Bad soft field landing damages Glastar

The pilot landed the experimental nosewheel-equipped Glastar 500 feet beyond the landing threshold of the grass runway at Sequim, Wash., performing a full-flap, power-off approach. The runway was crossed by two asphalt taxiways, and during the ground roll, he observed a depression in the turf just before the first taxiway intersection. [Read more…]

Off-airport landing breaks 150

The pilot reported that he held a helicopter rating and he was receiving flight instruction to add an airplane single engine land rating to his private pilot certificate.

He was on a solo cross-country flight in the Cessna 150D and had been inflight for about three hours when he became disoriented and was unable to find an airport. [Read more…]

Go-around goes bad

The pilot of the amphibian Piper Super Cub reported that she was flying a visual approach to a lake, over mountainous terrain, near Eagle Bay, N.Y. On an approximate 3/4 mile final approach to the lake, she observed a boat near her intended landing area and performed a go-around to circle for another approach. [Read more…]

Flight into IMC fatal

The instrument-rated pilot departed in the Cirrus SR22 with a reported cloud ceiling of 400 feet above ground level and 3 miles visibility.

A witness, who was about 0.3 nautical miles west of the departure end of the runway in Chesterfield, Mo., saw the SR22’s navigation lights for about three to five seconds as it traveled west. It appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and in a descent. He saw a fireball as the plane hit the trees and terrain. [Read more…]