NTSB Identification: ERA10CA224
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 11, 2010 in Louisburg, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2010
Aircraft: PIPER PA17, registration: N4699H
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 stated that the airplane was tied down on the right side, and the right main landing gear wheel was chocked. After hand-propping the engine, the airplane's tie-down rope "came loose," and the airplane "veered" into an adjacent hangar. The right wing sustained substantial damage. The pilot stated that the accident could have been prevented by "using a better quality tie-down rope, having a second pilot in the airplane holding the brakes, or by having both wheels chocked instead of just one."

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

The pilot's failure to properly secure the airplane before attempting to hand-prop the engine.

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