NTSB Identification: ERA09CA386
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 03, 2009 in Westminster, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2009
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7AC, registration: N1397E
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.

The pilot stated that he attempted to start the engine by "hand-propping." The engine started briefly and then stopped. The pilot added that he then primed the engine but "forgot the throttle in the full open position." He hand-propped the engine again, and it started. The airplane began to accelerate forward and became airborne. The airplane flew down a ravine and collided into trees. The pilot stated that the accident could have been prevented if the airplane had been tied down during the engine start.

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

The pilot's failure to properly set the throttle for start.

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