It Started with a Dead Battery

A guy fueled his Cherokee, knowing that he had a dead battery. He pushed back the plane, jumped in, primed the engine, left the throttle half open, mags on, and got out. 

He gave the prop a swift swing and the engine fired right up; right up to around 1,800 RPM. The plane shot straight for the fuel farm. Fortunately, the prop hit a concrete filled steel post, designed to keep idiots from running into the fuel tanks. 

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After the prop hit the post, the crankshaft sheared from the engine, sending the prop, hub, and spinner flying like you only see in cartoons. It landed on a hangar roof about 150 yards away. Fortunately, no one was struck by the flying prop.

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The damage did not buff  out easily. 

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The plane was sold for $400 on the spot, parted out and sold on eBay. 

With today’s medical expertise and knowledge, we can fix a lot of things, but Stupid is not one of  them. The “pilot” had no insurance, and was under FAA scrutiny because he previously had a fuel exhaustion incident in another plane. He landed that one on Highway 41 in Ft Myers, FL.

Perhaps he should just quit flying all together.

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