The Beech A36 departed on the accident flight, and after flying 1 hour, 18 minutes using fuel from the left tank, the pilot switched fuel tanks, and the engine lost power. [Read more…]
The Cessna 182 pilot was flying down a glacier near Cooper Landing, Alaska, for an extended period of time at a low power setting without the carburetor heat on.
Near the toe of the glacier, he attempted to add power to level the plane, but the engine did not respond. [Read more…]
The CFI of the Beech 76 reported that he and the student pilot had intentionally shut down and secured the right engine for training purposes, however they were unable to get it restarted. The instructor then flew the airplane back to the airport in Fort Pierce, Florida, and extended the landing gear while on a two-mile left base leg of the traffic pattern for Runway 14. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Lake LA-4 amphibian stated that the airplane was properly configured for landing on a lake near Chapin S.C., with the landing gear retracted and the flaps extended.
The approach was normal, however, he heard a loud bang immediately after touchdown and felt a lateral force in the cockpit. He then observed that the right wing pontoon had separated. He exited the cockpit before the airplane sank, sustaining minor injuries. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that during the takeoff run, just before liftoff from a frozen, snow-covered lake in Tanana, Alaska, the ski-equipped Piper PA-18 bounced over a snow drift.
The pilot applied corrective action, however, rudder control inputs were momentarily unresponsive and the left wing tip hit the snow-covered lake. [Read more…]
Witnesses reported that the pilot/owner/builder of the experimental, amateur-built, turbine-engine-powered Lancair IVP had been troubleshooting the landing gear and electrical system on the day of the accident.
After working on the airplane, he made an uneventful flight. Later that day, he departed on a flight with two other certificated pilots aboard. [Read more…]
The owner/pilot of the Cessna 120 regularly made roundtrip flights between his home airport and another airport about 25 miles to the northwest.
A north-south mountain range, with peaks ranging between 8,300 and 9,400 feet above mean sea level (msl), separated the two airports. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that after landing at the airport in Glendale, Ariz., and during the turn onto a taxiway intersection, he inadvertently raised the landing gear lever by mistake, rather than the adjacent flap lever. [Read more…]
The pilot’s friend reported that he planned to fly his recently purchased twin-engine Aerostar 601P over his friend’s home near Aurora, Colo., to show it to him and another friend.
The pilot’s friends and several other witnesses reported observing the pilot performing low-level, high-speed aerobatic maneuvers before the plane collided with trees and then terrain. The pilot died in the crash. [Read more…]
The pilot reported he had not flown the Mooney M20J for years, but once or twice a year, he would taxi the plane up and down his private airstrip near Lamar, Colo.
On this occasion, he taxied the airplane on the airstrip, and for some unknown reason, he decided to pull back on the yoke and allow the plane to become airborne. [Read more…]