NTSB Identification: NYC06CA225.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 17, 2006 in Mount Holly, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2006
Aircraft: Piper PA-25-180, registration: N6319Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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.

After loading his equipment bag in the front seat of the airplane, the pilot pressed on each wing lift strut to verify that the brakes were set and then attempted to hand start the engine. He was able to start the engine, however; it "immediately came to full power." He then attempted to reach the cockpit, but was unable. The airplane moved forward, and struck a parked airplane. Both airplanes were substantially damaged. The pilot believed that when he placed his bag in the airplane, it may have "pushed the throttle forward." 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 starting procedure, which resulted in an uncontrolled taxi, and collision with a parked airplane.

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