ASI ePilot Accident Reports

On this page, the Air Safety Institute will present accident reports documenting a specific accident cause on a biweekly basis. Come back often to learn more.

Reports are sorted by NTSB number (where applicable). Dates in parentheses present the date they were published in AOPA ePilot. Would you like to receive these reports and other news involving general aviation on a regular basis? Sign up for AOPA ePilot!

Latest ePilot Accident Reports

Margin for error

Why would an experienced pilot put his aircraft into a position where any unexpected event would create a hazard--especially with family members on board?

2015, 07 14

Slopes too steep to climb

Pilots new to mountain flying may be surprised to find that on a warm day, hills can outclimb airplanes.

2015, 06 30

Heels over head

Aerobatics are very safe—when performed in an appropriate place by a qualified pilot flying a suitable airplane.

2015, 06 16

Almost beyond belief

What could possibly account for the crash of a meticulously maintained P-51 flown by an expert pilot in beautiful weather?

2015, 06 01

No place like home

The last few miles are just as dangerous as any others--especially if you're scud running at night.

2015, 05 18

False economies

The desire for a bargain shouldn't lead aircraft buyers to cut corners.

2015, 04 27

Shifting priorities

Even if you bother computing weight and balance, the results can't be trusted any more than you can trust the airplane's payload to stay in the places you put it.

2015, 04 13

Almost correct

Apparently minor discrepancies can have immense repercussions.

2015, 04 02

Borrowing trouble

Teaching yourself to fly an unfamiliar airplane is daring enough. Teaching yourself to fly an unfamiliar homebuilt when you haven't flown in a decade practically invites catastrophe.

2015, 03 26

Departure procedure

There are no easy answers as to why a Beech Debonair flown by three airline transport pilots crashed immediately after takeoff in February 2014.

2015, 03 17

Out of his hands

Autopilots are handy, but you'd better be able to fly the airplane by hand. You just might have to.

2015, 03 03

Advantages foregone

In flight, you want everything possible working to your advantage.

2015, 02 19


Under certain circumstances, helicopters can create their own weather. It's often a change for the worse.

2015, 02 03

Accident chain builds on low-time pilot’s business flight

The reason for making a flight is never more critical than managing the flight itself.

2015, 01 14

No second chance

The rule "always leave yourself a way out" takes on particular importance when flying a piston single over mountainous terrain in instrument conditions.

2014, 12 29
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