ePilot Accident Report Archive
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.
2016, 03 27
In aircraft maintenance, shortcuts around approved methods can cost much more than they save.
2016, 02 24
Regardless of ceiling or visibility, night departures over water are instrument flights.
2016, 01 27
A low-time pilot tries an overweight takeoff ... at night, with tragic results.
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.
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.
2015, 10 01
In the mountains, navigational errors risk more than just embarrassment.
2015, 09 15
Flying light GA aircraft can pose additional hazards to the most highly trained professional pilots.
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?
2015, 08 19
You've heard about the hazards of "black-hole approaches." What about black-hole departures?
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.
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?
2015, 06 30
Pilots new to mountain flying may be surprised to find that on a warm day, hills can outclimb airplanes.
2015, 06 16
Aerobatics are very safe—when performed in an appropriate place by a qualified pilot flying a suitable airplane.
2015, 06 01
What could possibly account for the crash of a meticulously maintained P-51 flown by an expert pilot in beautiful weather?
2015, 05 18
The last few miles are just as dangerous as any others--especially if you're scud running at night.
2015, 04 27
The desire for a bargain shouldn't lead aircraft buyers to cut corners.
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.
2015, 04 02
Apparently minor discrepancies can have immense repercussions.
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.
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.
2015, 03 03
Autopilots are handy, but you'd better be able to fly the airplane by hand. You just might have to.
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.
2015, 01 14
The reason for making a flight is never more critical than managing the flight itself.