American Eagle Flight

April 1, 2009 - 6:16am

The crash of Colgan Air/Continental Connection Flight 3407 (a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400) on February 2 has again raised the same issues about in-flight icing that came to light after the 1994 icing-related crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 in Roselawn, Ind., and other icing accidents.

January 29, 2009 - 3:47am

Pilots should “activate boots as soon as the airplane enters icing conditions,” according to a safety alert released in December by the NTSB. The alert (SA-014) is yet another attempt by the Board to persuade pilots that there is no such thing as ice bridging and that pilots should not wait for ice to build to one-quarter to one-half-inch thickness before inflating boots in icing conditions.

January 28, 2009 - 7:51am

Pilots should “activate boots as soon as the airplane enters icing conditions,” according to a safety alert released in December by the NTSB. The alert (SA-014) is yet another attempt by the Board to persuade pilots that there is no such thing as ice bridging and that pilots should not wait for ice to build to one-quarter to one-half-inch thickness before inflating boots in icing conditions.

August 5, 2008 - 11:34am

The East Coast Jets-operated Hawker 800A that crashed Thursday morning at Owatonna (Minn.) Degner Regional Airport, killing all eight on board, briefly touched down on 5,500-foot Runway 30 before the crew decided to abort the landing and attempt a go-around. “The airplane did land and for some reason the flight crew made the decision to take off again,” said NTSB investigator Steven Chealander.

May 15, 2008 - 8:59am

The NTSB has confirmed talk that the Board is “about to release” a report modifying some of its findings in the October 1994 crash of an American Eagle ATR 72 near Roselawn, Ind.

May 6, 2008 - 8:56am

The NTSB conceded its original final report falsely gave the impression that ATR and the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) knew the precise conditions that led to the 1994 crash of a Simmons Airlines ATR 72 near Roselawn, Ind., would, in fact, result in an icing-induced upset. The admission was in response to petitions filed years ago by ATR and DGAC for the NTSB to revise its final report.

February 7, 2008 - 11:45am

When pilots turn their attention to icing, it’s the in-flight kind that garners the most attention and training focus. But ground icing is also critical and has been implicated in a number of accidents. Fortunately, the training material available on ground icing is as voluminous as it is for in-flight icing, and most of it is readily available online for individual use or incorporation into a training program.

February 7, 2008 - 11:45am

When pilots turn their attention to icing, it’s the in-flight kind that garners the most attention and training focus. But ground icing is also critical and has been implicated in a number of accidents. Fortunately, the training material available on ground icing is as voluminous as it is for in-flight icing, and most of it is readily available online for individual use or incorporation into a training program.

December 19, 2007 - 12:15pm

RAYTHEON BEECH 400A, BALTIMORE, MD., MAY 1, 2002–Beechjet N498CW, a fractionally owned and operated airplane managed by Flight Options, was substantially damaged during a landing overrun at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. No injuries were reported. The NTSB blamed the captain’s failure to go around.

November 27, 2007 - 6:58am

The FAA released on November 8 a new fact sheet, “Safer Flying in Icing Conditions,” to warn operators that aircraft icing is a “continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small airplanes to jumbo jets.” To combat icing-related accidents, the FAA is employing a multi-pronged approach to icing issues, using immediate safety actions and longer-term rule changes.

 
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