Pilot weight (without motor): US Pounds
Experience: 50+ Hours Solo
Incident Detail Information
Type of Incident: Body Contact with Spinning Prop
Primary Cause: Pilot Error Preflight/Postflight
Contributing Distractions: Other
Windspeed: Light (Less than 5 MPH)
Wind Type: Steady
Thermal Conditions: Light (Less than 300 FPM)
Site Elevation: 200 (feet above sea level)
Phase of Flight: Runup
Purpose of Flight: Commercial
Safety Gear Used:
Instructor pilot had started the motor and was warming it up while standing in front of it. He was using a "finger throttle".
At some point he inadvertently throttled up enough that the motor lurched forward and pushed into his shoulder causing the prop strike. It was difficult to get away from the motor because he couldn't get his hand out of the throttle since the strap is velcroed around the pilot's wrist.
Photo: No photo on file.