Preliminary Accident Reports

May 1999 Issue

Feb. 21, Dulles, Va. / Piper PA 32R-301 Saratoga

At about 18:25 EST, a Signature Flight Support employee was killed by the propellor of a Piper Saratoga that was preparing to depart Washington Dulles International Airport. The pilot and four passengers were not injured. The pilot said he had performed a preflight of the airplane and had left the chock behind the nosewheel. After starting the engine, the pilot was transcribing the ATIS information when he looked out the windscreen and noticed the ramp worker approaching the airplane. The pilot raised his arms in an attempt to signal the employee to stop but he walked into the propeller. The front seat passenger said the pilot tried to shut down the engine but was too late. The passenger als...

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