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Cessna 182 Number N5176D, a four seater single engine plane with one occupant, was
travelling from Iceland to Wick. The pilot was an American National, ALLEN WALL.

At 1428 hrs the aircraft was 16 miles NorthWest of Wick when the pilot reported that he had a severe icing problem and to compound matters had problems with the fuel flow system, which caused difficulty in maintaining a level flightpath and with the steering.

A Coastguard helicopter, an offshore industry helicopter and an RAF Nimrod escorted the stricken aircraft. At 1454 hours the pilot announced his intention to ditch into the sea, he was persuaded by the attending aircraft to remain on course and to attempt a landing at Flotta Oil Terminal, the nearest airstrip.

At 1509 hours the aircraft landed safely.