Low-altitude pass proves fatal

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by

Aircraft: North American T-6. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Perry, Mich. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that after takeoff, he was planning to overfly the runway for a “photo pass.” Continue Reading →

Over-loaded airplane crashes

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: 4 Fatal. Location: Duck Creek Village, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot had extensive rotorcraft/helicopter flight experience but had accumulated only about 160 hours total flight time in fixed wing airplanes, including about 17 hours in... Continue Reading →

Over-braking flips Luscombe

Posted on May 13th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Silvaire Luscombe 8F. Injuries: None. Location: Tok, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. He told investigators that the airplane had recently been modified with hydraulic brakes, Continue Reading →

Beechcraft encounters thunderstorm

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Hawker Beechcraft A36. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Macon, Miss. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot had obtained his instrument rating less than two years before the accident and had accrued about 32 total hours of actual instrument experience. While on... Continue Reading →

Student loses control on landing

Posted on May 9th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Wichita, Kan. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot, accompanied by a CFI, was practicing takeoffs and landings. When the airplane touched down on the second landing, it veered sharply to the right. Continue Reading →

Stuck rudder pedal bends Stearman

Posted on May 8th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Boeing A75N1. Injuries: None. Location: Foley, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land, felt the airplane was high on final approach, so he established a forward slip to lose some altitude. Continue Reading →

Flat tire tears up Piper

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Norwich, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: During the landing roll the airplane pulled to the left. The pilot applied right rudder to correct and the airplane ground looped, which resulted in substantial damage to the... Continue Reading →

Student crashes on straight-in approach

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 152. Injuries: None. Location: San Antonio, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot planned to practice solo takeoffs and landings at a nearby tower-controlled airport. Her logbook revealed that this was her second solo flight and the first... Continue Reading →

Low altitude plus tall trees a bad combo

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 170B. Injuries: None. Location: Winterville, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was participating in a bean bag drop competition at the airfield. Continue Reading →

Crosswind creases Piper

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Malibu. Injuries: None. Location: Springfield, Vt. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land when the airplane encountered a strong gust of wind from the right. Continue Reading →