PRELIMINARY REPORT: ICE INTERFERES WITH AIRCRAFT CONTROLS

 - January 28, 2011, 5:45 AM

Cessna Citation 560XL, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 13, 2010–The twinjet experienced rudder binding while landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport at the conclusion of a Part 135 flight from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The Excel landed safely with no injuries to the passenger and two pilots. A post-flight examination of the tail cone revealed ice around the rudder control cables and pulleys. Two weeks earlier another Citation Excel experienced a similar incident.

Piaggio Avanti, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2010–At the end of a Part 135 flight on an IFR flight plan from New York’s Westchester County Airport to Port Columbus International Airport, the twin turboprop’s crew reported binding in the aircraft’s elevators. The Avanti sustained no damage upon landing and the two passengers and two crewmembers were uninjured. Inspection under the airplane’s floor found ice in the bays around the elevator control cables.