Today is Friday the 29th of July, 2016

Here are the stories to close out this week…

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!

Tom

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2 injured in plane crash at FDL County Airport (Fond Du Lac, Wi.)

FOND DU LAC – A single-engine plane crashed about 8:20 a.m Thursday in the northwest corner of the Fond du Lac County Airport. White smoke FDLburst from the engine as firefighters and an ambulance arrived on scene.

David Spencer, 78, and Rafael Chaves, 71, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, were seriously injured and transported separately by Flight for Life and ThedaStar to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah, said Rick Olig, captain of operations for the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses of the crash say the plane was flying low and appeared as if it was going to land, Olig said.

The plane experienced a mechanical issue, banked abruptly and crashed, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The crash area was on an open field several hundred yards from the north/south runway.

The two-seat, fixed-wing plane is a model CTLS manufactured by Flight Design, based in Germany, according to the Aircraft Lookup app.

The Fond du Lac County Airport reopened about 10 a.m., said John Wehner, manager of the county airport. This is the first crash at the airport since the 1990s, Wehner said.

Story: AirVenture boon for FDL County Airport

Since Sunday, the county airport has been busy as flyers arrive for the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Wehner estimated that, from July 24 to 31, the county airport would handle 5,000 flights, which is 625 flight operations a day. Normally the airport has about 150 daily operation flights, he said.

The sheriff’s office is working with federal agencies to determine the cause of the crash.

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Electrical failure forces emergency plane landing in Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) — An electrical panel failure forced a small plane to make an emergency landing at Stevens Point Municipal stevens pointAirport Thursday morning.

The airport’s assistant manager tells NewsChannel 7 a plane took off around 8:30 a.m. A few minutes later there was an electrical failure.

The pilot made a quick emergency landing without landing gear. The pilot and his wife got out of the plane safely.

The plane has some exterior damage, including propellor damage.

Stevens Point Municipal Airport Assistant Manager Jeff Graboski says the situation could have been much worse, had the pilot not made a textbook landing.

“It could have been worse, absolutely. Anytime there’s an aircraft that’s landing without wheels, obviously that’s a big deal. It doesn’t happen very often but occasionally this stuff happens and typically guys are trained and understand their airplane enough to get it on the ground safely.”

The couple, from Arizona, parked their plane at the Stevens Point airport while they attended the EAA airshow in Oshkosh. The couple was leaving to head back to Arizona when the electrical failure happened.

The plane was cleared off the runway by 11:00 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Graboski says he believes the couple will have to stay in Stevens Point through the weekend until the FAA investigation can be done, and repairs can be made to the plane.

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One dead after plane crashes near Holmen, Mn.

UPDATE: One person is dead after a plane crashed outside of Holmen on Thursday.

Just after 6:15 p.m. first responders located the wreckage single engine plane just North West of the intersection of County Road D and County Road W.

Shortly after, crews found a male body near the wreckage. The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department said after talking with friends of the pilot, they believe he was the only person on board the plane.

“They had found a piece of wreckage they were sure was from a plane and then shortly there after they found the entire fuselage,” Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf said.

The plane was located near a cell phone tower on the property of a local farmer just off County Road D. Tyler Anderson was just getting home when he found emergency crews in his yard. The wreckage, however, was found deep into the hills behind his home and was not visible from his property.

“It’s not every day that something unfortunate like this happens. You kind of feel for the family of whoever it is,” Anderson said.

The Sheriff’s Department has not yet identified the victim.

Chief Deputy Wolf went to meet with friends of the pilot at the La Crosse Regional Airport Thursday night. He said the family was on their way to La Crosse.

Earlier in the afternoon, Wolf said the plane was on its way from Minnesota to Appleton with a planned stop in La Crosse. 

Various agencies including the Holmen Fire Department, Farmington Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, Salvation Army, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Civil Air Patrol all helped with the search.

The NTSB will be on scene Friday to investigate before the wreckage can be removed.

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None injured in Henderson plane crash

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No one was injured when a small propeller plane lost power near the Henderson Executive Airport and landed just short of the runway.

Henderson Fire spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said the plane landed in the desert area near the runway. Three people were in the plane when it lost power, but none of them was injured.

The plane did not catch fire, but it did leak a small amount of fuel.

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Two people escape with minor injuries after plane crashes north of Panama City Beach airport

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Two men escaped injury after the plane they were in crashed north of Northwest Florida Beaches Panama CityInternational Airport Thursday afternoon.

It happened just after 6 p.m.

Investigators with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office tell us two pilots were in a Piper PA-28R-200 doing flight training after when the plane developed engine trouble.

Investigators say the lead pilot knew they weren’t going to make it to Beaches International Airport, so he looked for “the smallest trees” and decided to put the plane down there.

They wound up off Tram Road south of Highway 20 about two to three miles north of runway 16 at Beaches International Airport.

Both men escaped the crash with only minor injuries.

The plane, registered out of North Port, Florida, is a four seat single-engine fixed wing aircraft manufactured in 1969.

The flight originated in Enterprise, Alabama.

No names of anyone involved have been released. The FAA is leading the investigation into the crash.

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Today in History

44 Years ago today: On 29 July 1972 two Avianca DC-3 aircraft collided over Los Palampos; killing all 38 occupants.

Date: Saturday 29 July 1972
Time: 06:53
Type: Douglas DC-3A
Operator: Avianca
Registration: HK-1341
C/n / msn: 11716
First flight: 1943
Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers: Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total: Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Collision casualties: Fatalities: 21
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: near Las Palomas (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Villavicencio Airport (VVC/SKVV), Colombia
Destination airport: El Yopal Airport (EYP/SKYP), Colombia

Narrative:
Two Avianca DC-3 aircraft, HK-107 and HK-1341 crashed following a mid-air collision over the Las Palomas mountain range, Colombia. All 38 passengers and crew members were killed.
HK-107 departed Villavicencio (VVC) at 06:20 for a domestic flight to Paz de Ariporo (PZA), Arauca (AUC) and Saravena (RVE). There were three crew members and eighteen passengers on board.
The other flight, carried out by HK-1341, departed Villavicencio at 06:22 on a flight to El Yopal (EYP), Trinidad (TDA), Orocue (ORC) and Las Gaviotas (LGT).
There were three crew members and fourteen passengers on board.
Both aircraft were heading in the same direction, initially with a separation of two minutes. About thirty minutes after takeoff both aircraft collided and crashed.

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Thursday the 28th of July, 2016

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Multiple Fatalities From Columbia, California Plane Crash

Update at 6:20pm: Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. Andrea Benson reports four people have died from this afternoon’s plane crash in Columbia. columbiaThe names of the individuals, and where the plane was arriving from, is not currently available. The Coroner will need to notify next of kin family members before any identities are released.

The plane was reportedly coming in from the north and tried to land on the runway. It veered off into some vegetation in a field and the plane caught on fire. It also burned a nearby vehicle. The National Transportation Safety Board will arrive from Colorado tomorrow morning to take over the investigation.

Update at 6:08pm: A CAL Fire spokesperson confirms that the plane involved in today’s crash at Columbia Airport was a private plane and not a fire plane. The Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency investigating the incident and plans to release more information soon.

Update at 5:45pm: The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office reports that the flames have been extinguished from the plane crash that occurred at Columbia Airport at 4:45pm this afternoon. No information has been made available at this time regarding injuries or the exact type of plane involved. We will pass along more information when it becomes available.

Original story posted at 5pm: Columbia, CA — Law enforcement officials are arriving on the scene of a plane crash at the Columbia Airport.

At 4:45pm the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office receive a phone call that a plane had crashed and it was fully engulfed in flames. The fire has also spread to some nearby vegetation. As you can see in one of the photos, heavy smoke is visible near Columbia Airport.

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Flames force American Airlines jet to make emergency landing

DALLAS — An American Airlines flight on its way from DFW Airport to Seattle declared an in-flight emergency and returned to DFW Airport after 36AAB0E400000578-3712458-image-a-13_1469705091441fire was seen shooting from a wing, reports CBS Dallas.

Flight 438 had just taken off when people on board reported a boom, the station says.

Passengers then saw flames shooting from a wing of the Airbus 321 aircraft.

They were captured in this video, posted on Google Plus.

The carrier says the problem was caused by a compressor stall and that the engine was never on fire.

DFW Airport spokesman David Magana says no one was hurt and the plane taxied back to the gate.

The plane carried 130 passengers and a crew of six.

The flames could be seen by hundreds of people in Arlington, Grand Prairie and the mid-cities, who called police and fire departments to report the problem.

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