The non-certificated pilot reported he was testing the amphibious Avid’s engine and cooling system while maneuvering the airplane on a lake near Waterville, Minn. He added that he had “no intent to fly.” [Read more…]
The banner tow airplane departed, circled, and returned to the airport in Gansevoort, N.Y., for the banner pickup. The operator said he was using a handheld radio and was prepared to provide flightpath adjustments to the pilot for the banner pickup, but the approach was “perfect” and the pickup was successful.
He announced over the radio that the banner was captured and “looked good,” but the Cessna 182 then climbed at a much shallower angle than anticipated and drifted left of the runway heading.
The plane subsequently collided with a treetop, rolled inverted, and hit the ground in a nose-down attitude, killing both people on board. [Read more…]
Witnesses reported seeing the private pilot begin the takeoff from the airport in Gasport, N.Y., in the Flight Design CT-SW light-sport airplane. During the rotation, the LSA appeared to pitch up higher than normal, followed by up-and-down pitch oscillations and left bank oscillations. It climbed no higher than about 75 feet.
The LSA began a slow left bank, which was not consistent with a normal takeoff procedure, before hitting trees south of the runway in a left-wing-low attitude.
The pilot told his son before he died that the airplane experienced flight control issues related to the autopilot. [Read more…]
The pilot was performing mosquito control spraying operations at 100 feet above ground level (agl) in Mobile, Alabama, when the rear engine of the Cessna 336 began to sputter and lose power.
He switched to the auxiliary fuel tank, however this did not remedy the situation. [Read more…]
The accident happened during the Piper PA-12’s first flight in Anchorage, Alaska, after undergoing maintenance and modification over the course of several years.
A witness reported that, during the takeoff, the plane climbed steeply in an extreme, nose-high attitude until it “pivoted” at the apex of the climb and then entered a descent straight to the ground. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, while conducting a preflight inspection on the Beech C24R, he looked inside the wing fuel tanks and estimated that there was about 27 gallons of fuel. He then departed on a local flight to test the avionics and autopilot system.
While returning to the airport after an approximate one-hour flight, the engine experienced a total loss of power, and he attempted a forced landing on the roof of a building in Titusville, Florida.
The airplane crashed through the roof, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and flight control surfaces. [Read more…]
A video made by a witness located in a restaurant parking lot near the top of a ridge near Lake Elsinore, Calif., initially shows the Piper PA 28R’s wings level at a low altitude with a steady engine rpm and the landing gear in the retracted position. The airplane then makes about a 45° left turn.
It subsequently levels off, flying in the direction toward the ridgeline with the landing gear in the extended position. The airplane continues at a low altitude toward the rising terrain, and then the video ends. [Read more…]
The private pilot was landing his tailwheel-equipped Cessna 180H on a remote tidal beach in Seward, Alaska.
On touchdown, the plane bounced slightly before settling on the right main landing gear (MLG).
In an effort to correct for the right-wing-low landing, he applied left aileron, but the right wing continued to descend. [Read more…]
The pilot, who was the airplane owner, was on a local, pleasure flight near Carrollton, Georgia. Witnesses observed the Skybolt flying low, followed by a rapid pitch down or loss of airplane control.
The plane hit a tree about 60 feet above the ground and continued another 46 feet until it hit the ground. Most of the wreckage was consumed in a post-accident fire and both people aboard were killed in the crash. [Read more…]
The private pilot planned to fly to at least two backcountry airports in Utah. His first destination was an unpaved United States Forest Service strip near Warren.
The runway, designated 11/29, was reported to be 2,765 feet long and 50 feet wide. It was located in a narrow valley, and situated about 30 feet southwest of the main road that transited the valley. [Read more…]