Pilot, passenger walk away after small plane crash lands near Corona

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:23

A small airplane crash landed southeast of Corona near Interstate 15 Monday, but its two occupants were uninjured.

The crash was reported at about 1:30 p.m. approximately three miles southeast of Lake Mathews and about nine miles southwest of March Air Reserve Base, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to a CHP incident report, a Riverside County Sheriff‘s deputy found the aircraft upside down and both the pilot and the passenger were outside the plane unharmed.

A tweet by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Media Information Bureau said the cause of the crash was unknown.

Details on the type of airplane involved were not immediately available.

— City News Service

Pilot, passenger walk away after small plane crash lands near Corona

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Small plane crashes in Rutherford County

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:21


The highway patrol confirmed Monday that a small plane crashed in a remote part of Rutherford County.

The plane went down Sunday night off of Deer Path, west of Union Mills. There were no injuries.

The highway patrol responded to the call just after noon Monday. The pilot was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The investigation has been handed over to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Plane makes emergency landing in Chesapeake

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:20

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) — Virginia State Police said a plane in Chesapeake made an emergency landing in a field off of Shillelagh Road near Chesapeake Regional Airport.

City police dispatch received the call around noon and contacted state police.

Chesapeake Fire Department told 13News Now there were no injuries or damage to the plane.

The pilot told us the 4-seat single-engine plane was fairly low when it suffered a partial loss of power, prompting an emergency landing.

He said he flies regularly east of the Mississippi. He’s had his pilot’s license since 2009.

The trip he was on was recreational and he was flying from Rockingham County NC Shiloh Airport.

The pilot had this to say about having to land the plane: “It was a rush of adrenaline, not much else to think about other than where you can land when you only have 30 seconds to decide.”

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Pilot Found Dead at Site of Mahaska County Plane Crash

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:18

MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa  —  Investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash that claimed the life of one person. 

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office officials responded to the 2000 block of 210th Street in Oskaloosa on a report of an aircraft having crashed. The preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft hit a power line, which then caused the plane to crash into the ground, but there is not yet information as to why the aircraft was flying so low.

First responders found the pilot deceased when they arrived on scene. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of family members. No one else was in the aircraft at the time of the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting in the ongoing investigation into the crash.

Pilot Found Dead at Site of Mahaska County Plane Crash

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A scary landing at Newport Airport – Home-built plane with two aboard

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:16

Daily News

One of our intrepid homegrown reporters tells us that early Saturday afternoon a pilot out of Astoria, with another person aboard, was coming in for a landing at Newport in his twin-engine aircraft when something suddenly went wrong.

As they neared the ground, his rudder-control lever froze in the left position, causing the aircraft to veer away from the runway. As you can see in the photo the plane appeared to have come to a cushioned stop thanks to some strong but flexible coastal brush. Reports say the pilot and his passenger were shook up but otherwise they’re okay. It’s like the old saying: Any landing you walk away from is a good landing.

National Transportation Safety Board staff will, no doubt, be visiting the crash scene to figure out what happened to the rudder control or anything else that may have contributed to the “home-built” aircraft’s less-than-elegant return to Earth.

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FAA Certifies 767-2C Aircraft

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:14

Configuration Is The Core Of The USAF KC-46 Tanker

The FAA has granted Boeing’s KC-46 tanker program an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) for its core 767-2C aircraft configuration, verifying that the fundamental design of the KC-46 tanker is safe and reliable.

The 767-2C is a modified version of the company’s commercial 767 with revised structure, wiring and plumbing. “This is a key building block for the KC-46 program in that it retires risk and builds confidence as we continue our test efforts and work to complete the next phase of certification,” said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager. “The U.S. Air Force is getting an efficient, reliable, combat capable tanker and we appreciate the FAA’s collaboration to ensure the aircraft is the best it can be.”

In order to receive the certification, Boeing’s team, which included Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security personnel, completed a series of analyses and lab, ground and flight tests that focused on the aircraft’s fundamental capabilities including avionics, auto-flight and environmental control systems, as well as its new fuel system. The resulting data validated that all systems operated as intended.

The ATC is one of two FAA airworthiness certifications required for the KC-46 program. A combined Boeing/Air Force team has been concurrently completing Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) work, which encompasses the military systems that are installed on the 767-2C to make it a tanker. “We continue to make good progress on the STC effort – 83 percent complete at present – and have moved into the FAA flight-testing phase,” Gibbons added.

The program has six aircraft that have supported various segments of ATC and STC testing. Overall they have completed 2,200 flight hours as well as more than 1,600 “contacts” during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft.

The KC-46, derived from Boeing’s commercial 767 airframe, is built in the company’s Everett, Wash., facility. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 34 of an expected 179 tankers for the U.S. Air Force.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.

(Image provided with Boeing news release)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:12

24 Years ago today: On 26 December 1993 a Yugavia Antonov 26B stalled and crashed on approach to Gyumri-Leninakan Airport, Armenia; killing 35 on board.

Date: Sunday 26 December 1993 Time: 20:57 Type: Antonov 26B Operator: Kuban Airlines Registration: RA-26141 C/n / msn: 12903 First flight: 1983 Engines:Ivchenko AI-24VT Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 31 Total: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 36 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN) (   Armenia) Phase: Landing (LDG) Nature: Cargo Departure airport: Krasnodar Airport (KRR/URKK), Russia Destination airport: Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN/UDSG), Armenia

The An-26 was operating on a cargo flight from Krasnodar (KRR) to Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN). The airplane was loaded with two poorly secured cars and petrol cans. Prior to takeoff the pilot decided to allow 31 passengers on board the flight as well. The airplane was now overloaded.
Weather at the destination was poor with a visibility of 200 m in fog, which was below minima. Nevertheless the crew attempted to land. The airplane contacted the ground as the pilot attempted a go-around. The aircraft stalled and crashed inverted to the left of the runway, 2,990 metres behind the runway threshold.

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