ePilot Accident Report Archive

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Not 'ready for anything'

2014, 04 28

Was the flight of a 1956-model Cessna 310 that took off from the Monett Municipal Airport in Missouri for a short hop to a private grass strip near Miller doomed from the start? Or could the pilots have done something to save it when an emergency started to unfold?

Mother knows best

2014, 04 15

A low-time VFR private pilot continued flying into instrument meteorological conditions even after his mother had requested he return his departure airport to avoid the low ceilings and fog at his planned destination. The pilot continued and crashed 15 miles east of his destination. His mother reported him missing.

Judgment call

2014, 04 02

The question of whether to attempt an instrument approach to an airport where the weather is below minimums is left entirely to the pilot’s discretion under 14 CFR Part 91. The fact that it’s legal doesn’t make it wise, as is evidenced in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.

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.