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Ice Likely Not a Big Factor in Buffalo Plane Crash | Broken Wing

Ice Likely Not a Big Factor in Buffalo Plane Crash

Posted on 26. Mar, 2009 by in Featured

The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has confirmed that ice was not the cause of the Colgan Air Q-400 accident in Buffalo. It appears the accident followed the timeline published in a previous article on this site. In summary the aircraft slowed to a dangerous speed activating the stick pusher. The Captain miss-diagnosed the pusher as a tail stall and pulled the yoke back, causing an accelerated stall and departure from controlled flight. Additional information points to distraction in the cockpit as a causal factor as well. Normally that means non-essential conversation below 10,000 feet.

No Responses to “Ice Likely Not a Big Factor in Buffalo Plane Crash”

  1. Rick 11 May 2009 at 15:54 #

    Chip,
    You were right on about this accident. The Captain failed check rides several times, and never had simulator stick shaker training. That’s on msnbc.com today 11 May.

  2. Chip 12 May 2009 at 08:35 #

    Rick;
    It will be a very ugly NTSB hearing today.


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