Poor fuel management for Piper

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: McKinleyville, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The 150-hour pilot, who had recently bought the Piper, had only five hours in the plane. He was flying his first cross-country in it. He thought the fuel selector was positioned to both tanks, [Read more...]

Overweight airplane, unfamiliar pilot bad combination

Aircraft: Silvaire Luscombe 8A Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: St. Petersburg, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who had recently purchased the airplane, which he intended to fly as a Sport Pilot, had just resumed flying after a 30-year hiatus. In the weeks before the accident he had been flying with two CFIs to regain his skills.

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Night approach goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Oshkosh, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A flight instructor and student pilot were on final approach at the completion of a local night instructional flight.

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Overloaded airplane crashes

Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer Injuries: None. Location: McGrath, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a turf runway. The airplane was fully loaded with a passenger and cargo.

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Upslope runway contributes to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: West Glacier, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a 2,500-foot long runway in rising terrain. The airplane accelerated normally and became airborne between 1,000 and 1,200 feet down the runway. The pilot said the plane did have a positive rate of climb but was not climbing as he expected it would, [Read more...]

Luscombe loses power

Aircraft: Luscombe 8A. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Leander, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot performed an engine run-up, during which he checked the operation of the carburetor heat. However, he did not leave the carburetor heat on at higher power settings for more than a few seconds.

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Crankshaft failure for Cirrus

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: None. Location: Pickens, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A few minutes after leveling the airplane at a cruise altitude of 9,000 feet MSL, the pilot felt the engine slightly vibrate and noticed the propeller rpm began to rise rapidly. The oil pressure warning light illuminated. After unsuccessfully troubleshooting the engine problems, he shut down the engine and declared an emergency.

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Poor maintenance brings down twin

Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: None. Location: Bragg City, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot said the right engine stopped producing power in flight and that he was unable to maintain altitude. He made a forced landing to a field with the landing gear up.

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Wet grass, no brakes bad combination

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor. Location: Elkader, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, he approached the intended destination airport and descended from 5,500 feet to 2,000 feet MSL in order to remain clear of clouds. The airplane encountered light rain and reduced forward visibilities during the approach.

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Deer bends Cheetah

Aircraft: Grumman Cheetah Injuries: None. Location: Ray Township, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the landing was normal and uneventful, but during the roll out he noticed noticed two deer on the left side of the runway.

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