Cargo plane crew exits on evacuation slide during landing at O’Hare

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:46

Madeline BuckleyContact Reporter – Chicago Tribune

A cargo plane deployed its emergency slide during a landing at O’Hare International Airport late Tuesday, officials said.

The plane signaled an emergency when the fire indicator light went on, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Fire crews later determined there was no fire on the aircraft.

When it landed, two people on the aircraft exited via the slide, officials said.

The plane, Giant flight 2134, operated by Atlas Air, landed safely at 9:53 p.m., according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:30

54 Years ago today: On 20 June 1964 a Civil Air Transport Curtiss C-46 crashed after the pilots lost control in a steep turn after takeoff from Taichung, Taiwan, killing all 57 occupants.

Date: Saturday 20 June 1964 Time: ca 17:40 Type: Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando Operator: Civil Air Transport Registration: B-908 C/n / msn: 32950 First flight: 1944 Total airframe hrs: 19488 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52 Total: Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: San-Chiao (   Taiwan) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Taichung Airport (TXG/RCLG), Taiwan Destination airport: Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan Flightnumber: 106

Shortly after takeoff from Taichung, the no. 1 engine oversped. A left turn was initiated in order to make an emergency return to the Taichung Airport or nearby military air base. The pilot lost control and the aircraft struck the ground in a left wing low and a comparatively steep nose low attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “About 5 miles west of the accident site was Kung-Kuan Military Air Base. Six miles south-southwest was Shui-Nan Airport from where the aircraft took off. On the right side of the flight pattern was a chain of mountains. It was concluded that, when the pilot found that the left engine was overspeeding, he made an abrupt left turn to land at Kung-Kuan Military Air Base or return to Shui-Nan Airport. During the turn he lost control of the aircraft, which crashed to the ground.”

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