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 →

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 →