Jumper Cables

June 03, 1998 Everett, WA Piper PA30 1 FATAL The pilot used a jumper cable to connect the battery of his car to the aircraft's electrical system at the power receptacle located on the left side of the nose. With both engines running, the pilot exited the aircraft to remove the chock from the nosewheel. … Continue reading Jumper Cables

Forced Landing

May 16, 1998 Pageland, SC Nanchang CJ6A 1 SERIOUS When he was approximately 1.5 miles east of the destination airport, the pilot said he felt a vibration and observed an object protruding through the engine cowling. Unable to maintain altitude due to the loss of engine power, the pilot attempted a forced landing in a … Continue reading Forced Landing

Final Approach

February 22, 1998 York, PA Cessna 172P 1 FATAL The airplane was on final approach to a runway with a displaced threshold. A passenger in a landing helicopter who observed the Cessna during its final approach stated: ?The wings began to seesaw left and right, back and forth and then the airplane dropped sharply and … Continue reading Final Approach

Gear-Up ‘Gotchas

A number of gear-up landings reported to ASRS by pilots of experimental aircraft involve a mechanical or electrical problem, coupled with the pilot?s failure to use a before-landing checklist: Landed with nosewheel retracted. Minor damage to aircraft. Nosewheel up/warning for throttle to idle was disabled due to electrical wiring problems. New aircraft (15 hours since … Continue reading Gear-Up ‘Gotchas

Nesting Urges

It's that spring-wonderful season of the year when pilots brush the cobwebs off their flying skills and airplanes and vault joyfully into the blue. Only (in a few unfortunate instances reported to ASRS) to suffer engine fires, or fuel starvation, because the nesting habits of small creatures went undetected during pre-flight. A Cessna pilot titled … Continue reading Nesting Urges

Oxygen Irregularities

Both pilots and controllers are educated to recognize the effects of oxygen deprivation and hypoxia. This training can be vital in safely resolving oxygen-related pilot incapacitation. Several ASRS reports illustrate: While at FL250 on an IFR flight plan, my oxygen line became disconnected from the regulator. I could hear the oxygen escaping and thought the … Continue reading Oxygen Irregularities