ePilot Accident Report Archive

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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.