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July 2001 Issue

Gotcha

Thunderstorms carry all of the worst weather elements, all wrapped up in one nasty package

“Any cloud connected to a severe thunderstorm carries the threat of violence.” – AC 00-6A

One of the dangerous myths of aviation is that of the “all-weather” general aviation airplane. And while it’s true that modern technology has done wonders in making flying more reliable and safer, it’s important to remember that Mother Nature always has the last word. Here’s an important case in point.

This mishap involved a turbocharged Piper Saratoga that broke up in flight in the vicious winds found in and around severe thunderstorms. The pilot was attempting to find his way through a band of thunderstorms, which extended from northeast to southwest over central New Mexico. Two cells ne...

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