The pilot of the Cessna 172 had previously flown with two passengers on separate flights. The passengers stated that the pilot briefed them that they were to enter and exit the airplane at all times from the right rear and that, at no time, should they be near or in front of the airplane while the engine was operating.
A third passenger boarded the airplane from the right rear, and the flight departed for a local flight.
The pilot reported that, after landing at Geneva, Fla., and with the engine still running, he briefed the passenger to deplane to the rear. The passenger exited the airplane and closed the door.
However, instead of walking to the rear as instructed, she cleared the right wing lift strut and walked forward. The pilot yelled to her to stop but not before the propeller hit her arm, causing a serious injury.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the passenger’s failure to adhere to the pilot’s instructions to stay away from the front of the airplane when the engine was operating.
NTSB Identification: ERA13LA248
This May 2013 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.