The pilot reported that he was attempting to land the Super Bearhawk on a lake near Sault Set Marie, Mich., and misjudged the height of the airplane above the water, which he described as “glassy.” [Read more…]
The Cessna 150 experienced a total loss of engine power during an enroute climb to cruise. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field near Brookfield, Wis., where the plane hit trees and sustained substantial damage. [Read more…]
The pilot and one passenger were on a cross-country flight in the Seawind 3000 amphibian airplane.
The pilot reported to an airport tower air traffic controller that the plane had a low fuel pressure indication and that he planned to fly directly to the airport in Bloomington, Ind.
However, the plane hit terrain about three miles north of the airport, killing both souls aboard. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, while maneuvering the Cessna 180B on floats about 2,500 feet above ground level, he heard a “slight squeal” coming from the engine before it started to sputter.
After the plane had descended to about 1,500 feet, the engine and propeller “completely stopped.” [Read more…]
A witness, who was a friend of the pilot, was at an automobile racing facility near Alton, Va., when he received a text message from the pilot that the airplane would fly over in six minutes.
The North American T-28C then performed a low pass over the area, reversed direction, and initiated a barrel roll during the second pass. [Read more…]
The owner/builder of the experimental amateur-built, tailwheel-equipped Lionheart biplane was seated in the front left seat, with another pilot seated in the right seat, and a passenger in the rear seat.
The intent of the flight was to prepare both pilots for a flight review, with both trading off flight duties as necessary. They planned to initially perform touch-and-go landings at their home base airport, with the pilot in the right seat acting as pilot-in-command.
The first takeoff and landing was uneventful, but the airport was busy, so they diverted to the airport in Santa Maria, Calif., to practice further.
The landing approach was normal, with the airplane touching down slightly to the right of centerline and then bouncing. The pilot made corrective control inputs, but the plane did not fully respond, bouncing again on the runway. [Read more…]
The pilot had recently purchased the tailwheel-equipped Kitfox III. He had no experience in tailwheel-equipped airplanes and asked a flight instructor to check him out.
The instructor stated that, although he was an experienced tailwheel pilot, he had no experience in the make and model, so he flew the airplane solo for about five hours to become familiar with it.
The instructor reported that while flying the airplane solo, he noticed that it would become airborne prematurely if he did not hold the control stick full forward on the takeoff run to keep it on the runway while trying to gain airspeed. [Read more…]
The pilot stated that his private grass runway in Port Eads, La., was wet, but he decided to takeoff anyway.
During the takeoff roll, the Cessna 182’s left wheel struck a puddle just as he was lifting the airplane off the ground. This caused the right side of the airplane to become airborne before the left side. [Read more…]
Shortly after departing on a personal cross-country flight in the Lancair IV and leveling off at the filed cruise altitude, the commercial pilot reported trouble maintaining altitude and descended to a lower altitude.
He then reported both engine and instrument problems and requested to divert to a nearby airport.
Subsequently, he reported that the engine had lost power, oil was all over the windshield, and that there was no visibility due to the oil. Shortly thereafter, he stated that a forced landing was imminent. [Read more…]
While flying in mountainous terrain to show one of the passengers the Neihart, Montana, area, the pilot entered a canyon that started to narrow as the canyon’s walls rose. The pilot initiated a climb.
The Cessna 177 then experienced a downdraft followed by a second downdraft, and he found a low spot in the trees and attempted a climbing turn, however, the airplane would not climb and started brushing the trees. The airplane descended into the ground, and a post-impact fire ensued. [Read more…]