NTSB Identification: NYC90LA214.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43184.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 08, 1990 in SOUTHBRIDGE, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N89697
Injuries: 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 SAID HIS AIRPLANE HAD A LOW BATTERY AND HE HAND PROPPED IT WITH NO ONE AT THE CONTROLS, NOR WAS IT TIED DOWN. THE ENGINE STARTED AND THE AIRPLANE MOVED UNDER ITS OWN POWER, STRIKING AN UNOCCUPIED AIRPLANE. THE PILOT SAID HE MAY HAVE BUMPED THE THROTTLE AS HE WAS EXITING THE AIRPLANE.

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

THE PILOT IMPROPER STARTING PROCEDURES.

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