Inexperience, sensitive brakes bad combo

Aircraft: Fairchild 24 C8C. Injuries: None. Location: Redmond, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot received his tailwheel endorsement in another airplane make. His total flight time in the Fairchild was about one hour.

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Blocked rudder pedals lead to off-runway trip

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Abingdon, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, after the airplane touched down it started to veer to the left as he began to apply the brakes. [Read more...]

Hypoxic pilot crashes

Aircraft: Cessna T182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Ludlow, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a cross-country flight in night visual meteorological conditions and requested flight following from air traffic control. [Read more...]

Distraction leads to crash

Aircraft: Zodiac CH 601XL. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Belmont, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot had previously flown the experimental, amateur-built airplane cross-country to a potential buyer but the sale was not completed and the airplane did not fly for several months until arrangements could be made to return the airplane.

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Bad fuel management for Baron

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Broken Bow, Neb. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that the airplane was fully fueled before departure. The fuel system was composed of two 37-gallon main fuel tanks and two 31-gallon auxiliary fuel tanks. The pilot stated he had not used any of the fuel in the auxiliary tanks before the loss of engine power.

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Departure stall kills one

Aircraft: Avid Flyer MK4. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Waxhaw, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to several eyewitnesses who were pilots, the pilot of the airplane initiated a go-around about 30 feet above ground level.

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Gusty wind leads to bad bounce

Aircraft: Allegro. Injuries: None. Location: Groveland, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a gusting, quartering tailwind. The airplane bounced three times.

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Poor fuel management by Piper pilot

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Margaret, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot and passenger departed on a local flight. The airplane was in cruise flight, about 1,000 feet AGL, when the engine lost power.

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Loss of control on takeoff

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that the wind during takeoff was from the right at 9 knots, gusting to 13 knots. He rotated the airplane at 55 knots, then it started to drift.

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Mid-air in VFR conditions kills two

Aircraft: Cessna 172, Cessna 180. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Minor. Location: Longmont, Colo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: Day VFR conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, with reported visibilities at 60 miles. Neither pilot was receiving air traffic control advisories at the time of the collision.

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