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Features August 2016 Issue

Flying in a Thunderstorm

Radar reflectivity at the time of the Texas crash shows only light and moderate development.

Flying in a Thunderstorm

The misfortune of others can be instructive. Letís analyze some thunderstorm-related accidents from NTSB archives to find out what happened and what we can learn.

Pilots get a pass for confessing to the Aviation Safety Reporting System, while the private sector (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), not the U.S. government, maintains one of the largest online repositories of NTSB accident documents. Thereís no shortage of lessons to be learned and a great culture of diffusing this hard-won wisdom. So, letís delve into a few randomly selected NTSB accident reports, supplemented by any available press stories.

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