Incident Details


General Information
Title: Propeller Strike to Jaw and Shoulder
Date: 01/29/2021
Time:
Location: 3008 21st Ave SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124

Pilot Information
Age: 69
Gender: Male
Pilot weight (without motor): 205 US Pounds
Rating: Other
Experience: 50+ Hours Solo

Incident Detail Information
Type of Incident: Body Contact with Spinning Prop
Primary Cause: Pilot Error Preflight/Postflight
Contributing Distractions: Not Applicable
Windspeed: Not Applicable
Wind Type: Not Applicable
Thermal Conditions: Not Applicable
Visibility: Good
Surface: Not Applicable
Terrain: Not Applicable
Site Elevation: 5200 (feet above sea level)
Phase of Flight: Not Applicable
Purpose of Flight: Not Applicable

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: Mac Charger, 33 meter
Motor: Simonini mini 2, 30 lbs

Injury Information
Pilot/Passenger Injury Severity: Not Applicable
Hosipitalization: 3+ Nights

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: Pilot was attempting to start the engine to determine running condition, prior to sale. The safety cage had been removed earlier during disassembly of trike. Engine was mounted to frame which was standing on garage floor. The pilot was standing behind the engine and holding the frame with one arm. Engine was started using the electric starter. The throttle was partially open 50 % of full throttle when the engine started and reved up quickly. Pilot was not able to control the engine force and the frame assembly moved quickly causing the prop to strike the pilot in the lower jaw and right shoulder with the propeller. As the frame twisted the propeller struck the concrete floor and stopped the engine and broke the propeller. <> After the accident the pilot was able to call 911 on his cell phone and contact emergency personnel. Emergency personally arrived on scene and transported him to hospital in an ambulance. <> Severe damage was done to pilot’s lower jaw, breaking it in numerous pieces before striking the right shoulder inflicting a deep wound to tissue and muscle. Pilot has spent 4 weeks in the hospital and an additional 10 days in a rehabilitation hospital before going home. Pilot is facing a long recovery and numerous surgeries to repair the injuries.

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