Cirrus runs out of fuel

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: None. Location: Parker, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Before the first flight of the day, the pilot visually checked the airplane’s fuel quantity through the fuel tank filler necks, noting what he believed to be full tanks. He subsequently checked the fuel gauges, which indicated that both wing tanks were less than half full.

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Broken mag brings down Piper

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Allentown, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: During the initial climb on an instructional flight, the engine lost partial power. The CFI performed a forced landing into a cornfield.

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Pilot fails to switch tanks

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Beltzville, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Before launching on the instructional flight, the flight instructor completed a preflight inspection and noted that each wing fuel tank contained about 18 gallons of fuel. At the conclusion of the flight, while returning to the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

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Iced-up airplane stalls on landing

Aircraft: Piper Comanche. Injuries: None. Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: During the IFR flight, the pilot notified ATC that the airplane was accumulating structural icing. He asked for a lower cruise altitude.

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Loss of situational awareness proves fatal

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Gary, Indiana. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to fly the  RNAV/GPS approach at the destination airport. The air traffic controller did not provide approach clearance until it was inside the final approach fix and 1,000 feet above the FAF crossing altitude.

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Gusting winds bend Maule

Aircraft: Maule MX-7-180C. Injuries: None. Location: Bishop, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that about 15 minutes before arriving at the airport, he checked the automated surface observation system (ASOS), which reported variable wind at three knots.

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Pilot loses control in IMC

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Birmingham, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to fly an ILS approach. Review of data revealed that the autopilot approach mode was armed as the airplane intercepted the localizer course and was descending to 2,600 feet MSL.

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