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NTSB Identification: LAX03LA280
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 06, 2003 in SACRAMENTO, CA
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-161, registration: N9141Y
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On September 6, 2003, about 2300 Pacific daylight time, the propeller of a Piper PA-28-161, N9141Y, which was parked in the tie down area, partially severed the arm of a passenger at the Sacramento Executive Airport (SAC), Sacramento, California. The private pilot operated the rental airplane under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. There was no damage to the airplane. The private pilot, who was in the airplane at the time, was not injured. The passenger sustained serious injuries. The flight was preparing to depart SAC for the Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), Hayward, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

There were no witnesses to the accident; however, a corporate flight crew was conducting a preflight near the airplane. The Safety Board investigator-in-charge (IIC) interviewed the captain. He stated that the first officer had observed the pilot and passenger walking to their airplane. The flight crew then went about their business. The captain indicated that the auxiliary power unit (APU) was running at the time. He heard someone yell, and then heard a second yell. When he turned to look he saw the pilot and passenger walking towards the security office. He stated that something wasn't right with the passenger so he went over to check on them. The captain provided first aid assistance until the EMS crew arrived.