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N9613Q accident description

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Crash location 40.617223°N, 74.244444°W
Nearest city Linden, NJ
40.622048°N, 74.244590°W
0.3 miles away
Tail number N9613Q
Accident date 29 May 2006
Aircraft type Christen Industries A-1
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the Christen Industries A-1 reported he observed the alternator light remain illuminated after start-up. He then shut down the engine, engaged the parking brake, and placed a chock on the airplane's right tire. He did not have a chock for the left tire. He then conducted a high RPM engine run-up. During the engine run-up, the pilot said that he was distracted by an open door, which was slamming back and forth against the airframe, due to the propeller wash. As the pilot attempted to close the door, the airplane turned toward the right, and impacted a hangar. The pilot reported 2,640 hours of total flight experience, which included 1,955 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during the engine run-up. Factor's in the accident were the pilot's diverted attention, and his failure to secure the airplane's left tire.

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