A flight was headed on a terrifying journey to Montreal when the pilot announced that there may be insufficient fuel for landing. The passengers were terrified, but one woman with the help of three heroes from another plane flew down and saved their lives.
The “flight movie true story” is a new movie that tells the story of how a group of hero pilots saved a flight from being de-iced with counterfeit fluid.
Hero Pilots Save a Horror Flight That Might Have Been De-Iced With Fake Fluid
on December 12, 2021 by Gary Leff
While rising out on departure, oneworld carrier S7 Siberian Airlines flight 5220 from Magadan to Novosibirsk reported a mayday “due to unstable airspeed and associated difficulties with autopilot and autothrust.”
The Airbus A321 had 192 passengers and seven staff members on board and attempted to return to Magadan twice but was unable to due to heavy icing. They had to take a four-and-a-half-hour flight to get to Irkutsk.
[F]ollowing takeoff, the plane soared into the clouds and into a zone of extreme turbulence and ice. As a consequence, the plane found itself in an awkward spatial situation… Rosaviatsia sent the initial safety notification on December 8th, 2021, reporting that the aircraft had been de-iced before to departure in heavy snow, with a temperature of -9 degrees Celsius… The flight controls went into minimal operating mode after takeoff because all three air data systems failed, resulting in inconsistent airspeed (different airspeeds on each system) (editorial note: unclear whether this means direct law).
The aircraft touched down safely in Irkutsk. “Frozen fluids” were discovered in the plane’s nose, creating problems with the plane’s sensors. The wings had ice on them as well. It had happened,
De-icing was done in two phases, the first with type I fluid and the second with type IV fluid. Only the wings and stabilizer surfaces, however, were de-iced. The fuselage had not been de-iced after accumulating a huge volume of snow during the severe precipitation that lasted 2.5 hours on the ground.
The snow melted and water ran down the front half of the fuselage once the windshield heating was switched on. During taxi, continuous snowfall and melting at temperatures below freezing resulted in a layer of frozen ice on the front section of the fuselage, obstructing pitot tube airflow. In icing and turbulence conditions, taking off with the fuselage surface and engine hoods coated in a heavy covering of snow constituted a significant threat to flight safety.
There have also been complaints of counterfeit de-icing fluid. Deicing was allegedly done using automotive liquids, according to unsubstantiated sources.
Whenever I hear of a de-icing problem, my mind instantly goes to Air Florida — probably because of my years living in the D.C. region. On January 13, 1982, Air Florida flight 90 from Washington’s National airport to Fort Lauderdale was improperly de-iced, with too much time between de-icing and takeoff, and the pilots of the Boeing 737-200 pulled up alongside a DC-9 in the hopes that the DC-9’s exhaust would melt the snow and ice on its wings.
The aircraft failed to obtain adequate power upon takeoff, climbing just approximately 350 feet before colliding with the 14th Street Bridge. With the plane’s fuselage breaking apart and freezing conditions in the Potomac River, the majority of passengers and crew died, as did persons in automobiles on the crowded bridge. Howard Stern, a local DC radio star at the time, contacted Air Florida from his program the day after the event to inquire about the cost of a one-way ticket from National Airport to the 14th Street Bridge.
A Frontier Airlines de-icing near-disaster was avoided early in the year when a flight attendant discovered a considerable quantity of snow and ice on the wings after the de-icing contractor had declared the operation as complete.
The pilots of the S7 Siberian flight are heroes for keeping the plane under control in such a dangerous situation.