Date & Time: Jan 22, 1997 at 1326 LT
Type of aircraft:
Air One - USA
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Crystal – Lansing
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
After landing at the airport, the airplane was taxied to a fixed base operator to pick up a passenger. Rime ice, as thick as two inches was seen on the airplane, and the pilots of the airplane attempted to manually remove the ice. The airplane was topped off with fuel before departure. During departure from runway 31R, the airplane collided with a fence. Numerous areas of ice were found on the airplane following the accident. Both propellers had similar damage. The pilots had reported to the FAA that the left engine had sustained a loss of power. The passenger reported that he did not notice any loss of power from either engine. No preimpact part failure or malfunction of the left engine was found.
Failure of the pilot-in-command to ensure adequate removal of airframe ice from the aircraft during preflight.