ePilot Accident Report Archive

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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

What else?

2013, 04 16

Once in a while, though, someone does so many things wrong on a single flight—often a very short flight—that even the clinical description in the NTSB’s official report leaves readers open-mouthed with amazement.

Stranger than fiction

2013, 04 05

Sometimes the circumstances are so odd and the physical evidence so unusual that the most plausible explanation investigators can construct still rests on some degree of conjecture.

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.