Aeromedical/Aviation

San Diego County pilot dies in crash of private plane in Petaluma Friday night

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:45

KEVIN FIXLER AND JULIE JOHNSON

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A retired Marine Corps officer and environmental consultant for the Sonoma County Water Agency was killed late Friday when his single-engine plane crashed near the Petaluma Municipal Airport after takeoff.

Carl Morrison, 75, was flying his 1990 Mooney M20J propeller-driven plane from the airport back home to San Diego County after a work trip north, according to his family. Morrison, an attorney and vice commander of the Pacific Region’s Civil Air Patrol, was an experienced private pilot who often flew his plane for meetings around the country. 

“We love him and we will miss him,” said the eldest of his six children, Bob Morrison, 51, of Murrieta. “If my dad wanted to be remembered for anything it would be how much he loved his family.”

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash. The plane’s wreckage was found in a field off Manor Lane, about two miles northeast of the Petaluma airport, according to sheriff’s officials.

Friends and work colleagues voiced deep sorrow over Morrison’s sudden death. It came during the type of storm, an atmospheric river, for which he sought to expand research to help bolster regional water supplies.

“He had the most wonderful disposition,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, a Water Agency director. “He was always positive, and always smiling — just a wonderful human being. We can’t even imagine our team without him — it’s just devastating.”

Col. Jon Stokes with the Civil Air Patrol said Morrison joined the nonprofit organization, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, in 2006 and quickly rose through the ranks. The group helps with search and rescue, disaster response and other aviation training.

Stokes said Morrison frequently made the round-trip flight between Petaluma and his home in Fallbrook, about an hour north of San Diego, for work. He was a technically skilled, instrument-rated pilot, which made the circumstances of his death that much more difficult to fathom, Stokes said.

“It’s a very sad day,” said Stokes. “He was a very smart and insightful individual, and it’s a loss to the organization and his family, but also just to our community and people in general. Carl was a great man.”

Morrison was a Vietnam war veteran who served 20 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a lawyer and public affairs officer in 1986 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, according to his law office website. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1966 before obtaining a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 1976. He earned two master’s degrees, from Loyola University and George Washington University.

Following his military service, Morrison started a public relations and environmental consulting firm before founding his law firm in 1995. The office was located at the Fallbrook Airpark.

Morrison was a devout Mormon and held a high-ranking position at his church, according to friends. He had a large family and often boasted about his six children and 23 grandchildren.

Bob Morrison said his father was in excellent health and was a cautious and prepared pilot who was capable flying in rough weather conditions but unlikely to take risks.

“It’s a plane he has flown for years,” Morrison said of the father’s aircraft. “He was meticulous at keeping it maintained … I guess anytime you fly in a plane you take a risk, but my father was the safest pilot I knew.”

Carl Morrison’s family expected him to depart Petaluma about 5 p.m. and land about three hours later, his son said.

And records show he received clearance to take off about 5 p.m. from traffic control, said Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Henri Boustany said. It’s unclear what happened next.

At 6:51 p.m. the state Office of Emergency Services called Petaluma police reporting an emergency signal was originating from a small plane in eastern Petaluma, Boustany said. Officers checked the city’s airstrip. Police then contacted the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, which sent deputies to his destination airstrip to determine whether Morrison’s plane had landed.

Bob Morrison said he believed it was sometime after 8 p.m., around the time his father was due to land, when a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy knocked on his mother Mary Morrison’s door and asked if her husband had returned home. He hadn’t.

Then about 8:20 p.m. the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report the plane’s emergency signal and provide coordinates for a potential crash site.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the coordinates on Sonoma Mountain, but could not immediately find the plane. After 10 p.m., they spotted a small fire that turned out to be wreckage at the crash site, in a remote ravine near the 3600 block of Manor Lane. Morrison was the lone occupant in the downed plane.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8197786-181/1-person-dead-in-crash?sba=AAS

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Allegiant plane skids off runway at Sioux Falls airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:44

SIOUX FALLS (KSFY) – An airplane skidded off the runway at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Sunday.

Allegiant Air confirms the plane was flight 456 from Las Vegas to Sioux Falls. It touched down at 11:43 a.m. Sunday. Allegiant said heavy snow conditions and crosswinds caused the plane to slide 20 feet off the runway.

The Sioux Falls Airport is currently working to get passengers off the plane and take them to the airport.

Airport Executive Director Dan Letellier Sunday afternoon confirmed the incident and said maintenance crews were also working to get the plane back on the runway.

Letellier said the passengers were being bused back to the terminal. No word on whether anyone was hurt.

A passenger on another flight at the Airport tells us other flights from Sioux Falls are being delayed or cancelled because of the issue on the runway.

http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Plane-skids-off-runway-at-Sioux-Falls-airport-479089863.html

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No Injuries After Small Plane Crash Near Lowville

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:42

A small plane crashed just outside Lowville Sunday afternoon.

Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli said no one was hurt when the plane went down at the corner of Willow Grove and Number Three roads.

Carpinelli said the two adults and child who were on board were taken to Lewis County General Hospital to get checked out.

The pilot had pulled an emergency parachute and called in a distress signal.

The wind caught the parachute and flipped the plane over after the passengers left the scene .

“It is leaking fuel as this time,” Carpinelli said Sunday evening. “We have it stabilized for now and that’s why we’re not letting anyone go out towards that area.”

The cause of the crash isn’t known. The Federal Aviation Administration will be there Monday to clear the site.

http://www.wwnytv.com/story/37906614/no-injuries-after-small-plane-crash-near-lowville

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Plane catches fire in Spanish Fork hangar, causes $300,000 in damage

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:39

SPANISH FORK – A late night plane fire on Saturday might have cost the Spanish Fork airport hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Fire crews report that around 10:30 p.m. the plane caught fire in a hangar at the Spanish Fork Airport.

Firefighters estimate it took around an hour to put out the flames.

According to Sgt. Phil Nielsen with the Spanish Fork Police Department, the blaze was caused by a short in the plane’s battery charger.

The plane is considered a total loss and could cost the airport around $300,000 in damage.

Fortunately, police say, no one was in the hangar at the time of the fire.

http://fox13now.com/2018/04/08/plane-catches-fire-in-spanish-fork-hangar-causes-300-thousand-dollars-in-damages/

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Pontoon plane flips after landing in St. Johns River

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:37

Pilot suffers minor injuries, troopers say

By Frank Powers – Assignment manager

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – The pilot of a pontoon plane that flipped over after landing on the St. Johns River north of Palatka was rescued by a nearby boater, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 63-year-old Allen Sasser was piloting an experimental Searey aircraft, which is designed for water landings, about 11:20 a.m. Friday when he attempted to land on the St. Johns River near his East Palatka home.

During the landing, troopers said, the plane crashed and rolled.

After he was helped by a boater, Sasser was taken to the Crystal Cove Marina, where he was checked out by a Putnam County Fire Rescue crew and refused treatment, troopers said.

The crash report said he suffered minor injuries.

Authorities said the upside-down plane was removed from the river to be taken to the pilot’s home.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to investigate.

https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/putnam-county/pontoon-plane-flip-after-landing-in-st-johns-river

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:36

66 Years ago today: On 9 April 1952 a Japan Air Lines Martin 2-0-2 crashed into the Mihara volcano, killing all 37 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 9 April 1952 Time: 08:07 Type: Martin 2-0-2 Operating for: Japan Air Lines – JAL Leased from: Northwest Orient Airlines Registration: N93043 C/n / msn: 9164 First flight: Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33 Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Mihara Volcano (   Japan) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan Destination airport: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF), Japan

Narrative:
The aircraft, leased from Northwest Airlines, crashed into a mountain. The plane was named “Mokusei”.

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Today is Friday the 6th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:15

We close out this week with the following stories…

Have a great weekend,

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Cargo plane crashes in Wau, crew survives

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:11

Crew members have survived a cargo plane crash that occurred in the town of Wau in South Sudan on Thursday afternoon, officials at the airport have confirmed.

Hakim, who works at the Wau airport, told Radio Tamazuj that the plane touched down on the runway but its landing gear failed, pointing out that the aircraft was travelling from Kuajok to the northern town of Wau.

“The plane did not burst into flames. The plane had landing gear problems only, so the crew members have been evacuated safely,” he said.

“The airplane was carrying medicines,” he explained

After the accident, he said, the UN peacekeepers hurried to the spot to remove the plane from the runway.

https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/caro-plane-crashes-in-wau-crew-survives

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Single-Engine Plane Crash at Livermore Municipal Airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:10

By Bay City News

A small private airplane sustained minor damage when it ran off the runway and tipped forward onto its nose after landing in Livermore Thursday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane had just landed at Livermore Municipal Airport, listed at 680 Terminal Circle, although it was not immediately clear what time the landing occurred at.

The single-engine Cessna 172 had two people on board at the time, but FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said his agency has not yet received any report of injuries.

The incident is under investigation, Gregor said.

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Plane-Crash-in-Livermore-Airport-478903073.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_BAYBrand

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Authorities ID pilot who crashed newly purchased aircraft

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:09

NEAR MAXWELL, Iowa (KCCI) —

A man was taken to a Des Moines-area hospital Thursday afternoon after authorities said he crashed his newly purchased ultralight aircraft in rural north Polk County.

The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. near Northeast 104th Street near the town of Maxwell, about 1 mile south of the Story County border.

Capt. Jana Abens, with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, said the sole occupant of the plane, 43-year-old Jason Beckman, of Lake View, suffered leg injuries and what appeared to be minor lacerations to his harms. He was flown to the hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.

Ruth Williams, who lives across the street, said she saw the events unfold.

“I saw the plane go down and then hit that tree down there and bang!” Williams said.

The plane took off from a grass airstrip and got a few hundred feet before going into the trees and crashing into the rural farmstead.

“I was hoping he wasn’t hurt,” Williams said.

Crews remained on scene Friday afternoon, combing through the mangled wreckage of the Quicksilver GT-400.

The owner of the private airstrip told KCCI that Beckman had just bought the aircraft Thursday and was flying it for the first time.

A classified ad shows what the plane looked like before the crash. The asking price is $6,500.

It is unclear what caused the plane to crash, but Williams said she has an idea: “I think the wind took it.”

An investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration said crews will be investigating the crash site Friday, and it could take up to six months for a full report to be released.

FAA records show the plane was still registered to the airstrip owner.

http://www.kcci.com/article/authorities-1-taken-to-hospital-following-small-plane-crash/19696620

 

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47 people died 60 years ago in one of Michigan’s worst airplane accidents

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:06

By Jacob Hamilton

FREELAND, MI – On a cold, stormy Easter Sunday 60 years ago today, a midair malfunction took the lives of 47 passengers and crew as Capital Airlines Flight 67 crashed short of the runway at Tri-City Airport.

Friday, April 6, marks the 60th anniversary of Michigan’s third-deadliest plane crash at what is now known as MBS International Airport. Though the blame for the crash was first placed on pilot error, the report from the Civil Aeronautics Board – the predecessor to the FAA – was later revised to blame unforeseen icing, poor visibility and a failing stall warning indicator.

At 11:19 p.m., on April 6, 1958, the four-engine Vickers Viscount 745D was on its final approach to the airport from Flint — one leg of its regularly-scheduled journey from New York to Chicago. At an altitude of about 900 feet and about a half-mile from the airport, the plane banked to re-align itself with the runway then abruptly dove into the ground, crashing just 300 feet from the tarmac. 

Several witnesses watching the last arrival of the night reported seeing the lights of the plane as it neared the runway, then an explosion as the aircraft struck the ground. A number of secondary explosions followed as the aircraft’s fuel-filled wings erupted in flames. Emergency vehicles were delayed in putting out the fire when their tires became stuck in the rainy, mud-filled corn field where Flight 67 had crashed.

In total, 44 passengers and three crew members died. There were no survivors. According to the CAB report, the plane struck the ground with such force that its engines were found buried as deep as five feet and the nose section was crushed to a quarter of its original size. Emergency workers found the plane’s contents and bodies of passengers strewn across the field, with some still strapped into their seats.

Without the aid of modern black box recorders, the CAB tested what little equipment remained intact, reconstructed the accident and ran tests on identical aircraft in a wind tunnel to determine the cause of the accident. It was determined from similar near-accidents involving the same model that ice buildup on the control surfaces of Flight 67 caused the pilot to lose pitch control of the airplane, resulting in the vertical nose-down crash.

Neighbors and witnesses reported a gruesome scene as bodies were transported to a makeshift morgue at Dow Chemical’s hangar.

In a 2008 Saginaw News article, farmer Ronald F. Krause described the scene as responders brought bodies past his property at the southwest corner of the airport,

“Some of the bodies were badly burned. Others were just mangled,” Krause said. “It was a gruesome sight. I knew they were dead.”

Within five years of the crash, Tri-City Airport installed more modern safety and navigation equipment, including automatic runway lights. In the years since, air travel has become increasingly safe. In 1946, there were about 1,300 fatalities for every 100 million commercial airline passengers. For the period between 1997 and 2006, that figure had dropped to 8.9 deaths per 100 million passengers.

Essexville resident William D. Reid arranged for a marble slab memorial to the crash victims to be placed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 950 N. Center Road in Saginaw Township.

Only two aviation accidents claimed more lives in Michigan than Flight 67.

The 1950 dissapearance of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 over Lake Michigan claimed 58 lives and was the worst commercial airliner accident in the U.S. at the time. Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed on takeoff on Aug. 16, 1987 and claimed the lives of 148 of its 149 passengers, becoming the second-worst crash in the U.S. until that point.

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2018/04/60_years_ago_47_died_at_mbs_in.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:03

60 Years ago today: On 6 April 1958 a Captial Airlines Vickers Viscount crashed near Freeland, killing all 47 occupants.

Date: Sunday 6 April 1958 Time: 23:19 Type: Vickers 745D Viscount Operator: Capital Airlines Registration: N7437 C/n / msn: 135 First flight: 1956-08-24 (1 year 8 months) Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 510 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44 Total: Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 0,7 km (0.4 mls) SW from Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS) (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT/KFNT), United States of America Destination airport: Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS/KMBS), United States of America Flightnumber: 67

Narrative:
Capital Airlines Flight 67 was scheduled between New York-LaGuardia Airport, and Chicago, Illinois, with intermediate stops at Detroit, Flint, Tri-City Airport (serving Saginaw, Bay City, snd Mi dland), Michigan. N7437, the aircraft to be used on this flight, was flown from Cleveland, Ohio, and, because of weather and field conditions at LaGuardia , was landed at Newark Airport, New Jersey. Accordingly, Flight 67 was rescheduled to originate at Newark instead of La Guardia.
The flight departed Newark at 19:16, 1 hour and 16 minutes late. The trip to Flint was routine; the aircraft landed there at 22:37. Flight 67 departed Flint for Tri-City Airport at 23:02 and was to be fown in accordance with an IFR clearance at a cruising altitude of 3600 feet.
While en route the flight called Saginaw ATCS (Air Traffic Communication Station) and was given the local 23:00 weather observation and the runway in use, No. 5. The Tri City Airport does not have a traffic control tower. The 23:00 Saginaw weather was reported as: Measured ceiling 900 feet , overcast; visibility 3 miles; light snow showers; temperature 34; dewpoint 33; wind north-northeast 18, peak gusts to 27 knots, altimeter 29.48.
At 23:16 Flight 67 advised Saginaw radio that it was over the airport. A short time later, ground witnesses observed the lights of the aircraft when it was on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. The aircraft was seen to make a left turn onto base leg and at this time the landing lights of the aircraft were observed to come on. During this portion of the approach the aircraft was flying beneath the overcast, estimated to be 900 feet, and appeared to be descending. When turning on final, the aircraft flew a short distance beyond the extended centerline of the runway
and its bank was steepened considerably to effect realignment. The aircraft was observed to return to level flight and pitched steeply down. It impacted the ground and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “An undetected accretion of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, in conjunction with specific airspeed and aircraft configuration, caused a loss of pitch control.”

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Today is Thursday the 5th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:52

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Embry-Riddle student pilot, instructor killed in plane crash, deputies say

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:51

Wing fell off plane before crash, witnesses say

By Emilee Speck – Digital journalist

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student pilot and an instructor were killed Wednesday when a small plane crashed near the Daytona Beach Flea and Farmers Market, officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The plane crashed at 9:54 a.m. near 1496 Tomoka Farms Road, deputies said. Witnesses said the plane lost a wing before crashing south of West International Speedway Boulevard.

“The wing fell off some 150 to 200 yards away from where the plane finally rests in this field behind us,” said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood while standing in front of the wreckage Wednesday.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University officials said the two on board were a student pilot and an instructor.

“It is with profound sadness that I must inform you of an aircraft accident today that resulted in the loss of one of our student pilots as well as a passenger who was a designated pilot examiner with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration,” Dr. P. Barry Butler, ERA president, said in a statement. 

The two people were the only ones on board the Piper PA-28 Cherokee aircraft. They have not been identified.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials are en route to investigate the crash. Embry-Riddle officials said they are cooperating with authorities.

“The witnesses that we’re interviewing say this happened very quickly,” Chitwood said. “No distress call was sent out as we can tell right now.”

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/plane-missing-wing-crashes-lpga-blvd-daytona-authorities-say

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Air Force Thunderbirds pilot killed in F-16 crash near Nellis AFB

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:47

By: Michelle Tan

A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed Wednesday when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday during a routine aerial demonstration training flight, Air Force officials said.

The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24 hours while his family is notified.

An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.

The team’s participation at March Air Reserve Base’s “The March Field Air and Space Expo” has been canceled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds season, which is scheduled to run through early November, the Air Force said.

The Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, is the Air Force’s premiere demonstration team, known for its exciting and sharply choreographed shows.

The team’s jets often fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, performing seemingly impossibly precise skills and capabilities.

This was Nellis’ first crash since two back-to-back crashes at the Nevada Test and Training Range last September, one of which was fatal.

On Sept. 5, Lt. Col. Eric Shultz died when his plane crashed at the range. The Air Force has still not identified what Shultz was flying, but said it was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command. Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein later told Military.com it was not an F-35.

And one day later, two A-10C Warthogs from the 57th Wing at Nellis crashed during what was called a routine training mission at the Nevada Test and Training Range. Both pilots ejected safely.

Senior reporters Stephen Losey and Valerie Insinna contributed to this report.

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/04/05/air-force-thunderbirds-pilot-killed-in-f-16-crash-near-nellis-afb/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:45

27 Years ago today: On 5 April 1991 an Atlantic Southeast Embraer 120 Brasilia crashed near Brunswick, GA, U.S.A. following a loss of control, killing all 23 occupants.

Date: Friday 5 April 1991 Time: 14:51 Type: Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia Operated by: Atlantic Southeast Airlines – ASA On behalf of: Delta Connection Registration: N270AS C/n / msn: 120218 First flight: 1990 Total airframe hrs: 816 Cycles: 845 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20 Total: Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) W of Brunswick-Glynco Jetport, GA (BQK) (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America Destination airport: Brunswick-Glynco Jetport, GA (BQK/KBQK), United States of America Flightnumber: 2311

Narrative:
Flight 2311 was scheduled initially for airplane N228AS to depart at 13:24 EST. Because of mechanical problems an airplane change was made to N270AS. The flight departed Atlanta at 13:47 and arrived in the Brunswick area about 14:44. At 14:48 the flight was cleared for a visual approach to runway 07. The Embraer had just turned from base leg to final approach when the aircraft was seen to pitch up about 5deg and roll to the left until the wings were vertical. The airplane then nosed down into the ground, 9975 feet short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The loss of control in flight as a result of a malfunction of the left engine propeller control unit which allowed the propeller blade angles to go below the flight idle position. Contributing to the accident was the deficient design of the propeller control unit by Hamilton Standard and the approval of the design by the Federal Aviation Administration. The design did not correctly evaluate the failure mode that occurred during this flight, which resulted in an uncommanded and uncorrectable movement of the blades of the airplane’s left propeller below the flight idle position.”

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4 believed dead in El Centro Marine helicopter crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:30

The Associated Press

A Marine helicopter crashed during a Southern California training mission and all four crew members were believed killed, the military said.

The CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of the Miramar air station in San Diego, according to a base press statement.

The nearby Naval Air Facility El Centro messaged that the crash site was north of Plaster City, west of El Centro.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The names of the crewmembers will be withheld until 24 hours after their relatives are notified, the Miramar base said.

Tuesday’s California crash is the deadliest involving a Marine aircraft since a KC130T transport plane went down in Mississippi last July, killing 15 Marines and a sailor.

The California crash also occurred on the same day that a Marine Harrier jet crashed during takeoff from an airport in the East African nation of Djibouti. The pilot managed to eject and was being medically evaluated, military officials said.

The CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest helicopter in the U.S. military. It is used for minesweeping and transport and can carry dozens of troops and tons of cargo.

Two years ago, 12 Marines died when two of the helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

Last October, a CH-53E helicopter crashed and burned in Okinawa but nobody was injured.

In 2005, 31 people died when a CH-53E helicopter went down in Iraq during a sandstorm.

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2018/04/03/4-presumed-dead-el-centro-marine-helicopter-crash/484664002/

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US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Crashes During Exercise in Djibouti

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:27

The aircraft appeared to fly out of control shortly after take off from Djibouti Ambouli International Airport forcing the pilot to eject.

BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK

Details are still coming in, but a U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jump jet has crashed in Djibouti shortly after take-off. The aircraft was part of a detachment attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron One Six Two, or VMM-162, part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which was in the East African country for the annual Alligator Dagger amphibious warfare exercise.

Reports say that the aircraft’s nose appeared to rise rapidly as the plane lifted off from the runway, prompting the pilot to eject. The fate of the aircraft is unclear, but witnesses saw the pilot walk on their own to an ambulance after ejecting, according to USNI News.

“Doctors said the pilot was in stable condition while being evaluated at Camp Lemonnier’s expeditionary medical facility,” the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which also acts as the top naval command in the Middle East, or Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), said in a statement to USNI News. “There are no reports of injuries to personnel on the ground nor damage to infrastructure at the airport. The airport is open.”

Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is the only formal U.S. military base in Africa and is home to more than 3,000 deployed personnel, as well as contractors and transient military units conducting training missions, such as Alligator Dagger, and other short-term operations. Detachments of tactical jets rotate through the base consistently for contingency operations and to conduct air strikes in Yemen.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/19871/us-marine-corps-av-8b-harrier-crashes-during-exercise-in-djibouti

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Strong winds tear apart hangar, cause collapse near Hobby Airport in SE Houston

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:26

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) —

Strong winds took down a large hangar at Hobby Airport overnight when severe storms rolled through southeast Houston.

No one was inside the hangar when it happened. No one was hurt.

According to HPD Lieutenant Larry Crowson, police received a call a little after midnight to assist the fire department at the hanger owned by Jet Aviation.

The private plane hangar is located on West Monroe Road at Scranton Street.

According to meteorologist Travis Herzog, there were wind gusts of 60 miles per hour at Hobby.

A total of eight planes were damaged: four inside the hangar and four outside. Bill Begley, the public information officer at Hobby Airport, says there’s millions of dollars in damage.

Hobby Airport is now working with Jet Aviation to make sure all the debris is removed from the nearest runway, which is also used by commercial planes.

Currently, there are no flight delays.

Some flights that are scheduled to take off in that area will be moved to the west side of the airport.

“There’s only so much you can prepare for,” said Bill Begley, public information officer for Hobby Airport. “We lease this area out to companies and they build the facilities so we’re trying to support them and trying to recover what’s happening here. Mother Nature can be pretty strong.”

http://abc13.com/weather/pilots-trapped-after-severe-storm-rips-apart-hangar/3299240/

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