Link: ‘Crashing a Belite Airplane’

James Wiebe, owner of Belite Aircraft, has an opinion. He’s one of the more transparent people I’ve met. It doesn’t surprise me he wrote about the accident of a Belite UltraCub on his website. The details of this stall/spin accident, in which the pilot survived, is eye-opening.

Disoriented pilot crashes

Aircraft: Cessna 350 Corvalis. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Salisbury, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: Before the airplane continued on a cross-country flight, a lineman at the airport spoke to the pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, and mentioned the marginal nature of the weather.

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Electrical failure for Piper

Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: None. Location: Roanoke, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a cross-country flight when he noticed that the alternators were producing just 9 volts. [Read more...]

Super Cub spins on icy runway

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Thedford, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot landed on an icy runway. During the landing roll, the left main landing gear hit a patch of ice and the airplane veered to the left.

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Failure to use checklist contributes to gear-up landing

Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: None. Location: Culpeper, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: While on approach to the destination airport, the pilot moved the landing gear handle to the “down” position and noted that the green landing gear down-and-locked light didn’t illuminate. He recycled the landing gear several times but still the lights did not illuminate.

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Mag malfunction leads to off-airport landing

Aircraft: Piper Arrow III. Injuries: 3 Minor. Location: Kalispell, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane had just taken off and was at an altitude between 300 and 500 feet AGL over a residential area when the engine started to sputter and lose power.

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Hand-propping results in wild ride for passenger

Aircraft: Alon A2. Injuries: None. Location: Forks, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot planned on starting his airplane by hand-propping, because the battery was dead. After loading his passenger, he set the throttle and the parking brake, but he did not tie down the airplane or place chocks in front of its wheels.

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Nose-gear mishap for Bellanca

Aircraft: Bellanca Viking. Injuries: None. Location: Kansas City, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during landing.

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Fast descent leads to bad bounce

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Mokuleia, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during the approach to landing.

According to the pilot, as the airplane approached the runway, he realized that the descent rate was higher than normal. He was unable to stop the rapid descent and the airplane touched down hard, bounced, and began to porpoise.

He attempted to abort the landing, but the airplane yawed left, and the nose hit the ground, which caused the Cessna to nose over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and the vertical stabilizer.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare and inadequate recovery from a bounced landing.

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA088

This February 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Wake turbulence tumbles Mooney

Aircraft: Mooney M20. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Fayetteville, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was in the traffic pattern for landing and was informed by the tower air traffic controller that there was a Gulfstream at his one o’clock position on a five-mile final approach.

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