Tue, Jul 03, 2012
Non-Pilot In The Cockpit Could Not Control The Cessna 172 After The Engine Was Started
You don't often hear about someone attempting to hand-prop a Cessna 172, but its certainly something that's possible. What an 80-year-old airplane owner discovered was that it's probably also a good idea to have someone at least familiar with the airplane in the cockpit when the engine catches.
The inexperienced airplane occupant was Steward van Bibber, who had expressed an interest in buying the 172 (similar airplane pictured in file photo) from its owner, 80-year-old Roger Taylor. Van Bibber wanted to take a demonstration flight, and so on April 3rd, the two met at Vally Vista Airport in Johnson Valley, CA.
According to a report in the Press Enterprise of Riverside, CA, when the two got to the airport, they discovered that the 172's battery was dead, so Taylor decided to hand-prop the airplane. He instructed van Bibber in how to hold the brakes and operate the throttle, and stepped out of the airplane to swing the prop.
The engine caught, but then the airplane started to move. Van Bibber was unable to control the airplane, or shut it down, and Taylor was unable to get back aboard. Taylor got out of the way as the Cessna rolled down an slight incline, gaining speed, and then plowed through a neighbors hedge, crashing into a solar array at the house.
In his accident report, Taylor said he had told van Bibber "to apply the brakes, but he pushed the throttle wide open." The plane traveled all of about 200 feet before impacting the hedge and solar panels.
As If We Didn’t Have Enough to Do, Another Critical Challenge Demands Our Full Attention It has been a brutal few weeks… starting with the loss of our dear friend, Bob>[...]
Two Years After Tragedy, The Program Proves It Still Has The Right Stuff The newest SpaceShipTwo has flown free for the first time. According to the Virgin Galactic crew, "Our new >[...]
Proposal Runs Afoul Of Federal Authority Over The Nation’s Airspace... The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sent a letter to the Orlando City Council in opposition to a pro>[...]
"This represents culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance by the team here in the USA and back at base in Germany too, we’re literally over the moon.” So>[...]
The FAA Has Granted Type Certification To AutoGyro For Its Factory-Built Calidus Aircraft It seems we hear a lot about new FAA type certification of airliners and corporate jets, b>[...]