NTSB Identification: MKC83FA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20317.
Accident occurred Monday, January 31, 1983 in CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Aircraft: BEECH M35, registration: N9708R
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT ENGINE FIRED AS THE PILOT HAND-PROPPED IT AND THE PROPELLER STRUCK THE PILOT IN THE LEG. THE PILOT HAD TRIED THE STARTER BUT COULD NOT GET A START. HE TURNED THE SWITCHES OFF AND DECIDED TO PULL THE PROP THROUGH BY HAND. HE PULLED IT THROUGH BACKWARDS A FEW TIMES AND THEN TURNED IT IN THE NORMAL DIRECTION. THE ENGINE FIRED AND THE PROP STRUCKTHE PILOT'S LEG. THE MAGNETO SWITCH WAS FOUND TO HAVE PLAY IN IT BUT DID CUT OFF WHEN POSITIONED AS FAR LEFT AS POSSIBLE. IT WAS LEFT SLIGHTLY OUT OF DETENT BY THE PILOT AS DETERMINED BY MOVEMENT OF THE SWITCH TOWARD OFF AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..LOOSE

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..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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