Tailwind approach leads to crash

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Quicksilver MX Sprint II Injuries: None. Location: Willits, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: It was the student pilot’s first solo flight in the airplane. Continue Reading →

Landing stall for Piper

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Fort Collins, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at a private landing strip on his property. Continue Reading →

Low-altitude stall kills one

Posted on March 6th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Bellanca Citabria. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Brockton, Mont. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Witnesses said the airplane made two low-altitude, 360° turns, climbed rapidly, then descended into the ground. Continue Reading →

Loose canopy distracts pilot

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Skeeter 1M. Injuries: 1 Fatal.Location: Oklahoma City. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was flying his homebuilt airplane on a cross-country flight when the canopy came loose. Continue Reading →

Link: ‘Crashing a Belite Airplane’

Posted on March 4th, 2014 by

James Wiebe, owner of Belite Aircraft, has an opinion. He’s one of the more transparent people I’ve met. It doesn’t surprise me he wrote about the accident of a Belite UltraCub on his website. The details of this stall/spin accident,... Continue Reading →

Disoriented pilot crashes

Posted on March 4th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 350 Corvalis. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Salisbury, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Before the airplane continued on a cross-country flight, a lineman at the airport spoke to the pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, and mentioned the... Continue Reading →

Electrical failure for Piper

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: None. Location: Roanoke, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a cross-country flight when he noticed that the alternators were producing just 9 volts. Continue Reading →

Super Cub spins on icy runway

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Thedford, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot landed on an icy runway. During the landing roll, the left main landing gear hit a patch of ice and the airplane veered to the left. Continue Reading →

Failure to use checklist contributes to gear-up landing

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: None. Location: Culpeper, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: While on approach to the destination airport, the pilot moved the landing gear handle to the “down” position and noted that the green landing gear down-and-locked light didn’t... Continue Reading →

Mag malfunction leads to off-airport landing

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Arrow III. Injuries: 3 Minor. Location: Kalispell, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The airplane had just taken off and was at an altitude between 300 and 500 feet AGL over a residential area when the engine started to sputter... Continue Reading →