Student hits wind sock

The solo student pilot reported that during takeoff the Cessna 172 veered off the runway at the airport in Kissimmee, Florida, and hit a wind sock. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The student pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. Probable […]

Airstrip’s uneven surface contributes to crash

The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll from a private, dirt airstrip near Alamosa, Colorado, the Alon A2 encountered a bump and became airborne prematurely. He attempted to reduce the angle of attack, but the left wing aerodynamically stalled and the airplane hit terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, left wing, […]

Student loses control on landing

The student pilot reported that while on his fourth landing in the tailwheel-equipped Aeronca 11AC, the airplane was “a little out of alignment” after touchdown and he “started to lose control.” He advanced the throttle to attempt an aborted landing, but was unable to regain control of the airplane. It veered off the runway at […]

Carb icing likely culprit in crash

The pilot was performing “practice” aerial application operations at 30′ above the ground and the Cessna 188’s engine slowly lost power. He made a left turn and landed in a bean field near What Cheer, Iowa, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing and left elevator. During post-accident interviews with the pilot, he […]

Jet blast bends 172

The pilot reported that while on a taxiway at the airport in Morristown, N.J., under air traffic control (ATC) instruction, the Cessna 172 encountered jet blast, originating from a larger turbine-powered airplane being marshaled by ground personnel. The 172’s empennage lifted and the propeller and left wing struck the ground, which resulted in substantial damage […]

Balked landing bends 177

The pilot reported that, after a hard landing, the Cessna 177 began to porpoise and he decided to abort the landing. During the aborted landing, he added power and as the airplane began to climb, he retracted the flaps too soon and too quickly and the plane settled back onto the runway, landed hard again, […]