ePilot Accident Report Archive

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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.

Heels over head

2015, 06 16

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

Almost beyond belief

2015, 06 01

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

No place like home

2015, 05 18

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