IAF chopper ferrying kerosene to forward posts catches fire, crashes; 7 killed

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:24


Guwahati: At least seven defence personnel, including two army officers, were killed when a Russian made Mi-17 V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed on Friday morning near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

The defence spokesperson said that helicopter crashed around 6 am while it was on an air maintenance mission. A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of crash, he added.

The deceased were identified as Wing Commander Vikram Upadhyay, Squadron Leader S Tiwari, MWO AK Singh, Sergeant Gautam and Sergeant Satish Kumar of the Air Force, and Sepoy E Balaji and Sepoy HN Deka of the Army.

The crash took place when it was flying at an altitude of 17,000 feet and the crew members were preparing to drop kerosene supply to one of the forward posts in the area.

Security sources said that while jerry cans of kerosene were being offloaded, the net holding the cans got entangled in the aircraft’s rear rotor. The chopper caught fire and crashed to the ground, killing all onboard. When the chopper caught fire, one of the crew members jumped out, but couldn’t survive, sources added.

The bodies of seven, including the pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and two army personnel, were found at the crash site at Yangchi, 130 km from Tawang town and close to the border with China.

The defence sources pointed out that senior pilots were flying the chopper – one was a wing commander and the other was a squadron leader.

The crash has also come as shock for the defence experts, who said that Mi-17V5, supplied to India, ranks among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type, incorporating the best engineering solutions of previous generations.

Designed to transport cargo inside the cabin, the Mi-17V5 is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced military transport helicopters.

It is significant that over 150 such helicopters are in service and 48 more have been requisitioned. The Mi-17 can carry a substantial payload to higher altitudes. The defence spokesperson said that only the court of inquiry can ascertain actual cause of crash and refused confirm any lapses while dropping kerosene supply.

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BEA: Air France A380 damage limited after uncontained engine failure

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:22

Kurt Hofmann

French air accident investigation agency BEA has said damage to the Air France Airbus A380, which suffered an uncontained engine failure over Greenland Sept. 30, appears to be limited to the No. 4 engine and its immediate environment. Observation shows the fan, the first rotating part in front of the engine, detached during flight, according to BEA.

The A380, operating as flight AF66 and powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, was en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Los Angeles Sept. 30 when it diverted to Goose Bay, Canada, following the engine failure.

AF66 carried 497 passengers and 24 crew members; no injuries have been reported.

Danish civil aviation authorities have delegated BEA to conduct the safety investigation.

Four BEA investigators visited Goose Bay Oct. 1, accompanied by Airbus and Air France advisers. A fifth BEA investigator traveled to Ottawa to attend the first reading of the flight data recorder.

Other investigators include representatives from the US National Transportation Safety Board, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Air France has 10 516-seat A380s in its fleet.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:20

36 Years ago today: On 6 October 1981 an NLM Cityhopper Fokker F-28 crashed near Moerdijk after losing control when encountering a tornado, killing all 17 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 6 October 1981 Time: 17:12 Type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000 Operator: NLM Cityhopper Registration: PH-CHI C/n / msn: 11141 First flight: 1979-01-12 (2 years 9 months) Total airframe hrs: 4485 Cycles: 5997 Engines:Rolls-Royce Spey 555-15P Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Total: Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 2 km (1.3 mls) SSW of Moerdijk (   Netherlands) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Rotterdam Airport (RTM/EHRD), Netherlands Destination airport: Eindhoven Airport (EIN/EHEH), Netherlands Flightnumber: HN431

An NLM Cityhopper Fokker F-28 Fellowship was destroyed when it crashed in an industrial area near Moerdijk, Netherlands. All 17 on board were killed.
The aircraft, named “Eindhoven”, operated flight HN431 from Rotterdam Airport, Netherlands to Eindhoven, Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany. During the weather briefing at Rotterdam Airport, 44 minutes before takeoff, the crew was told about the presence of an area with thunderstorms to the south and east of Rotterdam.
At 17:04 hours local time the F-28 took off from Rotterdam Airport. About five minutes after takeoff the crew noted heavy rainfall in thunderstorms on the weather avoidance radar and received clearance to avoid this area. Course was changed to the south in order to pass between two major thunderstorm cores.
At 17:12 the aircraft entered a tornado, which resulted in loads on the airframe increasing to +6.8 G and -3,2 G. The right wing was bent upwards followed by a severe downward sweep. This compromised the structural integrity of the wing, causing a large portion of the outer wing to separate in an upward and rearward motion. Control was lost and the aircraft impacted a railway bridge inverted.

Probable Cause:

The investigation report did not contain a probable cause statement per ICAO Annex 13.

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Coroner: Two killed in Williamsburg Co. plane crash; FAA investigating

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:33


Authorities say two people were killed in a plane crash in the Salters area Williamsburg County Wednesday evening.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cessna 401B with two people on board crashed near Greeleyville around 6 p.m.

Officials with the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office say the incident was in the Gourdin area of the county off of Highway 375. First units on the scene saw a column of dark smoke about 100 yards from the farm road used to access the scene according to Williamsburg County Fire Department captain William Horton.

WCSO Investigator Alex Edwards said emergency dispatch crews received a call around 5:45 p.m. about a possible crash.

According to Edwards, when first responders arrived they discovered that two people were in the plane and attempted to render aid, but flames from the wreckage hindered their efforts.

The sheriff’s office says it appeared the plane clipped trees on its descent before crashing.

“It’s a very tragic event, our hearts and prayers go out to the families,” Edwards said Wednesday night.”It’s very overwhelming to see something like this. We’re very sad about this incident.”

The coroner’s office says the deceased have been transported to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy and identification.

“The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the probable cause of the accident,” FAA officials said.

The Williamsburg Fire Department, Coroner’s Office, and Sheriff’s Office will be assisting the FAA and NTSB in the evidence gathering and investigation beginning Thursday according to Williamsburg Fire Captain William Horton

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FAA, NTBS Investigating Plane Crash in Eden Prairie

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:32

A pilot is dead after a plane crashed in an Eden Prairie church parking lot Wednesday morning.

The pilot had reported a fire on the single-engine plane before it crashed. The distress call came through shortly after the pilot took off from Flying Cloud Airport. 

Witnesses reported a small, white aircraft “going into a circle” before crashing, according to Eden Prairie police lieutenant Bill Wyffels.

“It is fortunate that it didn’t hit a building,” Wyffels said during a press conference Wednesday. “It did land in the parking lot. There were no cars in close proximity that it even damaged.”

The Federal Aviation Association and National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.

The NTSB identified the plane as an “Experimental Fisher Horizon II.”

Pastor Bill Predovich of Resurrection Life Church said his wife Sharon, also a pastor, was inside her office at the church and witnessed the crash. He said the church had to cancel Wednesday night’s service and kids’ activities because the investigation is still active.

Predovich said Eden Prairie police used one of the church’s chaplains to inform the pilot’s family of his death, making it a difficult and emotional day. 

Dave Lemna works across the street from the church at Gunnar Electric. He was outside loading supplies into his pickup truck when he spotted the airplane overhead.

“It had a higher, whining pitch noise than I’m used to hearing from planes,” Lemna said. “It circled and banked and I assumed it was going back to the airport. I turned my back to shut the shed. And as I did that, the noise seemed to cease. Within a couple of seconds there was a loud explosion.

“I turned around and looked straight across. From there, I could see the black smoke and flames coming up from the building.”

Aerial video shows dark marks on the pavement where the plane slid.

“There (were) people from the church out around the wreckage, trying to help if they could,” Lemna said. “One of them had a fire extinguisher and was trying to put the flames out.”

Police say no one else was injured, and there is no property damage from the crash. Predovich also confirmed there was no damage to the church.

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Authorities respond to emergency plane landing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:29

Brown County, IL –

Brown County, Illinois, emergency management said authorities responded to an emergency plane landing Wednesday evening on a highway north of Mt. Sterling. 

Emergency Management Director Curt Hannig said the plane landed on IL 99, approximately 1.5 miles north of Mt. Sterling. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office stated they were called to the incident at 5 p.m.

“It was a small, private plane that landed just north of the golf course,” Hannig said. “But they landed safely.”

Hannig said the sheriff’s office went to the scene, along with the airport manager.

The sheriff’s office said John Musgrave, 66, of Morris, Illinois, took off from Mt. Sterling Municipal Airport, but had engine problems shortly after takeoff. The sheriff’s office said the Musgrave made an emergency landing on IL-99 about two miles north of town.

A witness said he was driving north on IL-99 when he saw the plane coming down a hill going south. He said the pilot got out of the plane and told the witness to call 911.

“I came over the hill and saw the plane coming right at me,” the witness said. “I’m just glad the pilot is alright and nobody was injured.”

The sheriff’s office said there was no damage to the plane or the road. They said the road was blocked for two hours so the plane could be towed back to the airport.

Brown County Sheriff Karl Groesch said the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the incident.

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Las Vegas Strip shooter targeted aviation fuel tanks, source says

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:27

Las Vegas Strip mass murderer Stephen Paddock used his Mandalay Bay hotel room to fire bullets at jet fuel tanks Sunday night, a knowledgeable source told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

The bullets left two holes in one of two circular white tanks. One of the bullets penetrated the tank, but did not cause a fire or explosion near the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, another knowledgeable source said late Wednesday.

The tanks are roughly 1,100 feet from the concert site, where Paddock killed 58 people and wounded almost 500. Several airplane hangars belonging to prominent corporations are also near the tanks.

Within the past couple of days, a construction crew repaired the holes, and FBI agents inspected the tanks and took measurements of the line of fire from Mandalay Bay, the sources said.

Paddock, a 64-year-old Mesquite resident, had broken two windows in his 32nd-floor suite — one in line with the concert site and the other with a direct view of the fuel tanks, one source said. 

The bases of private aircraft companies are also close to the tanks, which sit on property owned by McCarran International Airport.

“Airport fueling has not been compromised,” McCarran spokesman Chris Jones said late Wednesday. “It’s functional.”

The tanks are operated by Swissport, the company that runs the fueling operations for the airport, according to McCarran spokeswoman Christine Crews. They primarily are used to provide fuel to the private aircraft operators.

A Swissport official could not be reached for comment.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Breault declined to comment. “We can’t comment on an ongoing investigation,” she said.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:25

61 Years ago today: On 5 October 1956 a Central African Airways Vickers Viking crashed near Salisbury, killing both crew members.

Date: Friday 5 October 1956 Type: Vickers 610 Viking 1B Operator: Central African Airways Registration: VP-YMO C/n / msn: 227 First flight: 1947 Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Total: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) N of Salisbury Airport (HRE) (   Zimbabwe) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Training Departure airport: Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe Destination airport: ?

Viking “Rukuru” crashed during a training flight.

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Today is Wednesday the 4th of October, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:15

Here are the stories for today…

Of note, please keep the prayers coming for Chief Ulrich’s niece who continues her fight in an ICU in Las Vegas.

Also, another good piece from Chief Goldfeder that includes a link to a webinar held in July that focuses on active shooter situations and is still available for viewing.

And then information that we’ll probably be seeing more BRS systems being installed on Cessna 172 and 182 models… Assume that the one laying in a heap in your jurisdiction has one until you’re sure it doesn’t! Maybe a good time for a little refresher course on these systems and what they can do to you if you yank on that cable!

Be safe out there!


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Plane makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport after report of possible fire

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:05

Alan Owens

A transatlantic flight has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this Wednesday morning after reports of a possible cargo hold fire.

The American Airlines AA62 flight from Miami to Paris – a Boeing 777-200 – was forced to divert due to a cargo hold fire indication, landing shortly after 7am this morning.

It was met on the runway by fire crews from Shannon Town and passengers disembarked safely.

A Shannon Airport spokesperson confirmed that the flight had diverted to the airport, “landing safely at 7.02am”.

“The flight was met by emergency service, airline and airport staff. Passengers have been transferred to the airport terminal building awaiting further instructions from the airline.”

An inspection of the plane was then due to take place.

A passenger posted on Twitter: “Great start to our European adventure. We’re safe. Looks like it was a false alarm.”

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Private jet goes off runway at New Orleans airport Tuesday morning

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:04

By Jennifer Larino | The Times-Picayune 

A private jet ran off the end of a runway Tuesday morning (Oct. 3) at Louis Armstrong International Airport. No one was injured and officials say airport operations are continuing as usual.

In a statement, airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said a Learjet 35 ran off the end of the airport’s north-south runway, called Runway 20, before coming to a stop at its south end. There were four crew members and two passengers on board.

It was not immediately clear what caused the jet to go off the runway.

Wilcut said the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident, and the north-south runway at the airport remains closed for the time being.

“The airport remains open with no impact on commercial flight operations,” Wilcut said.

Airport officials said private charter flights are also continuing as usual.

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Northern Alberta airport shut down after plane hits 2 deer on runway

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:02

By Phil Heidenreich

The Conklin Airport in northern Alberta was shut down on Tuesday after a plane crashed into a pair of deer while trying to land on the runway, according to the RCMP.

Police said the two deer jumped in front of the aircraft and hit the propeller. They said the plane, a Dash 8, was owned by Sunwest Aviation and was flying workers to a site for oilsands producer MEG Energy.

According to the RCMP, the plane was carrying 43 passengers and a crew of four. Nobody was injured but both deer were killed and there was damage to the aircraft.

Sunwest, based out of Calgary, is assessing damage to the plane before it makes repairs or begins flying again.

The RCMP said the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been contacted and the Conklin Airport will be shut down for 24 hours.

Conklin is a hamlet in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. It is located about 155 kilometres south of Fort McMurray and about 360 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

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BRS Aerospace to Handle Whole Aircraft Parachute Installations for Cessna Models

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:00

Nationwide network will handle 172 and 182 single-engine piston powered fleets.

By Ashley Burns

Minnesota-based BRS Aerospaceannounced this week the establishment of a nationwide network of qualified centers that will handle the installation of whole aircraft parachutes on Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft.

“The network of factory-approved installation centers are all equipped and qualified to install the BRS Aerospace whole aircraft parachute recovery systems in 172s and 182s providing an unprecedented level of safety for legacy aircraft and newer models,” BRS Aerospace President Enrique Dillon said in a statement. “BRS has the only FAA/EASA certified aircraft parachute systems for Cessna 172/182s available today.”

In addition to installation fees, the price of installation kits for 172 models manufactured in 1966 or later is $15,500, and $17,500 for 182 Skylane models built beginning in 1964.

Qualified installation centers include RDD Enterprises in Oregon, Mather Aviation in California, Sierra Hotel Aero in Minnesota, Winterset Aviation Services in Iowa, Tennessee Aircraft Services, Goodrich Aviation in New York, Aircare Aviation Services and Support in North Carolina, Air Orlando Sales and Propel Aviation Sales and Services, both in Florida.

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Delta Air Lines, Boeing 757-200, N686DA: Incident occurred September 06, 2017 at McCarran International Airport (KLAS), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:50

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this incident.

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report – National Transportation Safety Board:

Delta Air Lines Inc:

NTSB Identification: ENG17IA036

Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Delta Air Lines
Incident occurred Wednesday, September 06, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV
Aircraft: BOEING 757 232, registration: N686DA
Injuries: 184 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On September 6, 2017, at about 0019 Pacific daylight time, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200, registration N686DA, equipped with two Pratt & Whitney PW2037 turbofan engines, sustained a No. 1 (left) engine undercowl fire during takeoff from McCarran International Airport (LAS)- Las Vegas, Nevada. The flight crew reported a left engine fire indication and associated aural fire alert at rotation/initial climb. The crew completed the quick reference handbook (QRH) procedures, shut down the left engine, and discharged one of the fire bottles. The flight crew then initiated LAS engine out procedures to return to the airport. On the downwind leg of the pattern, a second left engine fire warning indication was reported and the second fire bottle was discharged. The crew made an uneventful overweight landing at LAS and were met by aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) on the runway. ARFF sprayed fire retardant into the engine and the airplane was cleared to taxi to the gate under its own power. No injuries were reported to passengers or crew. The flight was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 and was a regularly scheduled flight from LAS to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)- Queens, New York.

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Your Active Shooter? – Listen In (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:48


In July, Lexipol hosted three chief fire officers from Prince George’s County, MD., West Webster, N.Y. and Dallas, Texas to learn about their tragic active shooter incidents first hand.

The webinar is still online and you are welcome to use it for training anytime – it lasts about an hour and includes information and downloads.


It certainly appears that Clark County Fire Rescue and their mutual aid partners did one heck of a job in handling yesterday’s active shooter detail. Our sincere best wishes and prayers to the officers, firefighters and the many others who were shot – as well as those who will be dealing with the impact of this event for many years to come.

As far as response, it makes one wonder what if a Department doesn’t have policy, doesn’t drill, doesn’t practice, doesn’t collaborate, doesn’t “like” their mutual aid neighbors – how would a tragic event like that go then.

Check out the webinar and learn from those who have tragically been there and done that.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 10-3-2017 1300 hrs

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:46

25 Years ago today: On 4 October 1992 an El AL Boeing 747F crashed into a residential area following engine no.3 and 4 separation, killing all 4 crew and 47 people on the ground.

Date: Sunday 4 October 1992 Time: 18:35 Type: Boeing 747-258F Operator: El Al Israel Airlines Registration: 4X-AXG C/n / msn: 21737/362 First flight: 1979-03-07 (13 years 7 months) Total airframe hrs: 45746 Cycles: 10107 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 Total: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 39 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Amsterdam (   Netherlands) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Cargo Departure airport: Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands Destination airport: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israel Flightnumber: 1862

El Al flight 1862 departed New York-JFK Airport for a cargo flight to Tel Aviv, Israel via Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The aircraft, a Boeing 747-258F, arrived at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport at 14:40 hours local time for a crew change, cargo processing and refueling. The total amount of cargo was 114.7 tons, gross weight of the aircraft 338.3 tons which was 21 tons below the maximum allowable.
The aircraft taxied out to runway 01L at 18:14 and started the takeoff roll at 18:21. At 18:28:30, as the aircraft was climbing through 6500 feet, the no. 3 engine and pylon separated from the wing in an outward and rearward movement, colliding with the no. 4 engine causing this engine and pylon to separate as well. An emergency was declared and the crew acknowledged their intention to return to Schiphol Airport and reported that they had a no. 3 engine failure and a loss of engine thrust of both no. 3 and 4 engine. At 18:28:57 the Amsterdam Radar controller informed the crew that runway 06 was in use with wind from 40 degrees at 21 knots. The crew however requested runway 27 for landing. A straight in approach to runway 27 was not possible because of airplane altitude (5000 feet) and distance to the runway (7 miles). The Amsterdam Arrival controller then instructed the crew to turn right heading 360 degrees and descend to 2000 feet. During this descending turn the flight crew reported that the no. 3 and 4 engine were out and that they were having flap problems. Final clearance was given to turn right heading 270 to intercept the final approach course. When it became apparent that the aircraft was going to overshoot the localizer, the controller informed the crew accordingly and directed them to turn to heading 290 to try and intercept the final approach path again. A further instruction was given for a 310 degree heading change and descent clearance for 1500 feet. These instructions were acknowledged and the crew added that they were experiencing control problems. While reducing speed in preparation for the final approach, control was lost and the aircraft crashed into an eleven-floor apartment building the Bijlmermeer suburb of Amsterdam.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The design and certification of the B747 pylon was found to be inadequate to provide the required level of safety. Furthermore the system to ensure structural integrity by inspection failed. This ultimately caused – probably initiated by fatigue in the inboard midspar fuse-pin – the no. 3 pylon and engine to separate from the wing in such a way that the no. 4 pylon and engine were torn off, part of the leading edge of the wing was damaged and the use of several systems was lost or limited. This subsequently left the flight crew with very limited control of the airplane. Because of the marginal controllability a safe landing became highly improbable, if not virtually impossible.”

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Today is Tuesday the 3rd of October, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:04

A few extra thoughts and prayers today for the niece of one of our own Brothers, LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Ulrich. The Chiefs niece was one of the victims of the Las Vegas shootings and is currently in the ICU fighting for her life.

Here are the ARFF stories for today…

Be safe out there, and as Chief Ulrich mentioned in a posting, “Please take some extra time each day to hug your love ones for tomorrow is not promised.”



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Husband and Wife killed in plane crash in Klamath County

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:49


A plane traveling from Klamath Falls to Medford crashes in Klamath County on Sunday.

Oregon State Police say at 10:43 a.m. OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper was working with volunteers between Burton Butte and Old Baldy Mtn in a remote section of western Klamath County near the Pacific Crest Trail heard a plane crash less that a mile away.

Emergency crews were unable to locate the plane on Sunday due to cloud cover that was at a treetop level.

Improved weather conditions on Monday morning that allowed a helicopter to located the crash and help crews through the thick timber to the location.

The victims of the crash were identified as 54-year-old Juan Canopii and 60-year-old Chantal Canopii, both of Glendale, Oregon were pronounced dead at the scene.

The FAA and NTSB will be taking over the investigation.

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1 dead, 1 injured after helicopter crashes in dense Vancouver Island bush

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:46

One person has been killed in a helicopter crash on Vancouver Island.

A spokesman with the Canadian Forces rescue squadron in Comox said crews were called to an area about three kilometres west of Campbell River on Sunday afternoon.

The spokesman said two people were aboard the Robinson R44, a single-engine, four-seat helicopter, when it went down in heavy bush.

One of the two people on board died at the scene.

The second person was taken to hospital but the condition of that victim was not available.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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