Poor fuel management for Piper

Posted on August 5th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: McKinleyville, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The 150-hour pilot, who had recently bought the Piper, had only five hours in the plane. He was flying his first cross-country in it. He thought the fuel... Continue Reading →

Overweight airplane, unfamiliar pilot bad combination

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Silvaire Luscombe 8A Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: St. Petersburg, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who had recently purchased the airplane, which he intended to fly as a Sport Pilot, had just resumed flying after a 30-year... Continue Reading →

Night approach goes bad

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Oshkosh, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: A flight instructor and student pilot were on final approach at the completion of a local night instructional flight. Continue Reading →

Overloaded airplane crashes

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer Injuries: None. Location: McGrath, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a turf runway. The airplane was fully loaded with a passenger and cargo. Continue Reading →

Upslope runway contributes to accident

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: West Glacier, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a 2,500-foot long runway in rising terrain. The airplane accelerated normally and became airborne between 1,000 and 1,200 feet down... Continue Reading →

Luscombe loses power

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Luscombe 8A. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Leander, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot performed an engine run-up, during which he checked the operation of the carburetor heat. However, he did not leave the carburetor heat on at higher power... Continue Reading →

Crankshaft failure for Cirrus

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: None. Location: Pickens, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: A few minutes after leveling the airplane at a cruise altitude of 9,000 feet MSL, the pilot felt the engine slightly vibrate and noticed the propeller rpm began to... Continue Reading →

Poor maintenance brings down twin

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: None. Location: Bragg City, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot said the right engine stopped producing power in flight and that he was unable to maintain altitude. He made a forced landing to a field... Continue Reading →

Wet grass, no brakes bad combination

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor. Location: Elkader, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, he approached the intended destination airport and descended from 5,500 feet to 2,000 feet MSL in order to remain clear of clouds. The... Continue Reading →

Deer bends Cheetah

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Grumman Cheetah Injuries: None. Location: Ray Township, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the landing was normal and uneventful, but during the roll out he noticed noticed two deer on the left side of the runway. Continue Reading →