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January 1, 2013, Jasper, Ala., Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche

At about 2240 Central time, the airplane collided with terrain during an uncontrolled descent. The student pilot and two passengers were fatally injured; the unregistered airplane was destroyed. The unauthorized flight was conducted in night instrument conditions.

January 2, 2013, North Las Vegas, Nev., Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar

The airplane veered off the runway at about 1615 Pacific time, while landing, sustaining substantial damage from a post-crash fire. The private pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

January 12, 2013, Winder, Ga., Piper PA-28R-180 Arrow

The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a bog following a total loss of engine power at about 1500 Eastern time. The flight instructor, private pilot and a passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane was on a left downwind for landing. Per the Before Landing checklist, the private pilot turned on the fuel pump and positioned the fuel selector to the fullest (right) tank. The engine then ran rough and lost all power.

December 15, 2012, Ely, Nev. – Piper PA-31T-1 Cheyenne II

The airplane was substantially damaged during an in-flight breakup at about 1000 Pacific time. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed in the area around the accident site; the aircraft was being operated on an IFR flight plan. Preliminary radar data depict the airplane in cruise flight at FL240 and a course of 335 degrees magnetic. At 0937, the airplane’s heading turned to about 320 degrees and oscillated around that value until the last several radar returns indicated the airplane in a descending turn to the right.

December 2, 2012, Greensburg, Ind. – Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage

At about 1819 Eastern time, the airplane collided with terrain while executing an RNAV (GPS) approach. The instrument-rated private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. Instrument conditions existed; an IFR flight plan was in effect. Prior to the arrival of the accident airplane, a friend of the pilot flew the same flight in a similarly-equipped airplane. The friend never broke out of the clouds, performed a missed approach and diverted to an alternate airport.

December 18, 2012, Payson, Ariz. – Piper PA-31-350 Navajo

The airplane was lost from radio and radar contact at about 1825 Mountain time during an on-demand cargo flight operated under FAR Part 135. Instrument conditions prevailed and an IFR clearance had been received. The solo commercial pilot received fatal injuries.The flight was cleared to be at 10,000 feet msl 40 miles from PHX, its destination. Shortly after the airplane reached the assigned altitude, the pilot requested but was denied a lower altitude due to ATC minimum vectoring altitude limitations. Radio and radar contact was lost soon thereafter.

December 23, 2012, Lock Haven, Penn. – Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow

The airplane was substantially damaged at 1330 Eastern time during impact with trees and terrain following a total loss of engine power in cruise flight. The private pilot was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The aircraft was cruising at 7500 feet msl when the engine began to “surge,” then stopped producing power. An engine restart attempt was unsuccessful and the pilot selected a forced landing area in a clearing, but the airplane entered trees prior to the clearing and came to rest upright in flat, heavily wooded terrain. Preliminary examination of the engine revealed metal particles in the oil filter.

August 22, 2012, Gulf of Mexico, Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV

At about 1140 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing into the Gulf of Mexico. The private pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. While en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., from Knoxville, Tenn., the pilot maneuvered the airplane around several thunderstorms before the engine began to run rough and lost partial power over the Gulf of Mexico.

August 1, 2012, Titusville, Fla., Piper PA-44-180 Seminole

The airplane was substantially damaged when its nose landing gear collapsed on landing. The CFI, a private pilot and a passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. According to the CFI, the airplane was released from maintenance for a faulty nosegear indicator light the day before. While practicing ILS approaches, the nosegear indicator light did not indicate down and locked. However, the flight instructor observed the nose gear was extended.

August 1, 2012, McKinleyville, Calif., Piper PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer

The pilot had just acquired the airplane and was flying his first cross-country flight in it. He was not monitoring fuel quantity in the left and right fuel tanks, because he thought the fuel selector had a both selection only. However, the fuel selector was positioned to the left tank for the entire trip. On short final at his destination, the airplane’s engine lost power due to fuel starvation. The pilot performed a forced landing, which bent and wrinkled the fuselage and wings. The pilot had logged about 150 hours; five were in the accident make and model.

June 13, 2012, Ocilla, Ga. Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee 180

The airplane was substantially damaged at about 1015 Eastern time following loss of engine power and collision with terrain. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

July 5, 2012, Mesquite, Texas, Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV

The airplane was substantially damaged during landing at about 1600 Central time. The pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. During landing gear extension, the pilot noted a flickering right main landing gear light. Subsequently, the pilot received visual report from others who indicated his landing gear appeared down and locked. During the landing rollout, the right main landing gear collapsed and the airplane departed the right side of runway, resulting in buckling of the fuselage and penetration of the firewall by the engine mounts.