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 →

VFR into IMC kills two

Posted on January 6th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna Cardinal. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: North Vernon, Ind. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Before departing on the accident flight, the 458-hour pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, obtained several weather briefings, learning that instrument meteorological conditions prevailed along... Continue Reading →

Wind gust bends Maule

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Maule M-5-180C. Injuries: None. Location: River Ranch, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was on approach to the airport in VFR conditions, stated that he didn’t see any other airplanes or hear any radio communications to indicate the... Continue Reading →

Brake failure for Piper

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Del Norte, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The private pilot, who had recently acquired the Super Cub, was receiving instruction from a CFI to get more familiar with the tailwheel airplane. Continue Reading →

Christen Eagle hits deer

Posted on January 1st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Christen Eagle II. Injuries: None. Location: Eureka, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: As the pilot was attempting to land at the rural airport, a herd of deer wandered onto the runway. Continue Reading →

Gear collapse for Duchess

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Beech Duchess. Injuries: None. Location: San Carlos, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff, the tower controller notified him that the right main landing gear did not appear to fully retract. Continue Reading →

Low altitude aerobatics kills one

Posted on December 27th, 2013 by

Aircraft: RV-8. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Armistead, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: Multiple witnesses located near the accident site reported seeing the airplane flying over their position about 130 feet above the ground followed by it performing several barrel rolls. Continue Reading →

Video: Your landing gear doesn’t extend…

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by

A post maintenance flight in a Cessna 210 results in a gear up landing. This YouTube video shows a remarkable landing using only the tail and an extended nose gear. I don’t think it could have gone better. Continue Reading →