This happened March 1. An instrument-rated pilot took off in a Cessna 182 on a dark, stormy night, and crashed shortly after takeoff. He had two passengers with him.
Here’s a write-up, which says the plane was in the air for less than 20 seconds. I’m not sure that’s correct, given that the plane crashed about two miles away from the airport. It’s possible that the reporter was told that the TRACON controller only had radar contact for 20 seconds.
According to the same article, one of the passengers was making her first plane trip.
Flew poorly this morning. It was my second flight in the Piper Warrior PA28. We had a more ambitious agenda–we were going to fly to KGSO and get some Class C experience in the plane. I was also going to work with the Garmin 650.
But we took off behind schedule. The previous flyer was late returning the plane, and I had a couple of preflight lapses that cost us time. I misplaced my phone, and I forgot to sump the tanks after they were refilled. In each case, we were inside the cockpit, but had to get out to attend to the problem. Huge time-suck.
We bagged the plan to go to KGSO and decided to focus on landings at KSCR. But I did three terrible landings at KSCR, and then we returned to KTTA. En route, Heinz pulled the throttle to idle, to simulate an engine-out emergency. That was fine.
Back at our home field, I continued to struggle to maintain control of the aircraft as I crossed the threshold.