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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.

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

Duke Life Flight Suffered Engine Failure, Post-Crash Fire

Engine failure took down the Duke Life Flight helicopter earlier this month that killed all four people on board, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report says. One of the two engines “exhibited discoloration consistent with overheating and lack of lubrication” and “exhibited rotational nonuniform damage,” the report said. Investigators also found the engine’s bearing roller pins were worn down. Witnesses told NTSB investigators they saw dark smoke trailing behind the helicopter while it was still in the air. One witness reported hearing a “popping noise” before it turned left, then right and began to descend. The witness said ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

A Duke Life Flight helicopter was traveling from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when it crashed, killing all four people on board just around 11:45 a.m. local time Sept. 8, the News and Observer reported. The helicopter was transporting a patient to Duke Medical Center in Durham when it crashed in Perquimans County near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh. Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 and was the first hospital-based emergency transport service. It includes one other helicopter, both Eurocopter EC 145s, and five ground ambulances based ... Read More

Deadly, Noncombat Military Air Crashes Continue

As Righting Injustice previously reported, this summer has been a deadly one for U.S. military aviation and the pattern of noncombat crashes continued last Friday. Another U.S. Black Hawk crashed around 7 p.m. local time off the coast of Yemen during a training mission, according to a press release from U.S. Central Command. Five of the six crew members were rescued and the military conducted a search throughout the weekend for the sixth crew member. As of Monday, ArmyTimes confirmed that the service member is still missing and the search is ongoing. The crash occurred while the helicopter was “conducting ... Read More

Five Missing After Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Hawaii

Late Tuesday night, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, CNN reported. Five crew members were on board when the helicopter lost communications with Wheeler Army Airfield on the island of Oahu. Approximately 80 minutes later at 11:28 p.m. local time, the U.S. Coast Guard located a debris field near Kaena Point, which is located on the west side of the island. The helicopter was one of two Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a routine night training exercise between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, according to the Honolulu ... Read More

Solar Eclipse: Scientists Warn of Fake Protective Eyewear

On Aug. 21, millions of people living in North America will have the opportunity to witness “the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years,” National Public Radio reports. Experts remind viewers not to look directly at a solar eclipse without eye protection. However, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and NASA are concerned that imposters may make finding legitimate protective eyewear more difficult for consumers. Scammers are selling fake products and some are even imitating legitimate products down to a product’s symbol, making it difficult for consumers to distinguish. Fake products are dangerous because ... Read More

iPhone Cases Recalled Due to Skin Irritation, Burns

Consumers looking to accessorize their iPhones should be aware that New Jersey-based MixBin Electronics LLC, has recalled approximately 263,000 of its Liquid Glitter iPhone cases after customers reported the cases caused skin irritation and chemical burns, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been 24 reports of skin irritation and chemical burns, including 19 injuries in the U.S. CNN reports that the injuries are a result of the liquid substance contained in the cases leaking out and coming into contact users’ skin. The liquid can leak out if the case cracks or breaks. One consumer has been permanently ... Read More

Ford says Takata Airbag Safety Issue ‘Inconsequential’

Ford Motor Company is expected to file a petition with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to resist recalling approximately 2.5 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag safety recall, Reuters reports. John Cangany, a Ford spokesman, explained that it is filing the petition because it “believes the issue is inconsequential.” The safety recall is the largest in U.S. history and is now linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide. As Beasley Allen has previously explained the recall stems from the chemical compound used in the airbag inflators. Takata admits to ... Read More

2,000 5-point Camlock Harness Belts Recalled

Corbeau USA, LLC (Corbeau), based in Bluffdale, Utah, has recalled approximately 2,000 5-Point Camlock Harness Belts because of a defect that may lead to fall and projectile hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports. The belts are designed to be used as aftermarket safety devices in off-highway vehicles. The company’s website recall page explains that a defect in the right lap insert “could potentially cause the right lap belt to come unlocked from the camlock dial” with little pressure. The insert tab’s hole was drilled off center and prevents the camlock dial from locking properly. The harness belts ... Read More