Crosswind creases Piper

Aircraft: Piper Malibu. Injuries: None. Location: Springfield, Vt. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land when the airplane encountered a strong gust of wind from the right.

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Emergency landing goes badly

Aircraft: Glasair III. Injuries: None. Location: Darby, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, approximately two hours into a VFR cross-country flight, he noted indications of excessive cylinder head and exhaust gas temperatures.

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Super Cub strikes wire on takeoff

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Pilot Mountain, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a 1,900-foot turf airstrip. At the end of the airstrip were power transmission lines.

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Low altitude stall kills two

Aircraft: Rans S-12. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Mesa, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to witnesses on the ground, shortly after takeoff, when the airplane was about 200 to 300 feet above the ground, it made a sudden right turn and banked about 90°.

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Crosswing crimps Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Prescott, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings in a crosswind.

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Training that’s just your type

“Too much airplane, not enough pilot.”

We’ve all heard that before, referring to an accident where the pilot lacks sufficient knowledge of an airplane’s systems or flight characteristics or he gets behind the airplane because it is too technologically advanced for his capabilities and proficiency level.

That’s why pilots who fly high performance airplanes often rely on type clubs to help them improve and maintain their skills.

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Fence catches Cub

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Sierraville, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing landings. The first two went well. [Read more...]

Poor approach for Piper

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Eaton, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a grass runway.

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Intersection takeoff goes bad

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Lake Wales, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings with his CFI.

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Poor fuel management leads to off-airport landing

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Fowler’s Bluff, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight at an altitude of about 3,000 feet AGL when the engine lost all power.

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