Pre-purchase flight ends with crash

Aircraft: Socata TB 10. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Shirley, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The flight was a pre-purchase demonstration of the airplane. The buyer intended to examine and photograph the maintenance records, then fly the airplane around the airport traffic pattern with the owner. However, the owner insisted they fly the airplane before reviewing the maintenance records.

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Too much brake for Bellanca

Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC. Injuries: None. Location: Sidney, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, during the landing rollout as the airplane slowed, it started veering to the right. He applied left rudder and left brake to correct the problem. The tail came up, the propeller struck the ground, and the airplane nosed over.

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Low altitude loss of power kills one

Aircraft: Folke-Wolf-190 ½ Scale. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Columbus, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, 71, had logged about 13,000 hours. He was flying the pattern at a tower controlled airport. After conducting a touch-and-go landing on Runway 24, he advised the controller that he had a partial loss of engine power and intended to land on Runway 13.

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Bad water landing kills one

Aircraft: Sportsman 2+2. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Kimerling, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The float-equipped airplane was observed flying low over the lake, then appeared to make an attempt to land on the water.

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Pilot mistakes road for airport

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: None. Location: Brooksville, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was not familiar with the area and was using his GPS to find the airport.

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Poor planning leads to fuel exhaustion

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Wittmann, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was making a solo cross-country flight involving four legs. Before beginning the final leg, he made multiple full stop and touch-and-go landings that he had not included when he did his preflight planning.

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Carb ice blamed for Cub crash

This May 2010 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.

Aircraft: Piper J-3 Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Sandwich, Illinois. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, approximately 15 minutes after takeoff and while maneuvering approximately 100 feet above ground, the engine lost power.

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Student pilot lands with tailwind

This April 2010 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.

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Hampton, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was landing at his home airport at the end of a solo cross-country flight. When he contacted the air traffic control tower he was offered the option of runway 8, which had a tailwind, or 26, which had a crosswind.

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Delayed go-around for Bonanza

This April 2010 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.

Aircraft: Beech 35. Injuries: None. Location: Boulder, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot was attempting to land his single-engine airplane in a crosswind. The airplane drifted to the right of the runway and touched down. The left wing lifted and the pilot reacted by adding power for a go-around, but he then determined that a go-around was not a suitable option and reduced engine power.

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Distracted pilot crashes

This April 2010 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.

Aircraft: Czech Sportcruiser Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Millbrook, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to several witnesses, the airplane’s engine sounded good during the takeoff roll, but at liftoff the wings were rocking and the airplane was not gaining altitude. The airplane banked hard left back toward the airport, and disappeared from view.

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