ePilot Accident Report Archive

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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.


2012, 10 31

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

Nighttime VFR into IMC proves deadly

2012, 08 02

Related Links Accident Case Study: VFR into IMC “Spatial Disorientation” Safety Advisor WeatherWise: Ceiling and Visibility online course “Landmark...

Too long, too far

2012, 07 02

If they’re lucky, pilots learn their limits by discovering they’re too tired to fly after they’re safely back on the ground.

Severe weather leads to King Air's in-flight break up

2012, 06 15

The inherent limitations of light aircraft limit their usefulness for travel. Money cures a lot of this, of course. More power and approved de-icing can make climbing through the freezing layers a realistic strategy. Once you’ve worked up to turbine power and a pressurized cabin, holding a comfortable altitude over mountains is no longer much of an issue; add in on-board radar, and far fewer flights should need to be scrubbed for weather. But there will still be stuff you can’t climb over and don’t want to try to plow through.

Over and under

2012, 05 04

Whether student or certificated pilot, the aviator who’s overconfident but underskilled tends to come nose-to-nose with uncompromising reality. Often that encounter isn’t gentle.