EV-97 TeamEurostar UK, G-CDOA
The pilot was using the checklist to start an aircraft, with which he was not familiar, that was parked outside open hangar doors. When the checklist required the throttle to be fully closed the pilot moved it fully forward, in the mistaken belief that this was the throttle closed position. At the appropriate point in the checklist the pilot pressed the starter-button, the engine started and immediately went to full power. The aircraft lurched forward, the pilot depressed the toe brakes and it turned sharply to the left. The pilot looked for the magnetos, to switch off the engine, but before he could get to them the aircraft’s right wing struck one of the hangar doors. The aircraft rotated around the door, the left wing struck another aircraft parked inside the hangar and the engine stopped. The pilot, who was shaken but unhurt, switched off the magnetos and battery and vacated the aircraft normally. There was no fire. The pilot concluded that the accident resulted from his rush to start the engine in cold weather conditions. He considered he should have taken more time to familiarise himself with the controls before he started the engine.
Published 10 December 2014