Runway soft spot catches RV-8

The pilot of the RV-8 called the destination airport in Cortland, Ohio, to check on the condition of the turf runway. No concerns were noted.

The pilot said that the flight and touch down were normal but, during the landing roll, the airplane encountered a soft spot in the runway and nosed over, coming to rest inverted. [Read more…]

Cessna runs out of fuel on final

The Cessna 210 was on the base leg of the traffic pattern to Wenatchee, Wash., when the engine suddenly lost power. It landed hard in a nose-high attitude, and the tail cone struck the runway, resulting in damage to the aft bulkhead and lower fuselage stringer. [Read more…]

Poor fuel management by Beech pilot

The pilot of the Beech Bonanza was on a cross-country flight that was supposed to take one hour and 50 minutes. At the start there were about 30 gallons of fuel in each wing tank, of which 27 gallons were usable fuel per side, which should have been enough fuel for the length of flight. [Read more…]

Kitfox stalls on approach

Witnesses on the ground stated that the Kitfox took off from Runway 27 at St. Lucie, Fla., then entered the pattern for landing. One witness noted that, during the downwind leg, the airplane was “very close in” to the runway. [Read more…]