NTSB Reacts To Two Recent Caravan Fatals

 - January 10, 2007, 10:07 AM

Two recent accidents in icing conditions involving Cessna Caravans have prompted the NTSB to issue more recommendations for the high-wing turboprop single. The Safety Board wants the FAA to require operators to maintain at least of 120 knots when flying in icing conditions “even if a descent is required to do so.” (Last year, the FAA set a minimum speed of 105 knots for operating the Cessna 208 in icing conditions.) The NTSB also wants Caravans to be prohibited from operating in more than light icing conditions and require that they be flown manually when in icing conditions. These latest recommendations follow an assessment of more than 26 fatal and nonfatal icing-related events in Cessna 208s, in addition to accidents on Oct. 6, 2005, in Canada (in which the pilot was killed) and Nov. 19, 2005, in Russia (in which the two pilots and six passengers were killed).