NTSB: Wind gusts, spatial disorientation, icing contributed to deadly crash

Wind gusts, spatial disorientation, icing contributed to deadly crash
Published: May. 3, 2016 at 10:44 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2016 at 12:30 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The National Transportation Safety Board has just released a new report about the cause of a deadly plane crash that took the life of Dr. Mike Rice on the night of Feb. 4, 2015.

The report says a combination of wind gusts, spatial disorientation, and light structural icing on the aircraft all contributed to the crash.

The Piper/PA46 was traveling from Carlsbad, NM back to Lubbock, TX around 7:30 p.m. that night when it hit a guy wire from the KCBD tower and came to rest in a field, approximately 800 feet away from the station.

The report says the plane likely encountered wind gusts of 31 knots as it was turning, conditions led to spatial disorientation of the pilot, and that the aircraft had likely accumulated "light structural icing" at the time of the crash.

Note that this report does appear to contradict the previous report released by the NTSB that said there was no evidence of structural icing on the airplane.

You can read the full report at the link below.

PDF: Full NTSB Probable Cause report from May 3, 2016

FULL COVERAGE: Plane crash claims life of Lubbock doctor

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