WASHINGTON, D.C. — Christopher A. Hart’s term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board concluded on schedule March 15, 2017, and Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr now serves as the agency’s acting chairman. [Read more…]
The pilot departed for a local flight in Logan, Utah, with the fuel gauges showing about a quarter full in each fuel tank. The pilot did not perform a visual inspection of the fuel tanks during his pre-flight procedures. [Read more…]
During a ferry flight, while turning from downwind leg to base leg of the airport traffic pattern in Siler City, N.C., the pilot became distracted when the Bellanca 17 31A’s cabin door popped open.
He continued on the approach and prior to touchdown, advanced the propeller rpm, set the mixture to full rich, and put the flaps down.
As he reduced the throttle he heard a horn and thought it was the stall warning horn, but afterwards believed it probably was the gear warning horn, as they sounded somewhat similar. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, after the Van’s RV-6A took off from the airport in Green Valley, Arizona, and reached an altitude of about 300 feet above ground level, the engine lost power. He then initiated a right turn toward the airport.
Subsequently, the plane hit terrain and trees adjacent to the runway and nosed over. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, the runway he intended to depart from at the airport in Waycross, Georgia, was parallel to the taxiway and parking ramp. He assumed that after making two right turns he would be on the runway. [Read more…]
The pilot made a soft-field landing to a grass runway in Williamson, Georgia, and the initial touchdown was on the main wheels with the Cessna 172 in a nose-up attitude.
As the plane decelerated, the pilot lowered the nosewheel and felt a “significant” shimmy after it touched down. [Read more…]
Two witnesses reported observing the Bellanca 8KCAB fly over a private airstrip that was adjacent to a small lake near Kosciusko, Mississippi. One witness said that the airplane initially made a high pass over the airstrip before it turned back at a lower altitude and then “buzzed” over the lake.
He said that, when the airplane passed over the lake, the pilot appeared to be having fun and was smiling and that the passenger was waving out the window.
The pilot then pulled the airplane straight up, likely to clear a stand of 50-foot-tall pine trees, and the airplane suddenly nosed over and dropped straight down into the ground. Both the pilot and passenger died in the crash. [Read more…]
The pilot was flying the Ercoupe 415C under a ferry permit to the destination airport. However, due to unsafe runway conditions at that airport, he chose to land at an alternate airport near St. Jacob, Illinois. [Read more…]
The pilot was inbound to his unlit private grass strip in Walters, Oklahoma, at night. He sat in the right seat and maneuvered the Bearhawk to land on runway 17. He reported a slight crosswind from the left.
When the airplane touched down on the up-sloping runway, it bounced once and then settled onto the runway. [Read more…]
The Mooney M20K pilot said he was aware that the Low Intensity Runway Lights (LIRL) at his departure airport in Laurel, Maryland, were not operational when he departed on a local flight.
When he returned to the airport later that night, he attempted to operate the LIRL, but only one side of the runway edge lights activated. He conducted a low approach to see which lights were working and then executed a go-around. [Read more…]