Fatal Crash Blamed on Inadequate De-Icing

The fatal crash of a Lebanese Hawker 850XP executive jet has been blamed on inadequate de-icing before it crashed on take-off according to Iraqi investigators. The accident happened as the Lebanon registered aircraft tried to take off from Sulaymaniyah in Iraq on route to Turkey on 4th February 2011.

When the crash happened weather data for Sulaymaniyah had included snow. Snow on the upper surface of the wing was not removed prior to take off according to Iraq’s ministry of transport.

The Hawker 850XP stalled before reaching sufficient speed and crashed 2100m from the runway. No one on board survived the burning aircraft, two executives from Asiacell and three crew members were killed.

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