Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2006 Issue

January 2, 2006, Santa Maria, Calif. / Saab SF340B+

At 1439 Pacific time, the scheduled American Eagle flight encountered icing conditions during its en route climb at about 11,500 feet msl and departed controlled flight. Instrument conditions prevailed; none of the two flight crewmembers, one flight attendant and 25 passengers were injured. The crew recovered the airplane, continued to their scheduled destination and landed without further incident. As the airplane climbed through 11,000 feet msl, the captain noted light rime ice accumulating. The captain reached up to activate the manual deice boot system and the airplane vibrated. The airplane encountered ice and the windscreen immediately turned white. The clacker and stick-shaker activat...

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