Low approach proves fatal

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Plainville, Conn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The  pilot was flying an approach to his home airport in daylight VFR conditions that terminated in a go-around. On the second approach, the airplane flew lower than... Continue Reading →

Delayed decision leads to crash

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Beechcraft Duke. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Sedona, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: According to several witnesses, the airplane appeared to be having difficulty accelerating for takeoff. It did not liftoff. It continued down the 5,132-foot runway, went off the end... Continue Reading →

Gear collapses on landing

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Flight Design CTLS. Injuries: None. Location: Conway, Ark. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that the straight-in approach was normal, but the right main landing gear collapsed upon touchdown. The airplane went off the right side of the... Continue Reading →

Stoned pilot crashes in lake

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Kitfox IV. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Cross Lake, Minn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The airplane was observed flying low and slow over a lake. It stalled, entered a spin, then hit the water. Continue Reading →

Crosswind crimps Pacer

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Cooperstown, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that, before initiating the takeoff, he noted that the two windsocks located on the runway indicated a crosswind. Continue Reading →

VFR into IMC proves fatal

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by

Aircraft: RV-4. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Cedartown, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, took off in VFR conditions on a cross-country flight. There was no record of the pilot obtaining a preflight briefing. Continue Reading →

Fuel valve failure contributes to fatal crash

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Beech A23. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor. Location: Laytonsville, Md. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot, accompanied by a flight instructor, was practicing takeoffs and landings. The first two went well. Before the third takeoff, the pilot verified that the... Continue Reading →

Carb ice catches Cub

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was conducting a banner-tow flight. The accident happened as he approached to pick up the banner. Continue Reading →

Loss of control on landing

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 195B. Injuries: None. Location: Camdenton, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot, accompanied by a pilot-rated passenger, was practicing takeoffs and landings.  The passenger reported that he was on the flight controls “following lightly” with the pilot. Continue Reading →

Poor approach, poor landing

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chester, Conn. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was trying to land. The first two approaches terminated in go-arounds. On the third approach he felt that the airplane was high and fast, Continue Reading →