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N6319Z accident description

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Crash location 39.942777°N, 74.845833°W
Nearest city Mount Holly, NJ
40.008445°N, 74.791274°W
5.4 miles away
Tail number N6319Z
Accident date 17 Sep 2006
Aircraft type Piper PA-25-180
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, after loading his equipment bag in the front of the Piper PA-25-180, he pressed on each wing lift strut to verify that the brakes were set and then attempted to hand start the engine. He was able to start the engine, however; it "immediately came to full power." He then attempted to reach the cockpit, but was unable. The airplane moved forward, and struck a parked airplane. Both airplanes were substantially damaged. The pilot believed that when he placed his bag in the airplane, it may have "pushed the throttle forward." According to FAA publication FAA-P-8740-20, "No one should attempt to start an aircraft engine without a qualified person at the cockpit controls."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's improper starting procedure, which resulted in an uncontrolled taxi, and collision with a parked airplane.

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