C208 Accidents Lead to NTSB Concern

 - November 3, 2006, 4:49 AM

The NTSB is recommending that pilots of Cessna 208 Caravans approved for flight into known icing conditions be required to undergo annual training for ground de-icing and flight in icing conditions. The Safety Board also wants Cessna to develop appropriate guidance materials to minimize the chance of Caravan icing accidents. The recommendations stem from the NTSB’s study of 26 icing-related Cessna 208 accidents in the U.S. and Canada, which resulted in 36 fatalities. Ten of the accidents were caused by “inadequate removal of ice” while the airplane was on the ground, the Safety Board said.