Gust front catches Cessna

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Huntington, Utah. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The commercial pilot was using his high-wing, tailwheel-equipped airplane to participate in an Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles event at a non-towered airport. Continue Reading →

Drunk pilot crashes

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Fredericksburg, Va. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: During takeoff in good visibility and calm wind, about 100 feet above ground level, the airplane banked 90° to the left and descended in a spiral until hitting... Continue Reading →

General aviation accidents decrease in 2013

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary aviation accident statistics Sept. 15, which show an overall decline in the number of US registered civil aviation accidents, from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013. Continue Reading →

Crosswind catches Cessna

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: St. Johns, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was landing at a private dirt airstrip in gusting crosswind conditions. He reported that when he flared to land, the wind shifted. The airplane swerved and... Continue Reading →

Delayed go-around leads to crash

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 175. Injuries: None. Location: Spearfish, S.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot thought the airplane was too fast and too high on the first approach to the private airstrip, so he elected to perform a go-around. Continue Reading →

$6.7 million settlement in cropduster’s death

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Sept. 3, a settlement was reached in front of Judge Scott Snowden (Ret.) on the wrongful death action filed by the family of agricultural aviator Steve Allen in the amount $6.7 million and, as a result, is establishing the... Continue Reading →

Fatigued pilot crashes

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Land O’Lakes, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was flying it home. Continue Reading →

Tailwind landing proves fatal

Posted on September 10th, 2014 by

Aircraft: RV-7A. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Laramie, Wyo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot approached the non-towered airport for landing. The airport had two runways, 21/03 and 30/15. The winds at the time of the accident were reported to be 350° at... Continue Reading →

Bad bolt brings down airplane

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Corinth, Miss. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, after about two hours of uneventful flight a loud noise came from the engine compartment and the engine cowling began shaking violently. Continue Reading →

Night landing goes bad

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Branson, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The accident occurred as the pilot attempted to make a night landing on a lighted runway. Continue Reading →