Mid-air in VFR conditions kills two

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172, Cessna 180. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Minor. Location: Longmont, Colo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Day VFR conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, with reported visibilities at 60 miles. Neither pilot was receiving air traffic control advisories... Continue Reading →

Mechanical malfunction brings down Debonair

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Beechcraft Debonair. Injuries: None. Location: St. George, Utah. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, during cruise flight, the engine’s exhaust gas temperature was hotter than normal and the fuel flow was lower than normal. Continue Reading →

In-flight break-up kills three

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Beech Bonanza. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Glencoe, Minn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: There was no record of the non-instrument-rated private pilot receiving a preflight weather briefing. He was attempting to conduct the flight under VFR although the weather was IFR. Continue Reading →

Off runway ride in Cherokee

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Indianapolis. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on a solo flight. He completed three normal takeoffs and landings before attempting a soft-field takeoff. As the nose lifted, the airplane began to veer left. Continue Reading →

Hard landing bends Arrow

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Arrow. Injuries: None. Location: New Smyrna, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was preparing for his initial flight instructor check ride with a CFI on board. He performed a 180° power-off approach and landing. Continue Reading →

Poor planning results in poor performance

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Mexico, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot and his wife were departing from a 2,600-foot grass runway with a quartering right tailwind. The grass on the runway was between 6 and... Continue Reading →

Crosswind crimps Bellanca

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Bellanca Super Viking. Injuries: None. Location: Branson, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. At the time the wind was from the south at 8 to 10 knots with gusts to 20 knots. Continue Reading →

Poor visbility, poor decisions

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Goble, Ore. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: A CFI and pilot receiving instruction were on a flight in an area of light rain, fog, and overcast ceilings. The airplane entered a hilly area during a... Continue Reading →

Bad water landing kills one

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Sportsman 2+2. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Kimerling, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The float-equipped airplane was observed flying low over the lake, then appeared to make an attempt to land on the water. Continue Reading →

Unusual mid-air captures national attention

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by

The NTSB and FAA are investigating a skydiving/plane crash Saturday afternoon in Mulberry, Florida, according to a report at 970WFLA.com. The crash captured national attention with the skydiver appearing on the national morning television newscasts. Continue Reading →