The pilot reported he was taxiing on the ramp at the airport in Abilene, Texas, after landing. He looked to his left at the line serviceman who was “marshalling” him and the right wing hit a fence post. [Read more…]
The private pilot/owner had recently completed the experimental, amateur-built Free Bird Classic and was conducting the first test flight near Kylertown, Pennsylvania.
He completed two circuits around his private airstrip before witnesses saw the airplane approaching to land.
While on final approach about 50-100 feet above the ground, the plane suddenly descended and hit terrain, killing the pilot. [Read more…]
After the pilot started the Piper PA-46-350P’s engine, he noticed an error in the route programmed in the global positioning system (GPS).
He reported the plane had begun to roll forward as he made changes to the GPS programming and he was not aware the airplane was moving. [Read more…]
The commercial pilot and his passenger were returning to the airport near Tucson, Arizona, after a 30-minute personal flight. The pilot reported he configured the Cessna 310J for landing, but that the landing gear down indication did not illuminate.
He cycled the landing gear several times, but the landing gear down indication still did not illuminate. [Read more…]
According to flight service station records, the private pilot had planned a cross-country flight that was expected to be about 465 miles long and to take about 3 hours and 15 minutes.
The first two-thirds of the flight were uneventful, but the pilot diverted to an alternate airport because the passenger needed a rest stop. He did not purchase fuel at the this airport and resumed the flight. [Read more…]
By Mark W. Johnson, CFI
The morning was typical for a hot and humid July, with a few scattered clouds and a small line of rain showers to the south of the airport.
My student was about to embark on his third training flight towards earning his private pilot certificate.
Our aircraft, a Cessna 152, was a capable and well-used trainer I was still familiarizing my student with. After the preflight discussion and inspection, we loaded up and proceeded to start, taxi and complete the required run-up prior to takeoff. [Read more…]
The commercial pilot was conducting a personal flight in a Quest Kodiak 100 near Sheridan, Wyoming.
Two witnesses saw the airplane lift off in an extreme nose-high attitude, level off, and then re-enter a nose-high attitude before it descended and hit the ground 1,500 feet south of the runway. The pilot was seriously injured in the crash. [Read more…]
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped Cessna 180 planned to land at a mountain airport situated in a valley near McCall, Idaho.
He overflew the airport and observed the windsock, which indicated the wind was out the north and then entered the left downwind for Runway 19, which has an uphill slope.
While on downwind, the airport became obscured by terrain, and then became visible again at the end of the base leg.
When he turned final, he saw that he was high, reduced engine power to idle and increased the flap setting to 40°. The airplane touched down at a higher than normal airspeed and bounced once. [Read more…]
The pilot reported she was compensating for a crosswind throughout the final approach to landing at the airport in Ely, Nevada.
During the touchdown, the Cessna 182T was “at a slight angle” and immediately veered to the right. [Read more…]
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped CubCrafters CC11-16 was departing from a mountain airport in a valley in Lake City, Colo.
He reported that during takeoff, he rotated at about 52-54 miles per hour, and about 20 feet above the ground, a strong crosswind from the left pushed the airplane to right of the runway centerline.
He attempted to overcome the effect of the wind with control inputs, but the airplane hit trees on the right side of the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. [Read more…]