Aeromedical/Aviation

American Eagle plane makes emergency return to Peoria airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:00

An American Eagle flight from Peoria’s airport made an unexpected return Saturday morning because of a mechanical issue.

Shortly after its 7:41 a.m. takeoff bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Flight 5710 made an emergency return to Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.

The return was necessitated by what airport director Gene Olson described as likely an electronics issue, and occurred when the flight was about 20 miles out from Peoria.

Though the problem likely was minor, Olson stressed that rules governing flights require pilots to behave conservatively to ensure passenger safety..

At least one person aboard indicated on social media that passengers were advised to brace for a potentially rough landing.

There were no apparent injuries involved and the plane made a safe return to Peoria. The flight was not canceled, though as of 9:45 a.m. passengers remained on the ground.

It was not clear Saturday night whether the plane remained in Peoria for a check-up and repairs, or if the passengers took a different American Eagle plane to Dallas/Fort Worth.

http://www.pjstar.com/news/20180106/american-eagle-plane-makes-emergency-return-to-peoria-airport

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Plane bumps into Kuwait Airways flight ready for take off at JFK International

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:58

Kuwait Airways flight 118 from New York had a minor accident while on the runway before takeoff from JFK International Airport when another flight bumped into it, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said Saturday. All passengers and crew onboard are safe, reported KUNA, quoting DGCA.

The Boeing 777 was on halt in preparation for takeoff when another plane belonging to a Chinese airline bumped into it. As a result, the plane was rendered inoperable in accordance with international aviation safety regulations, said a DGCA statement.

All passengers were transferred to a hotel until further arrangements are made.
An extreme winter storm is currently hitting the US east coast, which led to the shutting down of airports and the cancellation of about 3,300 flights, mainly JFK. In a statement late Thursday, JFK officials said all international and local flights were suspended due to severe weather conditions.

http://gulfnews.com/news/americas/usa/plane-bumps-into-kuwait-airways-flight-ready-for-take-off-at-jfk-international-1.2152448

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Small Plane Catches Fire at Petaluma Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:56

By NBC Bay Area

The Petaluma Fire Department responded to a small plane on fire Petaluma Municipal Airport on Sunday evening.

At about 6:50 p.m., fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming out of an airport hangar. They pried open the hangar and found a twin-engine airplane fully engulfed in flames, fire officials said.

About 70 gallons of aviation fuel on the plane fed the fire and spilled out onto the floor of the hanger, but the hanger was not burned, fire officials said.

Firefieighters quickly worked to plug up storm drains to prevent the fuel from polluting nearby waterways, they said.

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Small-Plane-Catches-Fire-at-Petaluma-Airport-468272433.html

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2 unhurt after plane crash-lands near airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:54

By Sara Jerde

Two people aboard a single-engine plane escaped injury after the aircraft they were in made a “hard landing” in an open field several miles from Sussex Airport, authorities said Sunday.

The Cessna 172 crash-landed in a field near Cedar Ridge and Meadows Road in Lafayette Township in Sussex County at about 3:45 p.m., said State Police Spokesman Sgt. Lawrence Peele.

The incident occurred about eight miles from the airport.

Peele said the Cessna sustained minor damage.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, he said.

http://www.nj.com/sussex-county/index.ssf/2018/01/no_injuries_reported_after_plane_makes_hard_landin.html

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Hundreds of gallons of fuel spill at Fort Lauderdale airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:53

No flights were affected by leak, officials say

By Tim Swift

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Hundred of gallons of jet fuel spilled Sunday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, officials said.

Battalion Chief Michael Kane, a spokesman for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, said the spill occurred around 1 p.m. at gate E10 as workers tried to refuel a JetBlue aircraft. A good portion of the fuel flowed into a storm drain, which contained most of the spill, Kane said.

The Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue hazardous materials units were on hand to clean up the excess fuel, Kane said. The units were also overseeing foam operations, which suppress harmful vapors.

No one was hurt because of the leak, Kane said.

Gregory Meyer, a spokesman for the airport, said the spill did not affect any flights. He said the plane was empty when the spill occurred.

https://www.local10.com/news/local/fort-lauderdale/hundreds-of-gallons-of-fuel-spill-at-fort-lauderdale-airport

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Today is Friday the 5th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 09:33

Just a couple of stories to finish the week…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!

Tom

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Glider pilot killed in ‘accidental’ mid-air collision with light aircraft over Leicestershire

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 09:30

The 70-year-old pilot was pronounced dead at the scene

A plane crash that killed a glider pilot in Leicestershire has been ruled an accident.

John Christopher Armstrong, was known as Chris to friends and family, died after the glider he was flying collided with another aircraft near to Husbands Bosworth airfield.

The wing of a Cessna plane being flown by student pilot Lee Ball and instructor Nick Cole collided with the wing of the glider at a 60 degree angle after Mr Cole took action to try and avoid a crash.

The 70-year-old’s glider then crashed to the ground and he was pronounced dead at the scene on December 4, 2016.

The jury were advised before being sent out that accidental death was the only conclusion suitable.

Assistant coroner Diane Hocking said: “You must make a conclusion of accidental death, it would not be right for me to give any other options.”

Dr Michael Biggs, a home office registered pathologist based at the East Midlands pathology unit at Leicester University gave evidence during the inquest on Mr Armstrong’s cause of death.

His examinations concluded that the cause of death was a combination of head, chest and spine injuries sustained in the crash.

Both Mr Armstrong and Mr Cole were experienced flyers with more than 1,000 flying hours.

Mr Armstrong, who lived in Huntingdon, had flown the type of glider he flew that day before but as it was not recently he had another instructor brief him on the key points before he set off from Husbands Bosworth airfield.

In their conclusion, the jury said that neither of the aircrafts saw one another in time to avoid the collision.

They also said that no evasive action was taken by Mr Armstrong.

In the cockpit of the Cessna there are a number of instruments that require attention throughout a flight.

During the flight, both the trainee pilot and the instructor were glancing around the aircraft and down at the instruments.

In his evidence to the AAIB investigation into the crash, Lee Ball, the student pilot described looking down to use the plane’s radio, then looking up to see the glider in front of them.

Mr Cole described a similar situation where he was glancing to the side to look for other aircraft and looked back to see the glider.

Mark Ford, an investigator for the AAIB, told the jury that research has shown that pilots often say that they have not seen another aircraft until it has already gone past them.

This is due to the high speed they travel.

In response to the crash threat, Mr Cole steered the Cessna to the left and down in an attempt to avoid the glider.

Neither Mr Cole or Mr Ball saw the glider make any evasive action and data from the glider analysed by the AAIB is consistent with the plane continuing forward.

The weather on the day of the crash was described as good although there was low sun, which would have been facing Mr Armstrong at the time of the crash.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/glider-pilot-killed-accidental-mid-1007771

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UPDATE: Yeager Airport reopen after private aircraft incident

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 09:27

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 8:25 p.m.
Yeager Airport is reopen Thursday night after a private plane had engine failure and landed without landing gear, the airport reports.

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened just after 5 p.m., but it temporarily halted airport traffic as the FAA investigated.

UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 6:10 p.m.
Yeager Airport is closed Thursday evening after a private plane had engine failure and landed without landing gear, the airport reports.

Around 5:05 p.m. the twin engine Piper Aztec aircraft landed without incident.

The pilot was the only person aboard and was not hurt.

Yeager Airport staff is awaiting clearance from the FAA to remove the aircraft.

Passengers should check with their airline before leaving for the airport.

ORIGINAL STORY
Yeager Airport is working to keep all flights running on time as the winter storm approaches the northeast.

Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre announced Thursday morning that all scheduled departures are running on time. The only cancellation was a flight to Philadelphia.

If you are flying out of Yeager Airport, make sure to check in with your airline for updates.

Many airlines are offering travel waivers to passengers scheduled to travel Thursday and Friday due to the forecasted winter weather in the Northeast/Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, according to Yeager Airport officials.

“Yeager Airport’s snow removal team is out in full force, and is diligently working to keep airport roads and the runway clear,” said Sayre.

http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Yeager-Airport-cancels-one-flight-others-running-on-time-despite-winter-storm-468038983.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 09:23

49 Years ago today: On 5 January 1969 an Ariana Afghan Boeing 727 crashed in fog while approaching London-Gatwick Airport, U.K., killing 50 out of 65 occupants and 2 on the ground.

Date: Sunday 5 January 1969 Time: 01:34 UTC Type: Boeing 727-113C Operator: Ariana Afghan Airlines Registration: YA-FAR C/n / msn: 19690/540 First flight: 1968-02-22 (11 months) Total airframe hrs: 1715 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 54 Total: Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 62 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 2 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 2,5 km (1.6 mls) E of London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   United Kingdom) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany Destination airport: London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom Flightnumber: 701

Narrative:
Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 701 departed Kabul on a flight to London-Gatwick. Intermediate stops were made at Kandahar, Beirut, Istanbul and Frankfurt. Prior to leaving Frankfurt the crew obtained the weather information of the London area. The RVR at Gatwick was 100 metres in freezing fog and no improvement was expected before 06:00 UTC the following morning. The visibility at Stansted was 2 km. The aircraft left Frankfurt at 00:36 UTC. After contacting London Airways at 01:13 the crew learned that runway 27 was in use at Gatwick and that the RVR was still 100 metres. The aircraft called Gatwick Approach at 01:27, reporting at FL50. The crew confirmed that they wanted to make an approach and were then cleared to 2,000 feet. The flight was vectored to capture the ILS. At 01:29 hrs the captain told ATC that in the event of a go-around he would proceed to the Mayfield NDB and then to London-Heathrow. Two minutes later, about 8 miles from touchdown the captain informed ATC that the aircraft was established on the ILS localiser. After the undercarriage was lowered the captain asked the flight engineer to warn him if the “stabilizer out of trim” warning light illuminated as it had done before while on approach to Frankfurt. After intercepting the glideslope the descent from 2,000 feet was started. At that point the “stabilizer out of trim” warning light illuminated. The engineer warned the captain who then saw that the autopilot was trimming the aircraft nose-down. Thinking this was wrong he disconnected the autopilot and re-trimmed the aircraft slightly nose-up. The aircraft crossed the ILS outer marker on the glide slope at 01:33 and the captain called for 30° flap, which the co-pilot set. As the flaps extended the rate of descent increased and the aircraft began to go below the glide-slope. The pilots remained unaware of the deviation from the glide-slope for some time. After the copilot called at 400 feet, the captain tried to trim the aircraft nose-up. There seemed to be no response. Both pilots then pulled back on the control column and at the same time the commander applied full power. The aircraft continued to descend and seconds later, as the nose began to rise in response to the application of elevator and power, it brushed through tree tops, knocked a chimney pot off a house, and then collided with tree trunks. This impact removed part of the starboard wing and the aircraft began to roll to the right. The aircraft broke clear of the trees and the starboard main wheels touched the ground in a field. The aircraft became airborne again, still rolling to the right, in a nose high attitude. Then the aft end of the fuselage collided with a house, which it demolished, and the aircraft disintegrated.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: “The accident was the result of the commander inadvertently allowing the aircraft to descend below the glide slope during the final stage of an approach to land until it was too low for recovery to be effected.”

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Small Texas-Bound Aircraft Goes Missing, Possibly Crashed Over Gulf Of Mexico

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:05

BY SHREESHA GHOSH

UPDATE: 11:03 p.m. EST — The Coast Guard is reportedly using a C-130 aircraft in its search for the plane that went missing after leaving Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, according to ABC13.com. Officials said it is not yet known how many people were aboard the aircraft, which can seat four to five people. They are labeling the incident as an “aircraft emergency,” CBS19 reported.

Original story:

A plane that took off from the Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City went missing Wednesday afternoon over the Gulf of Mexico and the Coast Guard sent out search and rescue party for the aircraft.

The plane was a Cirrus SR22, a small aircraft which can seat five people. It was supposed to arrive at an airport in Georgetown, Texas, but radar data showed that the flight kept going and flew south, out over the Gulf of Mexico.

The pilot was unresponsive and the Coast guard reportedly received word of a possible plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, according to NBC affiliate KFOR.

“We are getting ready to send out an aircraft to search the waters off Freeport, TX (due south of Houston right on the Gulf). Our report shows 150 nautical miles off Freeport,” the Coast Guard said.

The Cirrus SR 22 is generally equipped with a parachute system, which requires someone to pull a lever in the event of an emergency. The plane is said to be registered to Abide Aviation LLC out of Edmond, Oklahoma, according to Fox23 News.

Ethan Narber, a pilot and aviation enthusiast, posted on Twitter that fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the plane and noted that the pilot was upright in his seat but unresponsive.

“Definitely a medical incident. So sad,” he added.

The incident occurred just a day after President Donald Trump took credit for 2017 being the safest year in commercial aviation.

“Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “Good news — it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!”

Trump was referring to a study by the Dutch aviation group called To70, which reported that there were no deaths in commercial passenger travel during 2017.

http://www.ibtimes.com/small-texas-bound-aircraft-goes-missing-possibly-crashed-over-gulf-mexico-2636835

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NTSB report details foggy conditions during Christmas Eve plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:04

Josh Solomon, Times staff writer

BARTOW — A report from the National Transportation Safety Board described just how bad the weather conditions were the morning a prominent Polk County lawyer and four others died in a Christmas Eve plane crash.

Dense fog cloaked Bartow Municipal Airport on Dec. 24, clouds hung at just 300 feet and visibility was less than a quarter mile, the report said.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Five dead in Polk County plane crash, deputies say (Dec. 24, 2017)

John Shannon, 70, an instrument-rated pilot, was planning to fly to Key West for a holiday lunch. Joining him in the Cessna 340 were his two daughters, Olivia Shannon, 24; and Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26; Victoria’s husband, Peter Worthington Jr., 27; and family friend Krista Clayton, 32.

The report is preliminary and did not assign cause. It often takes the NTSB a year or more to complete its investigation and publish a final report.

The longtime Lakeland attorney filed an instrument flight plan and received an instrument flight rules clearance from Tampa Air Traffic Control, the report said, though he did not request a weather briefing.

Before he took off, Shannon and the passengers piled into the plane while it was in the hangar. Rather than taxi out under the plane’s own power, though, Shannon asked two airport employees to the plane to the ramp.

“The pilot wanted a tow because he didn’t want to taxi next to the other hangars with the reduced visibility due to the dense fog,” the report said.

Shannon taxied the rest of the way to Runway 9L. The two airport employees said they heard the Cessna take off, but couldn’t see it through the fog.

But shortly after takeoff, they told NTSB investigators, they heard an explosion and drove toward it. They found the plane’s wreckage northeast of the runway, burning.

The plane, owned by Aviation Transportation LLC, which state business records show is registered to Shannon, was completely destroyed.

Another witness, a helicopter pilot, said he recorded video of the plane taxiing through the fog. He, too, heard the plane takeoff, the report said, then heard a “pop.” Three seconds later, the helicopter pilot heard the explosion. He estimated visibility to be between 600 and 800 feet.

The report did not indicate how many total flight hours Shannon accumulated, or how many hours he had in a Cessna 340.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/NTSB-report-details-foggy-conditions-during-Christmas-Eve-plane-crash_164163361

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SkyWest adjusts flight schedule; Quincy officials debate airport fire protection costs

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:02

By Doug Wilson Herald-Whig

Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 10:00 pm Updated: Jan. 2, 2018 10:30 pm

QUINCY — SkyWest Airlines will tweak its arrival-departure schedule at Quincy Regional Airport starting Monday, moving up its morning departure by 13 minutes.

Members of the Quincy Finance Committee heard details of the change Tuesday night while discussing the schedule for firefighters who man the airport fire station during those flights.

“They’re going to have an earlier morning flight, which we see as a good thing for making connections at O’Hare” International Airport, said John “Skip” Bright, Quincy’s director of administrative services.

A city memo indicates that the first flight of the day will arrive in Quincy at 7:25 a.m. Monday through Saturday and depart at 7:55 a.m. — 13 minutes earlier than the previous schedule.

Quincy’s evening arrival will be at 6:01 p.m., and the final arrival will be at 9:21 p.m. Times of departures and arrivals in Chicago, Quincy and Cape Girardeau, Mo., are available on the SkyWest and United Airlines booking sites.

Officials did not immediately know how many additional banks of flights the earlier arrival in O’Hare will make possible.

Marrisa Snow, SkyWest’s director of corporate communications, said schedule changes will help improve connections through O’Hare.

“These are standard adjustments that ensure we’re able to maintain ideal connect times for Quincy travelers,” Snow said.

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said the new schedule will require similar changes in scheduling for firefighters who must be at the airport’s fire station at least 15 minutes before the arrival of a flight, during the plane’s time on the ground, and for at least 15 minutes after a departure.

“We’re bringing in two-man crews for up to two-hour shifts three times a day,” Henning said.

The off-duty firefighters who provide the fire-and-rescue coverage volunteer to be put on the schedule. They are paid an average of $35.99 an hour, which is based on overtime wages for a 23-year firefighter.

The Finance Committee was asked to consider airport firefighter coverage by Alderman Jennifer Lepper, R-5. Lepper hopes the city can cut its costs from the projected $143,000 annual outlay that was factored into the city’s budget.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires at least two firefighters with airline rescue training be on duty whenever a regularly scheduled plane with seating for 31 or more passengers arrives or departs from an airport. SkyWest is serving Quincy with 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ-200s

“Is there a solution for next year?” Lepper asked Tuesday.

Henning said the city would need to either hire more firefighters or reopen negotiations on the three-year contract with the union representing firefighters to seek changes. Henning said the city is operating with nine fewer firefighters and two fewer pumpers than when he became fire chief in 2009. Fire protection at the airport also must be provided by members of Firefighters Local 63.

“I’m not comfortable taking a fire station out of service to send it out to the airport” for each flight, Henning said.

He added that because of the time of shift changes at 7 a.m., crews would not be able to meet FAA requirements if they followed the city’s contract language.

Lepper cast the only Finance Committee vote against recommending to the full Quincy City Council that additional funds be transferred to the airport budget to cover fire protection costs. Aldermen Tony Sassen, R-4, Richie Reis, D-6, and Jack Holtschlag, D-7, voted in favor of the motion.

http://www.whig.com/20180102/skywest-airlines-adjusts-flight-schedule-quincy-officials-debate-airport-fire-protection-costs#//

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FAA SAFO Addresses Runway Collisions

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:00

Updates Procedures For Crossing Runways To Reduce Risks

The FAA has released a SAFO (Safety Alert for Operators) to warn pilots of high-risk category A or B runway incursions, and potential collisions in the first two-thirds (2/3) of an active runway.

A Category A runway incursion is a serious incident in which a collision is narrowly avoided. A Category B runway incursion is an incident in which separation decreases and there is a significant potential for collision, which may result in a time-critical corrective/evasive response to avoid a collision. 

The diagram above (generic) shows data (depicting FY14 to FY16 Category A and B incursions) from Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) alerts when aircraft or vehicles crossed prior to an arriving or departing aircraft passing the point of intended crossing. A very high percentage of the time Category A or B runway incursions, and the highest risk of collisions, occur in the first two-thirds of a runway.

In an attempt to decrease the risk of Category A and B runway incursions, the following procedure will be added to FAA Order JO 7110.65, paragraph 3-7-2, Taxi and Ground Movement Operations:

“Crossing of active runway(s) by aircraft/vehicle(s): 1. During departure operations, ensure that aircraft/vehicles intending to cross a runway do not cross the runway holding position markings until the controller visually observes the departure aircraft in a turn, or the departure aircraft has passed the point where the crossing aircraft/vehicle is located, regardless of altitude, unless authorized in FAA Order JO 7110.65, 3-10-10, Altitude Restricted Low Approach.”

Pilot Actions:

  • Actively listen to Air Traffic Control (ATC);
  • Maintain high awareness of runway hold lines;
  • Remain clear of the runway hold lines unless you are certain you have received a clearance to cross the runway, line up and wait (LUAW), or takeoff;
  • Ensure there is no aircraft that could overfly your aircraft and that the runway is completely clear before entering it for takeoff; and
  • After receiving a LUAW clearance, expect a communication from ATC within 90 seconds. (Reference AC 120-74(7)(c)(9) and AC 91-73, Appendix 3).

Vehicle and Aircraft Tug/Towing Driver Actions:

  • Actively monitor ATC;
  • Maintain high awareness of runway hold lines;
  • Remain clear of runway hold lines unless certain you have received a clearance to cross the runway;
  • Clear left and right before you begin to cross; and
  • Review airport driver training materials for your specific airport regarding airport signage and markings, HOT SPOT locations, and construction.

Operator Actions:

  • Individuals authorized to taxi an aircraft, other than pilots, must per Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 139 § 139.329 (e) attend the driver training course for the specific airport. (Reference AC 150/5210-20);
  • Ensure that all training events and training programs include runway incursion prevention; and Track runway incursion trends to determine the need for a review of causes and current practices.

(Source: FAA)

FMI: SAFO 

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Ryanair passenger leapt out the emergency exit ‘because he was suffering an asthma attack and staff wouldn’t listen’ after flight from London was held on Malaga tarmac for an hour

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:58

By Gerard Couzens and Khaleda Rahman For Mailonline

A Ryanair passenger who shocked fellow travellers when he forced his way out of the plane’s emergency exit was suffering from having an asthma attack and needed air, a fellow passenger has claimed.

The man, reportedly a 57-year-old Polish national called Victor, ended up perching on the wing of flight FR8164 as it sat on the tarmac at Malaga airport having landed an hour late from London. 

Passengers were then reportedly left waiting another 30 minutes to disembark when they arrived at around 11pm with no information as to why they were delayed.

He allegedly became frustrated when the plane was delayed by almost an hour leaving Stansted Airport on New Year’s Day.

The Polish man, who lives in Malaga, remembered his hand luggage, but was eventually talked into getting back on board by anxious ground staff worried he was going to jump and held until he was arrested by local police.

But Raj Mistry, who was sitting next to the man on the plane, told Mail Online the man decided to take drastic action because he desperately needed air – but security wouldn’t listen to him.

He said he’d witnessed the man – whose wife was waiting for him at the airport – using his inhaler a number of times on the flight.

‘It seems nobody noticed that the man who decided to exit the plane was suffering from asthma,’ Mr Mistry said.

‘He needed air, hence he decided to exit the plane but Civil Guards didn’t want to listen to what he had to say.’

He added: ‘I was talking to him throughout the flight and there was a few times he was using his inhaler. He also took medication just before the flight took off.

‘When he used his inhaler the second time, A asked him if he is OK, he replied he’s OK, he hates flying and struggles to breathe.

‘He chuckled at one point saying, ‘If I don’t take [the inhaler] with me, I’ll be in heaven sooner than you know it.’

Mr Mistry added: ‘I feel for the man. He was sitting right next to me on the plane and I had a lengthy chat with him.

‘He told me he suffers from asthma. He got up all of a sudden and decided to leave. I don’t blame him.’

Mr Mistry added: ‘If a plane is at a standstill for over 30 minutes and you have no freedom and a health condition, you are bound to do something.’

He said the man doesn’t deserve the backlash he’s received online, adding: ‘If only they knew about his condition, they’d probably understand.

‘I really hope they don’t fine him.’

A spokesman for Ryanair said: ‘This airport security breach occurred after landing in Malaga airport on January 1. 

‘Malaga airport police immediately arrested the passenger in question and since this was a breach of Spanish safety and security regulations, it is being dealt with by the Spanish authorities.’

Another passenger, Fernando Del Valle Villalobos, told Mail Online: ‘This man decided he wasn’t going to wait any longer.

‘He activated the emergency door and left, saying, ‘I’m going via the wing’. It was surreal.’

Mr Del Valle Villalobos, who filmed the man’s rash exit, added: ‘He was sat on the wing for quite a while until the crew managed to get him back inside.’

One of the passengers could be overheard saying. ‘What a f***ing star, he’s off’ in Spanish as the man was filmed trying to jump down from the wing with a thick coat on and a travel bag beside him.

He appeared to be talking to ground staff trying to dissuade him from going any further.

Mr Del Valle Villalobos added: ‘I don’t know why he did it. He must have just lost it and it was the first thing that came into his head.’

The incident happened just after 11pm on Monday when Ryanair flight FR8164, which should have left London Stansted just before 7pm but left nearer 8pm, touched down in the Costa del Sol capital.

Civil Guard officers recorded the man’s name and age so they could report him for an infraction against airport security.

He is expected to be hit with a hefty fine which will be at least four figures and possibly more.

It was not immediately clear if the infraction had been logged as serious which would land the Polish national with the heaviest level of fine.

One social media user, commenting on the footage, said: ‘Human stupidity of the highest level. Another one who should never be allowed back on a plane for the rest of his life.’

Karen Guianella added: ‘It’s amazing what people can end up doing.’

A police source said: ‘We responded to a call from Ryanair staff on flight FR8164 from London saying a man had opened an emergency door and had walked out onto the wing.

‘The pilot filed a formal complaint as is standard procedure and handed officers a copy of it.’

In August 2016, a Bolivian-born Spanish immigrant made headlines round the world after being filmed sprinting across a runway to catch his flight, mistakenly thinking he was just about to miss it.

Fast food worker Cesar Saucedo, 24, protagonised an incredible security breach by jumping off a disconnected jet bridge at Madrid Airport and dashing towards a plane preparing to take off.

He managed to make his flight to the holiday island of Gran Canaria but was intercepted by police when he reached his destination.

Brother-in-law Juan Diana told afterwards how Cesar’s family were still trying to come to terms with what the viral video footage they’d seen – and admitted he had no doubt he would have been shot if he had tried something similar in the States.

He also revealed his in-law ran down the wrong jet bridge after confusing a plane about to leave with his Ryanair flight which wasn’t due to take off for another hour.

Local reports at the time said Cesar could be fined anything up to £38,000 but it is not known if he had to pay up the monster amount.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5229605/Ryanair-passenger-jumps-emergency-exit-WING.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:48

10 Years ago today: On 4 January 2008 a Transaven Let L-410 crashed into the sea off Los Roques, Venezuela killing 14 occupants.

Date: Friday 4 January 2008 Time: ca 09:40 Type: Let L-410UVP-E3 Operator: Transaven Registration: YV2081 C/n / msn: 872015 First flight: 1987 Engines:Walter M-601E Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Passengers: Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12 Total: Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 11 km (6.9 mls) S off Los Roques Airport (LRV) (   Venezuela) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela Destination airport: Los Roques Airport (LRV/SVRS), Venezuela

Narrative:
While descending for Los Roques, the pilot radioed that both engines had failed. At that moment he was at 3000 feet, 64 nm from Caracas on the 024 degrees radial. It seems the pilot attempted to ditch in the Los Roques archipelago.
The wreckage was not located until a new search operation was started in 2013 using the Sea Scout, a 134-foot survey vessel. The Venezuelan Attorney General reported on June 20, 2013 that the airplane had been successfully located six nautical miles off the coast of Los Roques, at a depth of about 3,200 feet (974 meters).

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MiG-29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy skid off the runway at Goa airport and caught fire

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 07:37

A MiG-29 K fighter jet of the navy overshot the runway at Goa airport and crashed today. The pilot, a trainee, managed to eject safely from the aircraft, which caught fire after crashing.

The operations at the airport located inside the naval base resumed after a brief halt, a senior airport official said, adding that firefighting is in progress. Goa airport operates from the naval base INS Hansa.

A statement from the Defence Ministry spokesperson said the incident occurred when the fighter jet, manned by a trainee pilot, veered off runway this afternoon.

Some flights were delayed at Goa Airport as the runway was closed for operations for a brief period due to the navy’s urgent operational requirements, Goa airport authorities said.

This is the first MiG-29 to be lost by the navy which operates the jet off the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

The fighter jet will also be deployed off the INS Vikrant, the first indigenous aircraft carrier being built for the Navy.

https://www.ruaviation.com/news/2018/1/3/10538/?h

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