NTSB Identification: BFO89LA010.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37602.
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 15, 1988 in DUBLIN, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N88054
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 WAS ATTEMPTING TO HAND PROP HIS ACFT WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE. HE STATED HE CHOCKED BOTH THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR. AFTER SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS THE ENGINE FINALLY STARTED. THE ACFT RAN AT WHAT THE PILOT DESCRIBED AS SOUNDING LIKE FULL POWER. WHILE THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO GET INSIDE THE ACFT, IT JUMPED OVER THE CHOCKS AND BEGAN TO MOVE. THE PILOT GRABBED THE WING STRUT TO TURN THE ACFT SO IT WOULD NOT CONTACT A SENECA PARKED ON THE RAMP. THE PILOT STATED HE THEN LET GO WHEN IT APPEARED THE ACFT WOULD TRAVEL TOWARD THE RWY AND NOT THE RAMP. THE LEFT WING OF THE ACFT CONTACTED THE FUEL PUMPS AND SWUNG AROUND HITTING THE PLT. THE ACFT THEN TURNED TOWARD THE RAMP WHERE IT CONTACTED A PARKED CESSNA 172 AND A CHAIN LINK FENCE BEFORE COMING TO A STOP. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE MAGNETOS AND FUEL SELECTOR WERE ON BUT THE THROTTLE WAS AT IDLE WHEN THE ENGINE STARTED.

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

TIE DOWN..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STARTING PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



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