NTSB Identification: CEN13CA139
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Phillipsburg, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/18/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N5269P
Injuries: 2 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 started the airplane without the hand-brake set, and the airplane began to move forward. The pilot stated that he pushed the throttle "in" and at the same time reached for the hand-brake in an attempt to stop the airplane. The throttle input increased engine power, and the airplane rolled forward until it collided with a hanger. The airplaneā€™s wings were substantially damaged. A postaccident examination of the airplane found the throttle in the full forward (full power) position. No preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane were reported.

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

The pilot's improper operation of the airplane controls during engine start, which resulted in a collision with a hangar.

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