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NTSB Identification: CEN17LA135
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 20, 2017 in Vicksburg, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/01/2018
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8F, registration: N2007B
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 commercial pilot was found lying on the ground under the nose of the airplane with a fatal head injury from a propeller strike. Normal engine start for this airplane required hand propping the engine. The airplane was found with the left wheel chocked, and the magneto, throttle control, primer, and fuel tank selector settings as expected for an engine start. It is likely that, during hand propping, the pilot inadvertently entered the path of the propeller. The Federal Aviation Administration advises pilots that hand propping should only be attempted with two properly trained people, and the pilot was alone when he was fatally injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's inadvertent contact with the propeller while hand propping the engine, which resulted in a fatal injury.