- Routine flight from Coolangatta to Bankstown until 7:24pm. There was thick cloud from 3,000 to 5,000 feet while mountains in the area reach as high as 5,000 feet. Thirteen minutes passed between the first message of trouble and the last.
Pilot advised Sydney control he was in heavy cloud and having trouble with his artificial horizon.(This keeps the plane in level flight when he cannot see the horizon)
Pilot reported that his automatic direction finder was rotating and could not make sense of it.
Pilot radioed that there was severe icing on the wings and the plane was losing altitude.
(Plane had dropped 2,000 feet in 2 minutes)
The pilot said he was having trouble with his standby compass and was encountering heavy turbulence.
The pilots last message was short, he said (5,000)
Sydney air traffic control then lost contact with the plane.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Posted by nev at Friday, November 02, 2007