Submitted by: George Snow
“Regional Dispatch to Zone 4, we have a report of a plane crash just off the runway at the Halifax International Airport. There are multiple fires burning. The aircraft is a 747, time out 4:01 (AM)
Those were the first words most Firefighters heard on the morning of October 14, 2004 as pagers confirmed an aircraft had crashed and was on fire.
First arriving personnel reported heavy fire as the aircraft had just been refueled with a total of 200,000 liters of jet fuel.
The massive 747-200 cargo plane barely cleared the fence surrounding the airport before crashing, and exploding, killing 7 crew members on board.
As the sun came up, and the smoke cleared, the devastation was evident in the stark light of day. Charred wreckage and razor sharp pieces of aircraft parts in the huge debris field.
Over 80 Firefighters and 20 pieces of apparatus responded to the call. Among them were two brothers on their first major incident, Dave and Don Carroll……Welcome to the Fire Service