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Owner/pilot hit by prop!

Discussion in 'Airport News, Talk & Discussion' started by Richard Wyeroski, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    The owner of a Cessna 182 was doing a preflight when his engine cycled and he was hit in the head with the propeller and died instantly!

    The aircraft was flown that day and the ignition keys were in his pocket.

    How could This happen?......Magnetoes are dangerous little electrical generators. Even with the Mageneto switch off and the mixture out, moving the prop could make the engine fire? A little thing called a P-lead with is a single wire that grounds the magneto to the igNition switch and stops the mag from making power!. If that little fire breaks or is left off the magneto it is live and could fire the engine.

    Sad, and this accident will be added to all the others that happen every year!

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    NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Propeller Strike Accident


    Pilot Was Performing A Pre-Flight Inspection Of An Airplane Flown Earlier That Day
    The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred on July 26th that fatally injured a pilot who was performing a pre-flight inspection on an C182 airplane at Cleveland Regional Jetport (KRZR) in Cleveland, TN.

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    According to the report, the private pilot of a Cessna 182P, N1311S, was fatally injured when he was struck by the propeller during a preflight inspection of the airplane.

    The pilot's wife reported to FAA personnel that they had flown to RZR earlier that day, and her husband performed a normal shutdown of the engine utilizing the mixture control. They performed errands then returned to the airport.

    She reported to law enforcement that she was outside the airplane behind the passenger door facing her seat, and her husband was performing a preflight inspection of the airplane. She heard the "propeller move" which she described as unusual and heard the engine like it was starting or trying to start. She looked up and noticed her husband fall to the ground.

    She thought the propeller stopped at that time, and went inside the fixed-base-operator to summon help. She also indicated that the ignition key was in her husband's pocket at the time of the accident. The airplane's ignition switch and key were retained for operational testing.

    (Source: NTSB preliminary report. Image from file. Not incident airplane)

    FMI: www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/AccList.aspx?month=7&year=2018
     
  2. Rotorruss

    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member IV

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    ... mechanical knowledge continues to be a weak area for pilots. Props are like guns, treat them like they are loaded and ready to fire!
     
  3. Everett 757

    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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  4. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    :( Something just doesn't sound right about this report. Something's missing other than his head. Did she dig through his pockets after? Hmmmmmm.
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member IV

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    ...is digging through pockets, like digging for gold??? :eek:You conspiracy theorist, you!:eek:

    Seriously though, it wouldn't be the first time a P-lead be disconnected. I've had them break on helicopters. Not that is dangerous having a P-lead disconnected, but I've seen people get wacked by the rotorblades. That is another story.
     
  6. Rotorruss

    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member IV

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    ... spinning blades of death. WARNING, VERY GRAPHIC!!

     
  7. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Yeah, a little cleaner cut. :eek:
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Lol at 'SteaknCheese.com'. Very handy! o_O:eek:
     
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  9. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ...........hmmmm smells a little? ......did it really happen?
    :cool:
     
  10. Rotorruss

    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member IV

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    Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction??

    This one is real for sure. Took this guy's designee from him. He was a piece of work!!
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member IV

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    This is a pretty good article about P-leads. Sorry, Rich, I didn't mean to highjack the post about the helicopters.

    https://www.avemco.com/information/blogs/hot-props-and-proper-magneto-checks.aspx
     
  12. Lord Leighton

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    :D:eek:
     
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  14. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    :rolleyes::cool:
     
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    Yeah, and change your mags early so you're always chambered. ;)
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    That's what he gets for 'eaves dropping'!
     
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  17. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    We continue to have proper strikes every year. Pilots and passengers are hurt. Passengers are killed when they deplane and the pilot has the engine running. Simply shut down when entering or exiting an aircraft. The only time I do not do this is when I am soloing a student. I believe I am qualified enough to do this safely.

    A while back during the winter, I had to start an aircraft on a cold day with out preheating the engine. The first step is to pull the prop through numerous times to loosen everything up. I do this carefully being sure the mags are off. (the key is usually in site) Then carefully I primer the engine numerous times and pull the prop through, being sure to keep my hands flat on the prop and being alert in the event it "may" start. On this day unknown to me a mechanic did not connect the p lead to the mag during some recent maintnenance. It was the first flight since being maintained and the engine fired. The prop slip off my hands and rotated rapidly two full rotations missing me by inches. However I was ready for it, if it should occur......In another situation mechanics perform differential compression checks during maintnenance to check engine cylinder condition. Compressed air is pumped in the cylinder with another mechanic holding the prop. This day the mechanic holding the prop slipped and the prop rotated a full revolution just missing me and him.

    Yes prop strikes are common and people are hurt when they stray from proper safety precautions. On the above check we were both ready for a mistake and if the prop rotates no one is in it's path!

    Accidents like prop strikes happen every day and it is one reason a pilot will fail his flight test if he fails to properly start and engine and yell the important word before start......CLEAR!!!!
     
  18. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Wow he was lucky..............
     
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    :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    ....yep, I remember those days doing compression checks. The three blade propeller got you quicker than the two blade ones. I also remember doing OJT at an airport I worked at learning to hand prop Cubs and such. I learned not to wear rings because of it.
     

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