Wrong lever results in bad landing

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: None. Location: Atlanta, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings. After touchdown, he intended to retract the flaps, but inadvertently selected the landing gear control lever.

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Non-certified pilot runs out of fuel

Aircraft: Bellanca Scout Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Zahl, N.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, 33, did not have a valid pilot certificate or medical certificate. His last aviation medical exam was dated April 27, 1997. At that time, he reported a total flight time of 15 hours.

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VFR flight into IFR kills one

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Mountain Home, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The non-instrument-rated pilot was on a VFR cross-country flight over mountainous terrain.  Weather radar for the area at the time of the flight showed rain/snow showers.

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Poor inspection results in crash

Aircraft: Remos GX. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Westminister, Md. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was also a mechanic. He disassembled the airplane for storage during the winter. The Remos is designed with foldable wings and a removable tail to facilitate storage and transportation. He subsequently reassembled the Remos and inspected it with the intent of delivering it to a new owner.

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C-170 goes off runway

Aircraft: Cessna 170. Injuries: None. Location: Pullman, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A CFI was providing tailwheel instruction to a pilot who intended to purchase the airplane. They had completed 10.7 hours of training, which included 56 landings. The CFI said he felt pressured to complete the training since the pilot planned to depart the following morning.

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Failure to maintain airspeed proves fatal

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 4 Fatal. Location: Veneta, Ore. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to several people at the airport, shortly after the airplane took off from the grass runway, the sound of the engine stopped. One witness reported that he saw the airplane fly over 100-foot-tall trees north of him at an altitude of about 200 feet AGL and the engine sounded normal, then suddenly quit. He saw the airplane crash into trees.

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Poor go-around for Cessna 177

Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: None. Location: West Milford, N.J. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the airplane bounced during the landing. He added power in an attempt to recover, then decided to perform a go-around.

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Non-approved modifications contribute to crash

Aircraft: Socata TV21. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Gold Hill, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot intended to fly from his home airport in North Carolina to Germany, where he had another residence. During the weeks before the accident, he made several modifications to the airplane in preparation for the trip. Friends and witnesses described the installation of a white plastic fuel tank in the backseat, which they described as “similar to a tank you would see on a riding lawnmower.”

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Gusting winds roll Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: West Palm Beach, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The flight instructor and student pilot were practicing touch-and-go landings on runway 31 in crosswind conditions. The student pilot’s landing was fine, but during the takeoff roll, the plane encountered a gust of wind and began to veer to the right.

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Tailwind takeoff leads to stall

Aircraft: Aviat A-1C-180. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Kooskia, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A witness at the airport told investigators that the pilot and passenger were in a hurry to leave because the weather at the airfield was deteriorating due to an incoming thunderstorm.

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