The student pilot had performed three uneventful landings with his instructor on board the Cessna 172; his CFI later stated that the student, “… performed way above the standards needed to show me he would be safe during solo flight.” [Read more…]
The pilot and flight instructor were practicing takeoffs and landings near Richland Center, Wis. During the fourth takeoff, the engine started running roughly and losing power; it then stopped producing power. [Read more…]
The pilot stated that he was conducting a demonstration flight near Tampa, Florida, with a passenger in the SeaRey, an amphibious experimental amateur-built airplane.
He reported that after takeoff, while explaining the operational characteristics of the airplane to his passenger, he forgot to raise the landing gear as was his custom. [Read more…]
The non-instrument rated pilot departed on a cross-country flight. When the Cessna 210 was reported overdue by family members, a search was initiated, and the airplane wreckage was located about three miles from a regional airport in Bay City, Wis. The pilot died in the crash. [Read more…]
The private pilot reported that, during takeoff for a local personal flight in Xenia, Ohio, his seat unexpectedly moved rearward, and the seat back tipped rearward.
As the seat slid rearward, he inadvertently applied aft yoke and his feet came off the rudder pedals, which resulted in a loss of directional control. The Cessna 172 went off the left side of the runway and struck a ditch, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane. [Read more…]
After a planned refueling stop at Cordele, Georgia, the pilot taxied to a runway intersection and began his takeoff roll.
Witnesses reported that when the Aeronca 7EC was about 200 feet above ground level, it entered a gradual left turn, which progressed into a steep left turn. The airplane lost altitude during a 180° turn and then hit the ground, resulting in one fatality and one serious injury. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that 30 minutes after departure at 6,000 feet mean sea level, the Beech 35’s door opened in flight. He stated that the temperature dropped, papers went flying about the cabin, and the noise was “overwhelming.” [Read more…]
The pilot reported that the accident occurred as she was practicing nighttime takeoffs and landings at an airport in Ann Arbor, Mich. During the takeoff roll, as the Piper PA-28-181 was rotating for liftoff, it hit a deer on the runway. [Read more…]
The commercial pilot was conducting a personal cross-country flight in the Cirrus SR22. He reported that, while en route to his destination at a cruise altitude of about 5,000 feet mean sea level, the engine “failed.” [Read more…]
As the pilot was taxiing the T-211 Thorpedo to takeoff on Runway 10 from the airport in Mountain Home, Idaho, he encountered a truck parked on the taxiway. [Read more…]