- Air Accidents Investigation Branch
- 14 January 2016
- Date of occurrence:
- 17 September 2015
- Aircraft category:
- General aviation - fixed wing
- Report type:
- Bulletin - Correspondence investigation
- Aircraft type:
- Piper PA-18-150 (Modified) Super Cub
- Milfield Airfield, Northumberland
Struck a motor vehicle after startup, Milfield Airfield, Northumberland, 17 September 2015.
The aircraft was being prepared to embark on a series of glider aerotows. However, when the engine fired, it ran up to a high power level and started to move forwards towards a parked car. The pilot tried to turn the aircraft away from the car but the right elevator struck the rear of the vehicle. Damage to both was slight. A loose clamp on the throttle cable is thought to have been responsible for the uncommanded high power setting.
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Published: 14 January 2016
Date of occurrence: 17 September 2015