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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : 4ac.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : mia.tower|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 700
flight time type : 150
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
ground encounters : person
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
The airplane had been having difficulty starting since the onset of cold WX. The battery had just been replaced. I tried to start the engine without success and got out to adjust the propeller. I neglected to turn off the magnetos and when I moved the propeller the engine started. The propeller hit me on the head and the right elbow. I was hospitalized for 5 days. The incident could have been prevented if I had been certain I turned the magnetos off.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN SMA PLT IS INJURED WHEN HE IS STRUCK BY THE PROP WHEN ATTEMPTING TO 'ADJUST' THE PROP BY HAND WITH THE MAGNETO SWITCH STILL IN THE 'ON' POS. THE ACFT HAD BEEN DIFFICULT TO START IN COLD WX AT 4AC, NM.
Narrative: THE AIRPLANE HAD BEEN HAVING DIFFICULTY STARTING SINCE THE ONSET OF COLD WX. THE BATTERY HAD JUST BEEN REPLACED. I TRIED TO START THE ENG WITHOUT SUCCESS AND GOT OUT TO ADJUST THE PROP. I NEGLECTED TO TURN OFF THE MAGNETOS AND WHEN I MOVED THE PROP THE ENG STARTED. THE PROP HIT ME ON THE HEAD AND THE R ELBOW. I WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR 5 DAYS. THE INCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF I HAD BEEN CERTAIN I TURNED THE MAGNETOS OFF.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.