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N1397E accident description

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Crash location 39.466945°N, 77.017778°W
Nearest city Westminster, MD
39.575379°N, 76.995815°W
7.6 miles away
Tail number N1397E
Accident date 03 Jul 2009
Aircraft type Champion 7AC
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated that he attempted to start the engine by "hand-propping." The engine started briefly and then stopped. The pilot added that he then primed the engine but "forgot the throttle in the full open position." He hand-propped the engine again, and it started. The airplane began to accelerate forward and became airborne. The airplane flew down a ravine and collided into trees. The pilot stated that the accident could have been prevented if the airplane had been tied down during the engine start.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to properly set the throttle for start.

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