The Power of 25
Think of it as a crash course in aeronautical trivia.
- By The Editors
- Air & Space magazine, May 2011
(Page 3 of 4)
10. Fail to push the oil dipstick all the way back in.
Crashed: Piper PA-31 Navajo, Nov. 8, 2005, Ankeny, Iowa
11. Turn back to the runway you just took off from when the engine quits.
Crashed: Vans RV-6, Oct. 28, 2006, Turlock, California
12. Overload the aircraft with parachutists who bunch up in the aft fuselage.
Crashed: Fletcher FU-24-954, Fox Glacier, South Westland, New Zealand, Sept. 4, 2010
13. Fail to remove debris or ice from the static port, resulting in inaccurate altimeter, airspeed, and vertical speed readings.
Emergency landing: Boeing 717-200, May 12, 2005, Union Star, Missouri
14. Take off in an aircraft in which the linking mechanisms for the ailerons have been reversed. Crashed: Spectrum 33, July 25, 2006, Spanish Fork, Utah
15. Land long on a short runway with a tailwind.
Landing gear collapsed: Mooney M20B, Aug. 25, 1990, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
16. Take off or land during a microburst.
Crashed: Lyons Navajo HKS, Aug. 6, 2008, Waterville, Washington
17. Take off or land a light aircraft in the wake turbulence of a departing jet.
Ground-looped: Piper PA-18, Aug. 9, 2009, Aspen, Colorado
18. Watch sunlight flashing through a spinning propeller and experience flicker vertigo, which can cause disorientation or loss of consciousness.
Ran off runway: Grumman American AA-5B, Nov. 1, 2008, Bridgeport, Connecticut
19. Enter “hot” (active) military airspace.
Crashed: Bell AH-1, Lockheed HC-130, Oct. 29, 2009, off the southern California coast
20. While making a constantrate turn in instrument conditions, move head abruptly, creating the Coriolis illusion of the aircraft simultaneously rolling, pitching, and yawing.
Crashed: Beechcraft Super King Air 200, Feb. 6, 2007, North Caicos Airport, British West Indies