Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cessna 150, N7905E: Incident occurred June 20, 2020 at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (KSTS), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Aircraft rolled away with no one onboard after being hand prop started and rolled into a fuel truck.

Date: 21-JUN-20

Time: 03:04:00Z
Regis#: N7905E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91

Sheriff’s deputies responded Saturday evening to a collision between a fuel truck and a Cessna 150 plane at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the pilot of a Cessna 150 was “hand-cranking” the propeller, to start the motor. “He was hand-cranking the aircraft and apparently it got away from him,” said Jon Stout, the airport manager.

The plane rolled 15 to 20 feet and “clipped a fuel truck,” leaving a slight dent on the truck, Stout said. The truck had been fueling another plane nearby.

No fuel was spilled, and there were no injuries or environmental issues, according to Sgt. Scott McKinnon of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Stout could not provide the pilot’s name. He did say the pilot was not local and had flown in from another airport.

While the incident was reported to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is standard procedure, Stout said.

Asked how often such collisions occur, Stout replied, “The is the first one I’ve heard of at my airport, and I’ve been here 18 years.”


  1. Damage photo of plane suggests high throttle setting to end up like that after "rolling 20 feet". Must have climbed the chocks and charged like a bull.

    1. I wonder what would have happened if he had tied the tail with a rope to something secure.


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