Poor technique puts Archer in grass

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Archer. Injuries: None. Location: Santa Barbara, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane was aligned with the centerline of the runway as the pilot applied full power. It accelerated and then began to veer left.

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NTSB’s ‘Most Wanted’ includes two for GA

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the year.

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Hand prop accident fatal

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: San Diego, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The passenger reported that he and the pilot were both seated in the airplane when the pilot made three unsuccessful attempts to start the engine. [Read more...]

Frozen runway results in loss of control

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Grand Isle, Vt. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Before departing for a private airport, the pilot called the owner of the destination airport to inquire about the condition of the turf runway. The area had been subject to rain and below freezing temperatures in the days prior to the accident. The owner of the airport reported that the runway appeared to be “okay.”

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Cessna stalls on approach

Aircraft: Cessna 340A. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Ocala, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: On the accident flight the 1,005-hour pilot was cleared to land and entered the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern to land to the north. [Read more...]

Sun blinds pilot on landing

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: None. Location: Walterboro, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in the late afternoon on a runway with a westerly heading.

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Poor flare for student pilot

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Richland, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing touch-and-goes. [Read more...]

Spatial disorientation leads to fatal accident

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Quincy, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The 230-hour pilot, who did not have an instrument rating, landed after sunset, refueled the airplane, and took off again about 90 minutes later [Read more...]

Carburetor icing leads to off-airport landing

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Springfield, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was on the second leg of a VFR cross-country flight. He was flying at an altitude of 3,500 feet in order to remain below an overcast ceiling.

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Distraction results in gear-up landing

Aircraft: Mooney M20K. Injuries: None. Location: Willmar, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing solo takeoffs and landings. On the third approach he extended his downwind leg to provide spacing for another airplane.

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