NTSB Identification: FTW84LA203.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24715.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 18, 1984 in BELLE CHASSE, LA
Aircraft: CESSNA 185F, registration: N69GV
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,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 PLT ATTEMPTED TO START THE ENG, IT 'HUNG UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COMPRESSION STROKE.' HE STATED THAT AFTER CONFIRMING THAT THE MAGNETOS WERE OFF, HE ATTEMPTED TO 'FREE THE PROPELLER BY HAND.' THE ENG STARTED AS SOON AS THE PROPELLER WAS MOVED. THE NON-PLT PASSENGER IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT TRIED TO STOP THE AIRPLANE WITH THE MAGNETO SWITCH. HOWEVER, THE ACFT CONTINUED ABOUT 100 YDS, ROLLED THRU A GUARD RAIL & NOSED DOWN INTO A CANAL. THE MAGNETO SWITCH WAS FOUND IN THE 'BOTH' POSITION, FUEL MIXTURE WAS FULL RICH & THE THROTTLE WAS ADVANCED. A CHECK OF THE MAGNETOS REVEALED NO MALFUNCTION.

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:

POWERPLANT CONTROLS..INADVERTENT USE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE

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