Stalls Still The Killer They've Always Been

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Although the industry has made progress in making light aircraft safer, stalls or stall/spins continue to be a major factor in fatal accidents, according to recent research done by Aviation Safety magazine. In its review of 338 fatal accidents, the magazine found that 18% were due to stall-related factors, and the true percentage may be even higher. Many of these occur in the traffic pattern at low altitudes, and to illustrate this, AVweb has prepared this dramatic video re-creating a Cirrus stall accident in 2008.

As part of its detailed coverage in the January 2010 issue of Aviation Safety, the editors also interviewed John King and Rich Stowell, two veteran flight instructors who discuss the stall and spin training. Listen to the podcast.