Incident Details


General Information
Title: Pilot struck by his prop after accidental throttle
Date: 01/04/2019
Time: 1200
Location: San Diego

Pilot Information
Age:
Gender: Male
Pilot weight (without motor): US Pounds
Rating: Instructor
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)
Visibility: 6+
Surface: Grass
Terrain: Hilly
Site Elevation: 200 (feet above sea level)
Phase of Flight: Runup
Purpose of Flight: Commercial

Safety Gear Used:
None
Helmet Full
Helmet Other
Protective Boots
Knee-pads
Elbow-pads
Wrist Guards
Reserve
Knife
Gloves
Strobe
Unknown

Communications: Not Applicable
Damage to Pilot's Equipment: Minor (Less than 20% of New Price)
Wing: n/a
Motor: not reported, cameleon throttle

Injury Information
Pilot/Passenger Injury Severity: Major Injury
Hosipitalization: Overnight

Injuries:
None
Head
Face
Neck
Chest
Back
Abdomen
Shoulder
Arm
Elbow
Forearm
Wrist
Hand
Pelvis
Thigh
Calf
Ankle
Foot
Knee
Unknown

Collateral Damage:
None
By-Stander
Other Pilot
Animal
Property
Unknown

Narrative: Reported by another pilot.

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.