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A Combination of Wing Icing and an Overloaded Aircraft Led to a Fatal Crash.

The Transportation Safety Board has issued its report on the loss of control and collision with terrain of a Cessna aircraft near the airport in Snow Lake on November 18th, 2012.  The aircraft owned by Gogal Air Services left the airport en route to Winnipeg but shortly after takeoff it descended striking the terrain in a wooded area about a mile beyond the end of the runway resulting in the death of the pilot and serious injuries to seven passengers.
The Boards investigation found the aircraft was approximately 600 pounds over its maximum gross takeoff weight limit and that the wing and tail leading edges were contaminated with ice.  They state these factors had the combined effect of increasing the stall speed of the aircraft, reducing its takeoff and climb performance and impairing the protection afforded by its stall warning system.


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