2017

PAC 750 Non-Fatal Harvest, AL August 28, 2017

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in 2017, AL, Ferry, Fuel Exhaustion, Harvest, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, PAC 750XL, Preflight | 0 comments

The pilot stated that as part of his preflight inspection of the airplane he visually verified each fuel tank was full, and the total usable fuel capacity was 221 gallons. After takeoff, the airplane climbed to the flight planned altitude of 8,000 ft mean sea level (msl), and proceeded towards the destination airport. When the flight was near the planned refueling location of the Rockwood Municipal Airport, Rockwood, Tennessee, the pilot verified that the airplane had an adequate supply of fuel to reach the intended destination. While in contact with HSV air traffic control tower, he requested to descend to 6,000 ft msl, and was subsequently cleared to descend to 4,000 ft msl. At that time, the pilot noted HSV was to his left about 10 miles away. Shortly thereafter, while at an altitude about 3,500 ft msl, warning lights on the annunciator panel, which included a fuel pressure light, illuminated. The pilot declared an emergency with the controller, and the engine experienced a total loss of engine power. According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the controller vectored the pilot to Epps Airpark (00AL), a private airport located in Harvest, Alabama, but the pilot was unable to locate it.

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C182A Non-Fatal San Martin, CA June 24, 2017

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in 2017, C-182, CA, Fuel Exhaustion, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, San Martin | 0 comments

The pilot reported that he departed for a parachute jump flight with 12 gallons of fuel onboard. He added that, after the parachute jumpers exited the airplane about 10,500 ft mean sea level (msl), he initiated a left spiraling descent back to the airport. He further added that he “heard and felt the engine start [to] quiet down as if it was shutting down.” He then began to make right descending turns and verified that the fuel selector was in the “both” position. He added that the cylinder head temperature was decreasing, so he switched back to left descending turns and that the “fuel starvation due to banking happened two more times.”

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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 Ovid, NY April 23, 2017

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in 2017, C-182, Fuel Exhaustion, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, NY, Ovid | 0 comments

The pilot reported that on the morning of the flight he used a fuel dipstick to check fuel tank quantities prior to his flight. The fuel tank dipstick was marked in the number of skydiving flights and reserve fuel had a mark as well. The right tank showed a higher fuel quantity than the left and when combined, the stick showed enough fuel for three flight loads of jumpers. He further stated that he fueled the airplane up to the “four load” level five days prior to the accident flight, which was the last time the airplane was flown.

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C-210 Non-Fatal Salida, CO April 19, 2017

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in 2017, C-210, CO, Engine Failure, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Salida | 0 comments

On April 19, 2017, about 1918 mountain daylight time, an Cessna 210 airplane, N9589T, impacted a fence and irrigation equipment during an off airport forced landing while on approach to the Harriet Alexander Field Airport (ANK), Salida, Colorado. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was being operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 business flight.

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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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