NTSB Identification: CEN09CA077
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 30, 2008 in Pleasanton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: PIPER PA-15, registration: N4659H
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.

Prior to starting the engine, the pilot had tied down the airplane's tail on the ramp with a rope because no wheel chocks were available. After the pilot started the engine via hand turning the propeller, the rope that retained the airplane broke. The pilot attempted to hang onto the airplane in order to regain control, however, he was unsuccessful. The unoccupied airplane then struck a parked aircraft, a fence, and came to rest on its nose against the fence. The pilot was not injured.

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

The pilot's failure to adequately secure the airplane while hand-starting the engine.

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