Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
What a buffoon.
What the heck was he doing turning a prop with the ignition on. Lucky he didn't lose any body parts.
That is what around here we call a dumbass
It got him going. " I just fly em. I don't know what makes em go "
If you don't know what makes 'em go - you shouldn't be flyin' em.But hey - that's just me. I guess I'm old-school that way.I'm that way with any of my conveyances (car, bike, boat, etc) and tools (computers included). Taught my kids to have at least a *basic* idea of how ANY technology they use works. They may not know how to fix it - but they'll have a much better chance of knowing if the repair technician is BS'ing them or not.
It's probably like most errors. You get away with it 999 out of 1000 times. It's the last one that gets ya. He may have been careless and left the mag switch on. Or he may have taken the word of another that it was off, or there may have been a fault in the system. I'm glad for his sake that he wasn't leaning into it during the pull through.
Lost a young man on the Saratoga from a prop hit. There wasn't anything left but to hose off the deck. This fool is very, very lucky.