NTSB Identification: LAX91LA318.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45290.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 18, 1991 in CHICO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/08/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6387E
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS STARTING THE ENGINE BY HAND PROPPING. THERE WAS A PASSENGER INSIDE THE AIRPLANE. THE ENGINE STARTED AND THE AIRPLANE BEGAN TO TAXI WITH THE PILOT STILL OUTSIDE. THE AIRPLANE TRAVELLED ABOUT 2,000 FT UNTIL THE NOSE GEAR ENTERED SOFT GROUND AND THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER STARTING PROCEDURE.

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