ePilot Accident Report Archive

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Sharing the joy

2016, 04 26

The exhilaration of introducing friends to aviation can't be allowed to undermine a pilot's better judgement, as this fatal accident in a Bonanza M35 illustrates.

No shortcuts

2016, 03 27

In aircraft maintenance, shortcuts around approved methods can cost much more than they save.

No horizons

2016, 02 24

Regardless of ceiling or visibility, night departures over water are instrument flights.

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.

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.

False economies

2015, 04 27

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

Shifting priorities

2015, 04 13

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.

Almost correct

2015, 04 02

Apparently minor discrepancies can have immense repercussions.

Borrowing trouble

2015, 03 26

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.

Departure procedure

2015, 03 17

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

Out of his hands

2015, 03 03

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

Advantages foregone

2015, 02 19

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


2015, 02 03

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

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

2015, 01 14

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