The pilot had planned to depart on a local solo flight in St. Petersburg, Florida. He completed a preflight inspection of the Cessna T182T, which was parked outside of the pilot’s hangar, and pointed towards a set of hangars about 50 feet away.
He then primed the cylinders of the 335-horsepower engine with the throttle in the full open position, but forgot to retard the throttle to a one quarter position before starting the engine. When the engine started the airplane “leaped forward.”
The pilot quickly applied brakes, but the plane accelerated across the taxiway and struck the opposing hangar and a parked airplane, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to properly set the throttle prior to engine start, which resulted in a loss of control and collision with a hangar.
NTSB Identification: ERA15CA057
This November 2014 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.