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Cold Weather Catastrophe

In this real pilot story, John details the resulting unfortunate choices he made on the last leg of the long cross-country flight from Olathe, Kansas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

As is often the case, several links combining in the accident chain contributed to the accident. ASI explores the links that John could not break and led him to depart on the accident flight in his Velocity XL amateur built aircraft.

ASI’s Real Pilot Stories allow pilots to share their encounter with a dilemma so others can benefit—while comfortable on the ground—from lessons learned the hard way in flight.

AOPA Air Safety Institute staff
AOPA Air Safety Institute Staff members share a deep passion for aviation safety. As compassionate pilots, we bring together safety research, analysis, and knowledge in creative ways to share aviation safety education with you—with the ultimate goal of one day having zero fatal accidents in GA.
Topics: Accident, Aeronautical Decision Making, Emergency

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