NTSB Identification: NYC99LA027.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, November 25, 1998 in LONDON, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1999
Aircraft: Beech C35, registration: N244L
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The pilot had started the engine briefly by using the engine's electric starter. The engine stopped, and after several more attempts with the starter, the pilot then attempted to start the airplane's engine by hand-propping. The airplane's brake had been set, but the nose wheel had been chocked from behind only. None of the airplane's wheels were chocked in front. The engine started briefly, and the pilot was struck by the propeller. Following the accident, the nose wheel aft chock was observed resting up against, and behind the nose wheel. The accident occurred during the hours of darkness, on a moist surface, with an outside air temperature of 1 degree Celsius, in a refueling area. The 5,000-hour pilot had been seen hand-propping the airplane on other occasions.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's inadequate start procedure in which he fail to secure the aircraft from movement during an attempt to handprop the engine.

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