Gusty winds get Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Upland, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane touched down on the centerline, but during the rollout veered to the right. The pilot was able to correct back to the centerline, then a wind gust from the right caused the right wing to lift, [Read more...]

First flight, bad flight

Aircraft: Midget Mustang. Injuries: None. Location: Erie, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The flight was the new owner’s first flight in the airplane. He said the wind was calm when he lined up for takeoff, but as he started the takeoff roll, a left quartering wind blew the airplane off the runway and into a ditch where it nosed over.

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Expedition Amelia seeks funding to finally solve Earhart mystery

On May 21, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan boarded their Lockheed Electra and took off from Oakland, California, on their second attempt to fly around the world. This time, they flew to the east.

Earhart was supposed to have landed on Howland Island, a coral island some 1,700 miles from Honolulu for refueling, but she never arrived.  The United States Navy searched for 17 days, but no trace of Earhart was found — and people still haven’t stopped looking.

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Go around goes bad

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: None. Location: Palo Pinto, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during an attempted go-around. The airplane drifted off the centerline and into trees off to the side of the runway.

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CFIT claims Bellanca Pilot

Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Imperial, Neb. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened around sunrise. The airplane was flying to the east toward rising terrain consisting of rolling hills and valleys. The Bellanca failed to clear the terrain, [Read more...]

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...]