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 →

Airplane hits power lines

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Republic RC-3 Seabee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Cedar Bluff, Ala. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot of the amphibious airplane flew to visit a friend who lived on the shore of a lake. According to the pilot’s friend, the pilot... Continue Reading →

Disoriented pilot crashes

Posted on September 4th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 5 Fatal. Location: Willard, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The accident happened when the pilot attempted an ILS  approach in night instrument meteorological conditions. Continue Reading →

Inflight break up for Aztec

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Aztec. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Bullard, Texas. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Witnesses noticed the airplane making several turns before it pitched nose-up, climbed, rolled to the right, and then descended nose-down to the ground. Several witnesses observed airplane components... Continue Reading →

Fuel starvation brings down Lancair

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Lancair IV. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Winnsboro, La. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The purpose of the flight was to calibrate the fuel system on the homebuilt aircraft. Several witnesses on the ground heard an increase in engine rpm consistent with the pilot... Continue Reading →

Maule caught in crosswind

Posted on September 1st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Maule MXT-180A. Injuries: None. Location: Manzanita, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot said everything seemed normal as the airplane crossed over the trees on final approach, and it was lined up with the runway centerline. But before the plane... Continue Reading →

Tailwind takeoff leads to accident

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Pawnee. Injuries: None. Location: Harvey, N.D. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: Prior to taking off on the aerial application flight, the pilot loaded applicant and fuel which, as reported by the pilot, put the airplane slightly over its maximum gross... Continue Reading →

Piper pilot flies into rising terrain

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: McNeal, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was taking a passenger on a tour of the local area, had previously conducted such flights, and had a normal route that... Continue Reading →

Thunderstorm claims two lives

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Zenair CH 2000. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Nephi, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Several people on the ground saw the airplane flying low in the airport pattern during a thunderstorm. As the plane turned from a crosswind to a downwind... Continue Reading →

CFI turns fuel off in flight

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Bardstown, Ky. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The CFI and student pilot had practiced various maneuvers during the training flight and were returning to the airport. The airplane was about 2,500 feet AGL and within gliding... Continue Reading →