ePilot Accident Report Archive

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Familiarity and contempt

2014, 03 17

An 18,000-hour pilot takes off with two pilot passengers after an abbreviated preflight. They’re going on a short 10-nautical-mile flight. Less than 1,000 feet in the air, the engine stops, and the pilot crashes trying to turn back to the airport, killing all on board. A careful preflight could have spotted the problem that made the engine seize.

Wire strike

2014, 03 03

Their ability to get in and out of incredibly constricted spaces is one of the most useful attributes of helicopters—but it can also be one of the most treacherous.

Rust removal

2014, 02 18

Rusty pilots must be careful to base their planning on the skills they have now rather than those they had when they quit or expect to regain soon.

Blown away

2014, 02 05

The pilot who took off from Angel Fire, N.M., in March 2013, when winds were gusting to 47 knots perpendicular to the runway, had told the lineman that he didn’t think the winds would be a problem.

Tragedy in the statistics

2014, 01 22

Remember that individual tragedies underlie the general aviation accident statistics: Three men died in the crash of a Cessna 310 near Vero Beach, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2013, in instrument meteorological conditions.

Fast and loose

2014, 01 07

Investigators of the fatal crash of an Extra EA-300 in 2012 found something unexpected in the tail cone.

The simple things

2013, 12 17

Just before 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2012, a fixed-gear Piper Cherokee 180 flew into a heavily wooded ridgeline about six miles southwest of the Simsbury, Conn., airport, killing the 73-year-old pilot and his only passenger.

Nothing is routine

2013, 12 07

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.

A question of emphasis

2013, 11 18

On Nov. 23, 2012, a 68-year-old private pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight experience undertook some flight testing in an amateur-built Coot-A Amphibian. After two successful flights with other pilots, the pilot took off solo. He crashed and was killed on a base-to-final turn.

Just enough

2013, 11 04

Anti-ice systems, even those approved for flight into known icing, are only intended to buy enough time to get out of the ice again.