A Frontier Airlines flight attendant may have saved the day on a recent Las Vegas bound flight from Nashville. In a truly remarkable story, a quick-thinking flight attendant noticed there was still significant ice and snow build-up on the wings after the de-icing procedures. The FA may have saved the plane and its passengers from catastrophe.
If you’ve ever flown out of a wintery airport the stop at the de-icing station is a common practice. Ice build-up on the wings of a plane (among other areas) can result in a dangerous situation for the plane and pilots that can result in potentially catastrophic consequences.
Readers may recall Continental Flight 3407 to Buffalo which ultimately crashed leading to the deaths of all crew and passengers. Icy conditions played a significant role in the crash. The video below helps illustrate the importance of dealing with ice both on the ground and in the air.
As was first reported on Twitter by @xJonNYC, and subsequently by other news outlets and bloggers, the Frontier Airlines flight had completed its de-icing procedures. However, it appears they were nowhere close to success. In fact, it was more than a foot of snow and ice on some parts of the plane.
After alerting the captain, it was confirmed that the de-icing procedures were, in fact, unsuccessful, and the flight returned for further de-icing. Frontier Airlines has acknowledged the February 18th incident, releasing the following statement:
“We can confirm this incident did occur. Safety is our foremost priority and we are very proud of our flight crew for identifying the issue and ensuring the matter was addressed before takeoff. We are no longer using the deicing company in question.”
Clearly, the contractor in question failed to perform their duties here and had it not been for the quick thinking Flight Attendant the news about this incident could have been far worse.
Let’s hope they thank the Flight Attendant in question who had the wherewithal to look, and the guts to say something. Hero mode was definitely activated!
You may be interested in this video which further discusses airline de-icing:
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