NTSB Identification: CEN12CA173
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Hebron, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-135, registration: N1213C
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 reported that he could not start the airplane's engine using the electric starter, so he elected to turn the propeller by hand to start the engine (hand-propping). He stated that when the engine started, the airplane's parking brake did not hold and that the airplane began to roll. He was unable to open the door to reduce the throttle setting, and the airplane subsequently struck a building. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, the fuselage structure near the firewall, and the engine mount structure.

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

The pilot’s did not properly secure the airplane prior to rotating the propeller by hand, resulting in inadvertent movement of the airplane and collision with a building.

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