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Hello to everybody. As stated in the title, a couple of very graphic picture are to follow. please be advised ad DON'T continue reading if it may disturb you. I take the occasion of a new propeller accident occurred last weekend here in Italy to a PPG pilot. I don't have much details about this accident, but I'm REALLY TIRED of continuosly reading about this kind of accidents. Many pilots consider a PPG to be dangerous during the flight, but... in my (short) PPG pilot career I've personally heard about 3 propeller accidents on the ground and ZERO accidents due to unusual wing configurations or pilot mistakes, or hardware failure during the flight . According to this I would consider a PPG much more dangerous on the ground, than in the air. Please, please, please, do a favour to yourself and DON'T, DON'T, DON'T turn your engine on except than when it is on your shoulders. I know, it's a little bit harder, but a well tuned engine (you wouldn't fly without a well tuned engine... would you ?) and correctly primed carburetor shal turn on within the second or third traction of the starting cord. And if you have to tune the engine, please do it only after you have uninstalled the propeller. Returning back to the above accidents, as I told I don't have details on the last one, but I know about the other 2. Always the same story... engine turned on on the ground, throttle held in the hand to give some gas and ready to press the kill switch, too much gas, frame starting to move thoward the pilot that trying to hold it squeezes even more the throttle. A fraction of a second, not even to THINK to press the kill switch. And not even the strongest cage can avoid the contact with the propeller. In the first case the pilot has lost 2 fingers. In the second, to which the pictures refer to, my frind has experienced a REALLY bad injury to the right shoulder, that will leave him with a limited mobility of his right arm , and some deep cuts to the right wrist and hand. The engine was a vittorazi moster with 130 carbon propeller on R.ultralight T-rex frame. Please, think about it the next time you are going to turn the engine on on the ground. safe flights, safe handling on the ground.
FIRE crews rescued two parachutists caught on a 20m telecommunications mast. Crews were called to the mast on the A131 Halstead Road, between Halstead and Braintree, at around 6pm. They used an aerial ladder platform to rescue the two parachutists from the mast. They were left in the care of the ambulance service.