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NTSB: Pilot reported icing on plane before crash

2 years 9 months 2 days ago Thursday, February 27 2020 Feb 27, 2020 February 27, 2020 4:38 AM February 27, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press
A deadly plane crash occurred north of Chatham on Highway 34 in Jackson Parish on Feb. 6 Photo: WLOX

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Louisiana in early February reported ice forming on the plane shortly before the crash, according to a preliminary report on the accident by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane crashed in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, on Feb. 6. The pilot and two passengers were killed. Louisiana and Mississippi news outlets reported that the plane had taken off from Jackson, Mississippi, and was headed to Shreveport.

Ice formation on a plane affects the flow of air over the surfaces, increasing drag while it adds to the plane’s weight, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The NTSB report said pilot Robert Gilliam of Minden reported he was “encountering rime ice” — a rough, milky white ice that forms on the surface of the plane — and asked a control tower in Monroe for clearance to fly at a lower altitude. He had been cleared to divert to the Ruston airport when radar contact was lost, the report said.

Gilliam was killed in the crash along with Chris Mudd and Wade Williams, both from the Shreveport-Bossier area.

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