NTSB Identification: CHI83LA372.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22797.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 07, 1983 in WHEELING, IL
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N35083
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO START THE ENG USING NORMAL PROCEDURES. HE OBTAINED THE USE OF AN APU & STILL COULD NOT MAKE AN ELECTRICAL START. HE STATED THAT HE TURNED THE MAGNETO & MASTER SWITCHES OFF & ROTATED THE PROPELLER (PROP) BACKWARDS 1/2 TURN (TO CHECK FOR BINDING) BUT NO BINDING WAS NOTED. ANOTHER APU START WAS ATTEMPTED, BUT TO NO AVAIL. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE TURNED THE MAGNETO & MASTER SWITCHES OFF AGAIN & INTENDED TO TURN THE PROP FORWARD ABOUT 5 DEG. HE STATED THAT 'UPON TOUCHING THE PROP, ENG FIRED & PROP HIT RIGHT ARM CAUSING COMPOUND, MULTIPLE FRACTURE.' THE LINE CHIEF STATED THAT HE & THE PLT VERIFIED THAT THE SWITCHES WERE IN THE OFF POSITION. HOWEVER, LATER, WHEN THE IGNITION SYS WAS CHECKED, NO DISCREPANCIES WERE FOUND. ALSO, AN AD HAD BEEN COMPLIED WITH TO PREVENT IGNITION WHEN THE SWITCH WAS IN THE OFF POSITION. ADDITIONALLY, THE STARTER WAS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED (BURNED OUT).

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

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ACCESSORIES,ENGINE STARTER..INOPERATIVE

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