Student crashes on straight-in approach

Aircraft: Cessna 152. Injuries: None. Location: San Antonio, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot planned to practice solo takeoffs and landings at a nearby tower-controlled airport. Her logbook revealed that this was her second solo flight and the first time she traveled to the nearby airport without a flight instructor on board.

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Low altitude plus tall trees a bad combo

Aircraft: Cessna 170B. Injuries: None. Location: Winterville, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was participating in a bean bag drop competition at the airfield.

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Crosswind creases Piper

Aircraft: Piper Malibu. Injuries: None. Location: Springfield, Vt. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land when the airplane encountered a strong gust of wind from the right.

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Emergency landing goes badly

Aircraft: Glasair III. Injuries: None. Location: Darby, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, approximately two hours into a VFR cross-country flight, he noted indications of excessive cylinder head and exhaust gas temperatures.

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Super Cub strikes wire on takeoff

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Pilot Mountain, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a 1,900-foot turf airstrip. At the end of the airstrip were power transmission lines.

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Low altitude stall kills two

Aircraft: Rans S-12. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Mesa, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to witnesses on the ground, shortly after takeoff, when the airplane was about 200 to 300 feet above the ground, it made a sudden right turn and banked about 90°.

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Crosswing crimps Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Prescott, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings in a crosswind.

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Fence catches Cub

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Sierraville, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing landings. The first two went well. [Read more...]

Poor approach for Piper

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Eaton, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a grass runway.

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Intersection takeoff goes bad

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Lake Wales, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings with his CFI.

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