NTSB Identification: ATL88LA065.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35035.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 16, 1987 in ELIZABETHTOWN, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1989
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AA-5, registration: N7151L
Injuries: 2 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.

AFTER A SHORT STOP BTN FLTS, THE BATTERY WAS TOO WEAK TO CRANK THE ENG. THE PLT ELECTED TO HAND-PROP THE ENG WHILE HIS NON-RATED PAX HELD THE BRAKES. HE BRIEFED THE PAX ON THE PROPER PROCEDURE. HE HAD PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED THE PAX TO OPERATE THE BRAKES WHILE TAXIING, & BELIEVED THAT WITH THE BRIEFING, THE PAX WOULD BE ABLE TO OPERATE THE BRAKES DRG THE HAND PROPPING OPN. THE ACFT WAS NOT CHOCKED OR TIED DOWN. THE ENG STARTED IMMEDIATELY WHEN THE PLT PULLED THE PROP THRU. THE PAX RETARDED THE THROTTLE AFTER THE ENG STARTED; HOWEVER, BEFORE THE PLT GOT TO THE COCKPIT, A 'GREAT GUST OF WIND' FROM BEHIND THE ACFT PUSHED IT FWD & IT BEGAN TO ROLL ACROSS THE RAMP. THE PAX WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE ACFT OR STEER IT AWAY FROM OTHER ACFT. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT COLLIDED WITH A PARKED LEARJET & BOTH ACFT WERE SUBSTANTIALLY DMGD. THE BRAKING SYS OF N7151L WAS EXAMINED & RPRTD TO BE FUNCTIONAL. FBO PSNL RPRTD THAT A POWER CART WAS AVAILABLE FOR A 'JUMP' START, AS WELL AS WHEEL CHOCKS. N7151L HAD A CASTERING NOSEWHEEL & WAS STEERED BY USING THE BRAKES.

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

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,BATTERY..OUTPUT LOW


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRCRAFT PARKED/STANDING


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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