Probable Cause #6: Experience Can Kill You »

A time-ridden cliché in aviation is, "Learn from your mistakes so you don't make them again." Of course, if what you learn is that you can press on in a bad situation and survive, someday you might not. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication Aviation Safety . More

Probable Cause #5: Improper Procedure »

A pilot salvaging an approach ended up in a stall and spin when turning from base to final. Did good IFR conditions cause him to drop his guard? This week's Probable Cause column presents some ideas. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, IFR Refresher . More

Probable Cause #4: Scud Runner »

There are many aspects to flying safely, and FAA regs just scratch the surface. An experienced Marine helicopter pilot seemed to have the skills necessary to fly close to the earth; but he forgot how quickly new towers are built, as we learn in this week's Probable Cause column. More

Probable Cause #3: Trapped On Top »

There are some among us who like to tempt fate by skirting the rules. But a Bonanza pilot who did that got more than he bargained for, as this report of Probable Cause explains. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, IFR Refresher . More

Probable Cause #2: Rusty Skills »

The FAA mandates a minimum amount of flight time in various conditions to remain "current," but good pilots know those minimums are just that: the minimum. In this week's Probable Cause column we look at an accident where the pilot was both inexperienced and not current. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, Aviation Safety . More

Probable Cause #1: Breakup In Flight »

AVweb introduces a twice-monthly column investigating accidents and presenting lessons learned from them. This week in Probable Cause, we look at whether a faulty switch brought down a twin-turboprop. Quick recognition and a thorough scan could possibly have saved the day. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, IFR Refresher . More

"Probable Cause" Index »

Why did that accident happen? And what can we learn from it so we don't end up in the same situation? AVweb presents a regular accident analysis called Probable Cause and we have an index to each analysis here. More