ePilot Accident Report Archive

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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.

Devil in the details

2013, 10 15

What makes an aircraft unairworthy? The Lancair 235 that crashed near Hudson, Ky., on April 14, 2012, had given its owner and pilot fair warning that something wasn’t right.

A danger you can't outclimb

2013, 09 02

There’s a reason pilots are taught not just to stay out of thunderstorms, but to avoid them by a margin of at least 20 miles.

Matters of life and death

2013, 07 30

Had the pilot recognized the black hole in time to turn around, he and his passengers would have saved others in the future.

Déjà vu

2013, 06 03

Pilots often look to technology for assistance in avoiding severe weather. Yet improved technology can also increase the temptation to cut things a little too close.

Flying low: Scenic route takes tragic turn

2013, 05 14

Power lines interrupt a leisurely flight down a river valley.

What you don’t know could kill you

2013, 04 30

What you don't know could kill you