Nomad N22B, N6302W
Whilst climbing through about 8,500 feet to drop 13 parachutists the aircraft inadvertently entered cloud. The pilot began a descent and regained VMC at about 4,000 feet, however he stated one of the engines ran down due to icing before he was able to select the engine anti ice system on. He was unable to restart the engine and returned to his departure airfield, flying high and fast on the approach, as he said he had been trained to do whilst landing in a single-engined configuration. The aircraft landed long and was unable to stop before the end of the runway. The aircraft overshot and the nose wheel entered a ditch causing it to collapse. The pilot did not hold a type rating for the aircraft, as required under CAA and JAR regulations, but was operating under an FAA licence, based on his CAA licence, which he incorrectly believed did not require a specific type rating.
Published 10 December 2014