NTSB Identification: GAA16CA216
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 03, 2016 in Arlington, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: AIRBORNE REDBACK, registration: N528PG
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.
According to the pilot of the weight shift controlled trike, he had spent several hours trying to start the trike on the previous day without success. He recalled that on the morning of the accident, with the ignition off, he sprayed ether into each of the carburetors and pulled several times on the engine's starter cord. He reported that he then turned on the ignition, pulled the starter cord once, the engine started and the trike accelerated forward. He recalled that the trike rolled over the chalks that were in front of the wheels, drug him for about 100 feet before he released the cord, and the trike became airborne. The trike was airborne for several seconds before impacting the rooftop of a hangar and sustaining substantial damage to the wing keel and the control bar.
The pilot reported that there were not any pre-accident mechanical failures or anomalies with the trike that would have precluded normal operation prior to the accident.
The pilot reported that in hind sight, he should have placed the hand throttle to idle before pulling the cord.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to adequately secure the aircraft while manually starting the engine from outside the cockpit, which resulted in the unmanned aircraft becoming airborne and colliding with a hangar roof.
A pilot has minor injuries after his ultralight aircraft tried to take off without him Monday.
Crews responded after an ultralight crashed into the roof of a hangar roof at the Arlington Municipal Airport.
According to city officials, the pilot tried to keep the aircraft on the ground.
The pilot was treated at the scene for his minor injuries.
There was no damage to the hangar.
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ARLINGTON, Wash. -- A pilot suffered minor injuries Monday when his ultralight aircraft took off without him at the Arlington Airport.
Details about the bizarre incident are sketchy, but the plane somehow took off on its own Monday evening at the small municipal airport.
The pilot tried to keep the plane on ground, but he was unsuccessful and the aircraft took flight, according to the City of Arlington.
The plane's solo trip was short lived, and it quickly crash landed on the roof of an adjacent airport hangar.
The Arlington Fire Department secured the aircraft until the NTSB and FAA gave them the okay to remove it. The ultralight is now back on the ground.
The hangar suffered "little to no damage" and the pilot was treated on the scene for minor injuries, according to the city.
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