ePilot Accident Report Archive

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The big chill

2013, 03 12

Looking at the numbers, one might be tempted to think that general aviation has finally learned its lesson about ice. In-flight icing is blamed for about a dozen accidents in a typical year, around 40 percent of which are fatal.

Don't try it at home

2013, 02 26

The inherent dangers of low-altitude aerobatics to even the most expert pilots ought to be more than enough to dissuade those less skilled or less prepared from giving it a try. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case.

Citation's hot, high approach ends in tragedy

2013, 02 12

There’s little doubt that jets offer huge safety advantages over piston engines or even turboprops. In 2010, there was just one accident involving a certified passenger jet flown under Part 91. But landing a jet requires considerably more precision than setting down your typical piston single.

Transition trouble

2013, 01 30

Most of us aren’t ready to be test pilots, and most of us know that. A few may underestimate their talents. Without question, others overestimate their skills.

All at once

2013, 01 17

Traffic avoidance is ultimately the responsibility of the pilot in command. Early and close attention to the frequency helps alert you to other inbound aircraft.

A little out of the way

2012, 12 27

Even in comparable aircraft, charter flights under Part 135 suffer far fewer accidents than flights made under Part 91. In piston-engine airplanes, for example, the Part 135 accident rate is 45-percent lower, and the fatal accident rate is nearly 60-percent less.

Snow Go? Instructor Makes Judgment Call

2012, 12 20

Snow go? Instructor makes judgment call NTSB CHI01LA054 - On the morning of December 27, 2000, a Cessna 152 suffered substantial damage when a...

A matter of inches

2012, 12 14

It’s sometimes called the “airshow pass,” and it can be pretty impressive when performed by a properly trained pilot in a suitable airplane: a dive for the threshold that levels off just a few feet above the pavement and then zooms the length of the runway, perhaps shredding a ribbon with the propeller before pulling up into a steep, aggressive climb.

Not Again

2012, 12 06

Night flight over open water or dark terrain can easily become an instrument flight regardless of the ceiling and visibility reported back at the airport … and also make it impossible to tell whether you’re in the clouds. Clear skies still prevailed when a Cessna 182 took off from Glendale, Ariz., on Nov. 6, 2011, but as it flew west the clouds were moving east to meet it. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute.

Lost

2012, 10 31

Sometimes, aircraft and their pilots just simply disappear and are never seen again.