Infrastructure Daily News 11.18.11

Transportation Sector

. November 17, New York Post – (New York) Pilot locked in lavatory causes unnecessary terror scare. A pilot who accidentally locked himself in the bathroom of his plane bound for LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York, caused a terror scare November 16 when a helpful passenger with an accent tried to come to his rescue by banging on the cockpit door. The incident began when the captain of a Chatauqua Airlines flight from Asheville, North Carolina, decided to take a bathroom break before landing. But when he tried to get out of the men’s room, the door jammed, trapping him. Desperate to get out and land the plane — which was in a holding pattern — he pounded his fists on the door to attract attention. A passenger heard his thumping and came over to help. Relieved, the pilot told the passenger to go to the cockpit and alert the crew. But crew members did not react well to the unexpected visit from a stranger trying to breach the highly secure area. The jittery co-pilot — at the controls and wondering why his boss’ bathroom break was taking so long — thought the unfamiliar accent was Middle Eastern, a source said. He quickly radioed air traffic control. The controller advised the pilot to declare an emergency and “just get on the ground.” The captain finally extricated himself and told his colleagues all was well. Before that happened, fighter planes were alerted, although they were never scrambled. The FBI and Port Authority police met the plane when it landed around 6:30 p.m. A spokesman for Chatauqua said police quickly found it was all a misunderstanding. Source: zRJ

. November 16, Associated Press – (North Carolina) System issue, bird strike affect Charlotte airport. Concerns over an instrument landing system and a bird strike on a departing flight have impacted operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said November 16 an instrument landing system (ILS) on Runway 18R was out of service for about 2 hours after a pilot reported a fluctuating signal. While the ILS was out of service, only one runway was available for landings instead of two runways. That meant holding Charlotte-bound flights on the ground at their departure airports until the ILS was returned to service. FAA technicians examined the system and found nothing unusual. Also, Republic Airlines flight 3140 was on its takeoff roll when a bird struck the number 2 engine on the Embraer E170. The pilot aborted the takeoff and returned to the ramp. Source: For more stories, see items 1, 4, 6, 14, 28, 31, and 50

Postal and Shipping Sector

. November 17, Associated Press – (Illinois) Gunman fatally shoots himself at Ill. FedEx center. Police said a gunman who killed himself after firing several shots inside a Bedford Park, Illinois, FedEx shipping center was looking for his wife. They identified the shooter as 28-year-old man of Chicago. The Bedford Park police chief said the man’s wife is an employee at the 24-hour facility and the couple had “recent problems.” He said the man walked into the building November 17 yelling his wife’s name, and she hunkered down in her office. The gunman fired several shots before fatally shooting himself inside a vehicle at the facility. Nobody else was injured. Police said they found his body in the vehicle. Source: 1230315.html

Emergency Services Sector

. November 17, KSTU 13 Salt Lake CIty – (Utah) 3 firefighters injured, 1 critically, in training exercise in Farmington. Three Farmington, Utah firefighters were injured, one critically, when the heavy rescue vehicle they were riding in rolled down a slope November 16. The Centerville Police Department said the three were injured in a training exercise on Firebreak Road between Farmington and Centerville when the vehicle they were riding in rolled down a mountain slope. The Centerville Police lieutenant said the vehicle rolled three to four times and came to a rest in a stream at about 9:35 p.m. A Farmington fire chief was critically injured and flown to the hospital with head injuries. The two other firefighters, one a part-time firefighter and EMT, and a fire captain, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 22,000- pound truck remains in the ravine; crews were expected to extract it November 17. Source: 1-critically-in-training-exercise-20111116,0,3928315.story?track=rss

. November 16, Associated Press – (New Jersey) 5 taken to hospitals after NJ fire truck accident. Five people were taken to hospitals after being injured in a southern New Jersey fire truck accident. A police dispatcher said the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. November 16 at Route 38 and Smithville Road in Lumberton as a fire apparatus from that town was heading back to the station after a call. None of the people who were injured were believed to be in life-threatening condition. The nature of the accident was not clear. Source: after-NJ-fire-truck-accident?odyssey=nav|head For more stories, see items 13, 28, 50, and 52

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