This August 2009 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Sugar Land, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the written statement provided by the pilot, during engine start the airplane experienced an unexpected power surge. It surged forward and the pilot could not stop. Concerned about hitting an adjacent hangar, he turned the airplane left while reducing power. The airplane hit an adjacent Piper PA-30 airplane.
According to the FAA, a 30-inch span of the leading edge of the right wing was crushed aft, bending two ribs.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to control the airplane during engine startup, and his failure to maintain clearance from other objects.
For more information: NTSB.gov NTSB Identification: CEN09CA547.