Shocking moment a military plane falls from the sky in Peru and crushes an SUV sending residents running for safety but miraculously the pilot and co-pilot SURVIVE

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:36


This is the astonishing moment a military plane falls from the sky and crushes an SUV in Lima, Peru. 

Amazingly the pilot and co-pilot were pulled to safety and survived.

A surveillance camera shows a couple of residents walking next to a building before the Peruvian Air Force aircraft barreled through a row of wires dangling from street poles.

Captains Julio Pinedo Centurión and Juan Carlos Valdivia Rodríguez  were rescued from the wrecked plane by four firefighting units before the injured servicemen were taken to the Peruvian Air Force Central Hospital on Monday morning.

According to Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, the pilot, Pinedo Centurión, suffered severe bruises.

The sudden impact crushed an SUV on the quiet street in the coastal town of Surco, a district in the Peruvian capital city of Lima.

A woman, who was standing just a couple feet away from were the plane finally rested on its belly, could be seen on the video running for safety while another man could just cover his head. 

Residents rushed out of nearby homes and businesses to help the injured pilots who were stuck inside the tiny plane.

The accident occurred just eight blocks away from the Las Palmas Air Force Base.

Military officials said the military officers were conducting a routine instructional flight and were returning to the base when the accident happened.

Investigators are still determining what made the plane malfunction.

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Plane Crashes at Mankato Airport; No Injuries Reported

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:31

(MANKATO, Minn) – A twin-engine airplane has crashed at the Mankato Regional Airport after a failed takeoff attempt.

Mankato’s Director of Public Works Jeff Johnson says no injuries were reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and The National Transportation Safety Board will begin an investigation Wednesday morning and release more information for the public when it becomes available.

Johnson says regular airport operations will continue once the airplane is cleared from the runway.

—-KEYC News 12

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ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:29

By Collins Parker

LAFAYETTE, Georgia (WDEF) – LaFayette crews battled a fire Monday morning at Barwick airport. 

Chief Stacey Meeks says they got the call at 11:40 AM.

When LaFayette firefighters got on the scene, they saw heavy black smoke coming from the hangar operated by Gann Aviation.

Inside, they found one of the planes on fire.

The Chief says there were five other planes inside the building, loaded with fuel.

The firefighters kept the flames from spreading to those planes, but they did suffer extensive smoke damage.

Chief Meeks says it seems to have started with “an electrical issue and was in the hanger for routine avionics maintenance.”

The airport caters to local fliers and corporate planes.

It is next to the golf course south of LaFayette.


Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:27

23 Years ago today: On 6 February 1996 a Birgenair Boeing 757 crashed while into the sea after takeoff from Puerto Plata, Dom.Rep., killing all 189 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 6 February 1996 Time: 23:47 Type: Boeing 757-225 Operating for: Alas Nacionales Leased from: Birgenair Registration: TC-GEN C/n / msn: 22206/31 First flight: 1985 Total airframe hrs: 29269 Cycles: 13499 Engines:Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 Crew: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Passengers: Fatalities: 176 / Occupants: 176 Total: Fatalities: 189 / Occupants: 189 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 26 km (16.3 mls) NE off Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (   Atlantic Ocean) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Puerto Plata-La Union International Airport (POP/MDPP), Dominican Republic Destination airport: Gander Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canada Flightnumber: ALW301

Flight ALW 301 departed Puerto Plata for a charter flight to Frankfurt via Gander and Berlin at 23:42 LT. At 80 knots on takeoff the captain found out that his air speed indicator (ASI) wasn’t working properly. The co-pilot’s indicator seemed to work fine. While climbing through 4700 feet the captain’s ASI read 350 knots (real speed was about 220 kts); this resulted in an autopilot/autothrottle reaction to increase the pitch-up attitude and a power reduction in order to lower the airspeed. At that time the crew got ‘Rudder ratio’ and ‘Mach airspeed’ advisory warnings. Both pilots got confused when the co-pilot stated that his ASI read 200 knots decreasing while getting an excessive speed-warning, followed by a stick shaker warning. This led the pilots to believe that both ASIs were unreliable.
Finally realizing that they were losing speed and altitude they disconnected the autopilot. The autopilot, fed by the captain’s faulty ASI, had reduced the speed close to the stall speed. Full thrust was then applied. At 23:47:17 an aural GPWS warning sounded. Eight seconds later the aircraft struck the ocean.
The incorrect ASI readings were probably caused by the obstruction of the pitot system by mud and/or debris from a small insect that was introduced in the pitot tube during the time the aircraft was on the ground. The aircraft was not flown for 20 days before the crash and was returned for service without a verification of the pitot-static system as recommended by Boeing

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The crew’s failure to recognize the activation of the stick shaker as a warning of imminent entrance to the stall, and the failure of the crew to execute the procedures for recovery from the onset of loss of control.”

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Today is Tuesday the 5th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 08:01

Here are the stories for today.

Of note, Chief Goldfeder, via his “Secret List”, passes on the news of a firefighter suicide in Wisconsin. Sadly, firefighter (all first responders) behavioral health is a much discussed and known issue these days. Included in his article are multiple links to articles and resources providing valuable information on this topic. Take a read!

Be safe out there!



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Plane fell apart in air before deadly crash into Yorba Linda home

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:43


The Cessna plane had flown about 10 miles, reaching an altitude as high as 7,800 feet, when witnesses saw it coming through the clouds in one piece, authorities said. Moments later, its tail came off. Then its wings.

The plane plummeted rapidly into a Yorba Linda home Sunday afternoon, setting it on fire and killing four people inside along with the pilot. Debris was strewn across four blocks of the residential neighborhood, among as many as 16 homes.

On Monday, investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board combed through the wreckage and collected pieces of aircraft to transport to a Phoenix storage facility, where they will be examined.

So far, they know the 1981 twin-engine plane took off from Fullerton Municipal Airport about 1:35 p.m., made a left turn and flew for about 10 minutes. By 1:45 p.m., it had crashed into the house in 19000 block of Crestknoll Drive.

Officials have asked witnesses to come forward and provide any video footage of the scene, and to report any pieces of wreckage they may find.

“The challenge will be collecting all the pieces,” NTSB investigator Maja Smith said.

At one residence, a piece of the plane’s engine knocked down a pillar on the front porch and torpedoed through a first-floor window, flying through two rooms before landing in a bathroom. Fragments of exhaust pipe crashed through a second-floor window of the home and melted into the carpet. A propeller thumped onto the driveway.

Investigators identified the pilot as 75-year-old Antonio Pastini, a retired Chicago police officer.

According to records, Pastini previously owned a restaurant, Kim Lee’s Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, in Gardnerville, Nev., south of Carson City. Officials are gathering information about Pastini’s flight experience, medical records and the plane’s maintenance schedules.

FAA records show Pastini has carried a commercial pilot’s license and been a ground instructor since at least June 2008. He took his last medical exam for flying in 2017, according to records.

Records do not identify the owner of the aircraft and note that its registration with the FAA was pending. A spokesman said that’s because the agency was waiting for additional documentation related to the aircraft’s sale.

Julia Ackley, a Torrance resident and one of Pastini’s daughters, told The Times that her father was a veteran pilot who regularly flew to Southern California to visit her family from Oregon or Nevada, where he was a restaurant and business owner. Battling back tears as she comforted her child, she said the family is overcome with grief.

The two women and two men killed on the ground have not been identified. Authorities said the bodies are badly burned, so DNA testing and dental records will be requested to identify them. Two other people suffered moderate burns, and a firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury in the aftermath.

On Monday afternoon, the neighborhood was still reeling from the disaster.

Lisa Dang strolled past police tape to return to the charred scene. She surveyed the damage, comparing it to “a scene in the movies,” and cupped her face in her hands.

“Wow, we [are] so lucky,” she said.

Dang was visiting her older sister for Lunar New Year on Sunday when the plane crashed into her sister’s neighbor’s home. Dang and her family had just eaten a meal of sticky rice cake and duck when they heard a horrific boom.

“We ran out of the house, yelling, not having time to grab anything except the baby, not knowing what was going on,” Dang said.

Firefighters, she said, saved her sister’s home.

“In minutes, the other house was gone but we are grateful ours is still here,” Dang said.

Times staff writer Alejandra Reyes-Velarde contributed to this report.

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The Chief Never Expected This Phone Call (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:41


Platteville (Wisconsin) Fire Chief Ryan Simmons got a phone call he wasn’t expecting-and he was shook after the call. One of his Firefighters, Firefighter Tim Ebert had committed suicide.

Tim was a student at UW-Platteville. So, between being a student working part time and being a members of the Platteville Fire Department (since fall 2017), he was busy. Firefighter Ebert was from Saint Germain and was also a member of the Saint German FD as well.

According to Chief Simmons, Ebert was always smiling and always willing to help people. “From what everyone knows of Tim and our experiences of him, we definitely would not have suspected anything from him. He didn’t seem depressed or anything. He usually had a smile on his face. He was a happy-go-lucky guy and wanted to help others.”

Chief Simmons said he doesn’t know what may have led Ebert to take his own life last week, but said that it doesn’t really matter. Chief Simmons emphasized that what matters is that it happened. He wants to focus on his memory and how to prevent this from happening in the future. “Do we talk about it enough? We probably don’t. We just all think we are rough, tough firefighters and everything just bounces off our skin, but it doesn’t.”

Services for Ebert will be held at the United Church of Christ in Saint Germain on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 1500 Hours.


Firefighter Behavioral Health is a much discussed and known issue these days. Please check out the below resources for additional, valuable information.  

SUICIDE HOTLINE USA: 1 (800) 273-8255


SUICIDE HOTLINES WORLDWIDE List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

Please also take time to review these links and resources -and have the info on hand. 

=IAFF: behavioralhealth

=NVFC programs/share-the-load- program/

=ROSECRANCE FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM: http://www. abuse/florian-firefighter- paramedic-police-military- treatment-center/

=NFFF: https://www. 08/prevent-firefighter- suicides/

=FIREFIGHTER PERSONAL SURVIVAL: http:// category/personal-survival/



=CORDICO FIREFIGHTER WELLNESS: https://www.cordico. com/firefighter-wellness- programs/



=FIREFIGHTER SUICIDE-RISING TIDE:  https://www.fireengineering. com/articles/2018/08/ firefighter-behavioral-health- and-suicide-a-rising-tide.html

=ESTABLISHING A SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM-FIRE ENGINEERING: http://www.fireengineering. com/articles/2014/07/ implementing-a-suicide- prevention-program.html

=FF SILENT KILLER-FIRE ENGINEERING: http://www.fireengineering. com/articles/print/volume-165/ issue-12/features/ firefighters-silent-killer- suicide.html


=THE WARNING SIGNS-FIREHOUSE: safety-health/health-fitness/ article/21004990/firefighter- suicide-risk-factors-warning- signs

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (A FIRE CHIEF/DAD’S PERSPECTIVE) safety/ar/firefighting_not_ without_warning/  (Fire Chief Magazine Article)

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: USA TODAY: story/news/2018/04/11/ officers-firefighters- suicides-study/503735002/

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (ABC NEWS) MindMoodNews/firefighter-ptsd- suicide/story?id=14466320(ABC  News Article on Firefighter Suicide)

=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE-FIREHOUSE: 10732817/chicago-firefighter- suicide-report-seeks-answers

Our condolences to all those affected by the loss of Firefighter Tim Ebert.

Take Care. Be Careful Pass it On.


The Secret List 2/4/2019-2117 Hours 

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NTSB Issues 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:38

Agency calls for implementation of 46 NTSB safety recommendations in 2 years

​The National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, during an event held at the National Press Club, Monday.

First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce property damage resulting from transportation accidents.

The 10 items on the NTSB’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements are:

Eliminate Distractions

End Alcohol and Other Drug Impairment

Ensure the Safe Shipment of Hazardous Materials

Fully Implement Positive Train Control

Implement a Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes

Improve the Safety of Part 135 Aircraft Flight Operations

Increase Implementation of Collision Avoidance Systems in All New Highway Vehicles

Reduce Fatigue-Related Accidents

Require Medical Fitness – Screen for and Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Strengthen Occupant Protection

“The 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List advocates for 46 specific safety recommendations that can and should be implemented during these next two years,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “It also features broad, longstanding safety issues that still threaten the traveling public.

“Sumwalt issued a call to action during Monday’s event saying, “We at the NTSB can speak on these issues. We board members can testify by invitation to legislatures and to Congress, but we have no power of our own to act. We are counting on industry, advocates, and government to act on our recommendations.  We are counting on the help of the broader safety community to implement these recommendations.”

There are 267 open NTSB safety recommendations associated with the 10 Most Wanted List items and the NTSB is focused on seeing 46 of those implemented within the next two years. The majority of these recommendations, roughly two-thirds of the 267, seek critical safety improvements by means other than regulation. Of the 46 safety recommendations the NTSB wants implemented in the next two years, 20 seek regulatory action to improve transportation safety.

At any given time, the NTSB is managing around 1,200 open safety recommendations and while all have the potential to save lives and reduce injuries by preventing accidents, the NTSB cannot effectively communicate about each of them. The NTSB’s Most Wanted List provides the NTSB’s advocacy team and other agency communicators a roadmap to focus on a select number of recommendations. In 2017 the NTSB went from an annual list to a biennial process, to give our advocacy team, their partners, and our safety recommendation recipients more time to move toward implementation of the recommendations associated with the list.

An archive of the livestream of Monday’s event is available on the NTSB’s YouTube Channel at as is a video about the 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List at

To learn more about the items on the NTSB’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements or the NTSB safety recommendations associated with the list, visit

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O’Hare bumps Atlanta into second place as nation’s busiest airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:36

Marni Pyke

O’Hare International Airport left its Atlanta rival in the dust last year as busiest hub in the U.S. after four years at No. 2.

O’Hare handled 903,747 flights in 2018 compared to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 895,502, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday. Hartsfield-Jackson had the most flights in 2017.

The Chicago airport also surged past its 2017 self by 4 percent. That year, it handled 867,049 flights.

It’s the first time since 2007 that total operations at O’Hare topped 900,000, the FAA said.

Globally, O’Hare comes in second for number of connecting flights it provides, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee said. The global champ is the United Kingdom’s Heathrow Airport.

“Our greatest strength is our position right in middle of the country that allows us to serve a lot of different markets,” Rhee said.

The airport is positioned to grow with a new runway set to open in 2020 followed by a runway extension in 2021. “We’re almost finished with modernizing the airfield and getting a modern parallel runway system,” Rhee said.

With the airfield project wrapping up, the city is now focusing on picking an architecture firm to design its Global Terminal, which will replace Terminal 2 and handle international flights.

That project will also enable an entrance and facility on the western side of the airport with connections to other terminals, a development long sought by the surrounding suburbs.

Currently, the aviation department is focusing on plans for the first stage of western access — a parking lot to accommodate airport employees who will enter using an express road being built by the Illinois tollway, Rhee said.

The busiest day at O’Hare was June 27, followed by June 14 and July 19.

Midway International Airport hosted 243,322 flights, a drop of 3.2 percent compared to 2017.

The number of passengers at O’Hare also grew in 2018 with 83.4 million traveling through the airport, a 4.5 percent jump from 2017.

Aviation expert Joseph Schwieterman said major expansions by American and United are partly responsible for O’Hare’s growth spurt.

“These carriers took a great deal of risk by adding so many new flights but are now reaping the benefits due to very strong consumer demand,” Schwieterman, a DePaul University professor, said in a December interview

“The boom in air travel across the country has benefited O’Hare more than other major hubs, including Atlanta, which is good news for travelers throughout our region.”

O’Hare last held the title in 2014.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 07:34

59 Years ago today: On 5 February 1960 a Lloyd Aerro Boliviano DC-4 crashed near Laguna da Huanacota, Bolivia, killing all 59 occupants.

Date: Friday 5 February 1960 Time: 07:20 Type: Douglas DC-4 Operator: Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano – LAB Registration: CP-609 C/n / msn: 10510 First flight: 1945 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55 Total: Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 15 km (9.4 mls) S of Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) (   Bolivia) Crash site elevation: 2752 m (9029 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB/SLCB), Bolivia Destination airport: La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia

The DC-4 crashed shortly after takeoff into Laguna Huañacota, a mountain lagoon. Reportedly one engine had caught fire. A two-year old girl survived the impact but died on the way to a hospital.

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Today is Monday the 4th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:20

We start the new week with these stories…

Be safe out there!


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5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Yorba Linda Neighborhood

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:17


Five people died after a small plane crashed into a neighborhood in Yorba Linda on Sunday afternoon, officials said. 

The twin-engine Cessna 414A had just departed the Fullerton Municipal Airport when the incident happened under unknown circumstances, Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration told KTLA.

The pilot of the plane, as well as four people on the ground, died as a result of the crash at about 1:45 p.m., Ornge County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Cory Marino said. Two other victims were hospitalized with burn injuries and a firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

The pilot was initially described only as male, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Those killed in the home were described as two male victims and two female victims.

Witnesses told KTLA the aircraft appeared to catch fire and disintegrate mid-air before wreckage rained down on the neighborhood at Crestknoll and Glendale drives, setting two homes on fire.

“The plane blew up about 100 feet off of the ground. The plane blew up in the sky,” neighbor Jared Bocachica said.

“I come out …it’s raining plane parts from he sky,” he said. “The plane didn’t hit and scatter, it blew up and hit the house.”

Witness video footage showed flames emanating from the plane as it tumbled toward the ground.

Firefighters arrived to find one home engulfed in flames, according the the Orange County Fire Authority. The flames soon spread to a second home.

Flaming aircraft wreckage could be seen strewn throughout the neighborhood.

The debris field covered an area four blocks long, officials said.

The aircraft’s fuselage came to rest in a residential backyard. A man could be seen in video footage using a garden hose to extinguish a flaming piece of wing in the street. 

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the crash, Kenitzer said.

FAA records show Oregon-based KL Management LLC applied for the registration of the plane, which was manufactured in 1981. The registration was pending.

It was not clear Sunday night whether any distress call was made from the plane before the crash. The investigation into the cause of the crash was expected to take months to complete.

Sheriff’s officials said road closures near the crash scene would remain in effect due to the large-scale debris field.

Nearby Glenknoll Elementary School, which authorities were using as a command post for the incident, was to be closed on Monday, sheriff’s officials said.

5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Yorba Linda Neighborhood

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Pilot lands overheating plane on I-35 exit ramp, taxis to Kwik Trip

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:12

By: Sarah Danik, FOX 9

STACY, Minn. (FOX 9) – A small yellow plane made an emergency landing Saturday morning on an Interstate 35 exit ramp in Stacy, Minnesota.

According to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, the plane was overheating and had to make an emergency landing.

The pilot, Michael Robbins, 47, of Green Lake, Minn., saw that his plane was at an unsafe temperature to continue to fly and determined he needed to land quickly, according to Sgt. Steve Pouti of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

“My alarms started going off in my dash to let me know I have a serious problem, and then I started looking for a place to land and that was the best option,” Robbins said.

Robbins decided to use the exit ramp to land and then he taxied the plane to a Kwik Trip parking lot in the area.

“At the time, I stayed calm,” he said. “Afterward, I got worried and started shaking.”

Later, the pilot determined the issue was due to a coolant leak, which he fixed in the parking lot.

“It got cooked onto the muffler, just spraying out there slowly and brought me down,” Robbins added. “That started flashing to let me know I had a serious problem.”

Later, deputies temporarily closed Stacy Trail so Robbins could take off again and fly the plane safely to the Cambridge Municipal Airport, which was his intended destination.

The Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries or damage as a result of the emergency landing. The FAA was notified of the incident, but does not need to get involved because no injuries or damage to property occurred. The landing is not classified as a crash.

In a Facebook post about the incident, the Chisago County Sheriff’s office joked, “We are deciding whether or not to issue him a citation for being quadruple parked though.”

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MCSO investigating fatal crash at Jumbolair airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:11

ANTHONY — A 56-year-old man was killed in an ultralight glider crash at Jumbolair Airport Saturday afternoon, according to a post on the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The name of the victim had not been released as of early Saturday night, pending notification next of kin, the post stated.

According to the post, deputies and Marion County Fire Rescue personnel responded at 4:26 p.m. to reports of a crash at the airport, which is located at 8857 West Anthony Road in Anthony. Responders found the aircraft had “crashed near the runway” and the pilot was deceased.

The post indicates MCSO Major Crimes will conduct the death investigation and the NTSB and FAA have been “notified of the incident and will be responding to investigate.”

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Small plane crashes into marsh on Knotts Island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:08

By: Taylor O’Bier

KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — A small plane crashed into the marsh on Knotts Island on Saturday, but it’s sole occupant, the pilot, came out uninjured.

Currituck County Fire-EMS crews were dispatched to the 200 block of Island Bay Lane around 5:11 p.m. for reports of the crash.

When they arrived, they found the Cessna aircraft intact, said Currituck County Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton.

The plane’s pilot was able to get out of the plane before emergency crews arrived and was not injured, Melton said.

The pilot had taken off from the Suffolk Executive Airport and reportedly had mechanical issues near the island.

The crash is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Socorro plane crash sends pilot to hospital

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:05

By: KRQE Media

SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – Federal agents are trying to find out what caused a plane to crash in Socorro sending a pilot to the hospital.

State Police responded to the crash at the Socorro Airport Friday. They say the small plane’s wing clipped a light pole at some point during the crash.

The Federal Aviation Association started their investigation soon after. The pilot’s condition is unknown.

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Emergency crews respond to small plane crash in Washington County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:04

By Gephardt Daily Staff

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 1, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A small plane that went down in rural Washington County was located late Friday afternoon.

The pilot and passenger had only minor injuries after the plane, which was trying to land on a snow-covered private runway, flipped upside down.

Officials from Iron and Washington counties worked on the search, as did pilots from SUU Aviation, out of Southern Utah University.

“Today, our great partnership with SUU aviation paid off big,” a statement from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office says.

“A call about an emergency locator transmitter from a down plane was called into the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Pilots from SUU aviation and deputies from Iron County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area only accessible by air or snowmobile.

“They located the pilot and his passenger with minor injuries,” the ICSO statement says. “They were flown from the crash site to an airport in Hurricane. We are happy to report they are safe.”

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Coast Guard to search throughout night for downed plane

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:02

by Gary Detman

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The Coast Guard says it will search throughout the night for a down plane off the coast of Palm Beach, carrying two people and two dogs.

According to the FAA, a Piper PA 32 aircraft crashed into the ocean around 1 p.m. on Friday with two people on board. The Coast Guard says two dogs are also on board. The plane’s tail number is N3016l, and according to FAA records, it’s registered to Simmons Pet Properties LLC., associated with Kenneth Simmons. There’s no official confirmation Mr. Simmons and his wife Alice were on the plane.

According to FlightAware, the plane left the Lantana Airport at 1 p.m., with a scheduled arrival at Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas at 2:15 p.m.

The plane’s track on FlightAware shows it hitting a heavy storm.

The plane made several trips back-and-forth from Marsh Harbor in the past week, according to FlightAware records.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it is assisting the Coast Guard with the search-and-rescue efforts.

The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC-1106) and a 45-foot Medium Endurance Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet to help with the search-and-rescue operation.

The FAA is investigating and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the crash.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 08:58

4 Years ago today: On 4 February 2015 a TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600 crashed at Taipei, Taiwan when the crew shut down the wrong engine after an engine failure; killing 43 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 4 February 2015 Time: 10:54 Type: ATR 72-212A (ATR-72-600) Operator: TransAsia Airways Registration: B-22816 C/n / msn: 1141 First flight: 2014-03-28 (10 months) Total airframe hrs: 1627 Cycles: 2356 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 53 Total: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 58 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 5,3 km (3.3 mls) E of Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA) (   Taiwan) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan Destination airport: Kinmen-Shang-Yi Airport (KNH/RCBS), Taiwan Flightnumber: GE235

A TransAsia ATR-72-600 operating as flight GE235 from Taipei to Kinmen Island impacted a highway viaduct and the waters of the Keelung River near New Taipei City shortly after takeoff. Forty-three occupants on board the airplane suffered fatal injuries. Fifteen were injured.
The airplane took off from Taipei-Sung Shan Airport’s runway 10 at 10:51 hours local time and turned right, climbing to an altitude of 1350 feet. At 10:52 the master warning sounded in the cockpit associated with the right engine (no. 2) flame out procedure message. Some 26 seconds later the left hand (no. 1) power lever was retarded to flight idle. After twenty seconds the left engine condition lever was set to the fuel shutoff position resulting in left engine shutdown.
Instead of continuing the climbing right hand turn, the airplane had turned left and began losing altitude and speed with several stall warnings sounding in the cockpit. At 10:53, the flight contacted the Sung Shan Tower controller declaring a Mayday and reporting an ‘engine flameout’. The airplane then turned to the right while the crew attempted to restart the left hand engine.
This succeeded at 10:54:20 hours. Fourteen seconds later the stall warning sounded in the cockpit. Video footage of the accident show that the airplane banked almost 90 degrees left as it hit a taxi on a viaduct. Parts of the left hand wing broke off upon hitting the barrier of the viaduct. The airplane broke up as it impacted the Keelung River and came to rest inverted

Probable Cause:

Findings Related to Probable Causes:
1. An intermittent signal discontinuity between the auto feather unit (AFU) number 2 and the torque sensor may have caused the automatic take off power control system (ATPCS):
– Not being armed steadily during takeoff roll;
– Being activated during initial climb which resulted in a complete ATPCS sequence including the engine number 2 autofeathering.
2. The available evidence indicated the intermittent discontinuity between torque sensor and auto feather unit (AFU) number 2 was probably caused by the compromised soldering joints inside the AFU number 2.

Flight Operations
3. The flight crew did not reject the take off when the automatic take off power control system ARM pushbutton did not light during the initial stages of the take off roll.
4. TransAsia did not have a clear documented company policy with associated instructions, procedures, and notices to crew for ATR72-600 operations communicating the requirement to reject the take off if the automatic take off power control system did not arm.
5. Following the uncommanded autofeather of engine number 2, the flight crew failed to perform the documented failure identification procedure before executing any actions. That resulted in pilot flying’s confusion regarding the identification and nature of the actual propulsion system malfunction and he reduced power on the operative engine number 1.
6. The flight crew’s non-compliance with TransAsia Airways ATR72-600 standard operating procedures – Abnormal and Emergency Procedures for an engine flame out at take off resulted in the pilot flying reducing power on and then shutting down the wrong engine.
7. The loss of engine power during the initial climb and inappropriate flight control inputs by the pilot flying generated a series of stall warnings, including activation of the stick pusher. The crew did not respond to the stall warnings in a timely and effective manner.
8. The loss of power from both engines was not detected and corrected by the crew in time to restart an engine. The aircraft stalled during the attempted restart at an altitude from which the aircraft could not recover from loss of control.
9. Flight crew coordination, communication, and threat and error management (TEM) were less than effective, and compromised the safety of the flight. Both operating crew members failed to obtain relevant data from each other regarding the status of both engines at different points in the occurrence sequence. The pilot flying did not appropriately respond to or integrate input from the pilot monitoring.

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ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:09

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