Piper runs out of fuel

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Comanche. Injuries: None. Location: Blacksburg, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The  accident happened during the approach to land. The pilot had the left fuel selector set to the left main tank and the right fuel selector was set to... Continue Reading →

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 →