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Caravan's Icing Record Raises Alarm

The NTSB last week asked the FAA to require that all pilots and operators of Cessna 208 Caravan series airplanes carefully check for ice and/or snow on the wings and tail before any flight when temperatures are conducive to frost or ground icing. Also, pilots of Caravans equipped for flight into known icing conditions should be required to undergo annual training on ice safety, the NTSB said. The NTSB based its recommendations on a study of 26 icing-related accidents and incidents involving Caravans between 1987 and 2003, which resulted in at least 36 fatalities. The FAA has 90 days to respond to the recommendation. Cessna said in a statement that it cooperated fully with the NTSB study and "is committed to the safe operation of all its aircraft," The Wichita Eagle reported.