Hard landing for Piper

Aircraft: Piper Seneca. Injuries: None. Location: Shelter Island, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: While attempting to land, the airplane crossed over trees at the runway threshold, then experienced a downdraft and decay in airspeed. It touched down hard and bounced. The right main landing gear broke off the airplane.

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Carb ice brings down Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Fitchburg, Mass. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: On the day of the accident, the student pilot, accompanied by a CFI, conducted a touch-and-go landing. While on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern for the second landing the engine began to run roughly.

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Wind gusts, deep snow bad combination

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Cascade, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot and a witness, the landing approach was normal. The airplane touched down in a three-point attitude close to the runway threshold and on the runway centerline. The airplane encountered a wind gust, [Read more...]

Student loses control on landing roll

Aircraft: Remos G-3. Injuries: None. Location: Sarasota, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing solo touch-and-go landings. The first four went well, [Read more...]

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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