The pilot stated that in preparation for a night flight from Portsmouth, N.H., he flew earlier that same evening. He inspected the Cessna 172S and noted the control lock was not installed in the control column. While searching for the control lock he located a “straight pin” in a seatback pocket and installed it. [Read more…]
The pilot of the amphibian Piper Super Cub reported that she was flying a visual approach to a lake, over mountainous terrain, near Eagle Bay, N.Y. On an approximate 3/4 mile final approach to the lake, she observed a boat near her intended landing area and performed a go-around to circle for another approach. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board has released preliminary aviation accident statistics for 2014 showing a slight increase in fatal general aviation accidents, from 222 in 2013 to 253 in 2014.
The overall number of general aviation accidents decreased slightly from 1,224 in 2013 to 1,221 in 2014. [Read more…]
Shortly after takeoff in Wild Rose, Wis., the Titan Tornado’s engine lost power. The airplane hit trees and then terrain, resulting in substantial damage and serious injury. [Read more…]
The instrument-rated pilot departed in the Cirrus SR22 with a reported cloud ceiling of 400 feet above ground level and 3 miles visibility.
A witness, who was about 0.3 nautical miles west of the departure end of the runway in Chesterfield, Mo., saw the SR22’s navigation lights for about three to five seconds as it traveled west. It appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and in a descent. He saw a fireball as the plane hit the trees and terrain. [Read more…]
As the pilot approached the airport in Stanwood, Wash., he maneuvered the Cessna 182 to enter a standard traffic pattern. On final approach, he fully extended the wing flaps while reducing the engine power. He then temporarily added power to attain adequate clearance from trees located before the runway. [Read more…]
Prior to landing, the Stearman A75 pilot listened to the automated weather station at the airport in Appleton, Wis., which reported the wind out of the west at 8 knots. During the landing roll, the right wing lifted suddenly, the left wing hit the ground, and the airplane ground looped. [Read more…]
“Oh, $%*@# !….” Waking up to the news that he had lost another friend to an aviation accident was not a good way to start the day for Tom Bush (CDR, USN, ret.)
This latest tragic mishap claimed pilot number 21 in his own necrology of civilian and military pilots he had known over the years. Bush’s friend, former airport neighbor, and fellow Mooney driver had flown into trees in pre-dawn fog in Norfolk, Virginia, killing the pilot and two passengers onboard.
Bush’s aviation safety analysis training kicked in almost before the morning’s coffee, and he pored over weather charts, ATC tapes, and the Mooney’s flight path tracings toward his old Tidewater, Virginia, stomping grounds.
It began to look very much as if his friend’s accident was the last link in a distressingly long chain of questionable decisions. [Read more…]
The pilot and a pilot-rated passenger were conducting a personal flight near West Yellowstone, Mont., in the tailwheel-equipped Bellanca 7GCBC. The pilot was in the rear seat, and the passenger was in the front seat. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that as the Flight Design CTLS was descending through about 4,700 feet mean sea level, the engine began to run rough and eventually lost complete power. [Read more…]