March 2015 Issue

NTSB's Probable Cause Statement

We looked at details of the five accidents summarized above for this article. There are others we could have chosen, with different lessons. One thing that jumped out at us: Simple singles werenít well-represented. Is that because a simple single, say, a Cessna 172, is more maneuverable and better suited to completing a circling approach than an Aerostar? Possibly. But itís also possible pilots donít fly simple singles into conditions low enough to require circling as often as they do other airplanes.

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