Despite weather briefings, onboard radar and a lightning detector, a corporate pilot loses the battle when caught in a violent cell
On July 8, 2009, five people gathered at Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) in McKinney, Texas, for a planned corporate flight to Tampa, Fla., International Airport (TPA), 800 nm to the east. Among the voyagers was the company pilot. A 33-year-old former mechanic, he held a commercial license and instrument rating and at that point had logged some 2,000 hr. of flight time. The records indicated that the pilot had reviewed the weather conditions and called the Houston AFSS to file his ...
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