SIPA 903, G-AXTO
The aircraft owner was rotating the propeller by hand to introduce a priming charge into the cylinders when the engine started unexpectedly. There was no parking brake on the aircraft and chocks were not used. The aircraft moved forwards, gathered pace, tore the supine owner’s clothing and yawed into a hangar where it hit other aircraft. Inside the hangar its propeller struck and injured a person who had seen the ‘runaway’ aircraft coming towards him and had sought refuge there. One magneto must have been live to allow the engine to fire but the fault could not be traced. One safety recommendation was made to include propeller handling in the JAR PPL syllabus.
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