Accident Cessna A185E N70037, Wednesday 7 January 2015
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Date:Wednesday 7 January 2015
Time:10:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna A185E
Registration: N70037
MSN: 18501905
Year of manufacture:1971
Total airframe hrs:5496 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-520D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lewiston, Maine -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Lewiston, ME (81B)
Destination airport:Rutland Airport, VT (RUT/KRUT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that while preparing for the flight, he initiated the engine starting procedure. This procedure included steps to advance the throttle and engage the electric fuel pump, in order to prime the fuel system. A subsequent step required that the throttle setting be reduced to idle position before engaging the starter motor. The pilot stated that for this step, he unintentionally pulled the propeller control out instead of the throttle control, and when he engaged the starter, the engine started and immediately went to full RPM. The airplane then travelled across the ramp and struck two parked airplanes, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane's left elevator. The airplane then went through an opening in a snowbank and came to rest about 150 yards from where it initially started. The pilot did not report any preexisting mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to properly set the throttle prior to engine start, which resulted in a loss of control and collision with parked airplanes.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA15CA095
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report




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07-Oct-2022 10:02 ASN Update Bot Added

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