MaxAvSafety: Ga. GA Crash... Pilot Pattern Error, 2 Fers!

MaxSez: Calling your turns and “Final” on Unicom is an imperative. Fly right or you whind up “Teet’s Up”!

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Very sad story. Pilots should’ve known to communicate via Unicom especially one who is in training.

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A little disturbing that some of the AJC photos show the victims in the wreckage. You have to look for it, I guess that’s why they didn’t bother to blur the images. Sad story.

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Very sad story. Accidents like these are easily avoided though, if people just follow the set procedures and communicate.

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Sad story there. Hope this doesn’t happen much again…

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Figured it was a com error on one or both parts. CTAF can be tricky and you need to keep a vigilant eye on traffic call outs and alway confirm if you have any questions on their current location. Had a mishap in the pattern a few months back it was a busy day 6 aircraft in the pattern. 3 on departure 3 in inbound including myself. Aircraft calls out #2 on the downwind. Which would make me #3 as I was turning crosswind at the time. I had aircraft #1 in sight and what I thought was #2 coming in behind him. So I turned downwind as soon as I leveled my wings I saw the actual #2 with the Cessna departing the pattern. Forcing the guy I should have been following to make a 360. Another lesson learned in the process of aviating.

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