July 2016 Issue

3 Ways to Lose Control of An Airplane

In-flight loss of control is the leading cause of fatal GA accidents, and most often occurs during landing approaches, initial climbs and while maneuvering.

We’ve always had stall/spin accidents. Today, refinements in data collection and analysis, plus improved aviation-accident taxonomy, have led the industry to adopt the loss of control in-flight, or LOC-I, nomenclature. Whatever its name, ICAO’s Common Taxonomy Team calls it “...an extreme manifestation of a deviation from intended flight path.” It leads the statistics for business, instructional and personal flying as the single most-prevalent cause of general aviation accidents.

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