During a cross-country flight, the Cessna 182’s engine sputtered twice. The pilot performed an uneventful precautionary landing, in a field near Littleton, N.C., about 20 miles away from his intended destination. [Read more…]
The pilot was flying over a bayou canal near Paradis, La., when a large bird hit the leading edge of the Cessna 182’s right wing. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that during the landing roll with a constant crosswind, the Cessna 195A veered left of the runway centerline at the airport in Salinas, Calif. [Read more…]
The instrument-rated pilot was on a 234-nm instrument flight rules (IFR) cross-country flight over mountainous terrain in the Beech B36TC.
During the flight, he notified a controller at the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) that the plane was picking up too much ice and requested to divert to an airport located about 96 miles ahead of his position and to descend to 11,000 feet mean sea level (msl). [Read more…]
The non-instrument-rated private pilot obtained a computerized weather briefing about nine hours before he departed on a night cross-country flight in a Piper PA28-181.
At that time, neither ice nor low visibility conditions were forecast along his intended flight route. He did not obtain any additional weather information before takeoff or while en route. [Read more…]
The Cessna 150L pilot reported that, before departure, she checked the fuel gauges and estimated that the fuel tanks were just under 1/2 full and contained no less than 10 gallons of fuel. (The total fuel capacity was 26 gallons, of which 3.5 gallons were unusable.)
She was unable to measure the fuel because she had dropped the measuring stick into the fuel tank. [Read more…]
The Dragonfly gyroplane was in the traffic pattern at the airport in Anahuac, Texas, when witnesses saw the main rotor head separate in flight and the gyroplane subsequently hit terrain, killing the pilot. [Read more…]
The Maule MX 7-235 pilot reported that he departed from a remote private air strip near San Ynez, Calif., and proceeded along a geological drainage ravine for three miles, then turned up a side canyon into rising terrain. As the plane approached a saddle in the terrain, he spotted two black bears. [Read more…]
The RV-8 pilot reported that, during cruise flight, he felt a sustained vibration, which he thought was from the engine or propeller, and that the airplane then started to slow down. [Read more…]
The Cessna 182Q pilot reported that after landing in Braggadocio, Mo., with an eight mph crosswind, his left foot became lodged under a rudder pedal. [Read more…]