Side-load over-stresses landing gear

Posted on April 9th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Cross Keys, N.J. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: An airport surveillance camera captured the airplane as it landed, then fish-tailed before going off the left side of the runway. Continue Reading →

Runway closure surprises pilot

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Seneca. Injuries: None. Location: San Marcos, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot called the Flight Service Station before departing on a cross-country flight to ask if there were any restrictions along his flight route that he needed to... Continue Reading →

Ground loop for Piper Pacer

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Fairbanks, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a hard surfaced runway. Continue Reading →

Inexperience, sensitive brakes bad combo

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Fairchild 24 C8C. Injuries: None. Location: Redmond, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot received his tailwheel endorsement in another airplane make. His total flight time in the Fairchild was about one hour. Continue Reading →

Blocked rudder pedals lead to off-runway trip

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Abingdon, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, after the airplane touched down it started to veer to the left as he began to apply the brakes. Continue Reading →

Hypoxic pilot crashes

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna T182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Ludlow, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a cross-country flight in night visual meteorological conditions and requested flight following from air traffic control. Continue Reading →

Distraction leads to crash

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Zodiac CH 601XL. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Belmont, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot had previously flown the experimental, amateur-built airplane cross-country to a potential buyer but the sale was not completed and the airplane did not fly for... Continue Reading →

Bad fuel management for Baron

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Broken Bow, Neb. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that the airplane was fully fueled before departure. The fuel system was composed of two 37-gallon main fuel tanks and two 31-gallon... Continue Reading →

Departure stall kills one

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Avid Flyer MK4. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Waxhaw, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: According to several eyewitnesses who were pilots, the pilot of the airplane initiated a go-around about 30 feet above ground level. Continue Reading →

Gusty wind leads to bad bounce

Posted on March 26th, 2014 by

Aircraft: Allegro. Injuries: None. Location: Groveland, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a gusting, quartering tailwind. The airplane bounced three times. Continue Reading →