Aeromedical/Aviation

Airliner Reportedly Narrowly Avoids Hitting Glider

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:11

Incident Occurred Near O’Hare International Airport

A United Airlines Boeing 737 en route to Chicago O’Hare International Airport from Vancouver in Canada on Monday reportedly had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with a glider near the destination airport.

The CBC reports that the FAA said in an emailed statement that the captain of United Flight 246 reported seeing the glider near Rockford, IL. The Boeing climbed 400 feet to avoid hitting the sailplane, according to the email.

The pilot also reportedly took other evasive action to avoid the collision. Passenger Callum Snape said plane entered a steep right bank without warning to the passengers. “”No one screamed, but it was enough that many people grabbed their seats and their armrests. I couldn’t see what was happening, but I knew that it was out of the ordinary,” he said.

Obviously, the image captured from the website Flight Radar shows in initial left turn at the Wisconsin-Illinois border. In Twitter comments, Snape said that his reference to a right turn was the second turn in the flight path. A tight loop to the right is shown just north of Rockford, IL.

The FAA said that the incident is under investigation.

(Image from Flight Radar)

FMI: Original Storywww.faa.gov

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:10

58 Years ago today: On 29 September 1959 a Braniff Lockheed L-188 crashed near Buffalo, killing all 34 on board.

Date: Tuesday 29 September 1959 Time: 23:09 Type: Lockheed L-188A Electra Operator: Braniff International Airways Registration: N9705C C/n / msn: 1090 First flight: 1959 Total airframe hrs: 132 Engines:Allison 501-D13 Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28 Total: Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 6 km (3.8 mls) ESE of Buffalo, TX (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Houston (unknown airport), TX, United States of America Destination airport: Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL), United States of America Flightnumber: 542

Narrative:
Flight 542 departed the ramp at Houston at 22:37, 22 minutes behind schedule. The delayed departure was due to a mechanical discrepancy involving No. 3 generator. This generator was inoperative on arrival of N9705C at Houston. Prior to departure from Houston the Nos. 3 and 4 voltage regulators were interchanged. The estimated time en route to Dallas was 41 minutes.
The flight was given an IFR clearance which was to the Leona omni, via Victor Airway 13 west to the Gulf Coast intersection, direct to Leona, to maintain 2,300 feet altitude to Gulf Coast, then to climb to and maintain 9,000. At approximately 22:40 the flight was cleared for takeoff and at 22:44 the crew reported airborne.
After takeoff Houston departure control advised that it had the flight in radar contact and requested it to report when established outbound on the 345-degree radial of the Houston omni. Flight 542 complied and subsequently was cleared to 9,000 feet and advised to contact San Antonio Center upon passing the Gulf Coast intersection.
At approximately 22:52 Flight 542 reported to San Antonio Center as being over Gulf Coast intersection at 9,000 feet. The flight was then issued its destination clearance to the Dallas Airport and it was cleared to climb to its cruising altitude of 15,000 feet. After the Electra had passed Leona at 23:05, the crew contacted company radio with a message for maintenance, advising that the generators were then OK but that there had been insufficient time for maintenance to insulate the terminal strip on No. 3 propeller at Houston and it would like to have it done in Dallas.
At 23:09 the left wing and the No. 1 gear box propeller separated. The horizontal stabilizer then broke up under the impact of parts coming from the wing; wing planking from the right wing tip came free; the No. 4 powerplant tore loose; and the right wing outboard of No. 4 separated. All of these events happened in a short period of time. Somewhat later, at much lower altitudes, the fuselage broke in two separate portions at a point about halfway back near fuselage station No. 570.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Structural failure of the left wing resulting from forces generated by undampened propeller whirl mode.”

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Russian fighter jet has its wings torn off in a dramatic crash after shooting off the runway during an aborted take-off

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:06

  Russian fighter jet crashed during recent Zapad 2017 war games 

  Tupolev TU-22M3 aircraft had aborted take-off in Kaluga, west Russia

  However the long range bomber failed to stop at the end of the tarmac

  Video shows the plane careering off the runway and crashing into the forest 

Shocking footage shows a Russian long range bomber jet crashing after overshooting the runway at a military base. 

Pilots on the Tupolev TU-22M3 aircraft had aborted takeoff but the plane failed to stop and careered off the tarmac into trees.

The incident took place during the recent controversial Zapad 2017 war games in Kaluga, west Russia earlier this month.

The crew of four all escaped escaped from the Tupolev bomber, and air force officials in Moscow claimed the plane will fly again after repairs to ‘serious damage’.

Footage shows the missile carrier speeding up before take off, but then releasing its brake parachute and failing to stop.

It was carry near maximum weight for the aborted takeoff.

The crew halted the takeoff because of malfunctioning speed sensors, say high ranking sources.

‘The cause of the accident was the failure of speed sensors during take-off, resulting in the crew deciding to abort,’ said a senior official.

Reports say the Tupolev’s wings separated from the main body of the plane during the crash.

‘The crew did not get hurt,’ said a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman.

‘The aircraft will continue carrying out assigned tasks after completion of maintenance work.’

The plane went about 100 meters along the runway, wheeled past the end of it and only managed to stop next to a forest, after losing both its wings and chassis.

The embarrassing incident is being investigated by a specially created Air and Space Forces commission.

Last week Vladimir Putin fired Russian Aerospace Forces Commander-In-Chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev for reasons that were not fully clear.

Some sources linked his switch to become a senator to failures including an earlier Tupolev-154 crash last Christmas and another unexplained ‘catastrophe’.

All 92 passengers and crew, including 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble choir of the Russian Armed Forces, perished.

The plane was en route to Syria.

Currently the Russian Air and Space Forces 62 long range TU-22M3 bombers in service.

Its NATO reporting name is Backfire, and it is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber .

Yesterday other Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers fired Kh-101 cruise missiles on ISIL and Al-Nusra terrorist targets in Syria after flying from Engels military base in central Russia, said the ministry.

But another Tupolev Tu-154M made its final flight before being pensioned off as a museum piece in Slovakia.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4928248/Russian-fighter-jet-dramatic-crash-fail.html#ixzz4tygvom20

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:04

25 Years ago today: On 28 September 1992 a Pakistan International Airbus A300 crashed near Kathmandu, Nepal, kiling all 167 occupants.

Date: Monday 28 September 1992 Time: 14:30 Type: Airbus A300B4-203 Operator: Pakistan International Airlines – PIA Registration: AP-BCP C/n / msn: 025 First flight: 1976-03-23 (16 years 6 months) Total airframe hrs: 39045 Cycles: 19172 Engines:General Electric CF6-50C2 Crew: Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19 Passengers: Fatalities: 148 / Occupants: 148 Total: Fatalities: 167 / Occupants: 167 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 18 km (11.3 mls) S of Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM) (   Nepal) Crash site elevation: 2225 m (7300 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan Destination airport: Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal Flightnumber: PK268

Narrative:
PIA Flight 268 departed Karachi, Pakistan at 11:13 for a scheduled passenger flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. The en route portion of the flight was uneventful and the aircraft was cleared for a Sierra approach to Kathmandu’s runway 02. The flight was instructed to maintain 11500 feet and report at 16 DME (16 miles from the VOR/DME beacon, which is located 0,6 nm short of the runway). The Kathmandu approach is very difficult, since the airport is located in an oval-shaped valley surrounded by mountains as high as 9665 feet. Runway elevation is 4313 feet amsl. The next approach fixes for PK268 were at 13 DME (at 10500 feet), 10 DME (at 9500 feet) and 8 DME (at 8200 feet). A few seconds after reporting 10 DME, the aircraft descended through 8200 feet, which was the altitude for 8 DME. The Airbus impacted a steep cloud-covered hillside at approx. 7300 feet amsl at 9,16 DME.

Probable Cause:

Cause:
“The balance of evidence suggests that the primary cause of the accident was that one or both pilots consistently failed to follow the approach procedure and inadvertently adopted a profile which, at each DME fix, was one altitude step ahead and below the correct procedure. Why and how that happened could not be determined with certainty because there was no record of the crew’s conversation on the flight deck.
Contributory causal factors were thought to be the inevitable complexity of the approach and the associated approach chart.”

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Today is Wednesday the 27th of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:33

Thanks to our friend and webmaster Jesse Hunt over at “Unofficial”, it looks like we might be back in service!

Here are the stories for today,

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Plane crash near Brown Field injures 3

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:30

A small plane crashed early Wednesday in an empty field near Brown Field municipal airport and the pilot and his two passengers walked away with minor injuries, authorities said. 

The Cessna 182 crashed around 2:45 a.m. in a field just east of Brown Field and west of state Route 125.

The pilot told KUSI News that he was cleared to land at Brown Field and was making his approach when he hit dense fog and lost all visibility.

“We saw the lights, we saw the airport but suddenly (we were in) heavy fog,” Phillip Lojas told KUSI. “We just lost control. We crashed… I would say it was so fast. It happened so fast.”

The three men onboard said the plane flipped twice upon landing and the plane ended up upside down in the field.

The pilot said he kicked out a window to escape from the fixed-wing aircraft. The men walked about 15 minutes to the airport to report the crash.

Lojas said they ran from the plane, which they thought might explode.

The pilot told KUSI he and both passengers live in Tijuana and volunteer with a church ministry. They were flying from Los Angeles to Brown Field when they crashed. He called it a “miracle” that they survived and told reporters “we were in God’s hands.”

According to an FAA website, the plane was registered to Philip Lojas Jr. and showed an El Cajon address.

The pilot helped lead emergency responders to the plane after a brief search, but local authorities were holding off inspecting the plane until federal authorities from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board could reach the site.

City News Service contributed to this report.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-plane-crash-20170927-story.html

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Homemade Plane Crashes At Orange Airport; 2 Hurt

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:27

A homemade plane crashed at Orange Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon; two onboard were reportedly injured.

By Jason Claffey (Patch Staff) 

ORANGE, MA — A homemade plane crash-landed at Orange Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon when its nose gear collapsed, according to authorities. The pilot and a passenger were injured, fire officials said. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. The plane, a homebuilt Vans RV-8, had “heavy damage,” fire officials said.

The crash happened at about 12:50 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. The Vans RV-8 aircraft is a 22-foot, two-seat propeller plane sold in a kit. It is registered to an Oregon man, according to FAA records. (Sign up for free daily newsletters and breaking news alerts from Massachusetts Patch sites.)

The pilot was able to escape the wreckage, fire officials said, and first responders pulled the passenger out. Ambulances from several local communities responded to the crash scene. A fuel leak was reported.

Orange Municipal Airport— located in Central Massachusetts along Route 2 — is small, with just about 50 planes based there. It is owned by the Town of Orange.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/westford/plane-crash-orange-municipal-airport

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Plane Takes Off by Itself, Crashes Into Electric Fence, Bursts Into Flames

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:25

Jessica Plautz

A pilot in Ireland watched as his vintage propeller plane took off on its own, narrowly avoiding a house before hitting an electric fence and bursting into flames.

The chain of events were set in motion when the 54-year-old pilot set the throttle “a little too high,” switched the ignition to on, and hand-started the engine, according to The Irish Times.

He reported the July 5 incident to Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit, which released a report on Wednesday, according to Independent.ie. He told investigators he had been in a hurry, and had not chocked the wheels of the Piel CP301A.

Although the pilot followed the aircraft (as it traveled about 70 meters, or 230 feet) on foot, he was at a safe distance when the plane burst into flames. There were no injuries.

According to the report, hand-swinging a propeller has been the cause of previous incidents as well.

“Hand swinging an aircraft propeller is recognised across the aviation industry as a hazardous procedure,” the report stated, citing an Australian Air Transport Safety Board report.

“Although hand swinging is permitted under the civil aviation regulations, it should only be undertaken when no other alternatives exist to start the aircraft engine and all necessary precautions have been taken to mitigate the hazards.”

While this must have been a terrible day for the pilot, Ireland’s investigation unit applauded his “willingness to have the occurrence highlighted for safety purposes.”

http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/plane-takes-off-by-itself

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Michigan Airport Fails Safety Inspection, Has Operating Certificate Revoked

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:22

Currently Operating On A Temporary Certificate While Safety Concerns Are Addressed

The FAA has pulled the operating certificate for Menominee-Marinette Twin County Airport in Menominee, MI after the airport failed a safety inspection. 

Television station WBAY reports that the airport is currently operating under a temporary authorization while the county determines how it will address the safety issues at the airport. Currently, there are some trees that have grown too tall for the approach and departure corridors for the airport, and pilots are complaining that they are sometimes brushing their landing gear in the trees. Larry Schei, Menominee County Commissioner, said once the trees are trimmed, the airport will be in compliance with the required minimum angle, “but there are still critical obstructions,” he told the station.

The county has 60 days under the temporary license to trim the trees and fix other problems before the temporary authorization expires.

Schei said that the airport is very active. It is used by private pilots, UPS, FedEX, U.S. Navy and other government aircraft. A pilot told the station’s reporter that the airport is being mismanaged by the county, and that many pilots using the airport feel that way. “It starts with the airport manager. We don’t understand how it’s gotten this bad,” said pilot Joseph Ciochetto.

Schei said the county would be open to selling the airport, but any buyer would have to come up with “millions of dollars” for the purchase.

FMI: Original Story

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:20

44 Years ago today: On 27 September 1973 a Texas International Airlines Convair CV-600 flew into a mountain while flying VFR in IMC weather, killing all 11 on board.

Date: Thursday 27 September 1973 Time: 20:52 Type: Convair CV-600 Operator: Texas International Airlines Registration: N94230 C/n / msn: 56 First flight: 1948 Total airframe hrs: 51208 Cycles: 25913 Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 542-4 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Total: Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Black Fork Mountain, AR (   United States of America) Crash site elevation: 617 m (2024 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: El Dorado-Goodwin Field, AR (ELD/KELD), United States of America Destination airport: Texarkana Municipal Airport, AR (TXK/KTXK), United States of America Flightnumber: 655

Narrative:
Texas International Airlines Flight 655 was a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo flight from Dallas to Memphis and return, with en route stops at Texarkana, El Dorado, and Pine Bluff.
Flight 655 departed Memphis on the return flight at 18:42. After a stop at Pine Bluff, the flight continued toward El Dorado were it landed at 19:53. The crew conferred with the waiting pilots and used the Convair’s weather radar to examine the weather echoes west of El Dorado. The crew commented on what appeared to be a 15-mile-wide break in the line of weather echoes, near the 300° radial of the El Dorado VORTAC and about 35 miles west-northwest of the airport.
As Flight 655 taxied to runway 22, the crew contacted the FSS and stated that they were taxiing and would be proceeding under visual flight rules (VFR) to Texarkana. The aircraft took off at 20:15.
After takeoff, the aircraft flew a magnetic heading of 290° and climbed to an altitude of 1,500 feet msl. The flight operated between altitudes of 1,500 feet and 3,000 feet until 20:49:47. From that time until the time of impact at 20:52:19, the aircraft’s altitude varied between 2,200 feet and 2,025 feet.
As the flight progressed, the first officer (pilot flying) expressed concern about the flight’s position relative to the elevation of the terrain. About 12 minutes before impact, the first officer stated, “I sure wish I knew where … we were.” A few minutes later he stated, “Paintin’ ridges and everything else boss, and I’m not familiar with the terrain.” Two minutes and 40 seconds before impact and after the captain’s ordered descent to 2,000 feet, the first officer said, “I’ll be …. Man, I wish I knew where we were so we’d have some idea of the general … terrain around this … place.” The captain told the first officer that the highest point in the area was “twelve hundred” feet and that they were not near that point. About 14 seconds before impact, the first officer mentioned that they were about to pass over Page VORTAC. Six seconds later the captain said that the heading to Texarkana was 180°. The first officer said that it was 152°. At 20:52:17, the first officer said, “Minimum en route altitude here is forty-four hun…” His statement was terminated by the sound of the crash. The aircraft crashed into the steep, heavily wooded, north slope of Black Fork Mountain in the Ouachita Mountain Range at an elevation of 2,025 feet (617 m) and about 600 feet below the top of the ridge.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The captain’s attempt to operate the flight under VFR in night IMC without using all the navigational aids and information available to him; and his deviation from the preplanned route, without adequate position information. The carrier did not monitor and control adequately the actions of the flight crew or the progress of the flight.”

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Firefighter Apologizes After Saying NFL, NBA Athletes Should Be Shot In The Head for Protesting

Flightsafetynet.com - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:41
—Firefighter relieved of duties.

EARLE, ARKANSAS  — A firefighter is off the job for saying on social media that professional athletes should be shot in the head if they kneel or stay in the locker room during the national anthem.

The fire fighter, Jonathan Marotti, issued a written apology Tuesday afternoon, saying he was wrong and childish and was sorry for the embarrassment he caused.

The fire department said in a Facebook post Monday evening that a firefighter had been relieved of duty indefinitely.

John Buford, assistant chief of the department, said in the post that the department “in no way agrees with the statements that were made and that type of behavior will not be tolerated by any employee of the Earle Fire Department.”

A call to the fire department confirmed that the post was legitimate.

More details available here.

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Today is Tuesday the 26th of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:29

Way, way late, missing graphics and pictures but out there none-the-less…

May be a little while before we get another as I’m having big difficulties, but we’ll get is straightened out, be patient!

Here’s what I can offer,

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Pilot killed in ultralight plane crash in Cleburne

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:25

A single-engine Light Sport category Quicksilver GT aircraft with one person aboard crashed into an apartment complex Monday night.

Cleburne Police and Fire are on scene now working with CareFlight ground EMS.

The crash site is in the vicinity of the Blackwood Air Park.

The condition of the pilot is unknown at this time. The FAA will be investigating the crash.

Johnson County Emergency Management posted the following on social media:

FYI Media: Fatality ultralight crash that occurred at the airpark on the north side of Cleburne will be investigated by @TxDPS

— Johnson County EM (@jocotx_em) September 25, 2017

No other information is available at this time. Stay with WFAA for updates as this story develops.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/fatal-ultralight-plane-crash-in-cleburne/478588627

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Helicopter crash-lands on Odessa home

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:24

ODESSA (FOX 13) – A small helicopter crash-landed on the roof of an Odessa home Monday afternoon, leaving the injured pilot to pull himself from the wreckage.

The scene is along Roberts Road, which is just north of Lake Rogers Park.  A witness told FOX 13 that the helicopter appears to be a kit-built craft and may have suffered engine failure, causing the rough landing.

The pilot is alert but injured. He was the only one aboard.

Deputies say a dog was the only occupant of the house at the time of the crash. The animal was not hurt.

Crews remain on the scene.

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Plane crash north of Summerstown

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:22

SUMMERSTOWN – A pilot has been recovered alive after his plane crashed in the woods, southwest of the Cornwall Regional Airport.

SD&G O.P.P. Sgt. Greg Smith told Cornwall Newswatch the plane, based in Summerstown, was reported overdue around 6 p.m. Monday.

That prompted a massive search involving various law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border. The Joint Rescue Coordinator Center at 8 Wing CFB Trenton, three marine units from the RCMP, O.P.P. and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service as well as a helicopter from the New York State Police were combing the area.

Two marine units from the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department also participated in the search, according to Akwesasne EMT-Firefighter Derek Comins.

Two members with the RCMP Cornwall Regional Task Force were driving along County Road 27 when they spotted the white and blue C-plane, Smith said.

“Officers observed a flashing beacon in the bush at 10 p.m. and they went into the bush and located the plane with the pilot in the plane. The pilot is alive,” Smith told CNW.

Smith said the 70-year-old man, who was the lone occupant of the C-plane “Buckeneer” and described as a local resident, was taken to the Cornwall Community Hospital with undetermined injuries.

As of late Tuesday morning, he was listed in “serious” condition at CCH.

The Ontario Ministry of Environment has been notified because of a fuel spill from the aircraft. While the wreckage is roughly a half kilometer in the bush, east of County Road 27, the smell of aviation fuel was very noticeable along the highway.

O.P.P. say three of their officers and two paramedics had to be treated for minor injuries at hospital due to exposure to the fuel.

The Transportation Safety Board is also involved, which is customary with major incidents involving aircraft.

“The plane is severely damaged,” Smith noted.

South Glengarry firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to cut the fuselage in order to get a backboard into the plane to recover the pilot. He was carried out by firefighters to a waiting ambulance from the Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services.

There were South Glengarry firefighters from the Glen Walter and Lancaster stations on scene.

The Ministry of Environment and the Transportation Safety Board will likely start their work at daybreak Tuesday.

http://www.cornwallnewswatch.com/2017/09/26/plane-crash-north-of-summerstown/

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Smoke fills passenger jet’s cabin in emergency at California airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:19

Smoke filled the cabin of an Allegiant Air jet after it landed at a California airport on Monday, forcing coughing passengers to cover their faces with shirts and firefighters to board the plane, authorities said.

None of the 150 passengers or six crew members was injured when the plane from Las Vegas landed at Fresno International Airport, Allegiant Air said.

As the plane was taxiing in Fresno, it came to an abrupt stop and smoke started to fill the cabin from the front of the aircraft, said passenger Estevan Moreno, 34, a Fresno police officer.

At one point, the flight crew said they would pass out wet napkins to help passengers cover their mouths, Moreno said, but that didn’t happen.

After firefighters boarded the aircraft, crew members asked passengers to collect their carry-on items and exit the plane down a set of rear stairs, he said.

The airline sent Moreno a $50 voucher for another flight, he said.

Allegiant Air blamed the situation on a mechanical problem and said having passengers exit the plane before it reached a gate was done out of an abundance of caution.

Federal Aviation Administration officials called it an emergency. Federal officials say passengers were escorted to the terminal.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/26/smoke-fills-passenger-jets-cabin-emergency-california-airport/

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In Runway Excursion Involving Mike Pence Plane

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:08

Pilot Actions, Decision Making, “Lack of Command Authority” Led to New York LaGuardia Runway Excursion

Several failures in close succession by a jetliner’s flight crew were the probable cause of Oct. 27, 2016, runway excursion at LaGuardia Airport, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report issued Thursday.

The Eastern Air Lines Boeing 737-700, a chartered flight carrying then vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence and campaign staff, overran Runway 22 during landing on the rainy evening. The airplane departed the runway and partially transited an arrester bed of crushable concrete before coming to a stop about 170 feet past the end of the runway. None of the 11 crewmembers or 37 passengers were hurt in the incident.  The plane sustained minor damage.

Data from the flight recorder and post-incident interviews with the flight crew indicated the 737 was on a stabilized approach to Runway 22 until the landing flare, when it “floated” for thousands of feet, finally touching down more than 4,200 feet past the threshold of the 7,001-foot runway, leaving less than 2,800 feet of runway surface for the 737 to decelerate and stop.

The NTSB said when the first officer, who was at the controls, failed to get the jet’s wheels on the ground within the first third of the runway, or 2,300 feet, he should have executed a go-around maneuver instead of continuing the landing attempt.

During the landing roll, contrary to procedures, the captain didn’t announce he was assuming control of the airplane, which resulted in each pilot attempting directional inputs that were at odds with the other.  This breakdown of basic crew resource management along with the captain’s failure to call for a go-around demonstrated, “a lack of command authority.”  This, along with pilot actions, including starting the flare at an altitude almost twice as high as Boeing recommends, delays in reducing throttles and manually deploying the speed brakes, all contributed to the excursion, the NTSB said.

Eastern Air Lines management told the NTSB that it has since developed specific flight crew training to address the safety issues identified during the investigation.

(Image provided with NTSB news release)

FMI: go.usa.gov/xRJ4v

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:00

20 Years ago today: On 26 September 1997 a Garuda Indonesia Airways Airbus A300 crashed in a wooded area on approach to Medan, killing all 234 on board.

Date: Friday 26 September 1997 Time: 13:34 Type: Airbus A300B4-220 Operator: Garuda Indonesia Airways Registration: PK-GAI C/n / msn: 214 First flight: 1982-10-06 (15 years) Total airframe hrs: 27000 Cycles: 16500 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT9D-59A Crew: Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12 Passengers: Fatalities: 222 / Occupants: 222 Total: Fatalities: 234 / Occupants: 234 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 25 km (15.6 mls) SSW of Medan-Polonia Airport (MES) (   Indonesia) Crash site elevation: 900 m (2953 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK/WIII), Indonesia Destination airport: Medan-Polonia Airport (MES/WIMM), Indonesia Flightnumber: GA152

Narrative:
Garuda Indonesia Airways flight GA152 from Jakarta to Medan, Indonesia, was destroyed after impacting terrain near Medan. All 234 occupants suffered fatal injuries.
The aircraft, an Airbus A300B4-220, was cleared for an ILS approach to Medan’s runway 05 and was flying on a 316 degree heading on Airway 585/W12. Having descended to 3000 feet the crew were instructed to turn left, heading 240 degrees for vectoring to intercept the runway 05 ILS. The flight crew did not respond to this instruction, as the controller addressed the call to ‘Merpati 152’. The instructions were repeated, this time using the correct call sign. The flight crew replied: “GIA 152 heading 235. Confirm we cleared from a (pause) mountainous area?”
At 13:28 the controller confirmed they were turning towards a mountainous area and the flight was instructed to continue on a 215 degree heading. At 13:30 ATC directed the flight to turn right heading 046 and report when established on the localizer.
Although the clearance for a right hand turn had been read back correctly, confusion on the part of the air traffic controller followed over whether GA152 was turning left or right: “152, confirm you’re making turning left now?” Garuda 152 responded, as cleared, that they were turning right. The controller subsequently added to the confusion by stating: “152 OK, you continue turning left now.”
This was contrary to the crew’s expectations, so they enquired: “A (pause) confirm turning left? We are starting turning right now.” The controller, possibly realising his error, replied: “OK (pause). OK….. GIA 152 continue turn right heading 015.”
Ten seconds later, the Airbus impacted a wooded area, broke up and burst into flames. The wreckage covered a 150×75 m area near the village of Pancur Batu, which is located at 900-1000 meters amsl.
The region was affected by smog from forest fires; visibility was reported to be 600-800 meters.

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Police Union Blasts Handling of Utah Nurse Arrest

Flightsafetynet.com - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 16:43
—The Salt Lake City police association said they are ‘extremely concerned and dismayed’ by how the investigation was handled.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Police Association on Monday broke its silence regarding the widely publicized arrest of a University Hospital nurse by two police officers.

The Salt Lake Police Association said in a letter to the mayor and police chief that it is “extremely concerned and dismayed” about handling that has “corrupted” the high-profile investigation, according to The Deseret News.

“The premature release of body cam footage is particularly demoralizing as it allows the public who have not trained as police officers to make what often amounts to biased and ill-informed judgments of the police,” association president Stephen Hartney said in a letter.

The mayor and police chief have apologized to nurse Alex Wubbels.

Nurse Wubbels was handcuffed and dragged from a hospital after she explained she couldn’t allow a blood draw on an unconscious patient under hospital policy.

Dramatic body-camera video of the July 26 incident turned into a national debate on police use of force. The video was released by Wubbels and her lawyer, who obtained it through a public records request.

Police Chief Mike Brown declined comment on the letter, though spokeswoman Christina Judd told The Associated Press that Brown recognizes the union works diligently on behalf of officers.

Brown is weighing possible discipline for the officers that could include firing.

More details about the on-going investigation here.

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