Failure to secure gas cap leads to engine failure

Aircraft: Beech A36. Injuries: None. Location: Rock Springs, Wyo. Aircraft damage:  Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that the flight was uneventful, so she continued past her original destination to another airport. Shortly thereafter, she noticed fuel streaming from the left fuel tank cap [Read more...]

Lack of oil kills engine

Aircraft: Cessna 152. Injuries: None. Location: Miami, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student and flight instructor reported that, during their preflight inspection, 4.5 quarts of oil was in the engine sump and the fuel tanks were full. Another quart of oil was added to the engine before takeoff.

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Low altitude stall for Cessna 150

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Gulf Shores, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A flight instructor and student pilot were returning to the airport at the conclusion of a local training flight. The student made the landing approach. The airplane touched down hard and bounced.

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Lack of experience puts Kitfox off runway

Aircraft: Kitfox V. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Owenton, Ky. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, was on an instructional flight to obtain a tailwheel endorsement. He reported that the airplane experienced a sudden gust of wind [Read more...]

Emergency landing at night goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 185F. Injuries: None. Location: Winnett, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot held a commercial certificate but did not have a current medical or flight review at the time of the accident. He had recently purchased the airplane, which had previously been in storage.

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T-6 flips on landing

Aircraft: North American AT-6. Injuries: None. Location: Delmar, Del. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was delivering the recently-sold vintage military trainer.  He first landed at a paved airport near the new owner’s farm. The new owner then asked the pilot to fly the airplane to a dirt airstrip on the farm.

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Gusty crosswind bends Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Moscow Mills, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot attempted to take off from the 3,227-foot runway with the wind from 180° at 13 knots gusting to 23 knots.

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Poor fuel flow brings down Piper

Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Bangor, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: On the day before the accident, the owner/pilot made a forced landing to a field due to a loss of engine power.

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VFR into IMC kills one

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Moscow, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The non-instrument-rated pilot told employees at the airport that he was in a hurry to depart due to possible bad weather in the area. He did not file a flight plan before he took off in IFR conditions.

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Takeoff with tailwind leads to loss of control

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Ketchikan, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane told investigators that he took off from runway 29 with a slight left quartering tailwind.

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