Pre-purchase flight ends with crash

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Socata TB 10. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Shirley, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The flight was a pre-purchase demonstration of the airplane. The buyer intended to examine and photograph the maintenance records, then fly the airplane around the... Continue Reading →

Too much brake for Bellanca

Posted on August 14th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC. Injuries: None. Location: Sidney, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, during the landing rollout as the airplane slowed, it started veering to the right. He applied left rudder and left brake to correct the problem.... Continue Reading →

Low altitude loss of power kills one

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Folke-Wolf-190 ½ Scale. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Columbus, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot, 71, had logged about 13,000 hours. He was flying the pattern at a tower controlled airport. After conducting a touch-and-go landing on Runway 24, he... Continue Reading →

Bounced landing for Tri-Pacer

Posted on August 12th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Napa, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The airplane touched down in a slight crab, bounced and went off the runway. Continue Reading →

Gusty winds get Cessna

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by

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... Continue Reading →

First flight, bad flight

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by

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,... Continue Reading →

Go around goes bad

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by

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. Continue Reading →

CFIT claims Bellanca Pilot

Posted on August 6th, 2014 by

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, Continue Reading →

Poor fuel management for Piper

Posted on August 5th, 2014 by

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... Continue Reading →

Overweight airplane, unfamiliar pilot bad combination

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by

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... Continue Reading →