Plane carrying Air Force Academy cadets makes safe emergency landing over weekend

Published: December 3, 2013, 10:30 am

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — A plane carrying several cadets and officers from the Air Force Academymade a safe emergency landing in the northern New Mexico city of Las Vegas due to ice build-up on the aircraft.

The Las Vegas Optic reports ( that the cadets and officers made the unexpected stop Saturday morning as they were making their way to Tucson on a training trip.

The crew expected light ice, but then the ice started to build up more rapidly near Las Vegas.

Eventually, there were two to three inches of ice build-up on the plane.

The group of nine had their trip to Tucson for training postponed for a couple of days as their plane remained grounded due to the blistering cold weather.


Information from: Las Vegas Optic,