Pilot’s delay leads to overrun

Aircraft: Piper Arrow. Injuries: None. Location: Mariposa, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, who was attempting to take off from a 3,300-foot runway, the airplane did not accelerate as he anticipated it would, [Read more...]

Super Cub dings tail on takeoff

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Gakona, Alaska. Aircraft damage: None.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to take off from a remote, 800-foot-long, gravel-covered airstrip. The winds were variable. During the takeoff roll, just before liftoff, a gust of wind pushed the airplane to the right.

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Steep turn leads to stall

Aircraft: Beech Bonanza. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Lake in the Hills, Ill. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A commercial pilot accompanied by a CFI was practicing touch-and-goes. The commercial pilot, 82, did not hold a medical certificate at the time of the accident. On his most recent application for a medical, he reported 18,077 hours, of which 30 had been logged in the previous six months. The CFI, 62, had approximately 7,785 hours.

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Airplane stalls on go-around

Aircraft: Cessna 177B. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Honesdale, Pa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was operating on a temporary certificate in preparation for an FAA competency checkride. The compentency checkride was required following an accident that happened when the pilot delayed a decision to abort a long landing and crashed into trees beyond the end of the runway.

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Failure to remove control lock leads to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Culebra, P.R. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: After doing an engine runup, the pilot taxied onto the runway and started his takeoff roll. During the attempted takeoff, he realized that the control wheel would not move aft when he tried to pull back on it because the flight control lock was still installed.

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Overweight, unstable airplane crashes

Aircraft: Hummel Bird. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: DeFuniak Springs, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A review of the pilot’s logbook indicated that he had accumulated only 4.4 flight hours in the two years preceding the accident flight, with only 0.3 hour in the accident airplane.

According to witnesses at the airport, the airplane took off and began porpoising. When it was about 300 feet AGL, it pitched up to a nose-high attitude and rolled to the right, stalled and crashed.

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Short runway plus lack of experience a bad combo

Aircraft: Mooney M20J. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Sterling, Pa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The runway measured 2,478 feet in length and had a 2.4% upslope with a hill and trees located just off the end. It was the pilot’s first time landing at the airport.

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Low-level aerobatics kills one

Aircraft: Pitts S1D. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Port Richey, Fla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: Several witnesses reported that the pilot was conducting aerobatic maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico. He initiated a loop between 300 to 500 feet above the water.

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Poor decisions kill four

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 4 Fatal. Location: St. George, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: Prior to the flight, the pilot and passengers were at a party, during which time the pilot and all but one passenger (the designated driver) consumed multiple alcoholic beverages.

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Instructional takeoff goes awry

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Gainesville, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The CFI was providing instruction to a student who had about 10 hours of flight experience. During the first takeoff roll, the student attempted to steer the airplane with the control yoke instead of the rudder pedals.

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