This email was just forwarded to me – I don’t know if I would be as harsh as the original poster but over the years I have heard enough stories about what props can do to give them a healthy respect.
Regardless it is fortunate nobody was hurt…
I give you the post in its entirety….
It started out at the self-service Avgas pump.
A guy fueled his Cherokee, but knew he had a dead battery. Pushed the plane back, hopped in, primed the engine, left the throttle half open, mags on, and got back out.
Gave the prop a swift swing and the engine fired right up. Right up to around 1800 rpm I guess.
The plane took off, straight for the fuel farm.
Fortunately, the prop hit this concrete filled steel post, designed for this very situation: to keep idiots from running into the fuel tanks.
Here’s what happened next: Prop hit the post and the crankshaft sheared right off the engine sending the prop, hub, and spinner flying like you only see in cartoons; landing on the roof of a hangar, about 150 yards away.
And no, this did not buff right out. Plane was sold for $400 on the spot, parted out and sold on eBay.
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