Plane lands safely at T.F. Green after reported nose gear problem

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:24

By Jacqui Gomersall

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A plane landed safely at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick Sunday night.

53 people were on board the United Airlines flight from Chicago.

It was scheduled to land in Rhode Island, but had a reported problem with nose gear, according to Rhode Island Airport Corporation spokesman Bill Fischer.

We’re told, the plane landed without incident, but there was a steering issue once on the ground and it had to be towed to the gate.

The plane is now being inspected by mechanics.

Crews from the Warwick Fire Department had been staged at the airport, but were cleared once the plane landed, according to fire officials.

Plane lands safely at T.F. Green after reported nose gear problem


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WWII type aircraft makes hard landing in Columbia

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:23

WKRN web staff

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crews responded after a World War II type aircraft made a hard landing in Columbia Friday afternoon.

Officials said the M62 experimental fixed-wing aircraft landed in a pasture near Iron Bridge Road.

News 2 has learned the pilot, who was the only person on-board at the time, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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Ladner man receives Decoration for Bravery

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:21

Dave Willis / Delta Optimist

Ladner’s Tobias MacDonald received a Decoration for Bravery from the Governor General in Victoria Wednesday.

He was part of a group of people who helped pull two individuals from a crashed and burning Cessna airplane in Crawford Bay in 2014. One of the victims died from the crash.

“There were flames everywhere,” he recalled.

MacDonald, 42, was outside barbecuing when he heard the plane crash. The plane had crashed onto a golf course and was upside down and on fire while he and other rescuers worked to free the two people onboard.

“My biggest memory is one of the tires popped maybe a few feet from my head, from the flames. It went ‘BANG’ and scared the hell out of me,” he said.

MacDonald, who teaches cooking at Vancouver Community College, was in Crawford Bay, which is east of Nelson, for his mother’s memorial.

He received a medal and certificate at the ceremony in Victoria.

“It was a huge honour,” he said.

“Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger,” the Governor General’s website explains.

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Free skydives offered to firefighters, first responders in gratitude for work during Sonoma County wildfires

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:20

One after the other, Sonoma Valley Fire Captain Jim Kracke and firefighter Max Psaledakis hurled themselves out of a plane Sunday afternoon, 10,000 feet over Novato beneath clear blue spring skies.

Psaledakis, 18, nailed the landing. A perfect step one, step two, onto the landing area at Gnoss Field.

His dad, fellow Sonoma Valley firefighter George Psaledakis, yipped and hollered as he watched his son return to Earth, filming the landing on his smartphone before heading over to give the teen a hug.

Kracke looked on from down the field, rubbing his ankle. His landing came about a minute before, and wasn’t quite so picturesque.

A good sport about it nonetheless, within minutes he was back to cracking jokes, all three firefighters discussing whether Max Psaledakis, a senior at Sonoma Valley High School, should perhaps consider a career as a smokejumper, the highly trained wildland firefighters who parachute into remote areas.

The trio were at Gnoss Field Saturday as part of a thank you to first responders, put on by Skydive Golden Gate owners Michael and Kate Knight — grateful that firefighters saved their Sonoma home when the October wildfires threatened their neighborhood.

Tandem skydives with the year-old company are usually $199, plus an extra $120 for a video and picture package, but the Knights wanted to give them away to first responders for free.

“It’s all we have to give,” Kate Knight said.

In all, 23 first responders and family members signed up for the skydive sessions, put on all day by Skydive Golden Gate.

“I said to Max, ‘well, I’m 59, so I’ve kind of seen and done everything,’” George Psaledakis said. “I feel fulfilled in life, and I said there’s one more way to fulfill my life.”

The two Psaledakis men and Kracke were together on the initial call the night of Oct. 8, responding together to a fire reported on Nuns Canyon Road. The night spiraled from there.

“We get maybe one or two structure fires a year, and that night we had a choice,” George Psaledakis said. “We had to pick and choose which ones we thought we could save. It was crazy.”

“Four days straight, no sleep,” Kracke said.

Sunday was their first time skydiving, and other than Kracke’s slight misstep, all went according to plan.

As part of the day, Gnoss Field Community Association pilots offered up their planes to the first responders, too, giving aerial tours of the burn scars in Sonoma and Napa counties.

The Psaledakis men climbed onboard a Cirrus SR22 piloted by Novato resident Rick Beach. Why did Beach volunteer? “It’s payback,” he said.

Flying north along Highway 101, he punched in the GPS coordinates for Glen Ellen, where the Psaledakis men live. It would mark the end of a loop that took the firefighters over some of the most devastated parts of the North Bay, including Coffey Park, Mark West and Fountaingrove — their scraped lots and charred landscape clearly visible from the air.

“A lot of emotions,” George Psaledakis said, hovering over Fountaingrove. “It’s pretty sad. I had survivor’s guilt for a few weeks.”

As the plane neared their Glen Ellen home, Max Psaledakis pointed out one of the houses they saved that first night.

“Yeah, that’s our neighborhood,” George Psaledakis said. “We almost lost it.”

You can reach Staff Writer Christi Warren at 707-521-5205 or On Twitter @SeaWarren.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:18

37 Years ago today: On 26 March 1981 a LOT Polish Airlines Antonov 24 emergency landed near Redzikowo, Poland, following propeller blade separation; killing 1 out of 52 occupants.

Date: Thursday 26 March 1981 Type: Antonov 24B Operator: LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze Registration: SP-LTU C/n / msn: 07306007 First flight: 1970 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 52 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP) (   Poland) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland Destination airport: Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP/EPSK), Poland

The Antonov crashed after the separation of a propeller.

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