The quick thinking of a Frontier Airlines flight attendant avoided what could have been a “disastrous outcome” on a recent flight from Nashville.
Frontier Airbus incorrectly de-iced
Always knowledgeable @xJonNYC has a note written by Frontier Airlines to the Air Line Pilots Association Security Council describing what happened:
- A Frontier Airlines aircraft was scheduled to be de-iced prior to takeoff from Nashville
- The de-icing company informed the crew that the aircraft was de-iced and free of contamination
- When a flight attendant reached the runway, he noticed that a lot of snow and ice had still accumulated on the wings and informed the pilots
- The plane returned to the gate, and at that point it was found that there was about a foot of snow on the wings
- Apparently the de-icing company ran out of de-icing fluid and suffice it to say that the agreement with the de-icing company has ended
Reportedly a Frontier flight departing from BNA last week – I DO NOT provide any information on accuracy / credibility / guilt etc. pic.twitter.com/SEKs9X9sPX
– JonNYC (@xJonNYC) March 2, 2021
It is no exaggeration to say that this could very well have avoided disaster.
The note on this incident
Here is the note supposedly sent regarding the incident:
“Greetings Air Safety Organization and ALPA Safety Council,
Earlier this week, during the massive snowstorm in the central and eastern states, we had a DEICE incident that could have resulted in a catastrophic outcome.
We (FFT) had an aircraft inquiry and received type 1 and type 4 de-icing. The seller (Trego Dugan) explained to our flight deck crew that the aircraft was de-iced and free of contamination.
When an alerted flight attendant reached the runway and prepared to take off, he called the flight deck and explained that the wings were still covered in snow and ice. The flight crew visually inspected the aircraft and re-tuned it. Both wings had about a foot of snow and ice that still covered the wings with some liquid that was sprayed over the entire wing area. We found out that the seller is running out of fluids. They have since been taken out of our operation.
For security reasons, we are informing everyone about our experience with Trego Dugan Deice in BNA. “
How could de-icers allow this?
It’s not to be underestimated how severe this problem could have been – several major aircraft crashes due to de-icing have occurred over the years, kudos to the flight attendant for being so attentive (or perhaps a passenger who briefed the flight attendant ) the flight attendant who forwards the information to the pilots).
One has to wonder how exactly this could have happened since it should have been obvious to any viewer that the deicing was not done properly:
- Didn’t the de-icers know what they were doing?
- Or did the de-icers realize they were out of liquid and thought it would be easier to get the plane on its way than to inform the pilots of the situation?
Regardless of what the explanation is, this is ridiculously negligent – if the de-icers were not properly trained then you will be ashamed of the company, while if the de-icers knew what they were doing, you will be ashamed of them. Here someone has to be held accountable who goes beyond the mere attachment of Frontier to the company.
A recent Frontier Airlines flight had a near-disaster due to a de-icing incident. While the deicers informed the pilots that the aircraft was free of debris, it was not. A flight attendant noticed this when the plane stepped onto the runway. The plane returned to the gate, where it was found that there was about a foot of snow on the wings.
What do you think of this de-icing situation at Frontier Airlines?