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 →

Hand-propping results in wild ride for passenger

Posted on February 25th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Alon A2. Injuries: None. Location: Forks, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot planned on starting his airplane by hand-propping, because the battery was dead. After loading his passenger, he set the throttle and the parking brake, but he did... Continue Reading →

Nose-gear mishap for Bellanca

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Bellanca Viking. Injuries: None. Location: Kansas City, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The accident happened during landing. Continue Reading →

Fast descent leads to bad bounce

Posted on February 21st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Mokuleia, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The accident happened during the approach to landing. According to the pilot, as the airplane approached the runway, he realized that the descent rate was higher than normal. He... Continue Reading →