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AIB Finland: Caravan crash at Helsinki due to icing
18 February 2007

The primary cause of the Jan. 2005 accident of a Cessna Caravan was that the pilot executed a takeoff with an aircraft whose aerodynamic properties were fundamentally degraded due to the accumulated ice and snow on the upper surface of the wing. During the initial climb and immediately after flap retraction, airflow separated from the surface of the wing and the pilot did not manage to regain control of the aircraft. The pilot did not recognize the stall and did not act in the manner required to recover from one or, it might be that he had not received sufficient training for such situations. (Accident Investigation Board Finland)