Hand prop accident fatal

Posted on January 20th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: San Diego, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The passenger reported that he and the pilot were both seated in the airplane when the pilot made three unsuccessful attempts to start the engine. Continue Reading →

Frozen runway results in loss of control

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Grand Isle, Vt. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: Before departing for a private airport, the pilot called the owner of the destination airport to inquire about the condition of the turf runway. The area had been... Continue Reading →

Cessna stalls on approach

Posted on January 16th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 340A. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Ocala, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: On the accident flight the 1,005-hour pilot was cleared to land and entered the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern to land to the north. Continue Reading →

Sun blinds pilot on landing

Posted on January 15th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: None. Location: Walterboro, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in the late afternoon on a runway with a westerly heading. Continue Reading →

Poor flare for student pilot

Posted on January 14th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Richland, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing touch-and-goes. Continue Reading →

Spatial disorientation leads to fatal accident

Posted on January 13th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Quincy, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The 230-hour pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, landed after sunset, refueled the airplane, and took off again about 90 minutes later Continue Reading →

Carburetor icing leads to off-airport landing

Posted on January 10th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Springfield, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was on the second leg of a VFR cross-country flight. He was flying at an altitude of 3,500 feet in order to remain below an overcast ceiling. Continue Reading →

Distraction results in gear-up landing

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Mooney M20K. Injuries: None. Location: Willmar, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing solo takeoffs and landings. On the third approach he extended his downwind leg to provide spacing for another airplane. Continue Reading →

Intoxicated pilot crashes

Posted on January 8th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Denmark, Wis. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: During a flight before the accident flight, the cockpit lighting failed and the pilot made an unscheduled landing at an airport. Later, a witness saw the pilot walking... Continue Reading →

Pilot takes off with malfunctioning engine

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Bowers Fly Baby 1-A. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Jefferson, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed, What reportedly happened: A witness told investigators that the pilot was attempting to diagnose an engine problem prior to the accident flight. The witness said that the engine was... Continue Reading →