Dark night approach, poor planning are bad combo

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Beatty, Nev. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a night flight. The pilot reported that a temporary flight restriction (TFR) was in effect for his intended airport and that he was unclear on whether the TFR would prevent him from landing at that airport.

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Ground loop for Birddog

Aircraft: Cessna L-19. Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot landed the tailwheel-equipped airplane on the main wheels and upon slowing to about 20 mph, lowered the tailwheel to the runway.

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Poor decisions lead to crash

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Tillatoba, Miss. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: When the pilot planned the long cross-country flight, he told flight service personnel that he expected to have to deviate due to thunderstorms. The pilot stated that he would stop short of the destination airport if he could not safely navigate around thunderstorm cells.

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Soft field takeoff goes awry for student pilot

Aircraft: Jabiru Sport. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Goshen, Ind. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was attempting a soft-field takeoff, and as soon as the nose wheel lifted off the runway, the airplane veered to the left.

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Smoke distracts pilot

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Newberry, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane was in cruise flight when the pilot detected a “hot electrical” odor in the cockpit.

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Rollout goes bad

Aircraft: Zenith CH 750. Injuries: None. Location: Colfax, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the airplane on a grass runway. The airplane touched down on the centerline of the runway and was slowing down when it encountered a strong gust of wind from the right.

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Piper fails to climb

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Marysville, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from his private airstrip. Despite the application of full power, the airplane did not climb at a normal rate, and he was unable to avoid trees at the end of the grass runway.

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Hard landing for Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Richmond, Ky. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during touch and go practice on a training flight.

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Running out of fuel proves fatal

Aircraft: Buccaneer II. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Granite Quarry, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot added about five gallons of automotive gasoline to the airplane’s fuel tank before departing on a local flight. Witnesses saw the airplane flying at a low altitude when the engine lost power.

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Short field takeoff goes awry

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 4 Minor. Location: Tiskilwa, Ill. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot and three passengers was attempting to takeoff from a 1,600-foot private airfield. The C-182 had been modified for short takeoff and landing (STOL) operations.

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