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Apreill Hartsfield

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Apreill Hartsfield recently joined Beasley Allen as a Content Writer. Her professional writing career began more than 15 years ago when she assisted with the research and writing for the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a good mix of writing projects and providing public relations advice. Apreill enjoys helping people tell their stories and has a soft spot for children and marginalized populations. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor of science in Political Science and Public Communications and earned a law degree from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Apreill and her husband and children live in Prattville, Ala.

T-38 Trainer Jet Involved in Latest Military Air Crash

The U.S. Air Force is investigating another noncombat military air crash. On Wednesday, a T-38C Talon II trainer jet crashed near Columbus Air Force Base (CAFB) in northeast Mississippi. The two pilots ejected safely from the aircraft, and were taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released. The supersonic jet crashed in a wooded area without damaging any houses or other buildings. Witnesses in downtown Columbus, which is nine miles south of CAFB, reported seeing a plume of smoke above the crash site. The Air Force base is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. There were six Class A ... Read More

Cuban Commercial Flight Crashes After Takeoff

A Boeing 737-200 crashed today just after takeoff from Havana, Cuba’s, Jose Marti International Airport. There were 104 people on board, including five children. Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported that at least three passengers survived, but were in critical condition. Cuba’s national air carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, had rented the airplane from a small Mexican airline, Global Air. Global Air confirmed there were six Mexican crew members aboard. Officials have not confirmed if any of the passengers were U.S. citizens. The flight was traveling to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed in a farm field of yuca plants ... Read More

10 Killed in Texas School Shooting, Explosives Found

Authorities are beginning to piece together the details of yet another deadly school shooting, this time at the Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, Texas. The Santa Fe Independent School District (ISD), confirmed that an “active shooter” incident erupted with gunfire around 7:40 a.m. local time at the school and was later contained. It is the third school shooting in eight days in the U.S. and it claimed the lives of nine students and one adult. Ten others were injured, including one ISD police officer, and were transported to area hospitals. Law enforcement identified Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student ... Read More

WC-130 Plane Crashes Near Savannah, Georgia

Early Wednesday morning, an Air National Guard WC-130 crashed near Savannah, Georgia, killing all five crew members on board. The plane went down just a few miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Witnesses reported hearing a “loud, strange noise,” as they watched the plane flying at “very low altitude and making a hard left turn to the ground” seconds before it crashed and exploded. They described the impact, which could be felt miles away, as a bomb exploding. Some reported that the impact shook their building and knocked out power to area homes, schools and businesses. The airplane was ... Read More

Tragic Week for US Military Aviation

It has been a tragic week for aviation in the U.S. military. In only two days, four unrelated aviation “mishaps” claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and an Air Force pilot, and damaged or destroyed four military aircraft. On Tuesday, a Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jet crashed during take-off from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. The pilot ejected safely just before the crash. During take-off, the jet’s nose rose too quickly, forcing the pilot to lose control of the jet. The aircraft was taking part in a two-week Alligator Dagger exercise. The exercise was cancelled following a second crash in ... Read More

Helicopter Crash-Lands in California Home

A Robinson R44 helicopter crash-landed in a residential area of Southern California Tuesday afternoon, killing three people on board and injuring two others, including a man on the ground, ABC News reported. The helicopter crashed into the side of a house located in a Newport Beach gated community, approximately a mile from the John Wayne Airport, where it took off. The crash is at least the third serious accident involving an R44 that has occurred in Southern California within a year, according to the LA Times. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating ... Read More

3 Crew Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Arkansas

Three crew members were killed when their medical helicopter crashed Sunday night in DeWitt, Arkansas, approximately 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Associated Press reported. A post-crash fire engulfed the helicopter in flames, preventing first responders from approaching the crash site when they arrived. The Bell 407 helicopter, known as Pafford AIR ONE, was owned and operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods. Pafford EMS confirmed no patients were on board at the time of the crash, but that the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in West Helena. The three crew members who ... Read More

Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter Crashes, 3 Injured

An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed during a non-medical flight Wednesday in a residential area in Union City, Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. Three crew members, including the pilot, flight nurse and a paramedic, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. According to the Jackson Sun, no houses were damaged and no other injuries were reported. The location of the crash is approximately 100 miles northeast of Memphis. The helicopter was part of Air Evac 143, which is based in Troy, Tennessee. The crew was flying to the 911 Dispatch Center in ... Read More

Operational Pause for CH-53 helicopter After In-flight Fire, Emergency Landing

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Okinawa, Japan, last week after experiencing an in-flight fire, according to The New York Times. Following the event, Military.com reported that the commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, implemented a 96-hour operational pause for the rest of the fleet of CH-53E Super Stallions based at the USMC Air Station Futenma in Japan. The heavy-lift helicopter was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), forward-based in Japan, Military.com also reported. The aircraft had been conducting “regularly scheduled training” when ... Read More

US V-22 Osprey Crashes in Syria, ‘Enemy Contact’ Not Likely Cause

Last Thursday, a U.S. V-22 Osprey crashed in Syria injuring two service members, USNI News reports. Department of Defense officials do not believe the crash was caused due to “enemy contact,” but the incident remains under investigation and officials did not speculate about the cause. Officials also said it was a “miracle” others were not also injured in the crash. The crash marks at least the fourth crash of a V-22 aircraft in a year – supporting its reputation as dangerous and unreliable. At least three other V-22s have been forced into emergency landings with one emitting smoke from its ... Read More