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DHC-6 Non-Fatal Sebastian, FL February 9, 2015

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in 2015, Collisions Other, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Ferry, FL, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Multi-Engine, Preflight, Sebastian | 0 comments

On February 9, 2015 at 0615 eastern standard time, N30EA, a DH6 Twin Otter sustained substantial damage when it collided with N70EA, another DH6 Twin Otter, during engine start at the Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida. Neither the pilot on N30EA or N70EA were injured. Both airplanes were registered to and operated by Eagle Air Transport, Ottawa, Illinois. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the re-positioning flight that was destined for the Exuma International Airport (MYEF), George Town, Bahamas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the positioning flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Both airplanes were parked right next to each other, wing-tip to wing-tip. N30AE was parked on the right side of N70AE. The pilot of N30AE stated that she had just started the engines. When she advanced the throttles (one at a time) to bring the generators on-line, the airplane began to move forward. She said she tried to apply the brakes, but they were not working and she was unable to move the tiller, which was positioned all the way to the left. The pilot was unable to stop the airplane and it collided with N70AE.

The pilot of N70AE said that had not started the engines yet when N30AE struck his airplane.

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C-182B Non-Fatal St. Mary’s, GA April 14, 2007

Posted by on Apr 14, 2007 in 2007, C-182, GA, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight, St. Mary's | 0 comments

The pilot stated she had been conducting parachute drop operations through out the day. The pilot departed on the last parachute drop flight at an undetermined time, completed the parachute drop, and descended with power on. The pilot did not apply carburetor heat during the descent because the carburetor heat control cable was stuck, and would not move for the last two days.

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C-182L Non-Fatal Coupland, TX June 19, 2006

Posted by on Jun 19, 2006 in 2006, C-182, Coupland, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight, TX | 0 comments

The 568-hour commercial pilot was returning to a private airstrip for a night landing after releasing parachute jumpers. According to the Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2) the aircraft’s landing light was inoperative so in an attempt to identify the unlit grass runway, the pilot flew over the area several times to try to find the airstrip.

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C-207 Non-Fatal Jean, NV June 2, 2006

Posted by on Jun 2, 2006 in 2006, C-207, Jean, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, NV, Preflight | 0 comments

The airplane failed to gain altitude and settled into the ground during the takeoff initial climb. The firewall buckled during the ground contact. The pilot said that just after takeoff, the airspeed decreased to 60 knots and the airplane was 300 feet above ground level. He was unable to recover the airspeed and he touched down in a field.

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PC-6 Non-Fatal DeLand, FL October 3, 2005

Posted by on Oct 3, 2005 in 2005, Deland, FL, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, PC-6 Pilatus Porter, Preflight | 0 comments

The airline transport certificated pilot with 10 skydiving passengers began a takeoff in a tailwheel-equipped and turboprop powered airplane on a CFR Part 91 skydiving flight. As the airplane started its climb, the pitch angle of the nose of the airplane increased until the airplane appeared to stall about 50 to 100 feet agl. It descended and impacted the runway in a left wing, nose low attitude.

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C-182E Non-Fatal Duanesburg, NY November 24, 2004

Posted by on Nov 24, 2004 in 2004, C-182, Duanesburg, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, NY, Preflight | 0 comments

The airplane departed about 1130, and the outside air temperature at 1145 was 39 degrees F. The outside air temperature at 0747 was 28 degrees F. The pilot did not preheat the engine, and had difficulty starting it. On the third attempt, the engine started. The pilot then taxied to the runway, performed a rolling run-up, and departed.

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C-P206 Fatal (1) Jacksonville, FL October 30, 2004

Posted by on Oct 30, 2004 in 1, 2004, C-P206, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, FL, Jacksonville, Loss of Aircraft Control, Preflight | 0 comments

The pilot did not perform weight and balance calculations for the accident flight; though, postaccident calculations indicated that the airplane was under gross weight and the center of gravity was within limits. The pilot reported that he did not have any memory of the accident flight. The accident flight was the second flight of the day for the pilot and began immediately after landing from the previous skydive drop flight.

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C-182P Non-Fatal Boulder City, NV May 7, 2002

Posted by on May 7, 2002 in 2002, Boulder City, C-182, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, NV, Preflight | 0 comments

The airplane initiated a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power during the takeoff initial climb. During the initial run-up the magneto check was not within acceptable limits; however, approximately 15 minutes later the pilot rechecked the magnetos and they were within acceptable limits. The pilot said he configured and checked the airplane prior to takeoff with 10 degrees of flaps and all gages “in the green.”

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DHC-3 Non-Fatal Decatur, TX March 31, 2001

Posted by on Mar 31, 2001 in 2001, Decatur, DHC-3 Single Otter, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight, TX | 0 comments

The pilot and 21 jumpers were aboard the airplane for the local skydiving flight. The airplane took off to the north on the wet grass runway. Jumpers reported that during the initial takeoff climb, the aircraft assumed a “very steep angle of attack,” and described the pilot “winding the wheel on the lower right side of the chair clockwise, frantically,” and “busy with a wheel between the seats.”

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C-182 Fatal (4) Paso Robles, CA June 19, 1999

Posted by on Jun 19, 1999 in 1999, 4, C-182, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

The airplane quickly became airborne and started an extremely steep climb for several hundred feet, which was followed by an equally steep descent until the airplane collided with terrain. The airplane had just completed one jump flight, and a different pilot fueled the airplane in preparation for the accident flight. The airplane was configured with one seat on the left side for the pilot and a 2-inch pad with seat belts for up to four skydivers.

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C-U206 Fatal (6) Grain Valley, MO March 21, 1998

Posted by on Mar 21, 1998 in 1998, 6, C-U206, Collisions Other, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

The parachute jump flight’s airplane was at 3,700 feet MSL when the pilot cancelled the operation with the FAA approach controller without explanation. Witnesses observed the airplane trailing white and black smoke. One witness said he saw the airplane trailing black smoke with its engine making a banging sound. Three witnesses at the accident airport said the airplane had smoke and flames coming from the airplane’s cowl and along the windshield as it approached the airport.

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C-182 Non-Fatal East Moriches, NY Feb. 1, 1998

Posted by on Feb 1, 1998 in 1998, C-182, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

After three uneventful parachute drop flights with three or four jumpers each, the pilot landed and picked up two jumpers. During the next takeoff roll, the pilot aborted the takeoff and was unable to stop the airplane before it struck a fence at the end of the 2,200 foot asphalt runway. The pilot stated ‘everything was normal, except the plane didn’t lift off.’

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B-90 King Air Non-Fatal Orange, VA Nov. 16, 1996

Posted by on Nov 16, 1996 in 1996, Beech King Air 90, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Multi-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

The pilot was taking off with 10 jumpers onboard. At the rotation speed of 100 knots, he used elevator trim to rotate the airplane, but it did not lift off the runway. He continued moving the trim wheel violently to pitch the nose up, and attempted to pull back on the yoke, but the airplane collided with rising terrain off the end of the runway.

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C-182 Non-Fatal Hanover, PA Sept. 21, 1996

Posted by on Sep 21, 1996 in 1996, C-182, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

The pilot took off with four skydivers on board the airplane, and climbed to 10,000 feet. After the skydivers exited the airplane, the pilot returned to land at the departure airport. The pilot stated that after landing, the airplane impacted parked road grading equipment. He reported that it was a dark night and winds were calm when the accident occurred.

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C-182 Non-Fatal Mendota, CA June 22, 1996

Posted by on Jun 22, 1996 in 1996, C-182, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

The pilot carried four parachute jumpers aloft; one left the aircraft at 4,500 feet and the last three left at 12,000 feet. After all the jumpers had exited, the pilot decided to do a power off stall. He stated that he was ‘curious about the gliding abilities of the 182’ and pulled the mixture control to idle cutoff when the aircraft was over the airport at 11,500 feet.

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Beech 65 Fatal (12) West Point, VA Sept. 10, 1995

Posted by on Sep 10, 1995 in 12, 1995, Beech 65 Queen Air, Fatal, Fatal Multi-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

The airplane was loaded with 10 sport parachutists and one pilot. Later, investigators calculated that the maximum gross weight was exceeded by 149.6 pounds, and the center of gravity was 2.87 inches aft of the aft limit. The cabin door had been removed for parachuting operations; however, an altered Flight Manual Supplement had been used as authority for the door removal.

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C-182 Non-Fatal Derby, KS July 15, 1995

Posted by on Jul 15, 1995 in 1995, C-182, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Preflight | 0 comments

The pilot reported that after the airplane reached an altitude of 10,500 feet msl, the skydivers exited the airplane. The pilot stated that he then began a wings-level, high-rate descent to stay clear of the drop zone. The mixture was at full rich and the carburetor heat was applied as he maintained 150 to 160 knots indicated airspeed.

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