Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2000 Issue

Dec. 27, New Orleans, La. / Cessna 172

At 18:00 CST, a Cessna 172L was damaged when it struck a sea wall and hangar during engine start at Lakefront Airport. The pilot, who hand propped the engine, was not injured. The pilot said the starter would not engage properly, so he turned off the ignition, put the keys in his pocket, pulled the throttle to the off position, set the parking brake and got out of the airplane. He chocked the airplane and then slowly rotated the propeller until he felt one piston “move to top center.” He then got back in the airplane and attempted another start, but the starter still did not engage. Once again he turned off the ignition, put the keys in his pocket, pulled the throttle to the off position and...

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