Short runway plus lack of experience a bad combo

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Mooney M20J. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Sterling, Pa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The runway measured 2,478 feet in length and had a 2.4% upslope with a hill and trees located just off the end. It was the pilot’s... Continue Reading →

Low-level aerobatics kills one

Posted on May 20th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Pitts S1D. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Port Richey, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Several witnesses reported that the pilot was conducting aerobatic maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico. He initiated a loop between 300 to 500 feet above the water. Continue Reading →

Poor decisions kill four

Posted on May 19th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 4 Fatal. Location: St. George, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Prior to the flight, the pilot and passengers were at a party, during which time the pilot and all but one passenger (the designated driver) consumed multiple alcoholic... Continue Reading →

Instructional takeoff goes awry

Posted on May 16th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Gainesville, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The CFI was providing instruction to a student who had about 10 hours of flight experience. During the first takeoff roll, the student attempted to steer the airplane with... Continue Reading →

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 →