WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary aviation accident statistics Sept. 15, which show an overall decline in the number of US registered civil aviation accidents, from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013.
Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: St. Johns, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was landing at a private dirt airstrip in gusting crosswind conditions. He reported that when he flared to land, the wind shifted. The airplane swerved and hit a dirt berm.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing in gusty crosswind conditions.
NTSB Identification: WPR12CA438
This August 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 175. Injuries: None. Location: Spearfish, S.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot thought the airplane was too fast and too high on the first approach to the private airstrip, so he elected to perform a go-around.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Sept. 3, a settlement was reached in front of Judge Scott Snowden (Ret.) on the wrongful death action filed by the family of agricultural aviator Steve Allen in the amount $6.7 million and, as a result, is establishing the standard as to the use of meteorological evaluation towers for wind prospecting in agricultural areas.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Land O’Lakes, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was flying it home.
Aircraft: RV-7A. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Laramie, Wyo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot approached the non-towered airport for landing. The airport had two runways, 21/03 and 30/15. The winds at the time of the accident were reported to be 350° at 14 knots with gusts to 24 knots. The pilot entered a left downwind for runway 21.
Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Corinth, Miss. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, after about two hours of uneventful flight a loud noise came from the engine compartment and the engine cowling began shaking violently.
Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Branson, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident occurred as the pilot attempted to make a night landing on a lighted runway. [Read more…]
Aircraft: Republic RC-3 Seabee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Cedar Bluff, Ala. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot of the amphibious airplane flew to visit a friend who lived on the shore of a lake. According to the pilot’s friend, the pilot normally approached the lake from the north, made a left 180° turn, and then landed to the north.
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 5 Fatal. Location: Willard, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The accident happened when the pilot attempted an ILS approach in night instrument meteorological conditions.