NTSB urges pilots to confirm destination airports

Following two well-publicized incidents within two months, the latest National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Alert urges pilots to check and confirm their destination airport before committing to landing.

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Low altitude stall kills two

Aircraft: Rans S-12. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Mesa, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to witnesses on the ground, shortly after takeoff, when the airplane was about 200 to 300 feet above the ground, it made a sudden right turn and banked about 90°.

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Crosswing crimps Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Prescott, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings in a crosswind.

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Fence catches Cub

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Sierraville, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing landings. The first two went well. [Read more...]

Poor approach for Piper

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Eaton, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a grass runway.

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Intersection takeoff goes bad

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Lake Wales, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings with his CFI.

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Poor fuel management leads to off-airport landing

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Fowler’s Bluff, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight at an altitude of about 3,000 feet AGL when the engine lost all power.

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Loss of control on takeoff

Aircraft: Evektor Sportstar Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during takeoff. The pilot applied full engine power and the airplane veered to the left.

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NTSB to hold safety seminar on lessons learned from GA accidents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons learned from its investigations of general aviation accidents involving aerodynamic stalls and loss of control.

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Failure to follow procedure proves fatal

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Anderson, S.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings with a CFI. The CFI then got out of the airplane and instructed the pilot to do three takeoffs and landings to full stop.

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