NTSB Identification: CHI96LA206.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 14, 1996 in KALAMAZOO, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1996
Aircraft: Mitchell T CHAMPABRIA, registration: N96RM
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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The accident occurred while the pilot was hand propping the engine after it had flooded. The magnetos were on and the throttle was open. The engine started, and the airplane traveled (unoccupied) into a garage type building on the airstrip.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's improper positioning of the throttle, while hand propping the aircraft engine, and his failure to either obtain proper assistance or properly secure the airplane. Full narrative available
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