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…]
Shortly after takeoff in Wild Rose, Wis., the Titan Tornado’s engine lost power. The airplane hit trees and then terrain, resulting in substantial damage and serious injury. [Read more…]
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…]
The pilot and a pilot-rated passenger were conducting a personal flight near West Yellowstone, Mont., in the tailwheel-equipped Bellanca 7GCBC. The pilot was in the rear seat, and the passenger was in the front seat. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that as the Flight Design CTLS was descending through about 4,700 feet mean sea level, the engine began to run rough and eventually lost complete power. [Read more…]
The student pilot said there was a mild crosswind on final approach to the airport in Mesquite, Texas. The crosswind “picked up” before the Cessna 172 as it touched down left of centerline. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that he lost directional control of the Luscombe 8A during the takeoff roll at the airport in Ellinwood, Kansas. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, he was completing a short cross-country flight in a Beech 58 and planned a practice short field landing at the airport in New Bedford, Mass. He landed on his planned touchdown point, but did not take the height of the runway threshold lights into consideration. [Read more…]
During the student pilot’s first approach for landing at the airport in Santa Barbara, Calif., she felt she was too high and did a go-around. On the second approach the Cessna 172S landed hard, and the propeller struck the runway.
A post-accident examination of the airframe revealed a damaged propeller, and substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage floor.
The pilot was not injured.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the pilot’s inadequate landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA332
This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
During a solo cross-country flight the student pilot had attempted to land twice at the airport in Redlands, Calif., but due to the gusty wind conditions he had aborted the attempts. On the third attempt, the gusty wind conditions had not changed. [Read more…]