The solo student pilot was attempting to land the Cessna 172 on the runway in Grand Forks, N.D. His first approach was too fast, so he performed a go-around. [Read more…]
The Mooney M20K’s engine lost power in flight, and the pilot made a forced landing to a field near Hudson, Colo. The pilot was seriously injured.
During the post-accident examination, one pint of fuel was recovered from the right wing fuel tank, and 7.5 gallons of fuel were recovered from the left wing fuel tank. The fuel selector valve was found in the right fuel tank position. No fuel was found in the lines to the engine.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the pilot’s improper fuel management, which resulted in the loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA388
This June 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
The accident happened when the pilot of the CubCrafters Cub was attempting a landing at a backcountry airstrip in Payson, Ariz. During the landing flare, the plane floated longer than expected and drifted to the left. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Beechcraft Baron was attempting to land at an airport in St. Paul, Minn. After touching down, he realized he had landed long, and was concerned about being able to bring the plane to a stop before he ran out of runway, so he initiated a go-around.
During climb-out, the pilot heard a “thump,” so he returned to the airport and landed the airplane. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Murphy Moose reported that he had flown into the airport in Galt, Calif., previously but never in the Moose. While on final approach, he noticed power lines between his position and the runway, and he “pulled back” on the elevator control to overfly the power lines. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Harmon Rocket was attempting to land at South Lake Tahoe airport. He contacted UNICOM as he approached the airport and was told that the gusting wind of 10 to 15 knots favored the southern runway and that there was a crosswind from the right. [Read more…]
The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, was attempting to land the RV-7A at an airport in Altoona, Pa. He maintained 80 mph on final approach and slowed to 70 mph at touchdown.
Upon touchdown on the main landing gear, a wind gust occurred, and the airplane ballooned, then came down hard on the nose landing gear, which collapsed. [Read more…]
The owner of the airplane was a commercial pilot, however according to the flight instructor he flew with, he had a medical condition for which his insurance carrier required him to fly with a CFI.
During the preflight inspection, the pilot/owner of the Beech Musketeer observed about 20 gallons of fuel in the left main fuel tank and significantly less fuel in the right main fuel tank. The instructor did not witness the pre-flight inspection of the aircraft. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, he landed the Luscombe 8A on the runway in Orangeburg, S.C., when his foot slipped off the right rudder pedal, resulting in a swerve to the left. [Read more…]
The airline transport pilot, 64, who had logged more than 24,000 hours, volunteered to deliver the Pipistrel Alpha trainer from an airport in Indiana to a maintenance facility. He made the arrangements for the flight, including preflight planning. [Read more…]