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 Accident Trends: 1984-2018
The piston fleet sees an average of 2.5 failures per year. A couple were fuel management issues and included misfueling, fuel quality issues, or poor fuel planning. We’ve had one confirmed misfueling, resulting in a fatality and two or three suspected fuel contamination events. Three of our in-flight
failures in the Continental ships were suspect fuel icing events. Further investigation indicates
that water in the fuel was
a likely cause. Problems with leaky caps or tainted fuel sources can expose the operator to increased risk. Fuel exhaustion resulted
in deadstick landings for
a Mirage in Arizona and a Malibu in Mexico in the past 24 months (not something that points to the engine manufacturer). There were
a couple catastrophic engine failures and an untold number of turbo failures.
LODC landing and gear failures share many of the
control the outcome. Ensuring the safety of ourselves and our loved ones is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Be safe out there •and remember “There’s nowhere you need to
be or nothing° your safety!”
same areas including pilot technique, crosswinds, tire failure, rigging, towing damage and the like. I counted 51 events between 2009 and October 2018. It can be hard to figure out the exact cause and, in many cases, the pilot did everything right. Consider checking your gear/ tires as often and thoroughly as you check your oil.
Weakest Link?
The pilot remains the weakest link in the process. We plan the flight, conduct the preflight, determine the fuel requirements and control the loading. As pilots, we also evaluate the weather before and during the flight and we make the decision to “press- on,” divert or not go at all. With rare exception, we can
you need to do that’s more important than
 Number of Accidents: Fatal/Non-Fatal
NOTE: *Gear collapses are not always considered accidents.
 Aircraft Type
 Fatal
  Non-fatal
 Malibu
  8
   17
  Malibu JP
  2
 4
 Mirage
 13
  33
 Mirage JP
  5
   14
  Matrix
  1
 5
 Meridian M500
  8
   17
  Meridian M600*
   0
  0
   Number of Fatal Accidents/Fatalities: 38/90
Total number of events (Accidents/Incidents/Other): 228
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