AIRCRAFT: 1959 Piper PA-24-180 Comanche N55UA, s/n: 24-667
Last Annual Inspection was performed 02/01/2016 at Total Time 2,953.88, Tach Time 1,846.47.
ENGINE: Lycoming O-360 A1A , s/n: L-1176-36
Engine log records the last Annual Inspection on 02/01/16 at Engine Total Time 2,117.85, TSMOH 305.77.
TXPDR NARCO AT50 s/n 44212
NAV/GS KING KN53, s/n 2675 p/n 066-1067-00
ENC AK350, s/n 49035
ADF KING KR-86, s/n 7283
VHF KING KY97A, s/n 33203
COM TKM MX11, s/n 3902
LORAN KING 8002
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: During an attempt to hand crank the propeller, the engine started and N55UA moved across the ramp and into a chain link fence.
DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: See attached photos. Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:
Propeller is damaged & engine experienced sudden stoppage
Both wings have substantial damage.
The flywheel is damaged
Nose bullet is damaged
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT: Homestead General Aviation X51. Roberts Air South, 28701 S.W. 219Th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030
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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA162
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Homestead, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA24, registration: N55UA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that he shut down the engine to reposition the airplane prior to finishing the run-up. Upon attempting to restart the engine, the airplane's battery charge was low and the engine would not start. The pilot further reported that he set the parking brake, and hand propped the engine. The airplane's engine started and the airplane began to move without the pilot on board. The airplane impacted the airport's perimeter fence, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings.
According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilots decision to hand prop the airplane's engine without securing the airplane, resulting a runaway airplane and collision with a fence.