Failure to follow procedure proves fatal

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Anderson, S.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings with a CFI. The CFI then got out of the airplane and instructed the pilot to do three takeoffs and landings to full stop.

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Low-altitude manuever kills three

Aircraft: Cessna 185. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Blanding, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was accompanied by his father and his flight instructor, who was very experienced in mountain flying and familiar with the local canyon areas.

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Failure to use checklist leads to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Fairbanks, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot intended to depart for a solo flight to the local practice area. [Read more...]

Delayed go-around leads to crash

Aircraft: Mooney M20F. Injuries: 3 Serious. Location: McKinnon, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on runway 8, which measured 3,000 feet. He noted that the 3,000-foot runway was the shortest one he had ever attempted to land on.

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Strong winds contribute to broken nose gear

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: None. Location: Marienthal, Kan. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a runway with a line of trees along side of it.

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Hand-propping goes awry

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Johnson Valley, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: An acquaintance of the pilot expressed an interest in learning to fly his newly purchased airplane. The pilot agreed to provide a demonstration flight.

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Fuel starvation brings down Mooney

Aircraft: Mooney M20B. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Rosamond, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: As the pilot prepared for takeoff, he noted that the left fuel tank was about 1/4 full and the right fuel tank was empty.

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Iconic pilot supply store up for sale

The airport pilot supply store can become like a second home to aviators — especially if the store has been in the same family for decades.

Nancy Griffith has owned and operated The Aviator’s Store and Aviation Book Co. at King County International Airport/Boeing Field in Seattle for the last 32 years. She recently put the business up for sale.

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Side-load over-stresses landing gear

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Cross Keys, N.J. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: An airport surveillance camera captured the airplane as it landed, then fish-tailed before going off the left side of the runway.

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P-51 raffle winner named

And the winner is…Jim Penn.

At SUN ’n FUN, Penn’s raffle ticket was plucked from a tumbler filled with hundreds of tickets and now he gets an orientation flight in the P-51 “Crazy Horse” operated by Stallion 51.

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