VFR into IMC kills two

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Chickasha, Okla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The non-instrument rated private pilot obtained an outlook weather briefing and was told that instrument meteorological conditions prevailed along his route of flight, with ceilings below 1,000 feet... Continue Reading →

Tired pilot forgets landing gear

Posted on December 25th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Piper Navajo. Injuries: None. Location: Kaltag, Alaska Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land in icing conditions, had a hard time seeing the runway. He retracted the landing gear to prevent ice from building up on... Continue Reading →

Student stalls, spins

Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by

Aircraft: Rans S-12. Injuries: None. Location: Festus, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: Neither the student pilot nor his instructor had flown the airplane before the accident flight. The student pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was receiving flight instruction toward... Continue Reading →

High flare, bad bounce

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Grumman American. Injuries: None. Location: Furnace Creek, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot told investigators that he was attempting to land and he flared too high. The airplane landed hard and bounced. Continue Reading →

Caravan encounters ice

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Cessna Caravan Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Kwigillingok, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that he was flying in visual meteorological conditions for most of the flight. As he approached the airport, he inadvertently entered an area of instrument... Continue Reading →

Crosswind bends Bonanza

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Beech Bonanza Injuries: None. Location: Cheyenne, Wyo. Aircraft damage: What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that he was landing with a 40° crosswind. Continue Reading →

Stoned pilot crashes Piper

Posted on December 17th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Piper Pawnee Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Jacksonville, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was working as a banner tow pilot. Continue Reading →

Poor fuel management results in ditching

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Waco YMF5. Injuries: None. Location: Marathon, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, at the beginning of the day the main fuel tanks of the airplane were 7/8ths full. The pilot spent the day conducting sightseeing flights departing... Continue Reading →

Wrong runway for Cessna

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: St. Paul, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The tower controller informed the pilot that the wind was from 230°. The pilot had the option of landing on runway 27 or runway 14, and chose runway... Continue Reading →

Low altitude aerobatics leads to fatal crash

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by

Aircraft: American Champion 8KCAB Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Marysville, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was performing low-altitude aerobatics for a ground-based observer to renew his low-level aerobatic competency waiver. Continue Reading →