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Carburetor icing played a role in two local small plane crashes in late October of last year.The National Transportation Safety Board has determined the probable causes of a crash in a residential neighborhood in Glenwood Springs Oct. 23, and a second one in the Flat Tops on Oct. 31. Icing contributed to both accidents.The NTSB blamed the Glenwood crash on Snowmass Village pilot Norm Cohens failure to apply heat to the carburetor to prevent icing.Cohen crashed when his plane was coming in too high during a landing at the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport, and the engine failed to respond when he tried to pull out of the landing in hopes of circling around and trying again.The plane hit the roof of a townhouse near the airport. It then slid down and hit the side of an adjacent townhome, seriously injuring Cohen and substantially damaging the plane. No one on the ground was injured.Carburetor icing can occur when humidity is sucked into the carburetor at cold enough temperatures, allowing ice to form and limiting air intake, said Grant Frost, a line technician for Corporate Aircraft Service at the Garfield County Regional Airport in Rifle.Pilots can divert heat from the engine exhaust to fend off icing.The second crash occurred about 12 miles up Coffee Pot Road, north of Glenwood Springs in the Flat Tops. Both the pilot, Ryan Dahlin of Santa Maria, Calif., and his father, Esten Clarence Dahlin of Florissant, were seriously injured when the younger Dahlin suffered engine failure and was forced to crash-land his homebuilt plane. Hunters witnessed the crash and rescued the pair.The NTSB found that the dew point at the time and an air temperature that was around freezing were strongly conducive to carburetor icing. It blamed the icing and improper in-flight planning and decision-making by the pilot for the crash.
A team of volunteers will converge at Coal Ridge High School Saturday. They will plant more than 4,600 native plants, saving more than $10,000 in unexpected expenses and bringing Coal Ridge students, parents and staff together.When Garfield School District Re-2 had to rip the cattails out of a ditch along Highway 6 in order to widen the road, administrators didnt count on spending an extra $100,000 for wetlands mitigation at Coal Ridge High School, scheduled to open this fall.The mitigation project already has cost $60,000 and is expected to cost another $40,000 for planning and landscaping.Instead of paying an outside agency to do all the work, administrators decided to make the project into a community-building experience for future Coal Ridge students, parents and staff.
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