Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2004 Issue

December 26, Vacaville, Calif. / Cessna 172

At about 0900 Pacific time, the pilot of a Cessna 172L was fatally wounded by a propeller strike while hand propping his airplane at the Nut Tree Airport. Family members found the pilot seated in the passenger seat of his vehicle the next day. He was initially hospitalized with serious head injuries and died a week after the accident. The airplane was found tied down, and the left main wheel was chocked. The left door was open and the magneto switch was in the “Both” position. The pilot’s right shoe was on the right side of the airplane, forward of the propeller. A trail of blood led from the front of the airplane to the passenger side of the pilot’s vehicle....

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