Aeromedical/Aviation

Light Aircraft Crash Forces Closure at Isla Grande Airport in Puerto Rico

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:44

Two people being treated for serious injuries, while officials investigate the cause.

By Ashley Burns

Already on the scene as part of around-the-clock emergency relief and aid efforts in Puerto Rico, the FAA is now investigating an incident that has Isla Grande Airport closed today. At approximately 11 a.m. local time, a Cessna crashed, resulting in “serious injuries” to the pilot and co-pilot, who were the only people in the airplane. Their identity is currently unknown, but the plane is registered to an owner in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

An airport employee told local media that a gust of wind, or “blast,” caused the plane to flip as it was landing. A person who shared a video of the crash scene on Facebook said military helicopters caused the gust, adding that the two men suffered chest and head trauma.

The aircraft reportedly crashed near the hangar of the National Guard, and after receiving treatment from the air rescue unit, the pilot and co-pilot were transferred to a medical center by helicopter. There was reportedly no cargo.

The director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority told reporters that the airport will reopen when the FAA has completed its investigation.

Like Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, people have gathered at Isla Grande Airport, looking to escape Maria’s devastation. Isla Grande has also been crucial in offering access to GA pilots running relief missions.

http://www.flyingmag.com/light-aircraft-crash-forces-closure-at-isla-grande-airport-in-puerto-rico

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Man airlifted to hospital after crashing aircraft in Atascosa County

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:37

ATASCOSA COUNTY — Atatscosa County deputies say a man has been injured and airlifted to the hospital after crashing his ultralight helicopter.

The crash happened at about 3:00 p.m. near Farm-to-Market 541 and County Road 417 near McCoy.

Deputies said the pilot hit some power lines and instantly went down. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.

Atascosa County deputies and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the scene. The man’s identity has not been released.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to take over the investigation soon.

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/man-airlifted-to-hospital-after-crashing-aircraft-in-atascosa-county

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:35

71 Years ago today: On 3 October 1946 an American Overseas Douglas C-54 crashed near Stephenville, killing all 39 occupants.

Date: Thursday 3 October 1946 Time: 05:03 Type: Douglas C-54E-5-DO (DC-4) Operator: American Overseas Airlines Registration: NC90904 C/n / msn: 27290 First flight: 1945 Total airframe hrs: 3731 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2000-9 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31 Total: Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 11,4 km (7.1 mls) NE of Stephenville-Harmon AAB, NF (YJT) (   Canada) Crash site elevation: 354 m (1161 feet) amsl Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Stephenville AAB, NF (YJT/CYJT), Canada Destination airport: Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland

Narrative:
The DC-4, named “Flagship New England”, departed New York-LaGuardia (LGA) at 12:14 on October 2, 1946 bound for Shannon (SNN), Ireland and Berlin, Germany. Prior to crossing the Atlantic, an intermediate stop was planned at Gander. Poor visibility at Gander forced the crew to land at their alternate, Stephenville-Harmon Field. The DC-4 arrived there at 16:30. In order to provide the necessary crew rest, a 12-hour stopover was made with a scheduled departure at 04:45. The flight was cleared to taxi to runway 30 for departure. As the wind appeared to be from 90 degrees at 9 kts, the tower operator advised the crew to taxi to runway 07 instead. At the time of the takeoff the ceiling was reported 5,000 feet, overcast; visibility 10 miles. Neither moon nor stars were visible through the overcast as the flight took off towards unlit terrain. It was general practice for flights using runway 07 to turn right immediately after takeoff to avoid rising terrain. After takeoff the DC-4 continued in a straight line and collided with a steep ridge at an elevation of 1160 feet, 7,1 miles past the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The action of the pilot in maintaining the direction of take-off toward higher terrain over which adequate clearance could not be gained.”

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50 Dead, 100s Injured In Las Vegas Shooting

Flightsafetynet.com - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 09:56
— Suspected “lone wolf” shooter was killed by police on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino

LAS VEGAS — A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Cosino unleashed a shower of bullets on an outdoor country music festival, killing at least 50 people as tens of thousands ran for their lives, officials said Monday.

Associated Press

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

More than 400 victims were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

Country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in front of a crowd of 22,000 when the gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

The gunman was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada.

SWAT teams quickly descended on the concert and the casino, and officers used explosives to get into the hotel room where the suspect was inside, authorities said.

“What we are going to try to do as best we can is to get our first responders back on their feet and responding and conducting a proper investigation to ensure that we have the safety of this community at heart,” Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

Aldean was in the middle of a song when the shots came rapidly: Pop-pop-pop-pop. Video of the shooting then showed Aldean stopping and the crowd getting quiet as if it were unsure of what had just happened.

The gunman paused and then fired another volley, the muzzle flashes visible from the casino, as more victims fell to the ground while others fled in panic. Some hid behind concession stands, while others crawled under parked cars.

Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said the music stopped temporarily when the first shots began and the tune even started up again before the second round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

“It was the craziest stuff I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Yazzie said. “You could hear that the noise was coming from west of us, from Mandalay Bay. You could see a flash- flash- flash- flash.”

As the bullets ran rampant, thousands in the crowd fled in every direction. Couples held hands running through the dirt lot. Faces were brushed with shock and confusion, tears and screams. Some were bloodied and others were carried out by fellow concert-goers.

Monique Dumas from British Columbia, Canada, said she was at the concert, six rows from the stage, when she thought she heard a bottle breaking, and then a burst of popping sounds that may have been fireworks.

She said as she made her way out, it was “organized chaos” as everyone fled. “It took four to five minutes and all that time there was gunfire.”

In addition to Paddock, police said they located a woman who may have been his roommate — Marilou Danley, 62. Lombardo said they believe this was a “lone wolf” attack.

“It’s a devastating time,” Lombardo said.

More details and photos available at CNN.com.

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Today is Monday the 2nd of October, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:14

We start the day listening and watching reports of more than 50 dead and over 400 injured after a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a concert on the strip in Las Vegas. Our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this horrific event!

Now here are the ARFF stories from this weekend…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Officials: Navy T-45 Jet Crashes in Tennessee National Forest

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:03

TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. — Officials say a U.S. Navy plane crashed in the Cherokee National Forest in southeastern Tennessee.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director David Chambers tells the Knoxville News Sentinel the crash occurred Sunday afternoon in Tellico Plains, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Knoxville.

Chambers says the field of debris is estimated to be at least a half-mile long.

The Navy confirms in a statement that a T-45C Goshawk aircraft was training in the area and had not returned to its Mississippi base by late Sunday. The statement says two pilots were on board and their status is unknown.

In April, the Navy grounded a fleet of T-45C Goshawks amid reports of problems with the cockpit oxygen systems.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/10/02/officials-navy-t-45-jet-crashes-tennessee-national-forest.html

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Air France A380 Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Blows Apart

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:01

An Airbus SE A380 superjumbo operated by Air France was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Canada after one of its four engine broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean. 

The aircraft was flying from Paris to Los Angeles when the “serious incident” occurred, prompting the pilots to land in Goose Bay, Labrador, the airline said Sunday in a statement. No one on Air France Flight 66 was hurt and arrangements have been made to get the 497 passengers to California, the airline said. Airbus and France’s BEA air-accident investigation bureau dispatched a team of experts to Canada to investigate the aircraft, they said.

While engine malfunctions aren’t uncommon, so-called uncontained failures, when the protective outer part of the power plant known as the cowling rips apart, are. Such explosions are more serious because it can cause catastrophic damage to the wing holding fuel or the hydrolics that control the flaps. The Air France plane’s jet turbines are made by Engine Alliance, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Pratt & Whitney Corp. The Alliance said on Twitter that it is aware of the Saturday incident and looking into it.

Photos posted by passengers online showed the outer of the two engines under the right wing with extensive damage, and the entire frontal ring of the cowling missing. Pratt & Whitney is owned by United Technologies Corp. and the manufacturer also equips the Airbus A320neo with upgraded engines, while GE and partner Safran SA offer a rival product.

The incident is the most severe since Qantas Airways Ltd. in 2010 grounded all six of its A380 aircraft after an inflight explosion on one of the plane’s engines. Those power plants were made by Rolls-Royce Group Plc, whose Trent 900 model is the other engine of choice on the A380. The Qantas jet was out of service for 18 months for repairs and retesting. 

The A380 is among the increasingly rare breed of airliners powered by four engines. The other two aircraft still in use are the Boeing 747, as well as the A340, which is no longer produced. Airlines now favor two-engine models because they are more fuel efficient, and twin-turbine aircraft have become more reliable even after a malfunction of one engine. Aircraft like the Airbus A350 are certified to fly for several hours on just one engine to reach the next airport for emergency landings.

After a decade in service Airbus has slowed output of the A380, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft, to just one plane a month. Air France operates 10 of the aircraft. The biggest user of the double decker is Emirates, which uses mainly Engine Alliance turbines for the plane, but has switched lately to the Rolls-Royce model.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-01/air-france-a380-makes-emergency-landing-after-engine-blows-apart

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Helicopter crashes killing grandfather, grandson survives

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:56

MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) – (10/01/17) – A 76-year-old grandfather died when his helicopter crashed in Midland County Sunday.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson said his 16-year-old grandson, the only other person on board, survived and only had minor injuries.

The man was identified as Paul Pangborn of Midland.

The crash happened on 11 Mile Road north of M-20 and south of Olson Road just after 2:45 p.m.

The teen told investigators the helicopter had lifted off, and he felt there may have been a change in the wind. It knocked the helicopter on it’s side, broke the rotors and smashed the windshield. The helicopter then went into a tailspin and crashed.

Pangborn later died at the hospital.

The sheriff said Pangborn had flown to his grandson’s birthday party and had just picked him up when the crash happened.

The helicopter was a Brantly-Hynes 1965 Model B-2 Single Engine, according to Stephenson.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be taking over the investigation.

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Helicopter-crashes-killing-grandfather-grandson-survives-448965023.html

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Plane crash, no one hurt

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:54

A single-engine plane carrying two passengers overshot the runway during an attempt to land at Block Island Airport and crashed in the field across Center Road.

A New Shoreham police officer at the scene said the two passengers were not seriously injured.

The plane was in several pieces, and the fence surrounding the airport was damaged, as was the guardrail on the other side of the street, which looked like it had been clipped.

The accident happened just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1 — Lars Trodson

http://www.blockislandtimes.com/article/plane-crash-no-one-hurt/50862

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Police: No injuries in Dover-area plane mishap

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:52

A small airplane overshot the runway at Chandelle Estates Airport near Dover late Saturday morning and ended up on Del. 9.

Neither the pilot nor a passenger on board was injured, according to Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

The plane reportedly was attempting to land in gusty winds when it failed to come to a stop. The aircraft has been described by witnesses as a 1971 Cessna 172 Skyhawk, a four-seat, single-engine aircraft.

Fournier said the plane’s propeller front landing gear of the plane sustained some damage in the mishap.

Del. 9 between Silver Leaf Drive and White Oak Road was closed for about 90 minutes while the plane was removed from the roadway.

The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration, Fournier said.

Chandelle Estates Airport at 114 Kruser Blvd. is a privately owned facility northeast of Dover that is open to the public. The airport has a 2,500-foot runway but does not provide traffic control services, according to the FAA website.

The airport is located less than 5 miles from Dover International Speedway where the NASCAR Xfinity Series race is set to being at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2017/09/30/police-no-injuries-dover-area-plane-mishap/719640001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

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2 planes strike each other at Reagan National

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:49

By Abigail Constantino

WASHINGTON — Two arriving planes clipped each other at a Virginia airport.

Two American Airlines planes, one arriving from Miami and the other from Dallas, struck each other while taxiing at Reagan National Airport Saturday morning.

The left wing of one airplane struck the left horizontal stabilizer of the other.

Airport operations and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue responded. The planes were inspected and towed to the gates, where passengers disembarked, said MWAA spokesman Andrew Trull in a statement.

There were no reported injuries or impact to airport operations.

2 planes strike each other at Reagan National

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Plane crash near Quilcene kills one

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:46

SARAH SHARP

QUILCENE — A small passenger airplane crash in the Buck Mountain area near Quilcene killed one person and injured another, officials said Saturday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office did not release by Saturday the identities of the two people who were aboard the plane when it crashed Friday night.

Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Haas, who acts as the county coroner, said he could not confirm that next of kin had been notified and therefore would not release identifying information.

“That has probably been accomplished by now but I’m not in a position to confirm,” Haas said in an email.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report about a plane crash in the Buck Mountain area near Quilcene at about 10:38 p.m. Friday, according to a press release.

The 9-1-1 caller was one of the two people in the aircraft.

When search and rescue teams arrived, one person was dead and the second was treated for injuries and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the release.

Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Quilcene Fire &Rescue and Brinnon Fire Department searched the area based on GPS location. They requested assistance from Naval Base Whidbey Island and Rescue 75, the Navy’s search and rescue helicopter.

Chief Criminal Deputy Art Frank of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said the location within the Olympic National Forest was extremely remote. Due to thick trees and cloud cover, the teams could not find the airplane.

However, search teams from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Olympic Mountain Rescue hiked into the remote area and found the two people.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash. The board could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Plane crash near Quilcene kills one

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DPS: Plane crashes in Hill County, trapping pilot upside down

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:45

HILL COUNTY – A small plane crash-landed off FM 67 near Itasca in Hill County Friday afternoon.

Colorado pilot Steve Thompson, 57, was flying a 2004 experimental two-seater plane from Colorado to Houston and ran out of fuel.

After realizing he would not have enough fuel to reach a landing strip nearby, the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in a plowed field but got caught in some ONCOR power lines, according to DPS Sgt. D.L. Wilson. The power lines caused the plane to flip multiple times and crash down on the ground, trapping the pilot in the cockpit — upside down, Wilson explained.

The Colorado pilot called 911 for help, and firefighters were able to get him out. He was treated at the scene and was not transported to the hospital, Wilson said.

Thompson shared his first thoughts following the crash with Channel 6 News.

“First thought that crossed my mind was… wow I’m alive,” Thompson said. “I don’t even feeling any pain. Oh, wait a minute… what if this thing catches fire? Oh… there’s no gas.”

Then, Thompson got in touch with his loved ones.
“I did finally get to talk to (my wife), it was real good,” Thompson said. “Obviously, she was concerned and… I’m glad to be alive.”

He did not suffer any major injuries.

DPS and the FAA are investigating the crash.

http://www.kcentv.com/news/local/dps-plane-crashes-in-hill-county-trapping-pilot-upside-down/479612330

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:43

46 Years ago today: On 2 October 1971 a BEA Vickers Vanguard crashed near Aarsele (Belgium) following rupture of the rear pressure bulkhead, killing all 63 occupants.

Date: Saturday 2 October 1971 Time: 10:10 UTC Type: Vickers 951 Vanguard Operator: British European Airways – BEA Registration: G-APEC C/n / msn: 706 First flight: 1959-10-17 (12 years) Total airframe hrs: 21683 Cycles: 17261 Engines:Rolls-Royce Tyne 506 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55 Total: Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 63 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 1 km (0.6 mls) E of Aarsele (   Belgium) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom Destination airport: Salzburg-W. A. Mozart Airport (SZG/LOWS), Austria Flightnumber: 706

Narrative:
En route from London (LHR) to Salzburg (SZG) at an altitude 19000 feet the rear pressure bulkhead ruptured. An explosive decompression of the fuselage occurred, causing serious interior damage and severe distortion of upper tailplane skin attachments. The tail surfaces subsequently detached, causing the airplane to enter a steep dive. The Vanguard spiraled down out of control and crashed in a field next to a highway.
During the investigation corrosion was found in the lower part of the rear pressure bulkhead underneath plating that was bonded to the structure. The bond was completely delaminated in this area and the bulkhead material literally eaten away. Fluid contamination, perhaps from the lavatory, was thought to have been the root cause for the corrosion.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: “The accident was caused by the rupture of the rear pressure bulkhead, which led to the separation both tailplanes in flight and caused the aircraft to dive into the ground.”

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Announcing The “Fly Like A Girl” Breast Cancer Awareness 5th Anniversary Design

Flightsafetynet.com - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 08:56

Copy of Press Release from EMS Flight Safety Network:

EMS Flight Safety Network, the people who keep air medical safe, releases its 5th Anniversary breast cancer awareness “Fly LIke A Girl” design on October 1, 2017. Further information can be found at http://flightsafetynet.com.

Announcing The “Fly Like A Girl” Breast Cancer Awareness 5th Anniversary Design

EMS Flight Safety Network is scheduled to release its 2017 breast cancer awareness design on Sunday, October 1st. Every year since 2012, EMS Flight Safety Network has released a new breast cancer awareness design, which fans and consumers within Emergency Medical Services, Air Medical, Fire and Police services anxiously await each year. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Fly-Like-A-Girl breast cancer awareness campaign.

Here are five little known facts about the 2017 Fly-Like-A-Girl design:

The idea for creating the Fly-Like-A-Girl Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts and Hoodies came about after a local paramedic lost her battle with breast cancer. Everyone who knew this paramedic, loved this paramedic. She was a great mother, sister, daughter, educator and caregiver. At the request of her family, her name remains anonymous, but her memory honors all who continue the fight against breast cancer. Each year, a new Fly-Like-A-Girl design symbolizes the continued fight. The Fly-Like-A-Girl campaign brings attention and awareness to a treatable and curable disease when discovered in early stages. EMS and air medical crews understand the benefits of early detection and diagnosis better than most. As professional caregivers, they see first-hand the lives early detection saves.

A new design is released every year with input from the EMS Flight Safety Network community, a network of professionals that boasts a followership in excess of 216,000 members. EMS Flight Safety Network is the people who keep air medical safe. The community is large in numbers, but still maintains a family-like focus and concern for fellow EMS, Fire, Police and air medical professionals. The annual Fly-Like-A-Girl breast cancer awareness campaign is just one example.

The Fly-Like-A-Girl designs almost didn’t see the light of day. EMS Flight Safety Network almost dissolved in 2009, a year after the air medical industry experienced the highest accident record in its history. A team focus beyond flight nurses, flight medics and EMS pilots (EMS flight crews) is what kept it alive. EMS Flight Safety Network grew bigger than the aircrews who staff the helicopters and airplanes. It now includes EMTs, paramedics, nurses, firefighters, registered respiratory therapists, dispatchers, mechanics, pilots, flight communication specialists, hospital security, trauma doctors, specialty transport teams, as well as the family and friends who support these professionals. This extended family of caregivers and lifesavers is the reason EMS Flight Safety Network continues today.

EMS Flight Safety Network is different than other businesses and services in the Emergency Medical Services space. The Fly-Like-A-Girl breast cancer awareness design is the only breast cancer awareness design made especially for EMS, rescue services and the people who support these professionals.

The Fly-Like-A Girl Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts and Hoodies will be released as part of EMS Flight Safety Network’s greater plans to get everyone to “Fly-Like-A-Girl.” It’s hoped this goal will be achieved by 2025.

EMS Flight Safety Network got it’s start when Founder Troy Shaffer noticed a growing need for caregivers to look out for other caregivers. Breast cancer affects EMS and air medical professionals just like the patients they treat. The founder is a career EMS and rescue services professional. He is a prior Army medic, Army pilot, Coast Guard pilot and EMS pilot. Troy Shaffer founded EMS Flight Safety Network in 2012.

Troy Shaffer is quoted saying: “We share tips and advice about how to become a flight nurse, flight medic or EMS pilot. If your passion is to fly air medical, we’ll help you reach your goals faster than doing it all on your own. The annual breast cancer awareness campaign is just another way EMS and air medical family looks out for its own.”

Fly-Like-A-Girl Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts and Hoodies are set to launch Sunday, October 1st. To find out more, it’s possible to visit http://shop.flightsafetynet.com

For more facts and further information about EMS Flight Safety Network, this can be discovered at http://flightsafetynet.com

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Man Travels The World In Ambulance Makeover

Flightsafetynet.com - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:10
—Ian Dow said an epiphany inspired him to buy the ambulance.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A man is traveling the world in an ambulance he renovated.

ABC News reported that Ian Dow bought the ambulance for $2,800 on eBay.

Dow said he was originally searching for a van to convert.

“After getting burned by a Craigslist seller — he backed out after I drove 12 hours to buy his Sprinter — I was depressed and I crashed my motorcycle. Then I had an epiphany. I was in pain and needed some emergency help. Sitting on the couch that night with a busted shoulder, I searched eBay for ambulances, found a cheap one, and even Google Earthed the charity listed as the seller, finding the ambulance parked right outside.”

Dow said after putting some work into it, including a sundeck on the roof, the ambulance makes him “comfortable and happy.”

“Considering the Sprinter would have cost me $8,000, I felt like I got a screamin’ deal,” said Dow. “I finished it with materials I like. The teak floors, subway tiled kitchen, exotic hardwood table, cedar-lined closet, bamboo cutting surfaces and guitar inlay accents all keep a smile on my face.”

How does he make a living to pay for his travels?

“I have been on the move for 10 years now and haven’t had a steady job the whole time,” he said. “I once was an art director on a film, a set designer and fabricator, an artist manager, music producer, graphic designer, painter. Life on the road is surprisingly cheap and I manage to survive with very little funds.”

His advice for others looking to do something similar?

“Just do it,” he said.

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Today is Friday the 29th of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:19

We close out the week with the following stories…

Have a safe weekend,

Tom

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Pilot dies after experimental aircraft crashes

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:16

UMATILLA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – The pilot of a an experimental aircraft died following a crash on Thursday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded to 38335 North County Road 44A in Umatilla at approximately 11:21 a.m. after reports were received that an aircraft had crashed.  One person on board the aircraft was located and that person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Witnesses describe hearing a loud pop, and I believe they actually reported seeing some of the parts flying off,” explained Lt. John Herrell, with the Sheriff’s Office. “Ultimately, the aircraft came to rest near the wood line … luckily, no one on the ground was injured.”

http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/pilot-dies-after-experimental-aircraft-crashes

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Westchester Police helicopter makes emergency landing in Alpine

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:15

No injuries were reported Thursday after a Westchester County Police helicopter made an emergency landing in Alpine while trying to find two lost hikers, officials said.

The county’s aviation unit was assisting with the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police search for two missing people, when the pilots radioed they had to land in the parking lot at State Line Lookout at 10:17 a.m., the parkway police said in a statement. They landed  because of smoke in the cockpit.

The helicopter made a “hard landing, skidding approximately 30 feet before coming to rest,” parkway police said. The local Alpine Fire Department arrived to the scene and found no fire.

The helicopter will be towed back to Westchester, a Westchester County Police spokesperson said.

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police said Wednesday night the department was searching for two lost hikers north of State Line Lookout. On Thursday, they found Sin Kim and Jeung Kim, both 75, just after 12:15 p.m. They refused medical aid.

LoHud.com reporter Matt Spillane contributed to this story.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/alpine/2017/09/28/westchester-police-helicopter-makes-emergency-landing-alpine/712031001/

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US Navy rescues two civilians from downed aircraft in Caribbean

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:14

By LUIS MARTINEZ

A U.S. Navy helicopter on Thursday rescued two civilians whose private aircraft crashed into the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Dominica. 

The two civilian passengers aboard the aircraft are being treated aboard the USS Wasp, the Navy amphibious assault ship that is assisting with relief efforts off the island battered by Hurricane Maria.

“Today, USS Wasp was contacted by French Coast Guard today via bridge-to-bridge radio that a blue and white civilian Cessna with two persons on board was reported to be going down in the Caribbean,” said Commander Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Fleet Forces Command.

The Cessna had crashed at approximately 1:30 pm off the coast of Dominica. A MH-60S helicopter from the Wasp located the two male passengers aboard the Cessna four hours later after a 45-minute search.

The two survivors, both males in their early fifties, are from French Guadeloupe and Antiqua.

They were taken to the USS Wasp where they are being treated by the ship’s medical department.

“They are both in good condition,” said Kafka. He described the two men as being “mostly dehydrated.”

The amphibious assault ship is part of Joint Task Force – Leewards Islands, the U.S. military effort to assist Dominica a week after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s dwellings.

The ship had earlier participated in relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/us-navy-rescues-civilians-downed-aircraft-caribbean/story?id=50167447

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