Low-altitude manuever goes bad

Aircraft: Aventura II. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Laceys Spring, Ala. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was said to have logged 700 hours, including about 10 flights in the accident airplane. However, his most recent flight review was completed nearly six years prior to the accident and he did not possess the required rating to operate the seaplane. There was no record of the pilot receiving any flight training in any other seaplane.

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Low-time pilot ground loops C180

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Conroe, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The flight instructor, who occupied the right seat, allowed the private pilot to practice landings in the tailwheel airplane.

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Over-rotation leads to loss of control

Aircraft: Zenair LTD CH 2000. Injuries: None. Location: Warrenton, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The flight instructor and student pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, were practicing simulated engine out/aborted takeoff procedures.

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Buzzing kills two

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Osborn, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The airplane made a low pass in front of a witness’s house.

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Second solo, first mishap

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

What reportedly happened: The student pilot had logged 29 hours, including two hours of solo flight time. The accident happened on his second solo flight.

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VFR into IMC kills two

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Morgan, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: There was no record of the non-instrument pilot obtaining a weather briefing prior to departure into mountainous terrain. Weather information at the time of the flight reported mountain obscuration and precipitation.

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Stall leads to crash

Aircraft: Cessna Turbo 182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Lebanon, N.H. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot took off from runway 36. A few minutes later when the plane was about a half mile from the runway at an altitude of 1,500 MSL, the pilot advised air traffic control that he needed to return to land.

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Loss of engine power brings down motorglider

Aircraft: Pipistrel Virus. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Ray, Mich. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A witness reported that the motorglider engine did not sound normal during the preflight run-up or takeoff.

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Drugged pilot crashes stolen airplane

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Fresno, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: At the time of the accident the 52-year-old pilot did not possess a valid pilot’s certificate. [Read more...]

Unusual attitude leads to crash

Aircraft: Cessna Turbo 206. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious. Location: Show Low, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, and three passengers took off before dawn. [Read more...]