NTSB Identification: IAD05CA100.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 10, 2005 in Altoona, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC12-D, registration: N95822
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot requested that an airport lineman assist him in hand starting his airplane. The lineman was informed of the starting procedure, and held onto the tail of the airplane while the pilot attempted to start the airplane several times. The airplane's engine eventually started and dragged both the pilot and the lineman for a time, before they both released their grip. The airplane subsequently struck another parked airplane, and came to rest after impacting a hangar. According to the pilot, he had set the throttle too high prior to the engine starting. According to FAA publication FAA-P-8740-20, "No one should attempt to start an aircraft engine without a qualified person at the cockpit controls."

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

The pilot's improper engine starting procedure, resulting in an uncontrolled taxi, and collision with a hangar.

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