FYI, Icing. Number 38,
AIR WEATHER SERVICE SCOTT AFB IL
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Icing is responsible for numerous aircraft accidents and in-flight emergencies each year. One drastic example was the 1994 commuter aircraft crash in Roselawn, Indiana, which killed 68 people. Icing was directly responsible for this tragedy. When ice forms on an aircraft, it distorts the aerodynamic shape of lifting surfaces, resulting in degraded, if not total loss of aircraft control. Accurate icing forecasts are extremely important to each aircrew. This FYI is a refresher on icing and its effects on aviation, along with a review of icing analysis and forecasting techniques.
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost