Thu, Dec 22, 2011
NTSB Says Amount Of Ice On The Airplane May Never Be Known
The pilot of a Socata TMB700 which went down in the median of an
Interstate highway in New Jersey reported icing conditions prior to
the accident, but the NTSB says how much ice had accumulated on the
airplane may never be known.
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In a briefing for the media Wednesday, Lead Investigator Ralph
Hicks said the pilot had climbed to about FL180 when he reported to
ATC that he was picking up ice. Hicks said at least one commercial
air crew also reported icing conditions in the general area and
time of the accident. He said it was not known if the pilot
obtained a weather briefing prior to the flight.
Hicks said the main portions of the airplane had been recovered
and moved to a secure location in Delaware, where it will be
examined. He said the airplane's maintenance records and the
pilot's records are also under review.
Hicks said that witness testimony is very consistent in
describing a "descending spiral" prior to impact. He said some
witnesses are being contacted for second interviews.
Along with the FAA, Transport Canada and the French agency BEA
are parties to the investigation. The Socata is of French origin,
and it was powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop
A preliminary report is scheduled to be released next week.
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