1 2021 C-182 Fatal Single-Engine Loss of Aircraft Control Statesboro

C-182 Fatal (1) Statesboro, GA December 7, 2021

On December 7, 2021, at 2124 eastern standard time, a Cessna 182 airplane, N5776B, was
destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Statesboro, Georgia. The commercial pilot
was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal
Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
According to a family member who spoke with the pilot the evening of the accident, she had
flown from Florida into the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport (TBR), Statesboro, Georgia, for
a meeting in the local area and planned to return that night.

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2018 4 C-182 Fatal Single-Engine GA Swainsboro

C-182 Fatal (4) Swainsboro, GA August 25, 2018

“On August 25, 2018, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182A, N4785D, was destroyed after a collision with terrain at East Georgia Regional Airport (SBO), Swainsboro, Georgia. The commercial pilot and three passengers were fatally injured, while one passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated by The Jumping Place Skydiving Center as a skydiving flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.”

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1 2016 C-208 Caravan Dunnellon Fatal Fatal Single-Engine FL Premature Deployment

C-208 Caravan Fatal (1) Dunnellon, FL October 14, 2016

The airplane was at 1,250 ft above ground level carrying a load of skydivers. According to a
skydiving instructor onboard the airplane, the jumpmaster leaned forward to assist a skydiver
in exiting the airplane when the jumpmaster’s reserve parachute inadvertently deployed and
entered the airplane’s slipstream. The jumpmaster attempted to pull the parachute back into
the airplane but was pulled into the door frame and dragged out of the airplane. The
jumpmaster, who appeared to be unconscious, descended to the ground beneath his streaming
(unopened) reserve parachute without deploying his main parachute. The pilot maintained
control of the airplane and landed safely. Examination of the jumpmaster’s reserve parachute
revealed that it was damaged by impact with the door frame, thus it did not deploy properly. It
is likely that the jumpmaster failed to guard his reserve parachute ripcord, which was exposed
on the front of his parachute, and the ripcord snagged on something as he attempted to assist
the exiting skydiver, which caused the reserve parachute to deploy prematurely.

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2016 5 C-182 Fatal Single-Engine Hanapepe HI

C-182H Fatal (5) Hanapepe, HI May 23, 2016

The commercial pilot and four passenger-skydivers were departing in the airplane on a local area
skydiving flight in visual meteorological conditions. Witnesses observed the airplane make a normal
takeoff from the runway. Two witnesses reported that, shortly after takeoff, the engine seemed to stop
producing power. Subsequently, the airplane rolled to the right while rapidly losing altitude. The
airplane completed about a 360° rotation and impacted terrain in a nose-down attitude.

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1 2015 C-182 Collisions Other Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Lexington Loss of Aircraft Control TX

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

The commercial pilot was returning the airplane to the departure airport for landing after a skydiving
flight. Two witnesses reported observing the pilot fly the airplane over the runway; one witness said it
was about 50 ft above ground level (agl), and the other witness said it was about 100 ft agl. One of the
witnesses added that, when the airplane reached the end of the runway, it pitched up about 45 degrees,
gained about 200 ft of altitude, and then entered a turn with a 45-bank angle. The witness added that,
after the airplane had turned about 90 degrees to a westerly heading, its nose dropped, and the airplane
“immediately dove.” The airplane subsequently entered a left spin and rotated about 180 degrees before
impacting trees and then the ground. A second witness noted that the engine sounded like it was at “full
throttle” during the descent as if the pilot was attempting to recover from the dive.

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11 2014 Engine Failure Fatal Fatal Multi-Engine Fatal Single-Engine Loss of Aircraft Control PA-31 Navajo

PA-31P Navajo Fatal (11) Topolow, Poland July 5, 2014

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2014 8 Compair 8 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine

Compair 8 Fatal (8) Jamijarvi airfield Finland April 21, 2014

Three Skydive to Safety as Plane Crash Kills Eight in Finland

Image: A parachute hangs from a tree close to the wreckage of experimental aircraft Comp Air 8 next to Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland Vesa Moilanen / LEHTIKUVA via Reuters
A parachute hangs from a tree close to the wreckage of experimental aircraft next to Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland on April 21.


Three people jumped to safety from a plummeting aircraft before a fiery crash which killed eight skydivers, according to officials in Finland.

The survivors suffered only minor injuries after parachuting from the American-made Comp Air 8 kit light aircraft before it hit the ground and burst into flames, The Helsinki Times reported Monday. The pilot was among those who escaped.

The incident happened Sunday above the Jamijarvi airfield, some 130 miles from Helsinki.

Plane Crash in Finland Kills Eight
NBC News

Investigators have recovered the helmet camera from one of the parachutists involved although it is not clear whether it will help them with their investigation, The Helsinki Times reported.

Detective Superintendent Petri Kangas said an eyewitness had reported seeing a large piece of the aircraft fall off before it crashed.

“[The witness] was unable to tell whether it was a wing or another part,” Kangas told the newspaper.

– Alexander Smith


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2014 5 C-U206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine

C-206 Fatal (5) Caboolture, Australia March 22, 2014

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11 2013 Blog Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Loss of Aircraft Control Mechanical Failure PC-6 Pilatus Porter

PC-6 Fatal (11) Marchovellete, Belgium October 18, 2013

At least 10 civilian parachutists were killed alongside a pilot today when their light plane crashed into a field in Belgium. Four of those on board the stricken Pilatus PC-6 Porter had been seen desperately trying to get out after the aircraft caught fire and a wing dropped off. But they were unable to open their chutes before the plane crashed into the ground near the town of Marchovelette, in the southern Namur region.

Crash site: A firefighter inspects the wreckage of the plane, which was carrying 11 people
Crash site: A firefighter inspects the wreckage of the plane, which was carrying 11 people

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1 2013 Brooklyn C-U206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine IA

C-U206 Fatal (1) Brooklyn, IA August 16, 2013

Before departure for the positioning flight, the pilot was told that an observer/passenger would be
joining him for the flight. The airplane, which was typically used in skydiving operations, had its right
cabin door removed, and a fabric roll-up jump door had been installed; it was not closed during the
flight. The pilot reported that the passenger sat behind him on the right side of the airplane and that he
heard him attach his seatbelt. During the flight, the passenger moved forward in the cabin, which
resulted in the passenger’s reserve parachute inadvertently deploying and the passenger being pulled
through the open jump door. The passenger hit the doorframe, and the parachute became entangled with
the empennage, which resulted in a loss of airplane control and a subsequent aerodynamic stall. The
parachute eventually separated from the empennage, and the pilot was able to regain control of the
airplane and land it without further incident. A postaccident examination revealed that the passenger had
inadvertently attached his seatbelt to the handle that released the reserve parachute. Therefore, the
reserve parachute deployed when the passenger moved. The pilot did not conduct a safety briefing
before the flight; however, the improper routing of the seatbelt may not have been identified even if he
had conducted a safety briefing. Additionally, if the jump door had been closed, it is likely that the
passenger would not have been pulled out of the airplane.

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2010 3 C-182 Crowley Fatal Fatal Single-Engine LA Mechanical Failure

C-182C Fatal (3) Crowley, LA December 18, 2010

The flight departed to the east with four skydivers for a local jump. One witness stated that, immediately following the takeoff, about 200 feet above ground level, a “percussive” pop from the engine was heard. Two witnesses stated that the right wing dropped, and the airplane impacted the ground.

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1 2010 C-185 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Loss of Aircraft Control Newfane NY

C-185 Fatal (1) Newfane, NY August 1, 2010

The airplane was departing for a skydiving flight. During rotation, the jump door opened, which was located on the right side of the airplane. The pilot said that he was not concerned with the door, which would not have critically impacted the airplane’s performance; however, an experienced parachutist attempted to secure the door to the point where he was partially outside of the airplane.

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1 2010 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine PAC 750XL Undetermined

PAC 750XL Fatal (1) Portugal February 12, 2010

A Portuguese citizent, pretending to be a photographer, hijacked the aircraft.

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2009 3 Albany C-182 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Ferry LA

C-182M Fatal (3) Albany, LA February 27, 2009

The non-instrument rated private pilot planned to attend a skydiving event near the destination airport that began the next day. Prior to departure, the pilot was aware of the low clouds affecting the destination airport. The pilot told an acquaintance at the destination airport that he needed to make the flight that night because of deteriorating weather conditions that were expected on the next day.

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2 2008 C-P206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Loss of Aircraft Control MO Mount Vernon

C-P206 Fatal (2) Mount Vernon, MO April 19, 2008

Surviving skydivers said that as the airplane was climbing to the jump altitude of 10,500 feet agl, the stall warning horn sounded intermittently several times. They paid no particular attention to it because they had heard it on previous flights. When the airplane reached the jump altitude, the pilot signaled for one of the parachutists to open the door. When she did, she told the pilot that the airplane had overshot the drop zone by approximately 1 mile.

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2 2007 Collisions Other Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Ferry PAC 750XL

PAC 750 Fatal (2) Rectory Farm, near Rugeley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom 16-DEC-2007

The pilot of ZK-KAY, a Pacific Aerospace PAC 750XL, was flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) on a cross-country flight, tracking south-east, close to Blithfield Reservoir. The pilot and passenger of Luscombe 8E Silvaire Deluxe G-AKUI were on a local flight from their base near the reservoir. G-AKUI entered a turn to the right shortly prior to the collision, possibly to avoid a third aircraft which later radar analysis showed was near.

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10 2007 C-208 Caravan Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Ferry Naches WA

C-208 Caravan Fatal (10) Naches, WA October 7, 2007

The pilot was returning a group of skydivers to their home base after a weekend of skydiving. He flew several jump flights, and then stopped early in the afternoon to prepare the airplane for the flight home. The flight was planned into an area of clouds, turbulence, and icing, which the pilot had researched. He delayed the departure until he decided that he could complete the planned flight under visual flight rules (VFR).

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2007 5 C-182 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Loss of Aircraft Control Marion MT

C-182C Fatal (5) Marion, MT May 12, 2007

After preflighting the airplane, adding fuel and checking the oil, the pilot radioed that he was taxiing to runway 32. Witnesses subsequently observed the airplane takeoff on runway 32, make a 180-degree turn toward the south, and then fly downwind and parallel to the runway at an altitude of between 300 and 500 feet above ground level. At approximately the end of the runway the airplane was observed making a left turn onto base leg for runway 32, followed by a steep turn to final before nosing into the ground and bursting into flames.

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2006 5 C-U206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine

Cessna U-206 Fatal (5) Brisbane, Australia January 2, 2006

Cessna U-206 Fatal (5) Brisbane, Australia January 2, 2006 aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20060120X00099&key=1

2005 5 C-U206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine

Cessna 206 Fatal (5) Puntarenas, Costa Rica May 31, 2005

Cessna 206 Fatal (5) Puntarenas, Costa Rica May 31, 2005 aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20050608X00728&key=1

2005 4 C-207 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine

Cessna 207 Fatal (4) Tanauan City, Philippines May 08, 2005

Cessna 207 Fatal (4) Tanauan City, Philippines May 08, 2005 aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20050608X00734&key=1

1 2004 C-P206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine FL Jacksonville Loss of Aircraft Control Preflight

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

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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1 2004 C-180 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Freedom Loss of Aircraft Control PA

C-180 Fatal (1) Freedom, PA October 27, 2004

The local parachuting flight was to depart from the airport owned and maintained by the pilot. During the initial climb after takeoff from runway 09, the airplane drifted right and struck trees about 500 feet down the runway. The pilot stated that he did not see the trees before hitting them. A passenger stated that the pilot did not make any changes to the airplane’s flight path prior to impact with the trees.

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1 2004 C-P206 Collisions Other Fatal Fatal Single-Engine IL Loss of Aircraft Control Taylorville

C-P206 Fatal (1) Taylorville, IL October 24, 2004

The airplane entered an inverted spin during a skydiving operation when a parachutist’s parachute deployed while exiting the airplane at 10,500 feet mean sea level. The parachute became entangled around the right hand landing gear and the parachutist could not be freed. The pilot, who was wearing a parachute, and the remaining parachutists jumped from the airplane.

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2004 4 C-U206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine

Cessna 206 Fatal (4) Optand, Sweeden August 6, 2004

Cessna 206 Fatal (4) Optand, Sweeden August 6, 2004 aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040903X01350&key=1