Stall/Spin Accidents 05/04/2014 - 05/04/2015
The skidding turn from base to final may be the classic set-up, but unintended stalls also cause accidents during takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds, simulated engine failures, and buzzing attempts. At low altitude, there may not be room to recover from even a coordinated wings-level stall, and with perfect technique spin recovery can still require at least a thousand feet. Almost two airplanes a week are lost when their pilots unexpectedly exceed the critical angle of attack, and more than 40% of these crashes are fatal. You can read the details of individual accidents by scrolling over the points — then click here for a refresher on safe maneuvering, or here to take the ASI's on-line aerodynamics course.
*Identification of stall/spin accidents is usually based on the National Transportation Safety Board's final report, which may not be issued for more than a year after the accident itself. As a result, coverage of accidents during the most recent year is incomplete.