Archive for December 22nd, 2010

Fatal plane crash in Wheeling

updated 12AM below

Shortly before 3PM this afternoon, a plane that had just taken off from the Chicago Executive Airport (Palwaukee) reported engine problems and initiated a turn which would allow them to return to the airport. The plane lost altitude and clipped a building at 760 S. Wolf Road before crashing into the rear parking lot and hitting two cars. There were two souls on-board the plane. One of the occupants died in the crash and the other, who survived, was found on the ground roughly 30 feet from the plane by the first arriving emergency personnel. He was apparently suffering from burns and multiple fractures. The survivor was packaged quickly and transferred to a Flight-For-Life medical transport helicopter and flown to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. A comprehensive article about the incident can be found HERE. Both the Wheeling Fire Department and Prospect Heights Fire Department provide protection for the airport and as such the two departments are jointly dispatched to airport related incidents. Wheeling Engine 23 was the first fire suppression unit on the scene. Firefighters used hand lines off Engine 23 plus foam from Prospect Heights Crash Truck 39.

Larry Shapiro was at the scene and has a gallery with 100 images HERE.

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010

The plane hit one car on impact and the resulting fire damaged several others. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010

Firefighters advance a foam line on the crash after the bulk of fire was knocked down by the ARFF. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010

The small plane hit several cars in the parking lot in an industrial park just northwest of the Chicago Executive Airport. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010

Firefighters douse the smoldering wreckage of a single engine plane that crashed in Wheeling, IL. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010

Wheeling Engine 23 and Prospect Heights Crash Truck 39 handled the suppression of the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010 Flight for Life medivac

Paramedics transfer care of the patient to the Flight For Life helicopter crew to transport the patient to a trauma center. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010 Flight for Life medivac

The patient is loaded into the helicopter for the trip to the trauma center. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010

Part of the debris field is visible along the path the plane took just prior to impact. Larry Shapiro photo

Wheeling IL fatal plane crash December 22, 2010

One individual perished in the crash and another survived. Larry Shapiro photo

update 12AM a short cell phone video prior to the fire department arrival can be seen HERE

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Chicago double LODD

On this historic anniversary of an horrific loss for the Chicago Fire Department, the date will become the reminder for yet another tragedy. 100 years ago today, the Chicago Fire Department suffered the loss of 21 firefighters and three civilians when a building collapsed with them inside at the Chicago Union Stock Yards. At the time of today’s fire, a remembrance service was in progress at the Stock Yards Firefighter Memorial. Today’s collapse occurred after the fire at 1744 E. 75th Street had been extinguished. Initial companies encountered frozen hydrants on arrival and the fire was elevated to a Still and Box Alarm. Firefighters were in the building performing a secondary search for vagrants or the homeless who, on several previous occasions, were reported by neighboring tenants to have been in the building. The roof collapsed in the rear of the building with no apparent warning signs and trapped 19 firefighters. A mayday call was issued and the incident was elevated to a 2-11 Alarm and an EMS Plan I. Most¬†of the firefighters were removed quickly and with non life-threatening injuries while four remained trapped. The alarm was raised further to a 3-11 Alarm with an EMS Plan II bringing a total of 10 ambulances to the scene plus 12 engines, 9 trucks, a squad, the collapse and Special Operations Units, in addition to a myriad of support vehicles and chief officers.

As the four remaining trapped firefighters were located, they were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and the University of Chicago Hospital. Corey Ankum, 32, who had been with the department for tow years died at Christ Medical Center and Edward Stringer, a 12-year veteran of the department, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Tim Olk was on the scene and submitted a few photos. He has a full gallery HERE.

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

This view from the rear shows the magnitude of the collapse and the massive amount of debris that firefighters had to deal with while searching for their trapped brothers. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

Firefighters use a hand line to wet down the rubble of the building collapse that trapped 16 Chicago firefighters at 1744 E. 75th Street. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

A city front end loader removes debris from the building collapse this morning that resulted in the deaths of two Chicago firefighters. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff talks with the fire marshal after all of the trapped firefighters were freed from the rubble at 1744 E. 75th Street. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

Chicago Fire Department chief officers confer after all of the firefighters have been accounted for. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

A view down the alley behind 1744 E. 74th Street were a building collapse took the lives of two Chicago firefighters today. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

Chiefs talk about the tragedy that occurred this morning which claimed the lives of two Chicago firefighters. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

Exhausted firefighters remove equipment from the collapse after everyone was accounted for. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department double LODD Dec 22, 2010

A fire department candidate and a seasoned firefighter leave the scene after working to save the lives of fellow firefighters. Tim Olk photo

News media articles are available HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Fire service blog entries are available at Firegeezer, Statter911, Statter911, and FirefighterCloseCalls 1, 2, 3.

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