Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: None. Location: Eden Prairie, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: When the pilot attempted to start the engine, the starter motor turned, but the starter did not engage. He turned off the battery master switch, exited the airplane, and walked around to the front of the airplane. He reached through the door and thought the ignition key was off.
He pushed the propeller down through one compression stroke. The engine immediately started.
The pilot jumped on the left wing, but fell off, and the airplane continued without him.
The airplane traveled across the ramp and into a ditch between runways 28R and 28L. The impact broke off the nose gear and buckled the firewall.
During the post-accident examination the ignition switch functioned normally.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to ensure the airplane was secured prior to attempting an engine start by handpropping.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA093
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.