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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Report Says Lion Air Crash Plane Was 'Not Airworthy'

EDM Wednesday Briefing: Report Says Lion Air Crash Plane Was 'Not Airworthy'

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for November 28, 2018: An Indonesian report finds that the Lion Air plane that recently crashed was not airworthy for the flight, a U.S. judge has ordered PG&E to answer questions about its transmission line safety and wildfires, authorities are struggling to find a motive for the mass shooting that occurred earlier this month in Thousand Oaks, California, a chain reaction blast killed 23 in the latest industrial accident in China, a new bill that is meant to help protect consumers on the internet may be drafted in early 2019, residents struggle with flash flooding and power outages amid a deluge of rain in Sydney, Australia, Japanese authorities discovered seven bodies in a rare mass killing in the nation, and a developing weather system is likely to spark severe weather for the Southern United States.

  1. A new report issued by Indonesian authorities regarding the deadly Lion Air crash last month indicates that the pilots pulled up the nose of the plane as its automated safety system repeatedly pushed the aircraft nose downward. It was noted that the cycle repeated itself about every 5 seconds and occurred 26 times before the plane plunged into the Java Sea on October 29, killing all 189 people on board. According to reports, the plane was not fixed before the flight, and the pilots failed to recognize what was occurring with the automated system, or how to resolve the issue, although Boeing said it is confident that existing procedures were in place to address the issue.  
  2. A U.S. judge in California has ordered Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to respond to questions regarding power line safety and wildfires as he is overseeing a verdict and sentence against PG&E regarding the 2010 San Bruno gas line explosion that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes. The sentence states that PG&E was not to engage in any more crimes, and although a cause for the massive Camp Fire has not yet been determined, PG&E reported an outage at about the same time and place that the fire began. Another transmission line malfunctioned a short time later, which has sparked speculation that a second fire was started by the faulty line.  
  3. Law enforcement officials stated that so far, they have been unable to determine a motive for the Thousand Oaks, California, mass shooting that occurred on November 7 at the Borderline Bar and Grill. The gunman, former U.S. marine, Ian David Long, 28, reportedly acted alone and when police began closing in during the shooting, he took his own life.  Twelve people were killed when Long opened fire, including a Sheriff's deputy, Sergeant Ron Helus, one of the first officers to arrive on the scene.   
  4. China has announced another industrial accident that has resulted in the deaths of at least 23 people, with another 22 injured when a chain reaction of blasts occurred during the delivery of a flammable gas. During a delivery of acetylene to the Haipoer New Energy Technology Company, an explosion occurred, sparking a chain reaction among about 50 trucks that were parked along the road. Although public outcry has increased over China's lack of safety standards and the industrial accidents that have resulted, oversight and safety standards reportedly appear to remain weak and secretive.    
  5. A new bill that would likely increase consumer safety on the internet may be drafted in early 2019. The bill could give the U.S. government the ability to levy civil penalties against companies that misuse consumer data or allow that data to be stolen. The need for such a bill has gained momentum in the face of recent massive data breaches, including the recent breaches at Equifax and Google.  
  6. Sydney, Australia has received a heavy deluge of rain over the past several days which has resulted in flash-flooding and power outages across the city. High winds, up to 55 mph, were also recorded, and at least two deaths have been blamed on the storm. The rainfall was so heavy that within a two hour time period on Wednesday, the city had received its average rainfall total for the month of the November.  
  7. In a nation with a low crime and murder count, six bodies were discovered at a house in the popular tourist destination, Takachiho, Japan, in the Miyazaki province, where tourists flock to visit the Takachiho Gorge. Law enforcement officials were performing a wellness check at the home of Yasuo Iihoshi, 72, after calls to the homeowner reportedly went unanswered, when the bodies were found. A search of the nearby area included the Gokase River, where a seventh body was reportedly found under a bridge crossing.  
  8. A storm system that is developing across the southern Plains is likely to produce severe weather across the eastern Plains, the lower Mississippi Valley, and up into portions of the Ohio Valley by the end of the week. Warmer weather is not unusual this time of year in the South, with Louisiana and Mississippi both averaging six tornadoes during the month of November due to severe weather systems. Temperatures will push to 10-15 degrees above average by the end of the week, as warm Gulf Air surges into the region, and residents from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee should monitor local weather officials for changing conditions that could prove dangerous.  

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.