Buffalo Crash: The Hidden Menace of Ice
Photo: Dave Sherman / AP Photo
In The Daily Beast, Clive Irving, the senior consulting editor here at Condé Nast Traveler, finds connections between last night's crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 near Buffalo and other incidents involving turboprops and ice.
There is something hauntingly familiar about the crash of the Bombardier Dash 8 commuter plane in Buffalo. While a lot more information is needed before investigators can be sure of the cause, there are precursors that suggest a pattern.
It begins with the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 at Roselawn, Indiana, in October 1994. It was a different type of plane, a European-built ATR-72 (the Bombardier is a Canadian plane). The cause was ice on the wings.
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