Friday, September 29, 2017

Piper J5A Cub Cruiser, N38633, 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum dba National Warplane Museum: Accident occurred September 27, 2017 at Geneseo Airport (D52), Livingston County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum
dba National Warplane Museum

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA560
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Geneseo, NY
Aircraft: PIPER J5A, registration: N38633
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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, during a hand propeller start, the tailwheel-equipped airplane was secured by having the passenger stand in front of the horizontal stabilizer. He added that, as he rotated the propeller with the throttle "cracked", the engine started, but "it ran fast enough" to break the passenger's hold. As the airplane began to move forward, he grabbed onto the lower right-wing strut in an attempt to enter the airplane. Subsequently, he let go, the left main landing gear ran over his shoulder, and the airplane stuck maintenance equipment.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

During a telephone conversation with the NTSB investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that, the throttle was "cracked a little more than it should have been." He added that, he did not use wheel chocks before attempting the start.

The pilot did not report that there were any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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