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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Beechcraft Skipper runs out of fuel

Aircraft: Beechcraft Skipper. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Clark, S.D. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The passenger reported that the airplane’s low fuel light illuminated during the flight.

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Amphib flips on landing

Aircraft: Murphy Rebel. Injuries: None. Location: Hayden Lake, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The owner of the amphibious airplane was receiving instruction from a CFI. The accident happened when the pilot was attempting to land on glassy water.

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Pilot’s delay leads to overrun

Aircraft: Piper Arrow. Injuries: None. Location: Mariposa, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, who was attempting to take off from a 3,300-foot runway, the airplane did not accelerate as he anticipated it would, [Read more...]

Super Cub dings tail on takeoff

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Gakona, Alaska. Aircraft damage: None.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to take off from a remote, 800-foot-long, gravel-covered airstrip. The winds were variable. During the takeoff roll, just before liftoff, a gust of wind pushed the airplane to the right.

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Steep turn leads to stall

Aircraft: Beech Bonanza. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Lake in the Hills, Ill. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A commercial pilot accompanied by a CFI was practicing touch-and-goes. The commercial pilot, 82, did not hold a medical certificate at the time of the accident. On his most recent application for a medical, he reported 18,077 hours, of which 30 had been logged in the previous six months. The CFI, 62, had approximately 7,785 hours.

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Airplane stalls on go-around

Aircraft: Cessna 177B. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Honesdale, Pa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was operating on a temporary certificate in preparation for an FAA competency checkride. The compentency checkride was required following an accident that happened when the pilot delayed a decision to abort a long landing and crashed into trees beyond the end of the runway.

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Failure to remove control lock leads to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Culebra, P.R. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: After doing an engine runup, the pilot taxied onto the runway and started his takeoff roll. During the attempted takeoff, he realized that the control wheel would not move aft when he tried to pull back on it because the flight control lock was still installed.

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