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.
Piper PA-18-150 (Modified) Super Cub, G-BJCI 01-16
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Published 14 January 2016