04/22/07 176 W - + 12 - 18 Airport Calls

Now that the airport's on the county radio system, what are the aviation-specific calls types we're hearing? Let's see...

Alert 1 / Alert 2 (aircraft in trouble)
Alert 2 / Alert 3 (aircraft crashed)
Inbound Medical Emergency
De-fueling (stand-by)

What else are we likely to hear?

Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Fourth Edition (IFSTA) lists the following types of aircraft accidents/incidents:

Ground Emergencies

Overheated wheel assemblies
Tire/wheel failures
Combustible metal fires
Fuel leaks and spills
Engine fires or auxiliary power unit (APU) fires
Uncontained engine failures
Aircraft interior (or cabin) fires

In-Flight Emergencies:

System failure
Hydraulic problems
Engine failure/fire
Inoperable or malfunctioning flight controls
Gear failure, either hydraulic or mechanical
Special military considerations (explosions become dislodged, ejection seat activated, etc.)
Loss of cabin pressure
Onboard fire
Bird strike
Structural failure
Low or no fuel
Lighting strike, turbulence, wind shear, and icing (not emergencies unto themselves, but effects can cause emergencies)

Plus low-impact crashes (wheels-up or belly landings, ditching, rejected takeoff with runway overrun, helicopter crashes) and high-impact crashes (controlled flight in terrain, hillside crashes, crashes involving structures).

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