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Today is Friday the 21st of September, 2017

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:57

We’ve been down the past two days with computer/internet issues, but have figured out a way to get this report out to end the week.

Today we said good bye to the remaining friends and Brothers and Sisters that hung around beautiful Louisville, Kentucky for one last day. It was an awesome week of learning, networking and friend making! I wish safe travels to all still making their way home from the conference.

Wednesday evening, the new Executive Board of Directors was announced;

Jason Graber – Chairman

Ted Costa – First Vice Chair

Larry Lippel – Second Vice Chair

Matt Mauer – Secretary

Ron Krusleski – Treasurer

The organization also welcomed two new directors, Duane Kann and Rachel Benezette

Now here are the news stories to do a little catching up and closing out the week…

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!




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Istanbul’s Ataturk airport reopens after jet crash, Turkish Airlines CEO says

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:38

Reuters Staff

ANKARA (Reuters) – Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport was reopened to traffic on Thursday after a private jet crashed on the runway, causing authorities to suspend flights, the head of Turkish Airlines said on Twitter.

The jet, registered as TC-KON, crashed after reporting a malfunction as it was taking off, the state-run news agency Anadolu said. The flight was heading to the Ercan airport in northern Cyprus, Anadolu reported.

Police said the jet’s two pilots, a cabin crew member and a passenger were slightly injured in the crash.

The jet’s rear end was detached from the aircraft, with emergency teams and firefighters at the crash site, images from a Reuters photographer on the scene showed.

The jet had briefly burst into flames after crashing, causing traffic at the airport to be suspended, Anadolu said.

Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Bilal Eksi said both runways at the airport were now operational.

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Cargo plane makes emergency landing, temporarily shuts down PI airport

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:33

Anthony Brino


A cargo plane made a successful controlled emergency landing in Presque Isle Wednesday morning after the pilot determined that the plane’s landing systems were not functioning.

The Northern Maine Regional Airport was temporarily closed at around 11 a.m. Wednesday when a Wiggins Airways plane carrying U.S. Postal Service cargo made the emergency landing, according to Presque Isle City Information Officer Kim Smith.

The airport was closed until about 2 p.m. as the damaged plane remained on the runway and officials investigated. Smith said shortly before 3 p.m. that the main runway would remain closed indefinitely pending cleanup and further investigation, but that passenger planes were now flying in and out using the other available runway.

Late Wednesday morning, the pilot contacted the airport staff from the air by radio to alert them of his situation. Airport staff helped him confirm that his landing wheels were not coming down and helped coordinate his planned emergency landing, Smith said.

Fire crews laid down foam on the runway for fire prevention while the pilot flew around the airport in circles to use up fuel before attempting the landing, Smith said.

The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board and was not not visibly injured, but was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center for evaluation, Smith said.

The pilot did have military experience and I’m sure that that played into the fact that it was a safe landing, she said.

Wiggins Airways President of Operations Donna Nixon said Wednesday evening that the pilot was not injured and had since left the hospital.

She said the Beech B99 was flying cargo from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Presque Isle. Nixon said she could not discuss the cargo being flown for customers and had no comment when asked to confirm whether any U.S. mail was on board.

Nixon said Wiggins Airways was cooperating with the authorities investigating the incident and could not comment on the status of the plane at that point.

There was not any fire associated with the landing, although it is not clear if the plane was damaged, Smith said.

At one point early afternoon, crews could be seen loading cargo from the downed plane onto a truck.

In the terminal shortly after noon, Logan Hebert of Caribou said he had been on his way to Florida when he learned that his 11:45 a.m. flight had been cancelled.

I just can’t believe it, Hebert said. I’ve been worried about [Hurricane] Jose for two days, right, and the winds down there, and then to hear a cargo plane (went down)  I knew cargo planes came in here, but I can’t believe I got bumped because of a cargo plane.

He planned to spend the next couple of hours in the airport doing work online while waiting for a later flight that afternoon.

Star-Herald writer Josh Archer contributed to this report.

Cargo plane makes emergency landing, temporarily shuts down PI airport

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S.C. law enforcement investigates the cause of the Barnwell Co. airport fire

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:27

By Alesha Ray

SOUTH CAROLINA (WJBF)  The South Carolina state law enforcement is investigating the cause of a fire at the Barnwell County Airport.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in the north hangar of the airport.

The Fire Chief in Barnwell County says five planes were damaged, and will likely be considered totaled.

He says he believes the hangar itself is also a total loss.

Two planes were able to be saved with no damage at all.

Nobody was injured in that fire.

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Malfunctioning aircraft lands safely at Yeager Airport

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:22

After burning off excess fuel for two hours to reduce risk of a possible fire, the pilot of a twin-engine aircraft with malfunctioning nose landing gear and two passengers on board made a safe emergency landing at Charleston’s Yeager Airport on Tuesday as fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles lined the runway.

Ten minutes before the landing, the 1976 Piper PA flew past Yeager’s control tower to allow Federal Aviation Administration personnel to verify if the nose gear failed to deploy, as instruments aboard the aircraft indicated. After receiving word that the gear was only about 30 percent down, the pilot circled the airport a final time and began a landing approach. At about 4 p.m., the aircraft’s rear gear touched down and the aircraft traveled on an even plane down the runway for several hundred yards before decelerating enough to cause the nose gear to contact the runway. A moment later, the plane nosed down and the aircraft pitched forward and came to an abrupt but safe upright stop after using less than one third of Yeager’s runway.

Within a few seconds, an aircraft door opened and two young men in T-shirts and shorts exited the plane and jogged to a nearby fire truck parked along the runway. The man apparently piloting the plane joined them a few seconds later. No injuries were reported.

I was told the people on board were a little nervous, but glad to be safely off the aircraft, Terry Sayre, Yeager’s executive director, said a few minutes after the emergency landing.

The identities of the pilot and passengers weren’t immediately known. According to its tail numbers, the aircraft was registered to G.B. Air in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sayre said.

The pilot was expected to be interviewed by an FAA investigator, who was on the scene at the time of the landing.

Yeager officials said the aircraft was in the process of returning to Frederick, Maryland, its point of departure, after completing an aerial survey job over West Virginia when its instruments indicated a problem with the nose gear.

After the landing, Yeager’s runway remained closed for about 55 minutes while the aircraft was towed from the site and the pavement was swept for debris. One commercial flight had to be diverted before the runway was declared open by FAA officials.

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Plane Lands at Old Naval Air Station

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:20

Dennis Evanosky

A pilot landed his American Champion Scout single-engine aircraft on Runway 13-31 of the long-closed Alameda Naval Air Station on Tuesday morning. The plane was in the business of hauling a banner like the ones typically seen at sporting events.

The pilot noticed the plane was experiencing mechanical problems and chose the abandoned runway at the old Naval Air Station as the safest place to land. The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded.

No injuries and no damage to the plane occurred, according to AFD Captain James Colburn.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Duke Life Flight Accident

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:19

Witnesses Reported Seeing Smoke Coming From The Aircraft Before It Went Down

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred on September 8 involving a Duke Life Flight helicopter in North Carolina. Four people, including a patient, were fatally injured when the aircraft went down. 

According to the report, On September 8, 2017, about 1120 local time, a Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH MBB BK117-C2 helicopter, N146DU, was destroyed when it impacted terrain on a wind turbine farm in Hertford, North Carolina. The commercial pilot, two flight nurses, and one patient were fatally injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and a company flight plan was filed for flight that departed the Sentara Albemarle Regional Medical Center Heliport (NC98) about 1108. The flight was destined for the Duke University North Heliport (NC92). The helicopter was operated by Air Methods Corporation under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

According to the operator, on the morning of the accident, the pilot and both medical crew flew from their base at the Johnston Regional Airport (JNX), Smithfield, North Carolina to the Elizabeth City Regional Airport (ECG), Elizabeth City, North Carolina for refueling. They arrived at ECG about 0924, and loaded 70 gallons of fuel. About 1011, the crew radioed the company operations center and advised they were departing for NC98, and had 2 hours of fuel on board. They arrived at NC98 about 1022. At 1108, the pilot radioed the company operations center and advised that that they were departing for NC92 with 2 hours of fuel and four people on board. There were no further communications with the helicopter.

Preliminary data transmitted from the helicopter showed that it departed NC98 to the northwest, climbed to about 1,000 ft mean sea level (msl) and then turned west. The helicopter climbed to about 2,500 ft msl and continued on a westerly track at a groundspeed of about 120 knots. About 8 minutes after takeoff, the helicopter began a turn toward the south. About 1 minute later, the transmitted data ended at an altitude of about 1,200 ft msl and a groundspeed of 75 knots, while the helicopter was on a southeasterly track.

Several witnesses reported observing smoke trailing behind the helicopter while it was in flight. The smoke was described by some witnesses as “heavy” or “dark”, while others reported the color as “black”, “dark blue” or “blue.” One witness reported that the helicopter was “hovering” and “not travelling forward” while it was a “couple of hundred feet” above the wind turbine farm. Another witness reported hearing a “popping noise,” he then observed the helicopter turn left, then right. It then descended quickly and appeared “in control” with the rotors turning before he lost sight of it. The helicopter impacted a shallow turf drainage pathway, about 30 ft wide and 2,000 ft long, located between two fields of 8 ft tall grass, on a wind turbine farm. The fuselage came to rest in a 7 ft wide ditch in the center of the pathway, and was oriented on a heading of 261° magnetic. No ground scars were present leading toward or away from the main wreckage.

Examination of the wreckage revealed that all the major components of the helicopter were present at the accident site. The cabin had collapsed downward and was partially consumed by a postcrash fire. The tailboom remained largely intact. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit area to the rotor systems and engines. All main and tail rotor blades remained attached to the rotor hubs. The No. 4 (red) main rotor blade was found rotated about 180° in the hub with its pitch links fractured and partially melted. None of the main or tail rotor blades exhibited leading edge damage, chordwise scratches, or other evidence of rotation. The outboard 4 ft of No. 1 (yellow) blade came to rest in the 8 ft tall grass adjacent to the drainage path. The grass on either side of the blade was undisturbed. The tail rotor shaft remained attached to the transmission. The transmission could not be rotated by hand.

No foreign object damage was found on the axial compressor blades of either engine. No damage was observed on the visible portions of the turbine blades at the rear of either engine. The gas generator of the No. 1 engine moved freely when rotated by hand, the No. 2 engine gas generator would not rotate. The No. 1 engine fuel shutoff valve was found in the open position. The No. 2 engine fuel shutoff valve was damaged and its position could not be determined during the field examination. The No. 2 engine rear turbine shaft bearing exhibited discoloration consistent with overheating and lack of lubrication. The bearing roller pins were worn down to the surface of the bearing race. The end of the turbine shaft aft of the nut exhibited rotational nonuniform damage.

The helicopter was equipped with an on-board audio and video recording system. The unit was thermally damaged; however, the memory device remained intact. The unit was sent to the NTSB vehicle recorder laboratory for examination. According to FAA airworthiness records and helicopter maintenance records, the helicopter was manufactured in 2011. The helicopter’s most recent 30-hour engine inspection was completed on August 15, 2017. At that time, the helicopter and both engines had accrued 2,673 total hours of operation. Several additional inspections were completed during scheduled maintenance on September 1, 2017. At that time, the helicopter had accrued 2,710 total hours of operation. According to the operator, a daily airworthiness check is performed by a mechanic.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument-helicopter. His most recent second class medical certificate was issued on October 6, 2016, at which time he reported 4,362 total hours of flight experience. According to the operator, the pilot had accrued 1,027 hours of flight time in the  same make and model as the accident helicopter, and had been employed with Air Methods Corporation since August 2009. The helicopter was retained for further examination.

(Source: NTSB. Image from file)

FMI: Preliminary Report

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NTSB alerts and videos focus on dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:15


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board has issued two safety alerts to increase awareness among aircraft mechanics and pilots of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Safety Alerts SA-070 and SA-069 warn mechanics and pilots that the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated — a dangerous prospect given that many internal combustion engine airplanes are heated by air warmed by exhaust systems using a heater shroud.

A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas into the cockpit, with sometimes fatal results.

A recent post in the NTSB’s blog Safety Compass detailed an investigator’s efforts that led to determining carbon monoxide poisoning’s role in one such fatal crash.

The NTSB encourages aircraft mechanics to inspect exhaust systems, air ducting, firewalls, and door and window seals thoroughly at every 100-hour or annual inspection.

The agency encourages pilots to install a carbon monoxide detector on the instrument panel of their aircraft, noting that detectors with aural alerts and a flash notification are more likely to draw a pilot’s attention to the potentially lethal condition.

The NTSB also produced companion videos for the alerts, available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel:

NTSB alerts and videos focus on dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

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White House Nominates Bruce Landsberg For A Term On The NTSB

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:14

Must Be Confirmed By The U.S. Senate For The Post

The White House nominated aviation safety expert Bruce Landsberg to serve on the NTSB, citing his impressive track record on aircraft safety issues.

Landsberg is the former president of the AOPA Air Safety Institute, and currently serves as the senior safety adviser for the organization.

Landsberg, an award-winning expert on pilot safety, has written hundreds of articles on aviation safety and helped develop dozens of online courses. He also has worked with regulatory agencies and other aviation safety stakeholders, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the National Weather Service, as well as various industry groups including NBAA. A former U.S. Air Force officer, he has written a periodic “Safety Pilot” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, and a popular blog in AOPA ePilot.

The White House said it would nominate Landsberg for a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and upon confirmation by the Senate he would be designated NTSB vice chairman for a term of two years.

“Bruce has demonstrated a passion for aviation safety through his long and successful career,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His work with federal agencies, industry groups and other stakeholders makes him a perfect choice to serve on the NTSB. His impressive breadth of experience and no-nonsense approach to safety will be an important asset in the board’s work. We hope he wins quick Senate approval, and we look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Landsberg, who was born and raised in Maryland, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Maryland. Before joining AOPA, he held management positions with Cessna and FlightSafety International. He has logged more than 6,000 hours of flight time and holds airline transport pilot, single-engine, multiengine and instrument flight instructor certificates. He has served as the industry co-chair of the FAA’s runway safety program and for the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee.

In 2010, he led a session on single pilot safety at NBAA’s annual convention in Atlanta, GA, using actual air traffic control tapes to reconstruct an accident involving a single pilot in a small business aircraft.

Last year, Landsberg participated in an NBAA session on aircraft-based meteorological observations, which focused on the availability and utility of aircraft-based weather observations.

The Senate recently approved another general aviation industry veteran Robert L. Sumwalt III to be the 14th chair of the NTSB. Sumwalt is a former member of NBAA’s Safety Committee who managed a flight department for a utility company in South Carolina before being appointed to the NTSB in August 2006. He is scheduled to speak at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) on Oct. 10 in Las Vegas.

(Source: NBAA news release)


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Today in History

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:12

51 Years ago today: On 22 September 1966 an Ansett-ANA Vickers Viscount crashed near Winton, Australia following a no.2 engine fire, killing all 24 occupants.

Date: Thursday 22 September 1966 Time: 13:03 Type: Vickers 832 Viscount Operator: Ansett-ANA Registration: VH-RMI C/n / msn: 416 First flight: 1959 Total airframe hrs: 18634 Cycles: 6586 Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 525 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20 Total: Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 16 km (10 mls) WSW of Winton, QLD (   Australia) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Mount Isa Airport, QLD (ISA/YBMA), Australia Destination airport: Longreach Airport, QLD (LRE/YLRE), Australia Flightnumber: 149

Narrative: Ansett-ANA Flight 149 took off at 12:08 for a 73-minute flight to Longreach. The flight progressed, apparently uneventfully, until 12:52 when the Longreach-Flight Service Unit heard the crew of VH-RMI say that it was on an emergency descent and to stand by. Two minutes later the aircraft advised that there were fire warnings in respect of no. 1 and 2 engines, that one of these warning conditions had ceased and that the propeller of the other engine could not be feathered. At 12:59, information from the crew of VH-RMI, relayed to Longreach through–the crew of another aircraft in the vicinity, indicated that there was a visible fire in no. 2 engine and that the aircraft was diverting below 5000 ft, to Winton.  The Vickers Viscount was descending at an indicated airspeed close to 170 knots between 3500 and 4000 ft above ground level . At this point the port wing failed upwards between engines 1 and 2. It struck the top of the fuselage, which at the same time was cut open by the blades of the no. 1 engine, and fell away from the remainder of the aircraft . The cabin shell above floor level was quickly broken away by air loads until eventually the rear fuselage and empennage also separated from the aircraft. The remaining forward fuselage, with the lower mid fuselage, starboard, wing and, engines and port wing stub with the no. 2 engine still attached, struck the ground at the edge of a clay pan and was immediately engulfed in flames.

Probable Cause

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The means of securing the oil metering unit to the no.2 cabin blower became ineffective and this led to the initiation of a fire within the blower, which propagated to the wing fuel tank and substantially reduced the strength of the main spar upper boom. It is probable that the separation of the oil metering unit arose from an out-of-balance condition induced by rotor break-up but the source of the rotor break-up could not be determined.”

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Today is Tuesday the 19th of September, 2017

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:23

Well yesterday was one hell of a day! Thanks to all that have stopped and congratulated me on being selected as an ARFF Working Group “Legend”, I am thankful and honored!

Congratulations also to my friend Bill Hutfilz on his ARFF Working Group “Honorary Member” Award, love ya Brother!

Now on with the news…

Here are the stories for today;

Be safe out there!



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Small plane lands on Sand Key beach

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:23

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) – A small kit-built plane made an emergency landing along the white sands of Clearwater Beach this afternoon.

The Czech Sport Aircraft Zenith STOL CH 701 single-engine plane, described as “experimental” by police, experienced mechanical problems and was forced to land on the beach along Sand Key.

Two people were on board.  Neither were hurt.

Police said the FAA had been notified.

“Not every day you see a plane on the beach at Sand Key,” Clearwater police tweeted.

The FAA database shows the plane is registered to a company called Pragway U.S., based out of Delaware.


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Plane crashes into catering truck on Manchester Airport tarmac leaving its wing embedded in the trailer

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:15

The aircraft was being towed in preparation for take-off when it struck the truck 

PASSENGERS were jolted in their seats when the aircraft they were in crashed into a catering truck at Manchester Airport this morning.

The wing of the Aurigny flight GR673, bound for Guernsey, became embedded in the vehicle’s side as it was towed through Terminal 1 at around 9.50am.

Pictures from the scene show airport crews working to free the tip of the plane’s wing, which was lodged into the rear of the truck.

All 60 passengers and crew on board the ATR 72 Twin Turboprop were unharmed by the impact, which happened when the aircraft was pulled back from its stand.

A replacement aircraft was arranged to take holidaymakers to Guernsey and they were made to wait back inside the terminal building.

Airport officials said engineers were deployed to investigate the incident.

Passenger Scott Grayson, 49, snapped pictures of the stuck plane as he disembarked.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the property developer from Marple, Cheshire, said: “As we pushed back we heard a thud. I just thought, ‘What’s that?’ ”

“We looked out and saw the wing embedded into the side of the truck. The captain came on and confirmed what had happened.

“The pilot and the two girls working on board were very switched on. There were quite a few old people on board, and they were just putting their minds at rest. 

“It was nothing to do with the airline. It was just one of those things. It was just a bad day at the office for the guy who was pushing us back from the stand. He must have been holding his head his hands.

“The airport fire service were there within about 60 seconds. They were very quick.”

Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s commercial director, said: “There is an investigation following an incident involving one of our aircraft and a catering truck.

“Whilst an investigation is under way, there’s nothing to add. The main thing is that nobody was hurt.

“We are sending a team of engineers to look into the damage caused to the aircraft.”

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “We can confirm that an aircraft has come into contact with a vehicle on push back.

“The incident is minor with no injuries, and we are investigating with our third-party partners involved.

“The incident has caused no impact to flights, and anyone with specific queries should contact the airline directly.”

Plane crashes into catering truck on Manchester Airport tarmac leaving its wing embedded in the trailer


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FAA using outdated information on aircraft evacuations, report says

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:11

by Robert Curley

Tests on whether passengers can safely exit an aircraft in an emergency have failed to account for the ever-shrinking size of airline seat space, posing a potential safety risk, according to a report by the Daily Beast.

According to an investigation by Daily Beast reporters, the tests conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are outdated and do not account for either the smaller seating configuration in coach (economy) or the larger size of the average airline passenger in the US.

The report adds that modern coach seating also does not meet FAA standards for safe seating of flight attendants in emergency situations.

Reporters based their conclusions on a review of more than 900 pages of federal airline documents and regulations.

The FAA and aircraft manufacturer Boeing have conducted emergency-egress testing using tighter seating configurations, but refused to make their data public, the Daily Beast reported.

Some of the findings reflect charges made in a lawsuit filed by the airline passenger group Flyers Rights, which has asked the federal courts to compel the FAA to review and update its safety protocols involving seating.

A judge in that case agreed that there was “a plausible life-and-death safety concern” and ordered the FAA to respond to the group’s petition. The judge also rejected the agency’s contention that seat dimensions were unimportant to testing emergency evacuations.

FAA using outdated information on aircraft evacuations, report says

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Today in History

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:09

28 Years ago today: On 19 September 1989 a UTA DC-10-30 crashed in the Ténéré desert, Niger after a bomb exploded in the cargo hold, all 171 on board were killed.

Date: Tuesday 19 September 1989 Time: 13:59 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Operator: Union de Transports Aériens – UTA Registration: N54629 C/n / msn: 46852/125 First flight: 1973 Total airframe hrs: 60276 Cycles: 14777 Engines:General Electric CF6-50C2R Crew: Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14 Passengers: Fatalities: 156 / Occupants: 156 Total: Fatalities: 170 / Occupants: 170 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Ténéré desert (   Niger) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: N’Djamena Airport (NDJ/FTTJ), Chad Destination airport: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France Flightnumber: UT772

The DC-10 was operating as UTA Flight 772 on the Brazzaville-N’Djamena-Paris route. The aircraft took off from N’Djamena at 13:13 and climbed to a cruising altitude of FL350. At 13:59 an explosion on board caused the aircraft to crash into the desert. The explosive device was located at location 13R in the cargo hold. The device was most probably hidden in baggage, placed aboard at Brazzaville. Possible groups responsible for the explosion are the Islamic Jihad group (demanding the freedom of a Shi’ite Muslim in Israel) or the Secret Chadian Resistance. Co-incidental on March 10, 1984 another UTA aircraft was destroyed when a bomb exploded; in this case the bomb exploded during embarkation at N’Djamena.

Probable Cause:

– DC-10 flight UTA 772, Brazzaville N’Djamena – Paris, was destroyed by an explosion on 19 September 1989, forty-six minutes after take-off from N’Djamena, while cruising at flight level 350 in totally normal conditions.
– That destruction was due to an explosive charge placed in a container in location 13-R in the forward cargo hold.
– The Investigation Commission assert that the most plausible hypothesis is that the explosive charge was inside baggage loaded at Brazzaville Airport.
– Observations made shortly after the accident on Brazzaville Airport made it clear that, at that time, the airport security measures in force were not in accordance with the ICAO standards and recommended practices (Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and Civil Aviation Security
Manual (DOC 8973)).”

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Today is Monday the 18th of September, 2017 – Day 1 of the ARFFWG 28th Annual Conference

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 09:07

Day one of the greatest gathering of ARFF professionals in the world… 

Great to see old friends here in Louisville, looking forward to a great conference!

Here are the stories from over the weekend.

If you’re at the conference and want to say hello, stop by Booth 36, I’ll be here all week…

Be safe out there!


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Small plane crashes in El Cajon, no injuries reported

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:58

EL CAJON (CNS) – A small plane lost power and crashed in northern El Cajon Sunday, but the two people onboard apparently were not injured. 

A small plane was reported to have come down near the intersection of North 2nd Street and El Rey Avenue at about 2 p.m., said Mark Casey of Heartland Fire and Rescue, which serves El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove.

The plane lost power while in a traffic pattern near Gillespie Field, according to multiple reports.

Two people were in the plane at the time of the crash, but neither were seriously injured, and both refused medical treatment, Casey said.

The plane was leaking fuel after the crash, initially a cause for concern, but firefighters managed to put a stop to the leak, Casey said.

No one on the ground was injured in the crash.

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Man Dies in Plane Crash at El Mirage Lake

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:55

By Vivian Chow

A man was killed in a plane crash Saturday morning on El Mirage Lake, a dry lake bed located in Victor Valley.

Deputies and fire officials discovered a Gyrocopter, a single engine, experimental aircraft at the scene, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Victor Valley station.

A man died at the scene and has not yet been identified.

Sheriff’s Aviation 40K and the National Transportation and Safety board were investigating the crash.

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NASCAR driver killed in North Branford plane crash

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:53


The racing community is mourning the loss of a veteran modified NASCAR driver, Ted Christopher, who was one of the victims in a plane crash on Saturday. 

Police said two people on board a Mooney M20C aircraft were killed when it crashed in North Branford on Saturday. The second person was identified on Sunday as 81-year-old Charles Dundas, from New York and Florida.

The crash happened in the area of West Street, around 1:53 p.m. on Saturday. Police said they do not yet know where the plane took off, or to where it was headed.

“It was really strange,” described neighbor Carrie Carignan. “It almost sounded like a dump truck opening the back and gravel falling out.”

Carignan said she assumed the noise was a tree falling in the woods, but it wasn’t until an hour later, when she said she learned of the crash while on a hike.

“All of a sudden, he called me frantic, you got to call 911, you got to call 911,” said Carignan “There’s been a plane crash and I’m like ‘Oh my God.'”

The FAA is investigating the crash.

News of the crash spread quickly to the racing community when it was learned that veteran NASCAR Whelen Modified driver, 59-year-old Ted “Teddy” Christopher was one of the victims killed in the crash.

Before a race Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl, General Manager, George Whitney said a driver drove Christopher’s #13 car around the track twice in remembrance of the driver killed in the crash. Whitney said Christopher often raced at speed ways in Waterford and Thompson.

NASCAR CEO Brian France made a statement of the driver’s passing.

“We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft’s pilot. As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR’s roots. He was a tough racer’s racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Guilford Police and Fire, and North Branford units also responded. The remains of the plane will be removed in the coming days.

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2 injured when small plane crashes in Beaver County

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:50

Two men were injured when a two-seat airplane crashed Saturday afternoon in Beaver County.

The crash occurred about 4:50 p.m. in the 200 block of McKenzie Road in Hanover, county emergency officials said.

A 23-year-old Hookstown man and a 24-year-old man from Arlington, Va., were on board when the Piper J3C-65 crashed into a tree on private property, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Both men were taken to Allegheny General Hospital with moderate but non-life threatening injures, according to police.

At the crash site, the small, yellow aircraft was positioned nose-down in the ground, and its tail was held up by tree limbs.

State police and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating, officials said.

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