NTSB Identification: LAX87LA288.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35897.
Accident occurred Friday, July 31, 1987 in SELMA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N1017K
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.

A LUSCOMBE 8A COLLIDED WITH TWO PARKED AIRPLANES AFTER A HAND PROPPED START. THE STUDENT PILOT STARTED THE AIRCRAFT ENGINE WITHOUT THE BRAKES SET, WITH NO CHOCKS, AND WITH NO ONE IN THE COCKPIT. ONCE THE ENGINE STARTED, THE AIRCRAFT SUBSEQUENTLY COLLIDED WITH A CESSNA 150 AND A CESSNA 172. THE STUDENT PILOT HAD NO FLIGHT INSTRUCTION SINCE 1972. HE WAS LAST ENDORSED FOR SOLO FLIGHT IN A LUSCOMBE 8A ON 6/20/70 AND HAD NO ENDORSEMENT ON HIS STUDENT PILOT CERTIFICATE.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRCRAFT PARKED/STANDING

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