Today is Thursday the 25th of October, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 07:43

Here are the stories for today…

Along with the story about Michigan fire departments discontinuing the use of foams with PFAS, there is an interesting video of the SNJ-5 down in California. Click on the link at the bottom of the article…

Be safe out there!


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Michigan fire departments to stop use of foam with PFAS

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 07:34

(WJBK) – Firefighters often use fire suppression foams to put out fires – but one type of foam, some Class B foams are known to contain PFAS. 

PFAS are strong substances that can get into our drinking water when products containing them are used or spilled onto the ground.

“We’re all exposed to PFAS because it’s been in a number of chemicals, for example Scotchgard, Teflon, those things, in many consumer products,” said Carol Isaacs, Michigan PFAS Action Response director. “It has been since this chemical was created in the 1940s.

“The concern Michigan has, is with very elevated levels in drinking water. So we have some sites in Michigan we are investigating and it is our purpose to protect the public health.”

And PFAS has been linked to cancer. The Bureau of Fire Services is working to make sure every fire department in the state of Michigan discontinues use of Class B foam with PFAS.

“All of the PFAS foam in our department has been identified and put into storage,” said Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee. “We are just waiting to hear back from the state fire marshal on how to dispose of that product.”

Not all Class B foam contains PFAS and in general, Class B foam is not commonly used to put out fires.

“When we do use Class B foam it’s not very common,” Menifee said. “In my career I probably used it approximately five times.”

“It has been used when a fuel tanker overturned on a bridge,” said Kev in Sehlmeyer, state fire marshal. “It has been used sometimes if there is an event at a gas station, where there is gas on the ground.”

“Just because you see foam used, it’s not necessarily a Class B foam that has PFAS,” Menifee said. “You don’t have to be alarmed if you see firefighters covered in it.”

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‘Mayday!’ – Listen to terrifying moment historic war plane crashes into LA highway

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 07:30

Audio of yesterday’s crash landing of an historic war plane on a busy Los Angeles freeway has emerged.

At the beginning of the recording, you can hear the so-far unidentified pilot alerting the controllers at nearby Van Nuys Airport of his situation.

“November 7969 Charlie, mayday.”

The air traffic controller then asks for more information.

“November 7969 Charlie, we are mayday above Calabasas. We are going to need a forced landing on the freeway,” the pilot replies.

The pilot is then given the latest weather information to assist him in making his landing attempt, before a police helicopter is given directions to the area to begin a search for the aircraft.

That’s followed by confusion over where exactly the historic war plane had crashed, with some reports saying the plane could have missed the freeway and landed in the bush, making it harder to see from the air.

It wasn’t just rescue services who were in a rush to get to the crash site – three live news choppers can be heard on the recording heading to the scene within minutes.

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Plane wing broke off mid-flight before deadly Hamptons crash: NTSB

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 07:27

By Larry Celona and Tamar Lapin

The private plane that crashed near the Hamptonscosting three people their lives, fell out of the sky and into the Atlantic because it’s wing broke off mid-flight, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.

A witness near Westhampton Beach said they heard a “pop” and saw two large pieces of the seven-seat, twin-engine Piper PA-34 fall from the sky Oct. 13, according to the preliminary accident report obtained by The Post.

The plane, which was last reported to be at above 15,700 ft., did a figure eight turn and began to plummet and did a “nosedive” into the ocean about a mile off Quogue, according to the report.

The aircraft’s carcass was found in 20 feet of water on the ocean floor and a part of its right wing was recovered floating above it about a half mile offshore, the report said.

Owner Raj Persaud, 41, was getting a lesson from a still-unidentified flight instructor and flying from Danbury, Conn. to Charleston, SC, the day of the crash. Both men and a Georgia special education teacher named Jennifer Landrum who was also on board were killed.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 07:25

50 Years ago today: On 25 October 1968 a Northeast Airlines Fairchild FH-227 struck Moose Mountain, NH, USA killing 32 out of 42 occupants.

Date: Friday 25 October 1968 Time: ca 18:10 Type: Fairchild FH-227C Operator: Northeast Airlines Registration: N380NE C/n / msn: 517 First flight: 1966 Total airframe hrs: 3828 Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7 Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 39 Total: Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 42 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Moose Mountain, NH (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America Destination airport: Lebanon Regional Airport, NH (LEB/KLEB), United States of America Flightnumber: 946

Northeast Airlines Flight 946 departed Boston 17:42 for a flight to Lebanon, NH and Montpelier, VT. The Fairchild climbed to a cruising altitude of 8000 feet. At 18:08 the crew were cleared for an approach to the Lebanon Airport to cruise at 5,000 feet and report leaving 6,000 feet. At 18:10:45, the controller advised the crew that radar service had been terminated and the flight was cleared to contact the Lebanon Flight Service Station (FSS). One minute later the FSS told the crew that the weather was an estimated ceiling of 2,000 feet overcast; visibility was 10 miles; there were breaks in the overcast; the altimeter setting was 29:55; and the wind was calm.
The flight did not perform the published instrument approach procedure but executed an abbreviated approach by making a right turn from their northwesterly heading and then a left turn back to intercept the inbound radial to the VOR station. The inbound radial was intercepted at approximately 8 to 10 miles northeast of the VOR station where it passed through an altitude of about 4500 feet. The crew began the descent but did not level off at 2,800 feet m.s.l., the minimum altitude inbound to the VOR. During the approach to runway 25 the airplane contacted trees on the cloud-shrouded side of a steep, rocky, heavily wooded mountain 57 feet below the summit at 2,237 feet m.s.l. The aircraft cut a swath trough the trees broke up and caught fire

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The premature initiation of a descent towards the Minimum Descent Altitude, based on navigational instrument indications of an impending station passage in an area of course roughness. The crew was not able to determine accurately its position at this time because they had performed a non standard instrument approach and there were no supplement navigational aids available for their use.”

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Vintage Plane Crashes Onto 101 Freeway In Agoura Hills

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 08:07

CALABASAS (CBSLA) – A small, vintage plane caught fire after crashing on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills Tuesday afternoon – snarling traffic for hours.

The plane landed sometime before 2 p.m. near the center divider on northbound Liberty Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Video from the scene showed smoke and flames billowing hundreds of feet into the air.

Witnesses posted videos of the remarkable landing in the middle of the busy freeway.

The pilot – who was the sole occupant – escaped the plane unhurt, the fire department said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is an SNJ-5 or AT-6 – a World War II training aircraft. Van Nuys Airport confirmed it belongs to the Condor Squadron Vintage Flying Club.

The pilot, who’s in his 40s, is an experienced pilot for Alaska Airlines.

A third-grade teacher at nearby Lupin Hills Elementary School snapped a photo of the plane before it went down. She was at the school’s playground with her students when she first heard the plane sputtering and knew it was in trouble. It was so close, she said, she was worried it might crash on or near the school.

Meanwhile, the crash tied up traffic on the 101 in both directions for hours. All lanes reopened just after 10:30 p.m.

Some commuters had to exit after running out of gas.

“It was like insane, like worst traffic I’ve ever seen on the 101 going north,” commuter Tyler Owens said.

Responding firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a blaze sparked by the crash, but the plane later caught fire again.

“I tried to get some gas and then as I was driving here I called my mom and said, ‘I made a big mistake, I should’ve just stayed home,” said driver Dontae Mowry.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Vintage Plane Crashes Onto 101 Freeway In Agoura Hills

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Pilot killed in small plane crash at Woodbine Airport in Cape May

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 08:05

CAPE MAY, N.J. (WTXF) – New Jersey State Police say one person has died in a plane crash at the Woodbine Airport in Cape May.

It happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, the aircraft was a single-engine Mooney M20C. State police say the pilot has been identified as 85-year-old  Wayne Rumble from Marmora, New Jersey.

So far, no word on what caused the crash.

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Firefighters: Pilot walked away unhurt after small plane crashed at Greenville Downtown Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 08:04

By Dal Kalsi

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – A spokesman for the Greenville Fire Department said a pilot walked away unhurt after a plane crashed at the Greenville Downtown Airport Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Firefighters said the single-engine plane crashed in the grass near a runway.

The pilot was the only person on board.

EMS responded but firefighters said the pilot was not hurt.

Officials said the pilot encountered mechanical issues while landing and called in an emergency landing just before the crash.

The plane was a Cirrus SR20 registered to an owner in Charlotte, NC.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

The crash is the third at the Downtown Greenville Airport within the last three months, officials said.

Two people were killed when a plane ran off the runway and snapped in two at the downtown airport on Sep. 27.

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Jet with 43 passengers hits deer, aborts takeoff at Pa. airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 08:02

By John Beauge

Special to PennLive

MONTOURSVILLE-An American Eagle jet with 43 passengers was forced to abort a takeoff Tuesday morning when it struck a deer at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville.

None of the passengers headed to Philadelphia was injured and they either were rebooked on a later flight or made other travel arrangements.

The 50-seat Embrear 145 twin-engine jet with a crew of three was headed down the runway shortly after 6 a.m. when its running gear struck a buck, airport Executive Director Thomas J. Hart said.

A visual inspection revealed only minor damage but the plane will be thoroughly checked at a maintenance facility before it is returned to service, an American Airlines spokeswoman said.

The deer, which was killed, must have jumped the perimeter fence, Hart said. It has been years since a deer was seen on the airport, he said.

American Eagle, formerly US Airways Express, is operated by Piedmont Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 08:00

71 Years ago today: On 24 October 1947 a United Air Lines Douglas DC-6 crashed near Bryce Canyon, UT, USA killing all 52 occupants [first DC-6 fatal accident]

Date: Friday 24 October 1947 Time: 12:29 Type: Douglas DC-6 Operator: United Airlines Registration: NC37510 C/n / msn: 42875/17 First flight: 1947 Total airframe hrs: 933 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 2,4 km (1.5 mls) SE of Bryce Canyon Airport, UT (BCE) (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Los Angeles Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America Destination airport: Chicago Municipal Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), United States of America Flightnumber: UA608

United Airlines flight 608 departed Los Angeles at 10:23 for a non-stop flight to Chicago. The airplane climbed to 19,000 feet and proceeded VFR over Fontana, Daggett, Silver Lake, Las Vegas, and Saint George. At 12:21 Flight 608 reported that a fire had been detected in the baggage compartment which the crew was unable to extinguish. The report added that the cabin was filled with smoke and that the flight was attempting to make an emergency landing at Bryce Canyon Airport in Utah. The fire had erupted in the center section in the vicinity of the right wing fillet. Small parts of the airplane were lost in flight and at least one of the emergency landing flares which are located at the trailing edge of the right wing fillet ignited in flight.
Shortly thereafter the flight again reported that the “tail is going out-we may get down and we may not.” At 12:26 another transmission was received from the flight indicating that it was going into the “best place available.” One minute later the flight reported “we may make it-approaching a strip.” This was the last contact with the flight. It crashed at 12:29 before it was able to reach the airport.
After the accident, investigators noted that the DC-6 airplane design included a No.3 alternate fuel tank vent outlet that was located on the right side of the fuselage near the leading edge of the wing and close to the bottom wing fillet. Approximately 10 feet aft of this point and slightly to the left there was an air scoop which served as a source of cabin heater combustion air and cooling air for the cabin supercharger air after-cooler and cabin supercharger oil cooler. Flight tests conducted with other model DC-6 aircraft subsequent to the accident revealed that overflow from the No. 3 alternate tank through the air vent line and out the vent outlet would sweep back in the slip stream toward the cabin heater combustion air intake scoop and that a considerable quantity of fuel would enter the scoop. Ground tests clearly demonstrated that, under conditions simulating the entry of fuel overflow into the scoop inflight while the heater was operating, the cabin heater could be expected to backfire and thereby propagate flame downstream into the air scoop. Incoming fuel would, thereafter, be expected to continue to burn in the air scoop and duct

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The combustion of gasoline which had entered the cabin heater air intake scoop from the No.3 alternate tank vent due to inadvertent overflow during the transfer of fuel from the No.4 alternate tank. The failure of the manufacturer and the Civil Aeronautics Administration to exercise full caution in the analysis of the fuel system of the DC-6 relative to proper location of fuel tank vents to provide non-hazardous location for fuel drainage, as required by existing regulations, and the insufficient attentiveness on the part of the manufacturer, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the air carriers to the procedures of fuel management employed by pilots operating DC-6 aircraft, were contributing factors.”

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