According to the pilot, he departed for a flight to his home base airport. While the Ercoupe 415-D was climbing through 200 feet above ground level, the engine began to run roughly. While he was attempting to turn back toward the airport in Beaver Falls, Pa., the engine experienced a total loss of power. He subsequently made an emergency landing in a nearby field. [Read more…]
While in flight, the Champion 7GCB’s rudder cable separated. The pilot was able to return to the airport in Pearsall, Texas, and align the airplane to land.
During the landing flare, the plane began to drift and the pilot was not able to correct the drift. He initiated a go-around, however the airplane then entered an aerodynamic stall and subsequently hit the ground. [Read more…]
The Cessna 182 pilot reported that he had flown a group of skydivers to altitude for an intentional parachute jump about three miles north of the airport near Boulder, Colo., and was returning for landing at the time of the accident. The plane was on final approach when the engine lost power.
Attempts to restore engine power were unsuccessful, and he ditched the airplane into a lake short of the runway. [Read more…]
During the takeoff roll, a hawk struck the Bellanca’s windscreen and then struck the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The plane veered to the right, exited the runway in Delavan, Wis., and nosed over. [Read more…]
The 58-year-old student pilot attempted a takeoff in light wind in Limington, Maine, but about 2,000 feet down the runway, he lost control of the Cessna 172. Only one witness saw the airplane after liftoff, and noted that it was “swerving all over the place before it crashed.” [Read more…]
Several eyewitnesses reported observing the Piper Cherokee performing several takeoffs and landings in Danville, Va. One witness stated that, during one landing attempt, the airplane was low, that a go-around was initiated, and that the airplane banked sharply left and right during the maneuver. [Read more…]
The pilot/owner purchased the Aeronca 7AC about a month before the accident and was flying near Taunton, Mass., with a pilot-rated passenger who owned a similar model airplane. A witness reported that the airplane accelerated and climbed normally to an altitude of about 50 to 100 feet above the ground. It then entered a slow right turn and began to descend until it hit the ground and immediately became engulfed in fire. Both the pilot and passenger were killed. [Read more…]
The pilot was also the owner/builder of the Van’s RV-7A. He had removed and reinstalled the engine after the plane experienced a propeller strike. The accident flight was the first flight after the engine was reinstalled. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Using a Cessna 172 dropped from a height of 100 feet, NASA’s Search and Rescue Mission Office will simulate a severe but survivable plane accident Wednesday, Aug. 26, to test emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).
The pilot reported that while taxiing for takeoff in the Cessna 172P for a local flight with passengers in Mitchellville, Md., the right rudder felt “stiff.” Once in the air, the rudder operated normally, however, the pilot’s first landing was “hard.” [Read more…]