“Roooaarr!............ Whuump!............ Crap!
It was Feb. 11, 1996. I had been in Durham, N.C. on business the last two days. I was a little ahead of schedule so I took the opportunity to visit relatives in Durham.
The weather was beautiful, 60 and sunshine. I planned to depart Person County Airport in Roxboro (KTDF) by 2 p.m., which would put me in Canton, Ohio (KCAK) well ahead of incoming weather and darkness.
My visit was much too enjoyable and my departure didn’t happen till nearly 3 p.m., still enough time to beat the forecast low pressure system complete with low ceilings and heavy/blowing snow. Did I forget to mention possible moderate icing?
My IFR flight plan was still good and I contacted Raleigh-Durham on my climbout. The weather was perfect: blue skies, puffy white clouds and a smooth ride. I was quickly handed off to Washington Center and cleared to my cruise altitude of 12,000 feet. Seneca 53RB was purring like a very happy kitten and everything was in the green.
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