FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
AIRCRAFT WHILE STANDING WITH ENGINE RUNNING WITHOUT PIC, ROLLED DOWN A HILL AND STRUCK A FENCE, MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
When Charles Henry Mount safely landed his plane Monday night at the Baldwin County Airport, he never imagined what would eventually happen while he greeted family there a few minutes later.
As he gathered belongings of his wife and talked with his daughter, just a short time after he landed his 1969 Cessna 177 Cardinal, he looked up and saw his plane rolling backward, according to a report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jerome Roberts.
The Gainesville pilot told the deputy that he ran toward the plane in an attempt to catch up with it and prevent any mishap from taking place.
Mount said the closer he got to it, the faster the plane seemed to get.
The aircraft eventually rolled backward into a nearby ditch and fence.
No one was aboard the plane at the time.
It was not immediately known how much damage was done to the fence.
The mishap occurred between 6:55 and 7:13 p.m.
Roberts said in his report that Mount recalled that he the parking brake on after he landed and parked, approximately 20 yards from a grassy area on the north side of the airport.
Mount said he then walked over to his wife’s vehicle and began to retrieve her belongings and spoke to his daughter.
It was during that time that the accident happened.
Mount later contacted Danny Cox, an inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to gain permission to have a local wrecker service pull the aircraft up out of the ditch. Such permission was granted.