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EDM Monday Briefing: Two Police Officers Shot and Killed in the Line of Duty; Tyson Massively Expands Chicken Strips Recall

EDM Monday Briefing: Two Police Officers Shot and Killed in the Line of Duty; Tyson Massively Expands Chicken Strips Recall

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for May 6, 2019: A total of 41 people were killed when an Aeroflot plane burst into flames after a hard emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow; Tyson Foods massively expanded the recall for its frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips to more than 11 million pounds; five high school students in Washington state were injured when a bounce house was lifted off the ground by a strong wind gust; a Mooresville, North Carolina, police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop; a massive explosion at a silicone plant in Illinois late Friday has killed at least three people; teenagers attending a party in New York City were injured by a caustic substance thrown on them; 55 people are dead following a fuel tank truck explosion in the West African nation of Niger; and a police officer was shot and killed outside a police station in Biloxi, Mississippi, late Sunday night.

1) An Aeroflot SuperJet (SSJ100) made a hard emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow on Sunday, then caught fire. At least 41 people were killed, including one crew member. Aeroflot Flight #SU1492 had 73 passengers and five crew members on board when it departed Moscow for Murmansk, but the plane experienced trouble shortly after takeoff. The pilot sent a distress signal when malfunctions occurred and turned back to the airport. When the aircraft  landed on its second attempt, it bounced hard several times and then caught fire, according to reports.

2) Tyson Foods, Inc., has now recalled more than 11 million pounds of its frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips due to possible metal contamination. This recall expands the March recall -- which affected 69,000 pounds of the frozen chicken strips -- and includes "use by" dates of October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. The expanded recall comes after additional complaints by consumers were received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging metal contaminates were found in the chicken.

3) A bounce house was lifted off the ground by a strong gust of wind last week at an event at Zillah High School in Zillah, Washington, injuring five students -- one critically. It is unclear if the bounce house was secured to the ground before the incident, but the wind gust shot the inflatable 10 to 20 feet into the air, flipped it over, and dropped it back to the ground. Four of the students received minor injuries, including a possible concussion. The fifth student was critically injured and received shock treatment before being airlifted to the hospital.

4) A Mooresville, North Carolina police officer was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop on Saturday night at around 10:00 p.m. The officer, Jordan Harris Sheldon, 32, was allegedly shot by Michael Aldana, 28. Aldana fled the scene and was pursued to his apartment, where he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The motive for the deadly shooting is unknown. The officer was wearing a body camera -- which was in operation during his fatal shooting -- and is being reviewed by investigators.

5) A massive explosion at a silicone plant in Waukegan, Illinois, Friday evening has killed at least three people. The blast shook areas up to 20 miles away and scattered debris up to one mile away. The incident occurred at the AB Specialty Silicones plant and nine workers were inside the plant at the time of the explosion. Four people were transported to area hospitals, where one later died from injuries they sustained. One person remains missing and the body is believed to be among the heavy rubble.

6) Ten teenagers who were attending a party in a courtyard at a public housing complex in Manhattan's East Village in New York City, received injuries when someone poured a caustic substance on them from above. The teenagers, whose ages ranged from 15-18, reported skin irritation and burns to police investigating the incident. According to reports, residents had called police to complain about the noise level from the party on Saturday night before the substance -- which may have been drain cleaner or something similar -- was thrown on the teenagers.

7) Authorities in Niger stated that at least 55 people are dead after a fuel truck exploded near the country's main airport in the West African nation. The fuel truck appears to have flipped over near a gas station, drawing a crowd of people to try to collect the leaking fuel -- a common occurrence in the impoverished nation. Dozens of people were also injured, many of whom were severely burned. Doctors expect the death toll to rise, due to those victims who sustained critical injuries.

8) A police officer, Robert McKeithen, was shot and killed outside a police station in Biloxi, Mississippi, late Sunday night. Police are searching for the suspect, James Griffin, who escaped after shooting the officer multiple times and killing him. Griffin is described as being 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 inches tall and wearing a black t-shirt, navy shorts, and a red skull cap. The Gulfport Police Department, who has taken over the investigation at the request of the Biloxi Police Department, has not yet released any circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.

 

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.