Stoned pilot crashes in lake

Aircraft: Kitfox IV. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Cross Lake, Minn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The airplane was observed flying low and slow over a lake. It stalled, entered a spin, then hit the water.

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Crosswind crimps Pacer

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Cooperstown, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that, before initiating the takeoff, he noted that the two windsocks located on the runway indicated a crosswind.

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VFR into IMC proves fatal

Aircraft: RV-4. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Cedartown, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, took off in VFR conditions on a cross-country flight. There was no record of the pilot obtaining a preflight briefing.

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Fuel valve failure contributes to fatal crash

Aircraft: Beech A23. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor. Location: Laytonsville, Md. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, accompanied by a flight instructor, was practicing takeoffs and landings. The first two went well. Before the third takeoff, the pilot verified that the flaps were retracted for takeoff and that the fuel selector valve was positioned on the left fuel tank.

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Carb ice catches Cub

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was conducting a banner-tow flight. The accident happened as he approached to pick up the banner.

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Loss of control on landing

Aircraft: Cessna 195B. Injuries: None. Location: Camdenton, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, accompanied by a pilot-rated passenger, was practicing takeoffs and landings.  The passenger reported that he was on the flight controls “following lightly” with the pilot.

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Poor approach, poor landing

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chester, Conn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was trying to land. The first two approaches terminated in go-arounds. On the third approach he felt that the airplane was high and fast, [Read more...]

Downwind landing goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 206. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor. Location: Homer, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during an approach to a lake. Just as the airplane touched down, a gust of wind lifted the left wing  and the right wing struck the water. The airplane nosed over abruptly, and the cabin immediately filled with water.

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Open canopy leads to loss of control

Aircraft: Evektor Sportstar Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, as the airplane lifted off, the canopy opened.

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Wrong lever results in bad landing

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: None. Location: Atlanta, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings. After touchdown, he intended to retract the flaps, but inadvertently selected the landing gear control lever.

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