12 thoughts on “Analysis/Opinion: NTSB Releases Final Report On Fatal Icon Crash

  1. I thought it was a misprint when I read “Final Report.” No doubt the electronic flight data available to the team expedited the conclusion, and perhaps ICON wanted a fast report. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such an NTSB Final Report published so quickly. Sad day for sure.

  2. One cannot help but wonder whether the pilot could not have climbed at least high enough to deploy the airframe parachute.

    I just looked at the Icon website again. And sure enough there are even now several images and footage showing fun, but risky maneuvering. Emphasis on fun and adventure, associated risks are not mentioned.

  3. There are old pilots,…..and there are bold pilots….but…. there is not such thing as an old bold pilot. I learned that 45 years ago when I learned to fly….and I am still around

  4. I fly in the traffic pattern with Icon as they fly with customers from KVCB on a daily basis. Prior to the accident, there were numerous occasions when I observed Icon pilots acting in ways I would judge to be unsafe and arrogant. Since this accident, they have become more responsible and aware of the needs and limitations of those of us who share the airspace. I urge the Icon management to continue to create a culture of safety and curtsy in their pilot group.

  5. If they really were looking ahead, they could see the terrain ahead, and that is was a box canyon, and, they probably were close to gross weight with two passengers. ???

    My best suggestion, since they could see there wasn’t room to turn around, they should’ve landed straight ahead on the water, then turned around…likely would’ve had room to get out of there. However, I don’t know what the terrain would’ve been like.

    I had a mountain flying course while living in Denver, and built up a lot of hours flying bodies in and out of numerous mountain communities, and I had experiences of just what I described.

  6. Can some sort of warning lights be installed in or around box canyon(s) where sport flying and tourist attraction flights are common?

  7. How tragic and unnecessary but all flying machines have an avoid curve, particularly helicopter yet we often see inexperienced and experienced pilots lose their lives because they have ignored the safety data specific to the craft they fly. The A5 is an amazing little aircraft but should be treated as such, not a jetbike with wings

  8. We don’t need more warning lights and other structures cluttering things up to make up for a pilot’s mistake. Especially in beautiful country, where flashing lights and towers degrade the enjoyment of the landscape and the experience of nature. In backcountry flying we learn about terrain, performance, density altitude, and all the other things to consider without messing up the landscape.

    I am glad Icon is changing its culture to one of safety and responsible recreational flying. That is how we keep folks from flying into impossible box canyons or exhibiting other unnecessarily risky behavior.

    Folks might want to read and follow the backcountry flying Code of Conduct developed by the Recreational Aviation Foundation.

  9. Such a tragic event. Maybe, a basic acrobatic maneuver as a turn over the wing, can help in this situation. God bless them.

  10. The best way out of this would have been a hammerhead, which places no extra G-load on the airframe.

    Although the aircraft is not designed for it, nor approved, there would be no danger, and there is a specific exemption to break the law in an emergency, which this obviously was.

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