NTSB Identification: MIA01LA135.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 28, 2001 in Greenville, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/27/2001
Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC, registration: N86217
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The annual inspection was overdue; the pilot had a ferry permit to fly the airplane to the place where the annual inspection was to be performed. With the assistance of a safety pilot on board the airplane which was tied down, he was unable to start the engine. He left the airport and obtained "starter fluid" but when he returned there was no person around to act as a safety pilot. He rechecked the rope used to tied down the airplane and found it secure. He was able to start the engine with the aid of the starter fluid and when near the pilot's side door, the rope broke. He grabbed the lift strut but was unable to stop the airplane which was going in circles; there was no assistance from individuals on the ground. He released the lift strut then some time later he grabbed the lift strut again and forced the airplane into trees.

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

The failure of the pilot to obtain the assistance of a person to act as a safety pilot while hand propping the engine with the airplane tied down. A factor in the accident was the failure of the tie down rope.

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