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N647T accident description

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Crash location 35.258889°N, 93.093055°W
Nearest city Russellville, AR
35.278417°N, 93.133786°W
2.7 miles away
Tail number N647T
Accident date 26 Jan 2010
Aircraft type Beech J35
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot attempted to start the single-engine airplane via the electric starter, but was unsuccessful. So the pilot elected to rotate the propeller by hand, to "loosen up" the engine enough to start. When the pilot rotated the propeller, the engine inadvertently started and the unoccupied airplane accelerated forward, until it impacted an open T-hangar. The accident airplane received substantial damage, the T-hangar was damaged, and a parked airplane received minor damage. The pilot added that the airplane's master switch and magnetos were not turned off, nor was the parking brake set prior to rotating the engine by hand.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's improper engine starting procedures.

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