Stuck rudder pedal bends Stearman

Aircraft: Boeing A75N1. Injuries: None. Location: Foley, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land, felt the airplane was high on final approach, so he established a forward slip to lose some altitude.

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Flat tire tears up Piper

Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Norwich, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: During the landing roll the airplane pulled to the left. The pilot applied right rudder to correct and the airplane ground looped, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.

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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...]