Infrastructure Daily News 05.31.11

Transportation Sector

. May 27, Associated Press – (Ohio; Pennsylvania) Florida-bound flight makes emergency landing. An engine oil leak forced a flight from Ohio to make an emergency landing May 26 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 141 Florida-bound passengers on board. An Allegiant Air spokeswoman said a warning light about high oil temperature went on after the jet took off from Youngstown, Ohio just before 7 p.m. May 26. She told the Vindicator newspaper of Youngstown that the pilot followed standard procedure and shut down the engine, declaring an emergency. The plane was diverted to Pittsburgh, where the spokeswoman said it landed safely about 30 minutes after takeoff. She said maintenance crews confirmed the engine was leaking oil, and the jet was grounded. Las Vegas-based Allegiant sent for another plane to take the passengers to their destination, Orlando. Source:

. May 27, Associated Press; CBS 2 New York – (New York) Final JFK terror plot suspect convicted. The last suspect in a scheme to blow up jet fuel tanks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens has been convicted of participating in the failed plot. The man was convicted May 26 of several conspiracy counts. Two other people were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy charges and are serving life in prison. A fourth pleaded guilty to providing material support and was sentenced to 15 years. The man’s case was separated from the others after he fell ill. Prosecutors argued the men wanted to kill thousands of people and cripple the American economy by using explosives to blow up the fuel tanks and the underground pipelines that run through an adjacent Queens neighborhood. Defense attorneys argued the case was created by government intervention. The man, an imam from Trinidad, faces life in prison. Source:

. May 27, CNN – (International) Air France crash pilots lost vital speed data, say investigators. Pilots of the Air France flight that crashed in 2009 and plummeted 38,000 feet in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds, lost vital speed data, France’s Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) said May 27. Pilots got conflicting air speeds in the minutes leading up to the crash, the interim reports states. The aircraft climbed to 38,000 feet when “the stall warning was triggered and the airplane stalled,” the report said. Aviation experts are asking why the pilots responded to the stall by pulling the nose up instead of pushing it down to recover. A pilot and aviation analyst, said: “You push down on the wheel to gain air speed, perhaps they (pilots) were getting information that the air speed was too high. Pulling the nose up will exacerbate an aerodynamic stall.” The aircraft experienced some “rolling” before stalling and then descending rapidly into the ocean. The descent lasted 3 minutes and 30 seconds and the engines remained operational, the report said. The plane plunged at 10,912 feet per minute. At the time of the descent, the two co-pilots and captain were in the cockpit. CNN’s aviation expert, said: “For whatever reason the aircraft speed sensors failed and the A330 went into a high altitude stall. The pilot’s actions were unable to recover the aircraft and some might say, made the bad situation worse.” All 228 people aboard the Airbus A330 Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris were killed on June 1, 2009. Source: t=T1

. May 26, Tallahassee Democrat – (Florida) Final suspect arrested in railroad tampering. The sixth and final suspect in a railroad-track tampering case turned himself in, said an official with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office in Florida May 26. The man was arrested on charges of grand theft, trespassing, and interfering with a railroad system and booked into the Gadsden County Jail. Five men were previously arrested in the theft of 68 metal railroad plates and 21 railroad spikes near Moses Lane and Hardaway Highway in Chattahoochee. The five men already in custody were each charged with grand theft, trespassing, and interfering with a railroad system. Source:– Final-suspect-arrested-in-railroad-tampering

. May 26, Richmond Palladium-Item – (Indiana) Cambridge City residents evacuated by flood waters return to homes. A Wayne County, Indiana Emergency Management official said May 26 that flood waters in Cambridge City are receding following severe thunderstorms that ransacked Indiana and other parts of the Midwest. Flood waters on U.S. 40 in the downtown area are receding, and traffic patterns are returning to normal, the deputy director of emergency management said. Franklin Road between Tidewater and Leavell roads is closed indefinitely due to bridge failure, the director of the Wayne County Highway Department said. Half of a support wall on the bridge caved in following heavy rain and will need an estimated $500,000 in repairs, he said. Nine other roadways remain closed due to high water, he said. Source: City-residents-evacuated-by-flood-waters-returnhomes? odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Postal and Shipping Sector

. May 26, Eureka Times-Standard – (California) White powder shuts down Ferndale post office. A package and delivery bag with white powder that caused the Ferndale, California post office to close its doors for roughly an hour in the morning May 26 was determined to be a broken bottle of penicillin, according to hazardous materials investigators. They were called to the post office at about 9:45 a.m., said the coordinator for the Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response Team. Investigators found a broken glass bottle with a broken label alongside the white substance, he said. Firefighters with the Ferndale Fire Department visited the package’s recipient who was able to show them another bottle identical to the broken bottle. “(It was) a bottle of penicillin that had broken in transit and leaked through the package, and … penicillin, once [the] water evaporates … turns back to powder form” he said, adding a local veterinarian was able to verify that the substance was penicillin. The post office reopened around 10:15 a.m. Source:

. May 26, Associated Press – (Colorado) Boulder County Sheriff’s Office investigates explosion in mailbox. A homemade explosive made with acid, tinfoil, and a water bottle blew up inside a mailbox in Superior, Colorado May 26. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said the homeowners reported the explosion. The Boulder Daily Camera reports no one was injured, but the mailbox door was found in a neighbor’s yard. The sheriff’s office, and Boulder and Longmont police investigated a string of homemade explosives last year. Mailboxes were damaged by small pipe-type devices and a plastic bottle containing chemicals. Source:– Exploding-Mailbox/

Emergency Services Sector

. May 27, Crawfordsville Journal Review – (Indiana) Comcast alerts only on local channels. Comcast customers in Montgomery County, Indiana will no longer receive severe weather notifications from Montgomery County dispatch on non-local channels. Tornado sirens were utilized in Montgomery County. The sirens do not necessarily mean a tornado has touched down or even that one has been sighted. Rather, they are sounded when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Montgomery County, or if a confirmed sighting of a funnel cloud has been reported by a trained weather spotter or member of a local emergency management agency. There are a limited number of weather radios available for purchase from the Montgomery County Emergency Management Department, the Crawfordsville Police Department communications director said. Source: 001cc4c002e0.html

. May 26, Associated Press – (Oregon) Man hauls apparent leftover WWII bomb to Corvallis, Ore., police station; street closed down. Police said a man loaded what appeared to be a leftover World War II-vintage bomb into his minivan and drove it to the police station in Corvallis, Oregon, prompting officers to temporarily close off nearby traffic while they decided what to do. A lieutenant said the man reported the device was found in a shed on rental property he manages in Lebanon. He decided Corvallis police would know what to do so he drove it to the station May 26. Police blocked off the street and called the Oregon State Police bomb squad. Those officers secured the device in a specially designed trailer and took it to a range outside Salem for disposal. The lieutenant told the Gazette-Times the 2-foot metal cylinder with a tailfin on the end looked like a World War II-vintage bomb designed to be dropped from an airplane. Source:– Leftover-Bomb/

. May 26, Detroit News – (Michigan) Resident drops off grenades at Detroit police building, prompts evacuation. A resident who dropped off a bag of grenades May 26 at the Eastern District police station in Detroit, Michigan, caused a brief scare and building evacuation. According to firefighters at the scene, the resident discovered the grenades and sought to turn them in after not knowing what to do with them. Two Detroit Bomb Squad vehicles were on the scene as well as a helicopter. Police reopened Gratiot Avenue between Outer Drive East and Gunston near the police station later in the morning May 26. Nearby businesses, including a dental clinic and pharmacy, were evacuated for more than an hour. Source: off-grenades-at-Detroit-police-building–prompts-evacuation

. May 25, Worcester Telegram and Gazette – (Massachusetts) Powder that prompted lobby shutdown was not toxic. A white powder brought to the police station in Worcester, Massachusetts, May 24 by a man who found it on his windshield inside an envelope with a threatening letter was non-toxic, police said. The substance was analyzed May 24 by the state department of public health at a laboratory in Jamaica Plain, and the results were given to police. Police did not identify the substance, pending further testing. The man entered the lobby of police headquarters at 911 Lincoln Square carrying the envelope. He handed it to an officer and some of the powder accidentally spilled on the officer and on the lobby floor. The lobby was shut down for about 40 minutes, while local and state hazardous materials teams dealt with the substance and oversaw decontamination. Source:

. May 25, Emergency Management – (National) New England states coordinate cybersecurity response planning. A number of states are tightening the coordination between IT professionals in government and industry to minimize the potential impact of a disruption to computerized systems. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are coordinating plans for responding to interruptions in services due to cyberattacks or natural disasters that disrupt computer systems that facilitate critical services. In 2009, Rhode Island officials met with representatives from hospitals, financial institutions, colleges, universities, the military, cable, and communications industries, and utilities to identify who the stakeholders were, and who could contribute resources to a cyber-disruption response team. The plan describes a fairly straightforward implementation of Emergency Support Function (ESF) 2 under the National Response Framework. The response team, which is still being formed, will likely be made up of 8 to 12 members, organized under the Rhode Island State Police, who will be responsible for restoring critical IT systems. Cyber-disruption teams are also being established in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as the Providence and Boston UASI regions. The teams will have personnel from IT, emergency management, public safety and service providers who can advise an incident commander about restoring or maintaining critical infrastructure under ESF-2. Source: Security-Response-Planning-052511.html

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