Minnesota’s temperature is falling, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s thoughts are turning to ice.
The Minnesota Democrat has asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to require some aircraft to be retrofitted with ice-detection equipment. Or at least federal authorities should impose procedures telling pilots when they must use de-icing procedures, she said.
“For 12 winters, this basic safety measure has been stalled,” Klobuchar said. “As another season of snow and ice approaches, we need to make sure planes are prepared to safely fly in wintry conditions.”
In her letter, Klobuchar said she was "surprised and extremely dismayed to learn that an important de-icing rule … has been pending before government agencies for the past 12 years. In Minnesota, we have suffered numerous air tragedies as a result of icing conditions and the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y., raised tragic questions, once again, about the safety of our aircraft flying in such conditions without adequate ice protection procedures and equipment."