According to the pilot, he was completing a short cross-country flight in a Beech 58 and planned a practice short field landing at the airport in New Bedford, Mass. He landed on his planned touchdown point, but did not take the height of the runway threshold lights into consideration. [Read more…]
During the student pilot’s first approach for landing at the airport in Santa Barbara, Calif., she felt she was too high and did a go-around. On the second approach the Cessna 172S landed hard, and the propeller struck the runway.
A post-accident examination of the airframe revealed a damaged propeller, and substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage floor.
The pilot was not injured.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the pilot’s inadequate landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA332
This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
During a solo cross-country flight the student pilot had attempted to land twice at the airport in Redlands, Calif., but due to the gusty wind conditions he had aborted the attempts. On the third attempt, the gusty wind conditions had not changed. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that the Cessna 140 bounced on landing at the airport in Jonesboro, Ark., and encountered a wind gust after it ascended above the corn crop that bordered the runway. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that he took off from the surface of the lake in Wurtsboro, N.Y., in an FPNA A-22 Valor into a 9-knot wind. Once the light-sport floatplane climbed above the treetops, the pilot initiated a left turn and retracted the flaperons “simultaneously.” [Read more…]
The pilot reported that the Grumman G164A aerial-application airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power while en route to the field to be sprayed near Monte Vista, Colo. He jettisoned the plane’s chemical load following the loss of engine power, but it was unable to maintain altitude and he made a forced landing in a pasture. [Read more…]
The RV-6A was one of a group of five airplanes traveling to a fly-in. The group planned to land at an interim stop before continuing to the fly-in the following day.
The RV was the fourth to land at the airport in Knox, Ind. During the approach, it hit the ground about where a base-to-final approach turn would have been expected. [Read more…]
The pilot was practicing instrument maneuvers about 1,500 feet mean sea level in a Mooney M20J near Leonardtown, Maryland, with a CFI on board, when the engine stopped responding to throttle control inputs and producing enough power to maintain level flight. [Read more…]
The Kitfox III was about 1,000 feet above ground level when the engine experienced a loss of power. The pilot was able to momentarily regain engine power twice before the engine lost total power. [Read more…]
The private pilot was landing the tailwheel-equipped Cessna 175 on a paved runway in Willimantic, Conn.
During the landing roll, a ground witness heard a “shimmy” when the tailwheel made contact with the paved surface. The plane departed the right side of the runway into grass, where it ground-looped. [Read more…]