FTW94LA148
FTW94LA148

On May 8, 1994, at 1225 central daylight time, a Cessna 140, N111NZ, was substantially damaged while taxiing at the Lancaster Airport, near Lancaster, Texas. The airline transport rated pilot was not injured, while his passenger sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot attempted to start the airplane by hand propping the engine. The airplane was equipped with an electric starter; however, the pilot found that the battery was dead when he attempted to start the engine on the first flight of the day. The pilot's 14 year old grandson stood outside the right door of the airplane with his hand on the throttle.

According to the pilot, the engine started running at about 1,400 RPM, his grandson apparently fell down and the unattended airplane moved across the transient ramp striking three parked airplanes, causing substantial damage to two, and minor damage to the third.

The pilot stated that he managed to get into the left door, but was unable to stop the airplane. The pilot's grandson was struck in the back by the right horizontal stabilizer.

According to witnesses at the airport, the airplane was neither chocked or tied down. Additionally, the FAA inspector stated that no request for assistance was made by the pilot to any of the many pilots that were present at the airport restaurant and lounge.

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