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 →

Wake turbulence tumbles Mooney

Posted on February 20th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Mooney M20. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Fayetteville, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was in the traffic pattern for landing and was informed by the tower air traffic controller that there was a Gulfstream at his one... Continue Reading →

Lights distract pilot

Posted on February 19th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: None. Location: Swainsboro, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at night in visual meteorological conditions. The runway lights were set on high intensity, which diluted the threshold lights. The airplane hit... Continue Reading →

Snow on runway catches Cessna

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: South Fork, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a runway that had several patches of snow on it. Continue Reading →

Hand-propped airplane escapes

Posted on February 17th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Hebron, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that he could not start the engine using the electric starter, so he decided to attempt to hand-prop it. Continue Reading →

Low-altitude manuever goes bad

Posted on February 14th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Aventura II. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Laceys Spring, Ala. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was said to have logged 700 hours, including about 10 flights in the accident airplane. However, his most recent flight review was completed nearly six... Continue Reading →

Low-time pilot ground loops C180

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Conroe, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The flight instructor, who occupied the right seat, allowed the private pilot to practice landings in the tailwheel airplane. Continue Reading →

Over-rotation leads to loss of control

Posted on February 12th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Zenair LTD CH 2000. Injuries: None. Location: Warrenton, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The flight instructor and student pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, were practicing simulated engine out/aborted takeoff procedures. Continue Reading →