ePilot Accident Report Archive
2014, 10 21
Initiative is widely regarded as admirable, and having the gumption to manage one's own education is one of the most widely admired initiatives of all. But aviation isn't a skill that lends itself to being "self-taught."
2014, 10 21
Buzzing around the pattern becomes an easy default for satisfying the urge to fly, and it’s easy to forget that the majority of accidents during personal flights happen while taking off or trying to land. If a pilot isn’t alive to explain what happened after the accident, it may be impossible to figure out why.
2014, 09 30
Hurry is usually counterproductive. In aircraft maintenance, it can be catastrophic.
2014, 09 15
Reported ceilings and visibilities above VFR minimums are no guarantee of a clear view of the horizon. NTSB investigators concluded that the VFR pilot in a fatal crash Oct. 21, 2013, likely lost control in reduced visibility caused by rain showers.
2014, 09 05
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.
2014, 08 11
Initial reports that a King Air C90 had succumbed to apparent fuel exhaustion on the short hop from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Bentonville (about 172 nautical miles straight-line distance) inspired some incredulity. How could anyone able to operate a King Air be too cheap or too careless to assure he had enough fuel for the flight?
2014, 07 28
On Aug. 5, 2013, the 34-year-old pilot of an Air Tractor AT-400 became at least the fourth crop duster in the past few years killed when his airplane collided with a meteorological tower.
2014, 07 10
A VFR-only pilot’s decision to take off in night instrument meteorological conditions resulted in spatial disorientation and a loss of control.
2014, 06 13
An EMS helicopter tried to make it back to base ahead of a converging storm front.
2014, 05 27
A Cessna 170 pilot suffers a classic stall/spin accident in the Alaskan bush.