AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 66

THE PLAN AND THE FORECAST
WEATHER

On December 20, 2011, at 7 a.m.
Eastern time, the pilot filed an
IFR flight plan from Teterboro,
New Jersey (TEB), to Dekalb
Pe a c h t r e e A i r p o r t ( P D K )
in Atlanta, using the Direct
User Access Terminal System
(DUATS). No weather briefing
was recorded through DUATS,
but the NTSB noted that the pilot
might have obtained weather
data elsewhere.

'WEATHER WISE: PRECIPITATION AND ICING'
Too many pilots underestimate the dangers of
precipitation and icing-and an alarming number
become accident statistics as a result.Take the AOPA
Air Safety Institute course Weather Wise: Precipitation
and Icing to learn how to recognize the hazards of
precipitation and ice, develop a strategy for avoidance,
and react appropriately if you encounter unexpected
conditions (www.aopa.org/Education.aspx).

The weather looked deceptively benign. The area forecast
in effect until 10 a.m. called
for a 7,000-foot overcast with
cloud tops to 18,000 feet. After
10 a.m. the ceiling was forecast
to improve to 15,000 feet broken. There was no discussion
of icing hazards but there were
numerous pilot reports, including several urgent ones that
indicated danger aloft-although
some came after the accident.
An airmet issued at 6:45
a.m. advised of moderate icing
between the freezing level of
3,000 feet and 9,000 feet and
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18,000 feet. A subsequent airmet
for moderate icing between
2,000 feet and 8,000 feet up to
20,000 feet was issued at 9:45
a.m. that included the accident
location. It's unlikely the pilot
would have received that before
departure.
On the ground, it looked
like a good day to fly, with good
visibility and high overcast.
At Morristown (New Jersey)
Municipal Airport (MMU),
near the accident site, the 9:45
a.m. observation reported wind
from 360 degrees at 8 knots with
gusts to 13 knots; visibility of 10
miles or greater; ceiling overcast at 20,000 feet; temperature
6 degrees Celsius; and dew point
minus 2 degrees C. At Teterboro,
just 20 miles from the accident
location, skies were clear with
unrestricted visibility.
THE FLIGHT

At 9:30 a.m. the pilot picked up an
IFR clearance and subsequently
departed Teterboro at 9:50 a.m.
The TBM entered instrument
meteorological conditions while
climbing through 12,800 feet and
was advised of moderate rime
icing from 15,000 feet through
17,000 feet. The controller asked
the pilot to advise him if the icing
worsened, and the pilot said,
"We'll let you know what happens when we get in there and if
we could go straight through, it's
no problem for us."
The controller said, according to the NTSB, "that he was
coordinating for a higher altitude." While at 16,800 feet, the
pilot confirmed that, "Light icing
has been present for a little while
and a higher altitude would be
great." About 15 seconds later,
the pilot stated that he was getting a "little rattle" and requested

a higher altitude as soon as possible. About 25 seconds after that,
the flight was cleared to Flight
Level 200, and the pilot acknowledged. One minute later, at 10:04
a.m., the airplane reached a peak
altitude of 17,800 feet "before
turning sharply to the left and
entering a descent." While
descending through 17,400 feet,
the pilot's last radio call was "and
N-Seven-Three-One-CharlieAlpha's declaring...."
The TBM came down very
quickly from altitude, according to several witnesses, losing a
wing and taking out part of the
empennage before hitting the
ground. The pilot and four passengers were fatally injured. The
NTSB could find no mechanical
problems with the airframe or
the engine.
More than 80 pireps were
received between 8 a.m. and 1
p.m., including an urgent report
at 7:49 a.m. from a Cessna
Citation reporting moderate to
severe rime icing between 13,000
feet and 14,000 feet near the
accident site. According to the
NTSB, "an urgent pilot report
was received at 8:08 a.m. from a
flight crew operating an MD-83
airliner at 14,000 feet over
Morristown. The pilot reported
moderate to severe rime icing
between 14,000 and 16,500 feet...
the worst he had seen in 38 years
of flying experience, and that
he had never seen ice accumulate
so quickly."
A regional jet operating close
to the accident aircraft reported
that the wing anti-ice system
could not keep up with the accumulation. The pilot estimated
2.5 inches of ice on protected
areas of the wing, and four
inches accumulation on some
unprotected areas, in about five


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