Thank you for a job well done!
By Jerry L. Kiffer
August 04, 2008
As most have heard we had an accident involving a Cessna 210
going into the water short of the airport here in Ketchikan last
week. The rescue of the two persons on board was accomplished
by swift reaction of local 135 pilots who were backed up by our
rescue service and local civilians.
While this accident resulted in the loss of the aircraft, the
pilot and his passenger escaped without injuries and in doing
so demonstrated the effectiveness of the recently developed emergency
services response plan.
There has been much press regarding the incident but little has
been reported on the actions taken by the flight service station.
I have been responding to local aircraft incidents and accidents
for over 20 years and feel without the controller s actions we
may have had a significantly different outcome. Ketchikan is
a busy station landing both on the harbor from the east and west
as well as on the runway, we do not have many incidents yet the
controller on duty calmly communicated with the pilot, routed
and diverted aircraft into the area where they could be of most
use, continued to land aircraft on the harbor, coordinated emergency
services, and even landed an Alaska Airlines Flight on the runway
all in the 15 minutes it took for this incident to play out.
I feel a lot is owed to good weather, the fortunate ability to
land fixed wing at the crash site, and the time of day, but without
the outstanding job by a very good flight service controller
the rescue of the people in that aircraft may not have gone as
well. We are very lucky to have such a great flight service station
crew who work hard every day to keep air travel safe in our community.
Jerry L. Kiffer
About: "I am an incident
commander with the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad since 1980.
Received August 04, 2008 -
Published August 04, 2008
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