ePilot Accident Report Archive

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Full house

2016, 01 27

A low-time pilot tries an overweight takeoff ... at night, with tragic results.

One at a time

2015, 11 02

Investigation of a fatal 2014 accident in Florida found that the Great Lakes biplane’s “overhauled” magnetos hadn’t been. The owner probably didn’t know, but it’s a good idea to replace dual systems one at a time to ensure one tried and tested component is still in place.

Caution: Prop will bite!

2015, 10 14

A fatal prop strike on a sandbar in Alaska is a solemn reminder that a single second’s distraction can cost the life of even experienced, careful pilots.

Mountain misdirection

2015, 10 01

In the mountains, navigational errors risk more than just embarrassment.

A minor oversight

2015, 09 15

Flying light GA aircraft can pose additional hazards to the most highly trained professional pilots.

A neglected essential

2015, 08 31

Which maneuver (a) must be mastered before the first solo, (b) could be needed on any and every flight, and (c) is rarely practiced by certificated pilots?

Into the void

2015, 08 19

You've heard about the hazards of "black-hole approaches." What about black-hole departures?

Too much fun

2015, 08 04

Serious accidents most often result from pilots asking too much of their aircraft. Some demand too much utility. Others just try to have too much fun, like the pilot of a Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon.

Margin for error

2015, 07 14

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?

Slopes too steep to climb

2015, 06 30

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