Stall leads to crash

Aircraft: Cessna Turbo 182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Lebanon, N.H. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot took off from runway 36. A few minutes later when the plane was about a half mile from the runway at an altitude of 1,500 MSL, the pilot advised air traffic control that he needed to return to land.

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SAM LS takes off

“Wow! What….is…that?” That was the most common reaction when people first set eyes on the SAM LS  [Read more...]

Loss of engine power brings down motorglider

Aircraft: Pipistrel Virus. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Ray, Mich. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A witness reported that the motorglider engine did not sound normal during the preflight run-up or takeoff.

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Drugged pilot crashes stolen airplane

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Fresno, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: At the time of the accident the 52-year-old pilot did not possess a valid pilot’s certificate. [Read more...]

Unusual attitude leads to crash

Aircraft: Cessna Turbo 206. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious. Location: Show Low, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, and three passengers took off before dawn. [Read more...]

Snow snags Aviat

Aircraft: Aviat A-1. Injuries: None. Location: Somerset, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot attempted a takeoff on a snow-covered runway. [Read more...]

Bad bounce for Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Honolulu, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on a solo flight. During the approach to land, the plane touched down hard and bounced twice.

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Savoring the Swift

Pilots often have two dreams: One is to find a derelict airplane in a barn and restore it to an airworthy showpiece; the other is to find someone who shares their passion for aviation.

Paul and Sandy Mercandetti from Knoxville, Tenn., are lucky enough to have had both dreams come true. The couple flies around the country in a 1946 GC1-B Globe Swift model 1-A that Paul found in a shed years ago.

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Power-loss landing results in off pavement landing

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chehalis, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a flight review. While performing a simulated engine-out forced landing at a non-controlled airport the pilot did not manage the glide profile in a manner that allowed him to glide all the way to the approach end of the runway.

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Landing gear collapses on touchdown

Aircraft: Luscombe 8A. Injuries: None. Location: Umatilla, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in the tailwheel airplane. When it touched down it drifted to the left.

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