NTSB Identification: ERA14LA257
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Gulf Shores, AL
Aircraft: P&M AVIATION LTD QUIKR, registration: N428PM
Injuries: 1 Serious.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On May 22, 2014, about 1830 central daylight time, a special light sport P&M Aviation QuikR weight shift aircraft, N428PM, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The local flight was originating from Jack Edwards National Airport (JKA), Gulf Shores, Alabama at the time of the accident.
According to the pilot's written statement, after conducting a preflight inspection of the aircraft outside his hangar on a taxiway, he climbed into the cockpit and fastened his seatbelt and shoulder harness. After applying a technique to move oil into the crankcase, the pilot attempted to start the engine. He applied full choke, set the hand throttle to idle, applied full left foot brake and placed the magnetos in the on position. After making several unsuccessful attempts to start the engine, the pilot moved the choke back and forth and left it about halfway. He introduced "little bit of right foot throttle" and, after several more attempts, the engine started and immediately went to "takeoff power." The pilot applied full left foot brake, but the aircraft moved forward at increasing speed. He attempted to keep the aircraft on the taxiway centerline by steering the nose wheel. The pilot also held the control bar with his left hand and groped the instrument panel with his right hand for the magneto cutoff. He eventually disengaged one of the two magnetos; however, the aircraft right wing impacted the cowling of a parked airplane just off to the right of the taxiway centerline. The aircraft spun to the right, impacted a hangar door and came to rest.
Postaccident examination of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the propeller blades. The parked airplane also sustained damage to the propeller and nose cowling. The foot pedal throttle and hand throttle both operated smoothly with no binding.
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