Loss of Aircraft Control

DHC-6 Twin Otter Non-Fatal Perris, CA May 24, 2017

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in 2017, CA, Collisions Other, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal Multi-Engine, Perris | 0 comments

The pilot of the twin-engine, turbine powered airplane reported that while providing flights for skydivers throughout the day, he had a potential new hire pilot flying with him in the right seat. He added that on the eighth flight of the day, the new pilot was flying during the approach and “approximately 200′ [ft.] south from the threshold of [runway] 15 at approximately 15 feet AGL [above ground level] the bottom violently and unexpectedly dropped out.

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C-U206 Non-Fatal Diamond Point, NY May 17, 2017

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in 2017, C-U206, Collisions Other, Diamond Point, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, NY | 0 comments

The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, the airplane encountered a gust of wind and veered left off the runway centerline. He added, that the airplane became airborne, but that he did not have “enough time” to avoid a parked helicopter. Subsequently, the left wing impacted the helicopter. He then reduced the engine power and the airplane landed without further incident.

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C-182A Non-Fatal Seebring, OH January 22, 2017

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in 2017, C-182, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, OH, Seebring | 0 comments

The pilot in the tricycle-gear-equipped airplane reported that he landed about 4 ft short of the asphalt runway. The nose landing gear struck the 6-inch-high asphalt perimeter and separated from the airplane. The pilot aborted the landing, the airplane bounced, and the pilot established a climb. He completed one traffic pattern and an approach. During the second landing, the pilot chose to land on the turf safety area parallel to the runway. When the airplane’s main landing gear touched down on the turf surface, the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, left wing, and empennage.

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Beech King Air 90 Non-Fatal Byron, CA July 23, 2016

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in 2016, Beech King Air 90, Byron, CA, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal Multi-Engine | 0 comments

On July 23, 2016, about 1900 Pacific daylight time, a Beech 65- A90, N256TA, sustained substantial damage following a reported loss of control while climbing out near the Byron Airport (C83) Byron, California. The airplane was registered to N80896 LLC, and operated by Bay Area Skydiving under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot and the 14 passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the skydiving flight. The local flight departed C83 at about 1845.

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DHC-6 Non-Fatal Fentress, TX April 9, 2016

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in 2016, Collisions Other, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Fentress, Loss of Aircraft Control, TX | 0 comments

The pilot reported that he was landing in gusty crosswind conditions following a parachute jump flight, and that the gusty conditions had persisted for the previous 10 skydiving flights that day. The pilot further reported that during the landing roll, when the nose wheel touched down, the airplane became “unstable” and veered to the left. He reported that he applied right rudder and added power to abort the landing, but the airplane departed the runway to the left and the left wing impacted a tree. The airplane spun 180 degrees to the left and came to rest after the impact with the tree.

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Cessna 182G Non-Fatal Salisbury, NC November 28, 2015

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in 2015, C-182, Loss of Aircraft Control, NC, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Salisbury | 0 comments

According to the pilot of the tricycle landing gear equipped airplane, he was performing skydiving operations. He reported that he felt rushed in performing his assigned duties because, “the skydiving school kept wanting me to return quicker for the next load.”

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C-182A Fatal (1) Lexington, TX September 27, 2015

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in 1, 2015, C-182, Collisions Other, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Lexington, Loss of Aircraft Control, TX | 0 comments

On September 27, 2015, about 1830 central daylight time, a Cessna 182A airplane, N3921D, was substantially damaged during an in-flight collision with trees and terrain near Lexington, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Austin Skydiving Center, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a skydiving flight operation.

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C-U206 Non-Fatal Titusville, FL August 9, 2015

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in 2015, C-U206, FL, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Titusville | 1 comment

The pilot stated that he was conducting a skydiver “jump run”, and prior to letting the skydivers out the radio squelch interrupter failed causing a constant static noise. After letting the skydivers out over the airport the pilot set up the descent based on the winds acquired for the previous landing on runway 22. As he circled for landing the manifold pressure indication “dropped off” to zero.

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C-182B Non-Fatal Fults, IL July 14, 2015

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in 2015, C-182, Festus, Fults, IL, Loss of Aircraft Control, Mechanical Failure, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine | 0 comments

On July 14, 2015 about 1456 central standard time, a Cessna 1959 year model 182B skydive equipped airplane, N2764G, registered to Cook Aviation of St. Louis, Missouri, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain after the pilot bailed out (via donned parachute) due to flight control problems.

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C-182A Non-Fatal Bethany Center, NY September 20, 2014

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in 2014, Bethany Center, C-182, Ferry, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, NY | 0 comments

According to the pilot, he was attempting a soft field landing on runway 27. Following a stable approach and landing, a gust of wind was encountered. The airplane veered to the right and the pilot was unable to stop the airplane before the right wing struck a wind sock pole. An inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration examined the airplane and confirmed substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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C-182A Non-Fatal Festus, MO June 14, 2014

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in 2014, C-182, Festus, Loss of Aircraft Control, MO, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

According to the pilot’s report, he leveled the airplane about 11,000 feet and established a speed of 80 mph with 10 degrees of flaps extended. When the last skydiver exited the airplane, its nose pitched up. The pilot pushed forwarded on the control wheel and added full engine power.

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C-210 non-fatal Moab, UT May 28, 2014

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in 2014, C-210, Loss of Aircraft Control, Moab, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, UT | 0 comments

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to make numerous takeoffs and transport skydivers to an adequate jumping altitude. The first takeoff was uneventful, and after the skydivers egressed the airplane, the pilot returned back to the airport. During the landing, the airplane bounced three times down the runway.

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C-208 Non-Fatal Raeford, NC August 18, 2012

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in 2012, C-208 Caravan, Loss of Aircraft Control, NC, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Raeford | 0 comments

According to the pilot, during the landing on a grassy area that was parallel to the paved runway, the airplane touched down and impacted a ditch near an intersecting taxiway. The airplane became airborne, touched down on the other side of the intersecting taxiway, bounced again, and then landed hard on the nose gear, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and subsequent collapse of the nose landing gear.

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C-208 Non-Fatal Chula Vista, CA August 6, 2012

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in 2012, C-208 Caravan, CA, Chula Vista, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine | 0 comments

The pilot said that, while on short final, the airplane experienced a sudden sink rate when the wind changed from a head wind to calm conditions. He was unable to arrest the sink rate even after power was applied because of the lag time for the airplane’s turbine engine to spool up.

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C-182A Non-Fatal Sussex, NJ June 28, 2012

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in 2012, C-182, Loss of Aircraft Control, NJ, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Sussex | 0 comments

The pilot reported that, during the final leg of the approach, the airplane was above the intended approach path and speed. Over the threshold of the runway, the airplane encountered a gust of wind. The pilot announced on the common traffic advisory frequency his intention to perform a go-around maneuver.

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FIREFLY BALLOONS INC FIREFLY 8 Fatal (1) Fitzgerald, GA March 16, 2012

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in 1, 2012, Fatal, FIREFLY BALLOONS INC FIREFLY 8, Fitzgerald, GA, Loss of Aircraft Control | 0 comments

The balloon pilot conducted multiple sport parachute flights throughout the day without obtaining a weather briefing. A SIGMET for severe thunderstorms, hail, and cloud tops to 45,000 feet was in effect for the area surrounding the takeoff and accident sites. Shortly after the balloon lifted off on the accident flight, the ground crew was advised of a severe storm warning for the area and observed the storm on radar via their cellular telephones.

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