Serious Incident: PA 31-350, G-VIPY, Near LIFFY reporting point in Dublin CTA, 9 February 2011: Report No 2011-020



The aircraft experienced violent rolling motion due to the partial separation of the inboard section of the starboard de-icing boot.  The partially separated portion of the de-icing boot flailed in the airflow impacting and damaging the starboard wing, flap and aileron, and causing significant handling challenges for the Pilot.  When the de-icing boot fully separated normal handling returned.  The separated portion of the de-icing boot was not recovered.

Occurrence Date: 
Wednesday, 9 February, 2011
Report Date: 
Wednesday, 23 November, 2011