Self-Starting Cessna Kills Mechanic


Authorities are investigating how an airplane mechanic was killed after an unoccupied Cessna 172 “started on its own” and crashed into another aircraft at the airport in Grand Junction, Colo. Dana Brewer, manager of Monument Aircraft Services, said the mechanic, who he declined to identify, was struck in the chest by the 172’s propeller, which broke off when it hit the other plane. Although the FAA and NTSB have been notified, airport spokesman Charlie Novinskie said the incident is being treated as an industrial accident. Meanwhile, nobody seems to be able to explain how the plane’s engine started. “That’s something we’re investigating,” Brewer told the Denver Post.