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

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

How much is too much?

Even when no single item is absolutely prohibitive, accepting too many challenges on the same flight can lead to a very bad day.

2014, 12 17

Local knowledge

When operating from remote or unusual airports, local expertise can save a world of grief.

2014, 12 02

Don’t wait to go around

For those who fly either airplanes or helicopters, the go-around is like Monopoly’s Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card. The go-around is not a difficult maneuver, but it does get harder the longer you wait.

2014, 11 18


Safe instrument flight requires a realistic understanding of how sharp your skills are today.

2014, 11 03
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