Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2011 Issue

October 15, 2011, Radnor, Ohio, Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee

The pilot was unable to start the engine using the cockpit’s engine controls. He exited the airplane to rotate the propeller by hand in order to manually engage the starter’s drive gear to the propeller ring gear. As he rotated the propeller, the engine started and the unoccupied airplane proceeded across the airport, colliding with a hangar.

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