The Cessna 172 had just returned from a training flight near New Orleans and the engine was still warm.
The pilot said she had difficulty starting the engine and opened the throttle “just a bit.”
She said she set the parking brake and her feet were on the brakes. When the engine started, it went to high rpm.
The airplane lurched forward and collided with the FBO building. Examination of the brake system revealed no anomalies
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of this accident as the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control after starting the engine, which resulted in a collision with a building.
NTSB Identification: CEN14CA070
This November 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.