View Poll Results: What was/is for you the main causes for your plane crashes ?
Bad Radio control of the plane - Pilot Error 148 46.84%
Planned stalled 28 8.86%
Bad Landing 58 18.35%
Misplaced Center of Gravity 29 9.18%
Not enough time to come back for landing 15 4.75%
Lost sight 21 6.65%
Radio interferences 38 12.03%
Deffective electronic 18 5.70%
Mid air crash 12 3.80%
Bad take-off 15 4.75%
Poor Plane design 9 2.85%
Plane structure failed in the air 23 7.28%
Too much wind. Plane can't handle it 29 9.18%
Radio antenna not extended 9 2.85%
Receiver Antenna not extended 2 0.63%
Wrong plane programmed on the radio 23 7.28%
Sun blindness 11 3.48%
Other, please comment 56 17.72%
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Jan 19, 2005, 05:55 AM
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POLL: What are the most common reasons to crash a plane

I just read in the EasyStar thread some comments from oldpilots, and "oldpilot" about why planes crashes, or what mistakes made it crash.

I think running statistics among all of us, would certainly help to understand what are the 5 top biggest causes for crashes.

Here is the list I could think of:

Bad Radio control of the plane
Stalled and crashed
Bad landing
CG mistaken
Not enough time to come back for landing
Lost sight
Radio Interferences
Deffective electronic
Mid air crash
Bad take-off
Poor design of the plane
Plane structure failed in air
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Jan 19, 2005, 06:00 AM
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Forgot to extend tranmitter antenna. Aaaaaarrrrgghh.
Low & Slow & Gust of wind.

Jan 19, 2005, 06:04 AM
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How come I forgot this one... That's a biggy.
I'll ask the Moderator to add this as an option. I think it happened to most of us...

Actually, there should be:

- Radio antenna not extended
- Receiver Antenna not extended
- Wrong plane programmed on the radio
- Sun blindness
- Too much wind. Plane can't handle it

And please, replace the the Option
"Bad Radio control of the plane"
"Bad Radio control of the plane - Pilot Error"

just to make it clearer.

I'll see which moderator is on line to add these.
Last edited by Patrick Plawner; Jan 19, 2005 at 08:19 AM.
Jan 19, 2005, 06:16 AM
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I would have to say that trying to fly in too much wind is the main cause of my "Hard Landings" I try to fly whenever i can and if it's windy...I tough it out...but so does my plane. hehe
Jan 19, 2005, 07:51 AM
nasty plane grabbing trees
and pilot error
Jan 19, 2005, 07:59 AM
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I think that both nasty plane grabbing trees or pilot error = Bad Radio control of the plane.

Or Tree bad behavior, if you prefer

Jan 19, 2005, 08:03 AM
You've got my two most common mistakes listed in your add on post.

1. Wrong model selected on transmitter.

2. Transmitter antenna not extended.

And coincidentally you also have my most recent dumb mistake, sun blindness, I wrecked my Switchback a couple weeks ago after flying in front of the sun and losing sight of it. That was a first for me. and I hope it's the last time.

Jan 19, 2005, 08:05 AM
besides my favorite, Stalling :
as newbie: rudder inversion coming towards me.
inability to judge plane attitude (i.e., differentiate left bank from right bank attitude)
flying over enemy territory (hostile guerilla trees snatching innocent plane from sky)
pulling out from inverted to low (Easystar)
testing the limits (ES)
unexepcted transverse gusts on short final
tipstalls near ground.
Jan 19, 2005, 08:08 AM
...........too much wind.

I never flew in too much wind after my first timer days.

Now, it's just a bad launch.
Jan 19, 2005, 08:26 AM
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Looked all around to find a moderator who could help to add the options...
I could not find one online for now I PMed our 3 Moderators in this forum, hopefully, they'll connect soon.

Do any of you know if there is a way to edit a poll, once submitted ?

Splash99, what about crashing into the water ? Anyway, all belong to pilot errors, if I may
Jan 19, 2005, 09:06 AM
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My most common reason would be pilot error. Usually flying in too close and too low or just losing perspective.

The best reason to crash is to free up equipment for a new plane ;-)
Jan 19, 2005, 09:46 AM
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With me it's always radio interference

But let's say (hypothetically) that it wasn't:

Ranked by level of stupidity:

1) Transmitter on wrong model – happened only once but I’ll never forget it – it would have been a spectacular crash to witness had the plan been within sight when it happened. Such small pieces – many pieces…..
2) Allowed a well known plane grabbing tree to live in my yard. What’s funny is that is is one of the smallest trees (a bush really) in my flying area.
3) Power lines – don’t ask.
4) Barbwire fence and biplanes don’t mix either (it was a 5 strand – had it been a 7 strand there would have not been much left of it).
5) And the general ‘flying outside of my ability’ excuse that includes just about any type of ‘hard landing’ you can imagine.

Oh – I did have a couple that I do attribute to radio interference, but they are very few and far between and only resulted in total destruction a couple of times.

Jan 19, 2005, 09:53 AM
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Jan 19, 2005, 10:53 AM
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Pilot error, mainly getting disoriented covers most of it. Bad pilot control not bad radio control. Nothing wrong with the radio except the nut on the sticks .

I did leave the antenna down once and got away with it. 100 yds or so out and I seemed to have no control. Spotted the antenna down, pulled it up and hey presto control again. Huge sigh of relief . I also discovered one of the disadvantages of flying planes someone else has built when I had a wing fold once. It's not a good idea to replace a ply joiner with soft balsa even if you have lost the original and even if it does fit really well .

Jan 19, 2005, 11:19 AM
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1. Wrong model selected on transmitter.

2. Transmitter antenna not extended. (ALMOST!)

3. Hovering low with low electrons (damn should have known better but just HAD to practice that last little bit)

4. And the mega number one, DUMB THUMBS, which honestly I think accounts for most crashes where people say equipment or "tip-stall" or whatever...

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