NTSB Identification: ERA13LA075
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 02, 2012 in Albemarle, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N8475U
Injuries: 1 Serious,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.

The student pilot and flight instructor had landed, parked, and secured the airplane. They returned about 15 minutes later and attempted to restart the airplane but were unable to do so. An external battery supply was connected to the airplane by the owner of the flight school, and at that time of the engine start, the student was located behind the airplane. After the engine was started, the instructor allowed the engine to idle for about 1 minute while the external power supply was removed by the owner. Neither the owner nor the instructor observed the student walk from the rear of the airplane to the front until the airplane's engine made an unusual sound, and they then noticed the student running from the front of the airplane. The student pilot sustained a serious injury to his left arm.

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

The student pilot's failure to remain clear of the airplaneā€™s rotating propeller.

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