LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A plane carrying several cadets and officers from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs made 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 (http://bit.ly/IxbpCI) 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.