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Cessna 208 pilots shouldn’t fly in bad icing conditions: Winnipeg report

A report into a fatal plane crash near downtown Winnipeg says icing was the main factor in the accident.


September 19, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

WINNIPEG (CP) _ A report into a fatal plane crash near downtown Winnipeg says icing was the main factor in the accident.

The pilot, Nancy Chase-Allan, of Moncton, N.B., died instantly but no one on the ground was hurt.

Her Morningstar Air Express plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Oct. 6, 2005, after she radioed air traffic controllers that she needed to turn back because the plane was icing up.

Icing conditions that day were considered moderate.

The Transportation Safety Board report says Transport Canada should ban all Cessna 208 pilots from taking off or continuing to fly in anything more than light icing.

The pilot's family is suing Cessna, alleging negligence.