NTSB Identification: WPR09LA040
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 15, 2008 in Atwater, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N45994
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Uninjured.

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

At the completion of the final leg of a cross-country flight, the two student pilots taxied the airplane toward the ramp. Prior to reaching the parking area, the student pilot seated in the right seat, concerned about being seen by flight school personnel, instructed the other student pilot to taxi the airplane to the designated parking area, where he would exit the airplane. The student pilot seated in the left seat reported that after the student pilot seated in the right seat exited the airplane, he ran toward the front of the airplane and was struck by the turning propeller.

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

The second pilot's failure to see and avoid the rotating propeller after exiting the airplane.

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