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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Engine failure en route to annual

Aircraft: Piper Navajo. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Dalton, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to a friend, the pilot was taking the airplane to have an annual inspection completed. The friend said the airplane’s take off was normal.

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Blocked carburetor brings down Tecnam

Aircraft: Tecnam P2002 Sierra. Injuries: None. Location: Watsonville, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The flight instructor and student were on an instructional flight. During the initial climb, the engine started to vibrate violently and lost significant power. The CFI performed an emergency descent and landing to an open field.

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Failure to secure gas cap leads to engine failure

Aircraft: Beech A36. Injuries: None. Location: Rock Springs, Wyo. Aircraft damage:  Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that the flight was uneventful, so she continued past her original destination to another airport. Shortly thereafter, she noticed fuel streaming from the left fuel tank cap [Read more...]

Lack of oil kills engine

Aircraft: Cessna 152. Injuries: None. Location: Miami, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student and flight instructor reported that, during their preflight inspection, 4.5 quarts of oil was in the engine sump and the fuel tanks were full. Another quart of oil was added to the engine before takeoff.

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Low altitude stall for Cessna 150

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Gulf Shores, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A flight instructor and student pilot were returning to the airport at the conclusion of a local training flight. The student made the landing approach. The airplane touched down hard and bounced.

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Lack of experience puts Kitfox off runway

Aircraft: Kitfox V. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Owenton, Ky. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, was on an instructional flight to obtain a tailwheel endorsement. He reported that the airplane experienced a sudden gust of wind [Read more...]

Emergency landing at night goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 185F. Injuries: None. Location: Winnett, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot held a commercial certificate but did not have a current medical or flight review at the time of the accident. He had recently purchased the airplane, which had previously been in storage.

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T-6 flips on landing

Aircraft: North American AT-6. Injuries: None. Location: Delmar, Del. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was delivering the recently-sold vintage military trainer.  He first landed at a paved airport near the new owner’s farm. The new owner then asked the pilot to fly the airplane to a dirt airstrip on the farm.

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Gusty crosswind bends Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Moscow Mills, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot attempted to take off from the 3,227-foot runway with the wind from 180° at 13 knots gusting to 23 knots.

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