April 28, Greenville, S.C. / Aeronca Champ


At about 14:45 eastern time, an Aeronca 11AC struck trees after the engine started while being hand-propped at the Greenville Downtown Airport. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The pilot obtained a ferry permit to fly the airplane to have an annual inspection. He was unable to start the engine normally and sprayed ether into the air induction system. The throttle was open approximately inch and a rope had been run through the airplane to secure it. When the engine started the rope broke. The pilot grabbed the main landing gear and was hurt attempting to stop the airplane.


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