Bad soft field landing damages Glastar

The pilot landed the experimental nosewheel-equipped Glastar 500 feet beyond the landing threshold of the grass runway at Sequim, Wash., performing a full-flap, power-off approach. The runway was crossed by two asphalt taxiways, and during the ground roll, he observed a depression in the turf just before the first taxiway intersection. [Read more…]

Off-airport landing breaks 150

The pilot reported that he held a helicopter rating and he was receiving flight instruction to add an airplane single engine land rating to his private pilot certificate.

He was on a solo cross-country flight in the Cessna 150D and had been inflight for about three hours when he became disoriented and was unable to find an airport. [Read more…]

Carburetor malfunction cited in Harrison Ford’s accident

A report on AVweb notes that a carburetor malfunction led to the loss of engine power in the Ryan PT-22 flown by Harrison Ford when he made a forced landing in March. The NTSB also cited faulty shoulder harness hardware that contributed to Ford’s injuries. The actor and pilot was hospitalized after the accident, which occurred March 5 after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. Shortly after departing Runway 21, he reported mechanical problems to ATC and asked to turn back. He made a left turn back to the field, but struck a tree and the Ryan landed on its belly on a golf course, sustaining heavy damage.

Go-around goes bad

The pilot of the amphibian Piper Super Cub reported that she was flying a visual approach to a lake, over mountainous terrain, near Eagle Bay, N.Y. On an approximate 3/4 mile final approach to the lake, she observed a boat near her intended landing area and performed a go-around to circle for another approach. [Read more…]

Flight into IMC fatal

The instrument-rated pilot departed in the Cirrus SR22 with a reported cloud ceiling of 400 feet above ground level and 3 miles visibility.

A witness, who was about 0.3 nautical miles west of the departure end of the runway in Chesterfield, Mo., saw the SR22’s navigation lights for about three to five seconds as it traveled west. It appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and in a descent. He saw a fireball as the plane hit the trees and terrain. [Read more…]

Unstabilized approach bends 182

As the pilot approached the airport in Stanwood, Wash., he maneuvered the Cessna 182 to enter a standard traffic pattern. On final approach, he fully extended the wing flaps while reducing the engine power. He then temporarily added power to attain adequate clearance from trees located before the runway. [Read more…]