NTSB Identification: BFO87LA045.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34969.
Accident occurred Monday, July 06, 1987 in CAMBRIDGE, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: BEECH A23-19, registration: N5775V
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.

WHEN THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO START THE PILOT SET THE THROTTLE, INSURED THE AIRCRAFT WAS TIED DOWN AND ATTEMPTED TO START THE AIRCRAFT BY HAND PROPPING. THE AIRCRAFT STARTED IMMEDIATELY, BROKE BOTH TIE-DOWN ROPES, TRAVELED ACROSS THE FIELD INTO A DITCH AND SUBSTANED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. THE TIE-DOWN ROPES WERE MADE OF POLYPROPYLENE AND HAD WEAKENED WITH YEARSOF EXPOSURE TO THE SUN. THEY HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH NYLON 3/8 INCH TIE-DOWN ROPES.

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

STARTING PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TIE DOWN..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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