Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2005 Issue

January 19, 2005, Akron, Ohio / Cessna 414

At 0913 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a hard landing. No one among the Private pilot or the two passengers was injured. Instrument conditions prevailed; the flight originated at the Akron-Fulton Airport (AKR), at 0840. Shortly after takeoff, the airplane “picked up real heavy ice,” according the to the pilot. The wing, propeller, and windshield deicing systems were activated, but the windshield’s “weeping” alcohol system could not keep pace with the ice buildup, and the windshield blurred “within seconds.” Ice accumulated on the wing deicing boots while they were inflated, and ice shedding from the propellers was heard throughout the flight. The pilot requested...

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