The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released a new episode in its popular Accident Case Study video series about a Cirrus SR22 aircraft and a Bonanza A36 aircraft. Both crashed when the pilots flew into deteriorating conditions and encountered icing that they could not escape.
Accident Case Study: Trapped in Ice, recreates the events that led to two ill-fated flights in April 2018. The pilots and passengers departed under what they perceived were manageable IFR conditions. But a large swath of hazardous icing conditions and mountain obscuration in IMC proved to be no match for the pilots or their airplanes, which were not anti-icing or deicing equipped.
"These accidents serve as sober reminders that we need to use all available weather information, as current as possible, especially when planning a flight in conditions favorable for in-flight icing," said ASI’s senior vice president Richard McSpadden.
Join the AOPA Air Safety Institute as it explores lessons learned from these accidents. Doing so may help us recognize and avoid a similar mistake.
Accident Case Study: Trapped in Ice uses FAA ATC radio communication transcripts, NTSB documentation, and video animation to recreate the dynamics of the situation and track the accident chain of events.
View the accident case study.