Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Thorp T-18 Tiger, N33TB: Accident occurred September 01, 2020 at Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC), Sarasota County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aircraft was being hand-propped and lurched forward running over the pilot and into a hangar.

Date: 01-SEP-20

Time: 18:35:00Z
Regis#: N33TB
Aircraft Make: THORP
Aircraft Model: T18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91

VENICE, Florida (WWSB) - The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into an accident involving a small plane at the Venice Municipal Airport.

According to airport officials, a pilot working on a plane was attempting to hand prop a single-engine plane to start the aircraft. The man was in front of the plane when the propeller grazed him in the head and struck his wrist and hip. As of Wednesday morning, the man is still in Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are on-site investigating. A preliminary report is expected to be released shortly.

Airport officials say that the pilot called them today and thanked them for help, but would not elaborate on the extent of his injuries.

VENICE, Florida - A man was taken to the hospital after a plane propeller grazed his head at the Venice Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon.

According to a Venice city official, a pilot who is a tenant at the airport was trying to hand prop a single-engine plane. While the plane was starting up, another man was in front of the plane. The plane's propeller grazed the unlucky man's head and hit in in the wrist and hip, according to the city official.

According to the Venice Fire Department, the man suffered severe cuts but his injuries are not life-threatening.

An airport director told the city official that once the plane started up, it traveled across the taxilane and hit a hangar, then came to rest.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.


  1. This is very badly written ? in the picture the aircraft looks like it has struck the hangar ? so did it lurch forward after being propped ?

    1. ^ Please call Venice Municipal Airport, they'll provide explanation of event. Thank you!

  2. ...and from that moment on, he was treated differently at the airport....