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 →

Poor approach, poor landing

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chester, Conn. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was trying to land. The first two approaches terminated in go-arounds. On the third approach he felt that the airplane was high and fast, Continue Reading →

Downwind landing goes bad

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 206. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor. Location: Homer, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The accident happened during an approach to a lake. Just as the airplane touched down, a gust of wind lifted the left wing  and the right... Continue Reading →

Open canopy leads to loss of control

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Evektor Sportstar Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, as the airplane lifted off, the canopy opened. Continue Reading →

Wrong lever results in bad landing

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: None. Location: Atlanta, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings. After touchdown, he intended to retract the flaps, but inadvertently selected the landing gear control lever. Continue Reading →

Non-certified pilot runs out of fuel

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Bellanca Scout Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Zahl, N.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot, 33, did not have a valid pilot certificate or medical certificate. His last aviation medical exam was dated April 27, 1997. At that time, he reported... Continue Reading →

VFR flight into IFR kills one

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Mountain Home, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The non-instrument-rated pilot was on a VFR cross-country flight over mountainous terrain.  Weather radar for the area at the time of the flight showed rain/snow showers. Continue Reading →

Poor inspection results in crash

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Remos GX. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Westminister, Md. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was also a mechanic. He disassembled the airplane for storage during the winter. The Remos is designed with foldable wings and a removable tail to facilitate... Continue Reading →

C-170 goes off runway

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 170. Injuries: None. Location: Pullman, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: A CFI was providing tailwheel instruction to a pilot who intended to purchase the airplane. They had completed 10.7 hours of training, which included 56 landings. The CFI said... Continue Reading →

Failure to maintain airspeed proves fatal

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 4 Fatal. Location: Veneta, Ore. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: According to several people at the airport, shortly after the airplane took off from the grass runway, the sound of the engine stopped. One witness reported that he... Continue Reading →