While taking off from Runway 32 at the airport in Fredericksburg, Texas, the Cessna 185 encountered a crosswind. As soon as the tailwheel came off the runway, the plane veered to the left. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, at 17,000 feet mean sea level, the Cirrus SR22’s engine suddenly started vibrating severely and partially lost power. He declared an emergency and an air traffic controller provided vectors for an instrument approach into an airport near Pocatello, Idaho. [Read more…]
The pilot’s son reported that he saw his father’s Beech A36 initiate a slow taxi for departure from the airport in Fryeburg, Maine, drift right off the taxiway, and then come to rest next to a snow bank. The son found the pilot slumped over the control yoke, and he was subsequently transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, while in cruise flight, the FK Lightplanes FK9’s engine experienced a partial power loss. The experimental plane was unable to maintain altitude, so the pilot chose to perform an off-airport landing to an open field near Canton, Georgia. During the landing roll, the airplane hit a berm, became airborne, and then landed hard. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that both fuel tanks on the Piper PA-28-180 were full when the flight departed. About 30 minutes into the flight, a GPS alarm alerted the pilot to switch fuel tanks, so he switched the fuel tank selector. He then proceeded north to return to the departure airport.
About 51 minutes into the flight, while about 2,200 feet above the ground, the engine rpm began to decrease. He attempted to restore power by repositioning the fuel selector, turning on the auxiliary fuel pump, pushing the throttle, and verifying that the mixture control was full rich, however, none of these actions restored engine power. [Read more…]
The instrument-rated pilot received weather data via a computerized flight planning service on the morning of the accident. The briefing included a synopsis for upper Michigan that indicated overcast conditions at 3,000 feet with cloud tops at 12,000 feet, visibility of 3 to 5 miles with light snow showers and mist, and wind from the northwest gusting to 25 knots.
An airmen’s meteorological information was current for instrument flight rules conditions with ceilings below 1,000 feet and visibility below 3 miles with precipitation, mist, and blowing snow at the time of the accident.
Several witnesses reported hearing the Mooney M20R heading west, which was in the direction of the departure airport in Boyne City, Mich. [Read more…]
The private pilot and his two passengers departed on a local pleasure flight in the Cessna 210 near Pagosa Springs, Colo. Right after takeoff, engine oil covered the windscreen and the engine began to lose power. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that following an uneventful takeoff in the amphibious float equipped Maule M7-235, he intended on performing a water landing at a nearby lake as part of his checkride.
During the water landing near Lake Havasu, Arizona, the airplane immediately nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings, as well as two minor injuries. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, while climbing to 15,000 feet mean sea level, the autopilot disengaged and the autopilot disconnect chime sounded accompanied by an “AP fail A-B” message. At this point, he decided to return to the departure airport near Wheeling, Ill. [Read more…]
The pilot had recently purchased the American Champion Aircraft 8KCAB from the factory and was returning to his home airport when the accident occurred.
The weather conditions initially forecast in the vicinity of the destination airport before departure were consistent with visual meteorological conditions, however, by the time the pilot was within 50 miles of the destination airport, the forecast and actual weather conditions had deteriorated to instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). [Read more…]