Cessna 172 Skyhawk Icing Emergency (7th December 2015)

A new IFR pilot experienced icing conditions in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk 10 miles out from Burlington International Airport (KBTV). Light rime had been reported to ATC by regional jet aircraft between 4000 and 6000 feet MSL. A second Skyhawk would declare another emergency after experiencing severe engine roughness. ATC approach controller would declare emergencies for both pilots and vectored the first pilot to a safe and uneventful landing. Ground operations would report seeing ice falling from the plane on final. The second emergency plane would cancel its emergency and land safely as well.

Have a listen to how the ATC approach controller handled two concurrent incidents. Have you even been involved with 2 parallel incident, if so, how did you prioritise the incident? Please discuss.

Additionally, there are many countries and pilots in the world who may not experience icy conditions, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to learn how to communicate and be prepared for such possible incidents. Listen to how how an ice based incident is communicated and handed.

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