Short field, low airspeed bad combination

Aircraft: Luscombe 8E. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: West Bend, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to take off from a grass 1,500-foot runway. The airplane lifted off, but the pilot felt it was not climbing fast enough to clear power lines [Read more…]

Twin crashes after maintenance

Aircraft: Cessna 310. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Stotts City, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The right engine of the twin Cessna had recently undergone extensive maintenance. The pilot and the pilot-rated passenger originally planned to make several circuits in the traffic pattern to test the right engine, then fly the airplane to a nearby airport. However, the test flight was delayed [Read more…]

Wind puts Cessna in ditch

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Seneca Falls, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot did not obtain a preflight weather briefing before departing on the local flight. At the time of departure the wind was from 270° at 9 knots.

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Takeoff ends in trees

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Mansfield, Mass. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a training flight. According to the flight instructor, during climb out when the airplane reached 250 feet AGL, the airplane stopped climbing and began to descend.

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Carb icing at night for Cherokee

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Maryland Heights, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A witness, who saw the airplane approaching the airport for a night landing, remarked that the engine sounded like it was sputtering. He thought the pilot was attempting to land on the beach of a nearby lake. The airplane hit the water and cartwheeled before sinking.

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Insects bring down Tomahawk

Aircraft: Piper Tomahawk. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Corona, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: After flying for about an hour, the pilot entered the pattern to land. During the approach the engine lost power. Unable to restart the engine, or make it to the runway, he performed a forced landing into an adjacent field, where the airplane sustained substantial damage.

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Improper use of flaps by 172 pilot

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Indian Trail, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane, which took off from a 2,350-foot runway with tall trees located off the departure end, was loaded with full fuel, the pilot and three passengers. It was about 117 pounds below its maximum gross operating weight at takeoff.

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Poor go-around for Piper pilot

Aircraft: Piper Comanche. Injuries: None. Location: Lake Tahoe, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot aborted a landing due to traffic on the active runway. As part of the go-around he retracted the landing gear.

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