Gusting winds bend Maule

Aircraft: Maule MX-7-180C. Injuries: None. Location: Bishop, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that about 15 minutes before arriving at the airport, he checked the automated surface observation system (ASOS), which reported variable wind at three knots.

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Pilot loses control in IMC

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Birmingham, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to fly an ILS approach. Review of data revealed that the autopilot approach mode was armed as the airplane intercepted the localizer course and was descending to 2,600 feet MSL.

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Dark night approach, poor planning are bad combo

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Beatty, Nev. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a night flight. The pilot reported that a temporary flight restriction (TFR) was in effect for his intended airport and that he was unclear on whether the TFR would prevent him from landing at that airport.

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Ground loop for Birddog

Aircraft: Cessna L-19. Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot landed the tailwheel-equipped airplane on the main wheels and upon slowing to about 20 mph, lowered the tailwheel to the runway.

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Poor decisions lead to crash

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Tillatoba, Miss. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: When the pilot planned the long cross-country flight, he told flight service personnel that he expected to have to deviate due to thunderstorms. The pilot stated that he would stop short of the destination airport if he could not safely navigate around thunderstorm cells.

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Smoke distracts pilot

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Newberry, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane was in cruise flight when the pilot detected a “hot electrical” odor in the cockpit.

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Rollout goes bad

Aircraft: Zenith CH 750. Injuries: None. Location: Colfax, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the airplane on a grass runway. The airplane touched down on the centerline of the runway and was slowing down when it encountered a strong gust of wind from the right.

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Piper fails to climb

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Marysville, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from his private airstrip. Despite the application of full power, the airplane did not climb at a normal rate, and he was unable to avoid trees at the end of the grass runway.

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