Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Albermarle, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot and flight instructor had landed, parked, and secured the airplane. They returned about 15 minutes later and attempted to restart the airplane but were unable to do so.
An external battery supply was connected to the airplane by the owner of the flight school, and at the time of the engine start, the student was located behind the airplane.
After the engine was started, the instructor allowed the engine to idle for about one minute while the external power supply was removed by the owner.
Neither the owner nor the instructor saw the student walk from the rear of the airplane to the front until the airplane’s engine made an unusual sound, and they then noticed the student running from the front of the airplane. The student pilot sustained a serious injury to his left arm.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to remain clear of the airplane’s rotating propeller.
NTSB Identification: ERA13LA075
This December 2012 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.