Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2011 Issue

February 1, 2011, Eastsound, Wash., Cessna 182

After failing to start the airplane’s engine on a cold morning, the pilot ran down its battery. The pilot decided to hand-prop the engine. He primed it, left the parking brake on, set the throttle to idle, turned on the master and magneto switches, and spun the propeller. After two false starts, during which the throttle was advanced and carb heat applied, he hand-propped the engine once again. It started, went to a high rpm setting and the airplane began moving forward.

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