On January 2 of last year, a Piper Seneca came to grief over Kentucky, killing four. The accident made national news because the only survivor was a 7-year old girl who walked three quarters of a mile through the woods, barefoot in the dark. I have not seen the final NTSB report, but the available information indicates that engine air induction icing may have been a factor. On December 8, , an Embraer Phenom crashed into a Maryland home while on approach.
Unforecast Adverse Weather
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Aircraft utility can go down significantly in cold weather. Adverse weather is more common and tenacious than in warmer months, and along with the fog, low clouds and wind, there is often the threat of airframe ice. Yet we still want, and sometimes feel we need, to fly. How can we balance the possibility of airframe ice with the utility of our airplanes? To answer these questions I spoke with professionals who slog through the weather every day and night , flying high priority aeromedical, charter and air cargo in piston, turboprop and small jet aircraft.
Icing in the Aviation Environment
Aviation Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for aircraft pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up. Connect and share knowledge within a single location that is structured and easy to search. The most obvious answer is to stay out of it in the first place, but the reg requires us to come up with an answer The obvious answer you mentioned should be reiterated: Avoid thunderstorms whenever possible!
A pilot should avoid flying through a thunderstorm of any intensity. However, certain conditions may be present that could lead to an inadvertent thunderstorm encounter. For example, flying in areas where thunderstorms are embedded in large cloud masses may make thunderstorm avoidance difficult, even when the aircraft is equipped with thunderstorm detection equipment. Therefore, pilots must be prepared to deal with an inadvertent thunderstorm penetration.