Carb ice catches Cub

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was conducting a banner-tow flight. The accident happened as he approached to pick up the banner.

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Loss of control on landing

Aircraft: Cessna 195B. Injuries: None. Location: Camdenton, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, accompanied by a pilot-rated passenger, was practicing takeoffs and landings.  The passenger reported that he was on the flight controls “following lightly” with the pilot.

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Poor approach, poor landing

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chester, Conn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was trying to land. The first two approaches terminated in go-arounds. On the third approach he felt that the airplane was high and fast, [Read more...]

Downwind landing goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 206. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor. Location: Homer, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during an approach to a lake. Just as the airplane touched down, a gust of wind lifted the left wing  and the right wing struck the water. The airplane nosed over abruptly, and the cabin immediately filled with water.

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Open canopy leads to loss of control

Aircraft: Evektor Sportstar Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, as the airplane lifted off, the canopy opened.

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Wrong lever results in bad landing

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: None. Location: Atlanta, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings. After touchdown, he intended to retract the flaps, but inadvertently selected the landing gear control lever.

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Non-certified pilot runs out of fuel

Aircraft: Bellanca Scout Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Zahl, N.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, 33, did not have a valid pilot certificate or medical certificate. His last aviation medical exam was dated April 27, 1997. At that time, he reported a total flight time of 15 hours.

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KN51 in the middle of a tug of war

How would you feel if the local government was trying to acquire property that had been in your family since 1939 — whether you wanted them to or not?

That is the situation facing the Solberg family in Readington Township, in central New Jersey. They own 726 acres, which includes Solberg-Hunterdon Airport (KN51). The family will spend a good part of the summer in court fighting the township’s attempts to acquire their property through eminent domain. Eminent domain is the government’s power to take private property for public use.

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VFR flight into IFR kills one

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Mountain Home, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The non-instrument-rated pilot was on a VFR cross-country flight over mountainous terrain.  Weather radar for the area at the time of the flight showed rain/snow showers.

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Poor inspection results in crash

Aircraft: Remos GX. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Westminister, Md. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was also a mechanic. He disassembled the airplane for storage during the winter. The Remos is designed with foldable wings and a removable tail to facilitate storage and transportation. He subsequently reassembled the Remos and inspected it with the intent of delivering it to a new owner.

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