Air Force Base.”

According to officials, the plane, a Boeing 737, landed safely at Dover Air Force Base around 7:20 p.m.

United Airlines issued the following statement following the landing:

Our maintenance team is inspecting the aircraft and we are working to get our customers to Palm Beach as soon as possible.

Passengers eventually did make it to their Florida destination.


60+ firefighters battle fire at Springs Airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:20

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – A three-alarm fire at the Colorado Springs Airport grounded all flights and forced the entire building to evacuate.

It took firefighters more than four hours to contain the flames, which broke out on the roof on the west side of the airport. The fire was declared fully contained just after 3 a.m.

“I was just downstairs working at Avis Budget [car rentals],” employee Tony Frost told 11 News. “All of a sudden some guy runs downstairs screaming that there’s a fire. I thought it was a joke at first.”

“There was an announcement that just said, ‘Colorado Springs Airport, evacuate the airport now,'” said Dannika Roggie, who was picking someone up at the airport.

Frost, Roggie and everyone else in the airport immediately cleared the building, while inbound travelers found themselves suddenly trapped on their planes.

“We ended up sitting on the tarmac for about three hours,” passenger Maddison Russell told 11 News.

Lt. Doug Pape with the Colorado Springs Fire Department said firefighters could see flames shooting from the roof before they even got to the airport.

“As we were approaching, we could see the flames from several miles off … there was quite a bit of smoke production.”

More than 60 firefighters battled the blaze. Pape described the firefight.

“We set up our aerial ladder and attacked the fire from the outside. Then we sent crews to the inside to make sure we didn’t have any fire to the inside of the building.”

He said firefighters were met with several obstacles as they worked to extinguish the fire.

“Challenges was water supply. We had to do relay pumping to aerial operations … locating the fire, finding the extent and the nature of the fire, and just access was probably the biggest issue. We have water supply, but there wasn’t any right in front of us like there would be for a house fire, so we had to have a fairly long lay-in. That delayed a little bit, the operations of getting water on the fire.”

Pape said the fire was in the insulation of the roofing material, which can sometimes hide smoldering areas.

“To make sure that we were completely out on such a large structure, we took our time making sure we had no re-ignition,” he said of why it took crews so long to get the fire out.

Investigators are now trying to figure out what started the fire. Airport spokesperson Aidan Ryan said the structure sustained smoke and water damage but did not elaborate on the extent of damage.

The airport said in a Facebook post that all airport operations are closed while staff awaits a safety evaluation from the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Employees are told to report to the field shop for their regularly scheduled shift.

All flights in and out of the airport are canceled Tuesday. To reschedule your flight or for more info on Tuesday’s flight schedule, call the following numbers:

United: 877-624-3653
Frontier: 303-481-2550
Delta: 800-221-1212
American: 800-446-7834

Twenty-five flights are affected, according to the airport. It’s unknown at this time if this mass cancellation will extend into Wednesday too.

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Long-Term FAA Reauthorization Bill Introduced In The U.S. House

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:18

Bipartisan Bill Focuses On Jobs, Airports And Infrastructure

Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Friday introduced a bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), a five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the FAA, provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation.

H.R. 4 was introduced in the House Friday by the entire bipartisan leadership of the Committee and its six subcommittees, including Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA).

The FAA Reauthorization Act:

  • Keeps our Nation in the lead in aviation by putting American jobs, American innovation, and the traveling public first.
  • Cuts Washington red tape so that our manufacturers can get products to market on time, stay competitive globally, and continue to employ millions of Americans.
  • Encourages American innovation in aviation technologies to promote a stronger American workforce.
  • Ensures that our airport infrastructure connects our businesses and increasing number of air travelers to the world.
  • Gives the American traveling public a better flight experience.
  • Ensures our system remains as safe as possible for the American traveler and addresses factors related to recent incidents.

“Our aviation system is essential to our economy and to the American way of life,” said Chairman Shuster. “This bill provides many important reforms that will help U.S. manufacturers and job creators lead in a very competitive global marketplace. This legislation ensures long-term investment and stability in aviation infrastructure for America’s large, small, and rural communities, and it addresses issues to help maintain the safety of our system.”

“I’m glad we finally had the opportunity to come together and introduce a bipartisan, long-term FAA reauthorization bill – a bill that gives the FAA long-term funding it needs to do its job and includes mandates to improve aviation safety, to continue leading the world in aviation research and innovation, and to make needed and targeted reforms to critical aviation programs. This bill will also enhance the air travel experience for the hundreds of millions of U.S. passengers who take to the skies each year,” said Ranking Member DeFazio.

“This FAA authorization is the culmination of years of hearings and listening sessions to solicit input from aviation stakeholders, commercial passengers, general aviation pilots and our colleagues,” said Chairman LoBiondo. “In the truest sense, this legislation represents bipartisan cooperation and compromise to advance the Nation’s aviation interests and safety in the skies. Moving a five-year FAA bill with broad bipartisan support through the Congress and to the President’s desk is my top priority as I wind down my Chairmanship of the Subcommittee.”

“Aviation supports more than 30,000 jobs in Washington state and long-term FAA reauthorization will provide stability and economic growth in the Pacific Northwest,” said Ranking Member Larsen. “With this continued commitment to bipartisanship, the difference between the House and the Senate bills is now merely inches apart. I am pleased Congress can move forward on addressing the long-term infrastructure, workforce and aviation safety needs to benefit communities across the U.S.”

The introduced bill also includes the bipartisan Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), legislation that received overwhelming support in the House in December as part of an emergency disaster aid package. The DRRA provisions of the bill will help communities better prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters of all kinds.

The DRRA provides broad reforms to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in particular increasing the federal emphasis on predisaster planning and mitigation to reduce the potential for future loss of life and help reduce the rising costs of disasters.

“The bipartisan DRRA will ensure our communities are more resilient, build better, and build smarter. Ultimately, because of this commonsense, proactive approach to mitigating the impacts of disasters before they strike and not waiting until afterwards to simply pick up the pieces, this legislation will save lives, save property, and save taxpayer dollars,” said Chairman Shuster.

Drone attorney Jonathan Rupprecht has done a deep dive into the reauthorization bill. He notes that the legislation “Tells the Comptroller General of the United States to do a study on appropriate fee mechanisms to recover the costs of “the regulation and safety oversight of unmanned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems” and “the provision of air navigation services to unmanned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems.”

Other items of note include a directive for the DOT IG to “conduct a study on ‘the regulation and oversight of the low-altitude operations of small unmanned aircraft and small unmanned aircraft systems’ and ‘appropriate roles and responsibilities of Federal, State, local, and Tribal governments in regulating and overseeing the operations of small unmanned aircraft in airspace 400 feet above ground level and below.’

It also amends Section 336, adding that:

An aircraft cannot be considered a protected model aircraft if it flies over or within 500ft laterally of a facility that operates amusement rides for the general public, unless authorized by the owner of the amusement facility.
Allows for flight instruction or educational flights, even if compensated, to be done in the protected model aircraft category.

There are also expanded definitions for a “Community-Based Organization” as it relates to model aircraft.

(Source: House Transportation Committee news release and Rupprecht Law Blog. Images from file)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:16

54 Years ago today: On 17 April 1964 a Middle East Airlines Caravelle crashed off Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing all 49 occupants.

Date: Friday 17 April 1964 Time: 19:32 UTC Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III Operator: Middle East Airlines – MEA Registration: OD-AEM C/n / msn: 23 First flight: 1960 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42 Total: Fatalities: 49 / Occupants: 49 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 19 km (11.9 mls) SSE of Dhahran International Airport (DHA) (   Saudi Arabia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon Destination airport: Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabia Flightnumber: ME444

Flight ME 444 departed Beirut (BEY) at 17:09 UTC and climbed to its cruising altitude of FL300. At 19:04 the aircraft reported to Bahrain Control that it was estimating Dhahran (DHA) at 19:28, and was cleared to descend to reach FL50 over the Dhahran beacon. At 19:06 weather information was reported to flight 444, which read a NNE/10 knots wind, gusting to 16, and 0,5nm visibility (in a sandstorm). At 19:26 the pilot reported estimating the Dhahran NDB in two minutes. At 19:28 it contacted Dhahran and reported “5 000 feet descending” and was cleared for an ADF approach. The controller requested the crew to report at 4000 feet and outbound at 2000 feet. One minute later it reported leaving 4000 feet and at 19:30 passing 2500 feet and turning inbound. It was then cleared to final approach and requested to report reaching minimum and runway in sight. At approximately 19:32 a short loud transmission noise was recorded by the Tower. No further message was received from the flight. It was subsequently found that the aircraft struck the sea at the completion of the procedure turn 4 NM off shore and 10 NM south of Dhahran Airport.
The investigation team concluded that there was no mechanical failure that could have caused the accident. Several theories were investigated, a.o. erroneous radio altimeter indications as a result of the sandstorm (these effects have been proven in tests done by Air France), but the team was not able to prove any of those theories.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The probable cause of this accident can not be ascertained.”

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Today is Monday the 16th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:00

Here are the stories to start the new week…

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Small plane crash in Colorado Springs sends one to the hospital

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:59

Written By Tyler Dumas

A small Cessna 210 was unable to make it to the airport and was forced to make a crash landing in the area of Constitution and Powers. 

Numerous roads were closed in the area of Tutt, Constitution, and Waynoka. The aircraft has been removed and roads in the area have been reopened.

Police said the crash happened at 12:49 p.m.

According to the fire department, three people were in the plane. One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, and the lack of injuries surprised the emergency personnel on scene.

“When I first saw the aircraft, you really had to wonder to what extent the injuries were,” said Lt. Howard Black, public information officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department. “So, very, very fortunate to be able to report that we have no serious injuries out here.”

Marcie Runnells and her kids were eating lunch when the plane came in flying low.

“I could see the wing, the rest of it was kind of blending in with the fire trucks, so it was hard to see exactly it what it all was. It was a little scary,” Runnells said.

The fire department said fuel was leaking from the plane but crews remained on scene for clean-up.

The Colorado Springs Airport said the crash will not impact any airport operations, and would not confirm to News 5 if the plane was headed there. The Federal Aviation Administration is now conducting the investigation, sending updates as necessary.

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Pilot identified following deadly plane crash in Medina County, FAA investigating

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:52

by SBG San Antonio

BEXAR COUNTY — Authorities said a pilot is dead after his aircraft crashed near the Medina-Bexar County line Sunday morning.

The pilot has been identified as 68-year-old Carl Bray, according to Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown. Grey departed from Freedom Springs Ranch Airport, which is nearly 25 miles north of the crash site, and it’s possible he was flying to Castroville Municipal Airport to get fuel, according to Brown.

Medina County investigators are holding the scene until Monday morning when National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are expected to arrive, Brown said.

Firefighters with the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office said they were called out to the 14900 block of Omicron Drive at about 10:30 a.m. for reports of a plane crash. When crews arrived, they encountered a small engine aircraft that crashed and caught fire. One person was found dead at the scene inside the two-seater aircraft.

The original call was made to Bexar County firefighters, but when they arrived, it was determined that the scene was in Medina County. Firefighters said there is a housing development under construction in the area and no homes were affected.

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F-22 Raptor Came To A Rest On Its Belly During Major Mishap Friday At NAS Fallon (Updated)

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:51

Few solid details are available regarding this incident but USAF officials have confirmed that it did indeed occur and the damage is extensive.


An F-22A Raptor belonging to Elmendorf Air Force Base’s 3rd Wing was involved in a major mishap this weekend. Details remain sketchy and are likely to change, but a source told The War Zone that the jet may have retracted its gear too early during takeoff, with the aircraft slamming back down on the runway at relatively high speed and skidding its way to a stop. Thankfully the pilot was able to egress from the aircraft without major injuries.

We contact the public affairs office at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson who jumped right on the story and quickly confirmed that the aircraft had been involved in a mishap at Fallon and although the damage is extensive, it is hoped that it can be repaired at this time. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.

The F-22 was at NAS Fallon to support the Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, better known as Topgun, providing a dissimilar adversary for students to fight against as part of a class graduation exercise. This is a widely known event in which Topgun students take part in a 1v1 fight against an unknown ‘surprise’ enemy aircraft. Aircraft of all types, from warbirds to foreign fighters, have been brought in to take part in the exercise over the decades.

For a relatively small cadre of fighter aircraft—roughly just 125 out of 183 jetsare combat coded at any given time—the F-22 community has experienced a number of gear-up and runway mishaps over the last half-decade or so.

On May 31st, 2012 a student pilot on his second solo flight in the F-22 didn’t apply enough power before retracting the jet’s landing gear during departure. The F-22 sunk down and careened its way across the runway on its belly before coming to a stop. The cost to repair that jet was a whopping $35M and took six years to accomplish the task.

The description of this mishap sounds similar to the one in Fallon on Friday, at least as it was described to us. But once again, this description could be inaccurate as we have not been able to verify it at this time.

In 2015 another Alaska-based Raptor had a brake issue on the runway at Honolulu International Airport causing damage to the aircraft. The jet was there for the 154th Fighter Wing’s annual Sentry Aloha exercise. Three years earlier another F-22, this one belonging to the local Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Fighter Squadron, experienced a tail-strike while landing. The repair bill for that mishap was $1.8M.

Update: 1:20pm PST—

The Air Force amn/nco/snco forum page on Facebook has posted new images of the stricken F-22 on NAS Fallon’s runway as well as a description of what they have been told caused the mishap. This should be treated as a rumor at this time, but in the images, the F-22’s thrust-vectoring nozzles are in asymmetric positions. The right engine looks as if it was shut down normally, while the left is still fully deflected downward. Here is the page’s entry:

UPDATE from sources: “Info on the Raptor mishap at Fallon: The slide happened on takeoff. Appears to have been a left engine flameout when the pilot throttled up to take off. By the time he realized the engine was dead, he had already been airborne for a few seconds and raised the gear. The jet bounced for around 1500 feet, and then slide for about 5000 feet. They got it off the ground and on its landing gear last night, so the runway is clear. Chain is wanting it to be quiet still. It’s very fresh obviously. But it’s looking like the second engine failure on Elmo jets in a 7 day period.”

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One person dead after plane crashes near Crozet

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:49

Local emergency services and the Virginia State Police responded to a reported plane crash Sunday evening in western Albemarle County

By Jake Gold

Local emergency services and the Virginia State Police responded to a reported plane crash Sunday evening in western Albemarle County. The crash occurred around 9 p.m. off Saddle Hollow Road near Crozet.

One body was found in the wreckage and the cause of the crash is under investigation, according to state police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

The body will be brought to the Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.

Geller said the aircraft was small and privately-owned.

She also said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been alerted about the incident.

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Despite flattened tires, pilot ‘does really nice job’ landing plane in Halifax

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:48

Air Canada flight from Orlando makes emergency landing in Halifax after landing gear problems

Anjuli Patil, Frances Willick · CBC News 

Passengers aboard an Air Canada flight from Orlando, Fla., had a few tense moments Saturday afternoon when the plane developed problems with its landing gear prior to its approach to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

​Halifax Fire and Emergency Services were called to the airport at 3:33 p.m. after crew members reported the plane’s landing gear wasn’t descending properly. Air Canada Flight 1219 was travelling from Orlando to Halifax.

The aircraft landed on the runway, blowing out two tires, but no injuries were reported.

“It was a nice landing. He did a really nice job landing the plane,” said Gordon Barton, who was returning home after a trip to Disney World with his wife Peggy Blair and their grandchildren, Alexis and Kenleigh.

“You wouldn’t be able to tell hardly that he had flat tires the way he landed it. He did a great job getting us on the ground.”

Air Canada said in a statement that the plane got two flat tires during the landing. A spokesperson said she could not provide further details about damage to the plane.

One of the airport’s two runways was closed until about 5 p.m. while the A320 plane was towed to the gate.

Peggy Blair said about 20 minutes into the flight “we heard the big boom.”

Her family was sitting over the wheels so it felt “like your feet actually ‘boomed’ underneath you,” she said.

“We really knew it was something, but then the pilot came on and said, ‘Well, there’s big boxes with luggage in them down there and maybe something came loose and just tipped over,'” Blair said.

But Barton, who has experience working with vehicles, said he had a feeling there was a problem with the aircraft’s wheels.

“Just the way it sounded, it sounded like one of the wheels may have jammed a little bit when it was coming up so it was just an educated guess, I guess,” he said.

The couple’s grandchild, Kenleigh Barton,16, said she felt a little bit nervous during the landing.

“We had to circle around a few things. At one point, we were closer to Truro than Halifax so it felt weird,” she said.

Alexis Blair,14, felt the same as her cousin.

“It was scary. I was scared. I was fidgeting with my fidget spinner, it was pretty crazy,” she said.

Once it came time to land, Blair said the plane circled around the airport. She said staff were quick to tell passengers they had “some bugs to work out” before landing.

“They had a wheel that wasn’t coming down, and I guess just before they landed, it did come down,” said ​Halifax Fire and Emergency Services  division commander Greg Hebb.

“I guess there was some damage to the underside of the plane. It was a fairly rough landing.”

Halifax airport spokesperson Theresa Rath Spicer said the plane landed safely at 3:45 p.m.

“However, it has to be inspected for potential damage and as a result of that, the aircraft has to be towed from the runway.”

Hebb and Rath Spicer said as far they know, there were no injuries among the 143 passengers.

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TSB investigating after 2 private jets crash on the ground at Winnipeg airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:46

No injuries reported in crash

CBC News

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating after two planes crashed at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Sunday.

In a release the TSB says the crash happened on the ground between two private jets, and a team of two investigators is en route to Winnipeg to gather information and assess what happened.

The TSB says no injuries were reported.

Winnipeg Airports Authority spokesperson Tyler MacAfee says the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. and one of the planes was stationary at the time.

He says crews were able to contain a fuel leak from at least one of the planes caused by the crash.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences.

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Officials: Aerobatic biplane likely caused mistaken plane crash report

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:45

Brandon Mulder – Austin Community Newspapers Staff

Emergency officials called off a search for a small airplane crash Sunday after determining the report was a false alarm.

Fire crews responded to an area just west of Loop 360 off Bee Cave Road near the County Line on the Hill restaurant.

“They said they had gotten a report there was a plane crash, so they just wanted to check it out and see if they could see off our balcony,” said Alicia Fuertsch, a manager on duty at the restaurant Sunday afternoon. “They went out there and they didn’t see anything, and I went out there as well and I didn’t see anything either.”

A short time later, the Austin Fire Department called off the search and tweeted that a biplane was buzzing the restaurant, generating a mistaken alarm.

It’s not the first time aerobatic biplanes have triggered mistaken 911 calls, said Mike Elliott, fire chief of the Travis County Emergency Service District No. 9.

“We got what was reported to be an aircraft down about two months ago in the same area, and it ended up being one of these biplanes that was flying low and doing some maneuvers around Lake Austin,” Elliott said. “So we went out and all kinds of agencies responded, and we never found anything. That’s what we think it was.”

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:44

46 Years ago today: On 16 April 1972 an ATI Fokker F-27 crashed near Ardinello di Amasend, Italy, killing all 18 occupants.

Date: Sunday 16 April 1972 Time: ca 22:10 Type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 Operator: Aero Trasporti Italiani – ATI Registration: I-ATIP C/n / msn: 10251 First flight: 1964 Total airframe hrs: 20461 Cycles: 26490 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15 Total: Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Ardinello di Amaseno (   Italy) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy Destination airport: Foggia Airport (FOG/LIBF), Italy Flightnumber: 392

ATI flight BM392 was a scheduled service from Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Foggia (FOG). The flight was cleared for takeoff from runway 16 and takeoff was accomplished at 21:56. Immediately after takeoff the crew contacted the Rome Departure controller. The controller confirmed the en route clearance via Pratica, Latina and Teano. He then instructed the flight crew to contact Pratica di Mare. The crew was not able to contact the air traffic controller at Pratica di Mare. At 22:00 the flight contacted Rome Departure again. They reported leaving FL65 for FL110 and noted their problems of contacting Pratica. They were then instructed to call Rome-Control (Terminal Sector South). At 22:04 flight 392 contacted the Terminal Sector South controller and reported at FL100, estimating Latina at 22:10.
At 22:05 the flight was cleared to climb to FL150, following the specific request of the pilot. The F-27 was also cleared for a direct route to Teano, skipping Latina.
Three minutes later the pilot reported passing FL135 and the crew were instructed to switch frequencies to Teano. Nothing more was heard from the flight. By then the flight entered an area of poor weather with local thunderstorm activity. The aircraft had almost reached FL150 when it suddenly lost 1200 ft of altitude and the airspeed dropped 30 knots. This developed into phugoid oscillations from which the pilots were not able to recover. The airplane entered a descent and struck the ground at 340 knots at an angle of 20 degrees.

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Today is Friday the 13th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:16

We close out this week with the following stories…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!


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Lightning strike forces plane headed to Detroit Metro Airport to turn around

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:12

Bolt hits plane’s nose

By Jermont Terry – Reporter, Amber Ainsworth

ROMULUS, Mich. – A Delta flight on its way to Detroit Metro Airport was forced to turn back to Buffaloafter the plane was struck by lightning Thursday.

Planes are designed to withstand lightning, but the jolt still shook up the 60 passengers aboard flight 58-79.

“I closed my eyes and I saw this big flash and big pop at the same time, a big flash even with my eyes closed,” passenger Matt Gould said. “[I] open my eyes, everyone was looking around. We kind of had a feeling we were hit by lighting. We weren’t sure.”

The pilots knew right away what happened and they radioed air traffic control about what happened.

“We just had a severe lightning strike hit the nose,” a pilot said over the radio. “We’re going to have to return to Buffalo for now.”

Gould, an avid traveler, said fear came over him for a moment when the crew jumped into action and turned the flight around, but he said he was OK with the delay for safety’s sake.

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Cockpit smoke forces Delta flight from MSP to make emergency landing in Fargo

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:11

FARGO, N.D. — A Delta Air Lines flight headed from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Anchorage, Alaska, made an emergency landing at Fargo’s Hector International Airport on Thursday after reports of smoke in the cockpit.

The flight departed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:55 p.m. and was carrying 189 passengers, according to Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority.

The Delta plane was flying over the Bismarck area when it was forced to turn around and fly to Fargo, Dobberstein said.

The plane was able to land safely at Hector at about 7:30 p.m., with firefighters greeting the plane when it touched down.

A flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul was to arrive in Fargo at 11 p.m. to pick up the stranded passengers and take them to their destination. Delta ordered pizza for the passengers during the wait.

Cockpit smoke forces Delta flight from MSP to make emergency landing in Fargo

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