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VFR into IMC fatal for Cub pilot

Probable cause: The non-instrument-rated pilot’s improper decision to undertake a flight into forecast instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and his subsequent decision to continue the flight after encountering IMC, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s depression and use of impairing/sedating medications, which resulted in poor decision-making.

Cessna 310 vs. cow

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to see and avoid a cow on the airstrip during landing. 

Flying with alternator switched off results in total loss of engine power

Probable cause: The pilot’s operation of the airplane with the alternator switch in the off position, which allowed the selected battery to discharge and resulted in an ignition system failure and a total loss of engine power.

Plane lands in marsh after No. 3 cylinder separates in flight

Probable cause: A total loss of engine power after the separation of the No. 3 cylinder from the crankcase due to improper maintenance.

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