2015 Plane Crash Linked to Open Cabin Door; 3 Md. Men Killed

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:07

Published on Jan 15, 2018

A plane crash on the grounds of a posh Pennsylvania resort that killed three Maryland men stemmed from a front cabin door opening during takeoff, federal investigators have concluded.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the open door caused the small plane to stall and crash shortly after takeoff from Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in December 2015, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Investigators said in a report recently made public that pilot Terry Carlson, 68, of Kensington, Maryland, attempted to return to land as prescribed after the door opened but “did not safely manage the airplane’s airspeed and angle of attack and lost control of the plane.”

The report said Carlson, who owned the Beechcraft BE 36 single-engine plane, likely was under the influence of an amphetamine, which could have caused palpitations or fainting, resulting in his “loss of control of the plane.”

Carlson and Jason Willems, 26, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died in the crash. Carlson’s son, Erick Carlson, 27, of Rockville, Maryland, died a day later.

Erick Carlson told firefighters at the scene that the cabin door opened “just after takeoff,” investigators said. The forward cabin door’s upper latching mechanism was not fully extended in the wreckage, the report said.

The report noted Terry Carlson was a veteran pilot certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. It noted Carlson’s widow told investigators after the crash that he had served in Vietnam and had flown Hueys for the Army and later in the National Guard for several years.

“Her husband loved flying and was very experienced,” the report said. “She advised that they had the ‘door light’ come on a few times before and that the door was hard to latch.”

The resort was built by 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy and includes a golf course, a luxury hotel, a casino and an airfield, among other amenities. It has a 3,800-foot-long runway, suitable for smaller planes, according to its website.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:04

59 Years ago today: On 16 January 1959 an Austral Curtiss C-46 crashed during a missed approaching to March del Plata, Argentina, killing 51 occupants.

Date: Friday 16 January 1959 Time: 21:40 Type: Curtiss C-46A-50-CU Commando Operator: Austral Lineas Aéreas Registration: LV-GED C/n / msn: 30514 First flight: 1944 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 52 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 1,2 km (0.8 mls) off Mar del Plata, BA (   Argentina) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA (AEP/SABE), Argentina Destination airport: Mar Del Plata Airport, BA (MDQ/SAZM), Argentina Flightnumber: 205

Departure for Mar del Plata was delayed by 35 minutes due to bad weather there. The plane finally took off from Buenos Aires at 19:50 for the IFR flight to Mar del Plata. Arriving near Mar del Plata, the flight was cleared for a runway 12 approach and landing. The aircraft arrived over the runway threshold at 85 m and attempted to land. The C-46 overshot without even touching the runway, and a missed approach procedure was carried out. At 1200 m offshore the aircraft descended gradually into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The pilot failed during a missed approach procedure to observe the instrument flight procedure and attempted to continue visual flight by night in unfavourable weather conditions. The aircraft then lost altitude and descended into the sea.
Contributing factors were: 1) As the pilot was not familiar with the airport in this type of operation, he miscalculated during the instrument approach procedure; 2) The pilot’s temporarily confused mental state, when he found himself in this critical situation, affectected his capabilty and skill; 3) The radio beacon was out of service and the lighting was poor because of the weather conditions at the time of the approach; 4) Unsatifactory dispatching of the aircraft by the operator.”

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Today is Monday the 15th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:55

Greetings from London, England! Here for the Airport Fire Officers Association Annual Conference.

Because of the 6 hour time difference, this weeks “Morning Report’s” may come out at some strange times, but I’ll still work on getting them out!

Here’s what I have in a hurry to start this new week…

Have a great week and be safe out there!


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Helicopter with 7 onboard goes missing off Mumbai coast, rescue operations underway

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:52

MUMBAI: Search and rescue operations have begun for the Pawan Hans Dauphin N2 helicopter which went missing on Saturday morning with 7 people onboard. According to the defence spokesperson, some objects, which could be parts of the helicopter have been recovered from the site. Whether it is parts of the wreckage is yet be confirmed.

A Dornier aircraft and a ship have been deployed for search and rescue.

The helicopter (VT PWA), with 2 Pawan Hans pilots and 5 passengers, all ONGCemployees, took off at 10.14 am from Juhu airport. The helicopter had 3 hour and 10 minutes of fuel onboard. The last contact it established was around 10.30 am, with an air traffic control manned from an oil rig.

“The pilots, as per the procedure, had changed over their radio contact from Juhu air traffic control to the one manned on the oil rig around 10.25 am,” said a source. Thereafter, they were in touch with the rig air traffic controller for upto 9 kms, about 2 mins. “There has been no contact with the helicopter since 10.30 am, by when it was about 50 kms off the coast of Mumbai,” the source added. The helicopter was expected to land at the rig around 11 am.

The Coast guard and Indian Navy has begun search operations. “A ship and aircraft have been diverted to the area to coordinate in search and rescue operations,” a defence spokesperson said.

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Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:37

Panic broke out on a passenger jet when it skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 168 passengers and crew had flown from Ankara and landed at Trabzon on the Black Sea coast late on Saturday.

Everyone on board was evacuated safely, provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, officials said.

State-run Anadolu news agency said there was panic on board as the plane went out of control.

Pictures show the jet lying nose down on a muddy slope just metres from the water’s edge.

“We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming,” passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying.

Mr Yavuz said the airport was closed for several hours while investigations took place.

In a statement Pegasus Airlines said the plane “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed at Trabzon.

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Delta flight evacuated after crew reports smoke at JFK airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:34

A Delta flight preparing to take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sunday night had to be evacuated when the crew reported smoke inside the plane, officials said.

No one was hurt and passengers on the San Antonio-bound flight were later put on another plane.

The pilot of the Airbus 319 reported a smoke condition, possibly from the cargo hold, Port Authority police said. Firefighters found no evidence of a fire, though.

The aircraft was at gate 66 in Terminal 2.

Scheduled to depart JFK at 6:20 p.m., flight 2164 ended up taking off at 9:46 p.m, according to Delta. It landed in San Antonio at 12:57 a.m. Monday.

“Prior to departure, the crew of Delta flight 2164 observed smoke in the rear of the cabin,” Delta said in a statement. “Customers were safely deplaned and maintenance is reviewing the cause. The customers arrived in San Antonio last evening on another plane. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority.”

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El Al plane carrying Dep. Minister makes emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:31

Plane forced to make emergency landing at frozen Canadian airbase with Israeli politician on board. Replacement plane sent.

El Al sent a replacement plane to replace the aircraft which was forced to carry out an emergency landing in Canada after a defect with the wheels was identified Sunday morning.

El-Al flight 008 took off from JFK Airport in New York on a non-stop flight to Israel Sunday morning. The plane made an emergency landing at the Canadian Air Force Base in Goose Bay after the malfunction was detected. Passengers also reported hearing strange noises from the engines.

The passengers were forced to remain on the aircraft for hours as the outside temperature was a dangerous negative twenty degrees Fahrenheit. The expected high temperature in Goose Bay is negative nine degrees,

One of the passengers currently stranded is Deputy Israeli Education Minister Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism).

El Al announced that it was sending a replacement plane from New York to Goose Bay to pick up the passengers and complete their flight to Israel.

“El Al personnel are working to take care of the problem and take care of the passengers,” the company said.

The replacement 747 took off at 11:40 AM local time and is flying at 726 MPH, well above the normal cruising speed for civilian aircraft.

The plane is expected to depart from Goose Bay at approximately 4 PM eastern standard time.

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Plane crashes in Tishomingo

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:29


An elderly man was sent to an Oklahoma City trauma center Saturday afternoon, after crashing his plane in Tishomingo.

“It was dramatic, we didn’t know what to do. It was like panic mode.” Aaron Mclean, who saw the aftermath of the crash, said.

Mclean and his brother Clayton Arles were taking a drive through the Tishomingo Wildlife Reserve Saturday afternoon, when they saw an injured man laying in the road.

“As I was getting out of the car, I looked down, and his pants was ripped down the whole length of his left leg, and you could see nothing but muscle and bone.” Arles said.

They immediately took the man, who we’re told was in his 70’s, to Mercy Hospital down the road, where he was careflighted to an Oklahoma City hospital.

The brothers say the man told them he landed at a nearby airport low on gas, but finding no fuel, tried to make it to Ardmore. But he ran out of fuel, and crashed while trying to land.

“I’m just glad something really bad didn’t happen, that he made it out of the plane,” Mclean said. “The looks of the plane, I don’t know how anyone could’ve survived from that.”

Arles says they helped lead police to the downed aircraft.

“It was like a big ol’ tornado hit it or something,” Arles said. “It was just like a pancake.”

Not only that, but the plane was hundreds of feet from the road, with heavy foliage and wired fencing.

“It still yet, puzzles me, because the fence that he had to make it over, I guess his adrenaline just had to be pumping, and hoping somebody would come and save his life.” Arles said.

Which is why they both say they are thankful they were there.

“How did he make it through this, is what’s going through my mind,” Mclean said. “Its a miracle that he made it.”

The man’s current condition is unknown, but the men say the pilot was alert and awake when he left their care.

“The man’s tougher than nails, I gotta give him that.” Arles said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


Officials say a single-occupant plane crashed in Tishomingo Saturday afternoon.

We’re told the crash happened inside the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge.

The pilot was taken to a local hospital.

The extent of his injuries is unknown.

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Plane crashes in hills near Lake Elsinore, prompting power outage

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:28

A small plane crashed in the hills north of Lake Elsinore around noon Saturday, Jan. 13, prompting a power outage; no one was seriously injured.

The aircraft went down in the hills behind Filly Court in Alberhill, a community north of Lake Elsinore and west of the 15 Freeway, according to a news release from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

The plane was carrying a flight instructor and a trainee, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The plane’s two occupants were evaluated by paramedics for minor injuries but declined transport to the hospital, according to Hagemann.

A power pole was damaged and will be repaired by Southern California Edison, she added.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public to avoid Bosley Lane between Colt Drive and Crilly road until 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, due to of the downed power line.

At least 175 people initially lost power, according to the Edison outage map. At 3 p.m., it showed 37 people without power in the area. Power was expected to be restored at 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Plane crashes in hills near Lake Elsinore, prompting power outage

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Plane crash at Longmont’s Vance Brand Municipal Airport under investigation

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:26

By John Bear

A small plane crashed shortly after take off from Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont on Saturday afternoon at about 4:45.

Longmont Police Sgt. Bruce Pettitt said that the two people on board, a man and juvenile boy, were taken to Longmont United Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Pettitt said that the plane lost power shortly after take off and crashed in a grassy area to the west of the runway. The plane did not catch fire and no significant fuel leaks were reported.

The plane, which landed upright, was being moved away from the crash site at about 6:45 p.m.

Pettitt said that the Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation.

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Plane lands at Benton Airpark after reporting problems

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:25

A plane heading into Benton Airpark on Friday afternoon was prepping for a crash before it landed safely, according to dispatch reports.

The plane just before 3 p.m. reported landing gear problems as it approached the airpark runway off Placer Street in west Redding.

Emergency crews staged in the area but the plane carrying two landed without injuries.

California Highway Patrol, Redding Fire Department, and ambulance were on scene to provide assistance.

CHP Officer Chad Milward said the four-seat Bonanza plane had one of its front wheels locked in, and called the airport ahead of time to let officials know of the problem.

The pilot who Milward identified as Jim Ostrich, president of Benton Air Center, was able to safely land, only damaging the front propeller of the plane.

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US Airways Flight 1549

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:24

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320-214 which, in the climbout after takeoff from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada geese just northeast of the George Washington Bridge and consequently lost all engine power. Unable to reach any airport, pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane to a ditching in the Hudson River off Midtown Manhattan. All 155 people aboard were rescued by nearby boats and there were few serious injuries.

The accident came to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson“, and a National Transportation Safety Board official described it as “the most successful ditching in aviation history.”[7] The Board rejected the notion that the pilot could have avoided ditching by returning to LaGuardia or diverting to nearby Teterboro Airport.

The pilots and flight attendants were awarded the Master’s Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators in recognition of their “heroic and unique aviation achievement”.

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Today is Friday the 12th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:02

We close this week with the following articles…

Have a great weekend, and be safe out there!


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Pilot walks away uninjured after crashing a plane near Wadsworth Municipal Airport in Medina County

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:01

By Kaylyn Hlavaty

WADSWORTH, Ohio – A pilot walked away unharmed after he crashed a planed behind a house near the Wadsworth Municipal Airport Thursday, according to authorities. 

The plane – a 1980 Rallye fixed wing, single engine airplane – crashed on Concord Place in the area of Route 57 in Wadsworth around 11:45 a.m.

The plane had to make a crash landing while approaching the Wadsworth Municipal Airport due to engine failure.

No one from the house was home at the time. No injuries were reported.

Ohio State Highway Patrol says the plane hit several treetops and finally crashed on an outdoor pavilion, which was moderately damaged as a result.

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UPS MD-11 skidded off end of runway after landing at Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:58

An UPS Airlines MD-11 (reg. N271UP) from Seoul skidded off end of runway 23R after landing Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan at 16:40 local time.

For a reason still unknown, instead of following green lights and the “follow me”, the aircraft didn’t turn right but continued to move 20 meters into snow and red lights at the end of runway.

The plane didn’t suffer any damage and will be pulled back on tarmac.

There was a snowstorm prior the landing. Port authority and the owner of the aircraft are investigating the incident.

BREAKING UPS MD-11 skidded off end of runway after landing at Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan (video)

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Firefighters are not machines; they need sleep.

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:56

The quote “I’ll have plenty of time to sleep when I am dead.[i]” is a self-fulling prophecy. Lack of sleep is an early death sentence, and firefighters are finding out the hard way.

Call volume is rising, fire departments are stretched thin, and the burden is affecting firefighters’ health by keeping them awake for multiple days at a time. Studies from around the world confirm sleep deprivation increases susceptibility to cancer, cardiac disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


“Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer.”[ii]

-Matthew Walker 

Cancer is the pressing issue for the International Firefighters Associations (IAFF). The reason is obvious, cancer as a cause of death for firefighters has spread, well, like cancer. The current narrative focuses on exposure to chemicals from fires, but recent evidence suggests there is more to it. 

In 1996 Dr. Irwin of UCLA kept 42 healthy men awake between 10:00 pm and 3:00 am [iii]. The results showed a 70 percent reduction of cancer-fighting immune cells know as “natural killers” (NK) after one night![iv] NK cells are best known for detecting and controlling early signs of cancer.[v] In other words, one bad night at work dramatically reduces firefighter’s defense against early cancer and other diseases.

Dr. Irwin’s paper spawned a flood of studies drawing a strong correlation between sleep deprivation and higher rates of breast, prostate, colon, and endometrium wall cancer.[vi] The overwhelming evidence of higher cancer rates and lack of sleep caused Denmark to categorize cancer as presumptive for nightshift workers.

The evidence supports quality sleep can lower cancer rates in firefighters.

Heart attacks

“The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life.”

-Matthew Walker

45% of on-duty firefighter deaths result from cardiac events[vii]. We typically blame heart disease on fitness and diet, but a 2011 international study concluded that sleep deprivation increases risk of a cardiac event by 46%, regardless of diet or fitness.[viii] A 1996 study showed blood pressure increases following a night of bad sleep due to higher sympathetic nervous system activity. This demonstrates the correlation between sleep and heart attacks.[ix] Further supporting the 1996 study, the University of Chicago found people who sleep five to six hours each night or less were 200% to 300% more likely to suffer calcification of coronary arteries.[x]

Lack of quality sleep could explain why cardiac events are common in firefighters, regardless of fitness programs. Firefighters are eating better and excercising more, but they are also sleeping less.

In addition, sleep aided by medications or alcohol compounds problems. When the mind is sedated by sleep medications or alcohol, it cannot enter MREM sleep, an essential part of processing memories. And the inability to process memories can lead to PTSD.


“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake”

-Ernest Hemingway

Rosaline Cartwright, professor of psychology in neuroscience, explains the mind needs sleep to processes stressful events. Without sleep the brain cannot decouple the memory of tragic events and the physiological response. Essentially, if you can’t sleep on it, you can’t get over it. This explains a new epidemic in the fire service; firefighter suicide.

Cartwright’s research suggests the mind needs dreams followed by REM sleep and to process upsetting experiences. In other words, you have to recreate tough experiences in your dreams so your mind can break them down. Without the combination of REM sleep and dreams, memories of traumatic events remain fresh in the persons mind. As a result, a firefighter who is sleep deprived accumulates traumatic events like a trash can that is never emptied.

Leading to erratic thoughts and actions, sleep deprivation generates a form of schizophrenia. Lack of sleep removes one’s ability to process emotions. Unprocessed emotions from previous events become entangled with current events, producing irrational reactions to everyday situations. Unable to understand their own emotions, thoughts, or actions, people with sleep deprivation commonly become frustrated and develop suicidal ideations.

Firefighters who experience traumatic events are typically deprived of the one tool needed to process the memories; sleep. The lack of sleep creates a form of schizophrenia, leading to suicidal thoughts.[xi]

Contributing to cancer, cardiac events, and PTSD, lack of sleep may be the greatest cause of firefighter deaths.


When we discuss these findings, the typical response I hear is, “ this explains why we need to get rid of the 48 hr shift.” Interesting enough, the 48 hr shift was an attempt to lessen the effects of long-term sleep deprivation by consistently providing a long enough break to support a reset of the sleep schedule. This evidence supports the move from 24 hr shifts to 48 shifts in busy departments.

But regardless of shift schedule, I fear we are missing the true problem; a 56 hour work week. No matter how you dice up the shifts, 56 hr work weeks are wearing us out. When the fire service agreed to work a 56 hr week, it was cost-saving for the community. Firefighters agreed to work an additional 16 hours per week at straight pay and forgo the overtime pay. This schedule was negotiated on the concept that firefighters would have a standard business day, followed by remaining hours “on-call”. No one imagined that the “on-call” portion of the day would keep crews awake for 24hrs at a time.

Now we find ourselves in a pickle, high call volume keeps crews working 24 hours at a time and it is too expensive for communities to staff a fire department with 40 hour a week employees.

The evidence suggests that sleep deprivation increases the occurrence of cancer, cardiac disease, and suicidal thoughts. If we don’t find a solution soon, the cost to firefighters and communities may be devastating.

[i] Guy Sajer, The Forgotten Soldier

[ii] Walker, Matthew. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (p. 3). Scribner.

[iii] Irwin, Michael, J. McClintick, C. Costlow, M. Fortner, J. White, and J. C. Gillin. “Partial night sleep deprivation reduces natural killer and cellular immune responses in humans.” The FASEB journal 10, no. 5 (1996): 643–653.

[iv] Irwin, Michael R., Minge Wang, Capella O. Campomayor, Alicia Collado-Hidalgo, and Steve Cole. “Sleep deprivation and activation of morning levels of cellular and genomic markers of inflammation.” Archives of internal medicine 166, no. 16 (2006): 1756–1762.


[vi] Walker, Matthew. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (p. 184). Scribner. Kindle Edition.

[vii] Fahy RF. U.S. firefighter fatalities due to sudden cardiac death, 1995–2004. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association, June 2005.

[viii] Cappuccio, Francesco P., Daniel Cooper, Lanfranco D’elia, Pasquale Strazzullo, and Michelle A. Miller. “Sleep duration predicts cardiovascular outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies.” European heart journal32, no. 12 (2011): 1484–1492.

[ix] Tochikubo, Osamu, Akihiko Ikeda, Eiji Miyajima, and Masao Ishii. “Effects of insufficient sleep on blood pressure monitored by a new multibiomedical recorder.” Hypertension 27, no. 6 (1996): 1318–1324.

[x] Walker, Matthew. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (p. 166). Scribner. Kindle Edition.

[xi] Agargun, Mehmet Y., and Rosalind Cartwright. “REM sleep, dream variables and suicidality in depressed patients.” Psychiatry research 119, no. 1 (2003): 33–39.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:54

63 Years ago today: On 12 January 1955 a TWA Martin 2-0-2 collided in midair with a corporate DC-3; both aircraft crashed near Cincinnati, KY, USA, killing all 15 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 12 January 1955 Time: 09:04 Type: Martin 2-0-2A Operator: Trans World Airlines – TWA Registration: N93211 C/n / msn: 14081 First flight: 1950 Total airframe hrs: 7958 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 Total: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Collision casualties: Fatalities: 2 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 4 km (2.5 mls) W of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY (CVG) (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY (CVG/KCVG), United States of America Destination airport: Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE/KCLE), United States of America Flightnumber: TW694

DC-3 N999B departed Battle Creek (BTL) at 07:33 for a VFR flight to Lexington, KY (LEX). At 09:02 a TWA Martin 2-0-2 departed Cincinnati Airport (CVG) runway 22. While making a right turn after takeoff, the Martin collided with the DC-3 at or near the cloud base at an altitude of 700-900 feet.
The left wing of the DC-3 came in contact with the right propeller of the Martin. The right wing of the Martin and the left wing of the DC-3 then struck, resulting in disintegration of the DC-3 wing and causing such structural damage to the Martin right wing that it also separated from the aircraft. The left propeller of the Martin cut across the top of the DC-3 fuselage and through the vertical fin and rudder. Portions of the DC-3 fin and rudder separated in flight.
Both aircraft crashed out of control.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Operation of the DC-3 in the control zone as unknown traffic, without clearance, very close to the base of, or in, the overcast.”

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Today is Thursday the 11th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:15

Here are the stories for this Thursday…

Be safe out there!


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Plane makes emergency landing at Warsaw airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:14

A passenger plane made an emergency landing without its front wheels extended at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport on Wednesday evening, Polish media reported.

No one was injured, an airport spokesman said. The plane, flying from Kraków in southern Poland to Warsaw, had 59 passengers and four crew aboard.

The Warsaw airport was closed to incoming planes on Wednesday night, with flights redirected to other domestic airports.

“The passengers were not hurt. They were taken from the plane to the VIP room… Chopin Airport was closed for around four hours until about 11:30pm,” airport spokesman Hubert Wojciechowski told public broadcaster Polish Radio.

The plane had reported a problem with its landing gear before it touched down, according to Poland’s PAP news agency.

Firefighters were at the scene as the plane landed, Polish Radio reported.

The incident is to be probed by air accident investigators.

Source: Polish Radio/IAR/,Plane-makes-emergency-landing-at-Warsaw-airport

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Gulfstream jet emergency lands in Albay; no casualties

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:12


A Gulfstream jet conducted an emergency landing at the Bicol International Airport on Wednesday morning, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.

“A Gulfstream G200 jet with registry number RPC280 landed at Alobo airport 11:32 a.m. today with six passengers onboard,” CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said in a text message.

The Bicol International Airport is located in Barangay Alobo in Daraga, Albay.

Apolonio said all passengers were safe, and that CAAP is now conducting an investigation on the matter.

“Initial report says that all passengers are safe and CAAP Aircraft Accident Investigation team was dispatched to the site to investigate and determine the cause of incident,” he said.

Apolonio said the CAAP is now waiting for further details from its personnel in Legaspi.

‘Mechanical problems’

In a statement, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the chartered aircraft encountered “mechanical problems” while en route to Legazpi City.

It was also revealed to be carrying “official cargo” which remained intact and secured.

“The BSP is pleased to report that all passengers and crew on-board the aircraft are safe and unharmed, while the cargo is intact and secured,” their statement said.

The agency said it shall defer to the CAAP and other oversight agencies responsible for the proper disposition of such incidents. — with a report by Margaret Claire Layug/KBK/BM, GMA News

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