Second solo, first mishap

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

What reportedly happened: The student pilot had logged 29 hours, including two hours of solo flight time. The accident happened on his second solo flight.

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VFR into IMC kills two

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Morgan, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: There was no record of the non-instrument pilot obtaining a weather briefing prior to departure into mountainous terrain. Weather information at the time of the flight reported mountain obscuration and precipitation.

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Stall leads to crash

Aircraft: Cessna Turbo 182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Lebanon, N.H. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot took off from runway 36. A few minutes later when the plane was about a half mile from the runway at an altitude of 1,500 MSL, the pilot advised air traffic control that he needed to return to land.

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Loss of engine power brings down motorglider

Aircraft: Pipistrel Virus. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Ray, Mich. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A witness reported that the motorglider engine did not sound normal during the preflight run-up or takeoff.

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Drugged pilot crashes stolen airplane

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Fresno, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: At the time of the accident the 52-year-old pilot did not possess a valid pilot’s certificate. [Read more...]

Unusual attitude leads to crash

Aircraft: Cessna Turbo 206. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious. Location: Show Low, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, and three passengers took off before dawn. [Read more...]

Snow snags Aviat

Aircraft: Aviat A-1. Injuries: None. Location: Somerset, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot attempted a takeoff on a snow-covered runway. [Read more...]

Bad bounce for Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Honolulu, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on a solo flight. During the approach to land, the plane touched down hard and bounced twice.

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Power-loss landing results in off pavement landing

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chehalis, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a flight review. While performing a simulated engine-out forced landing at a non-controlled airport the pilot did not manage the glide profile in a manner that allowed him to glide all the way to the approach end of the runway.

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Landing gear collapses on touchdown

Aircraft: Luscombe 8A. Injuries: None. Location: Umatilla, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in the tailwheel airplane. When it touched down it drifted to the left.

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