Back about 6 years ago we had a 182 and KA at the DZ. We only had a few jumpers so we flew a few 182 HP loads. The 182 had a problem starting from the ship battery (turned out to be some corrosion on the battery connections) so we pulled the DZO's car up to the tail and jump started it. The other three were in the plane already and I was assisting the hookup.
Plane starts up, unhook the cables and walk over to the grass (about 15 feet off the pilot side) where I had put my helmet. Pick up the helmet and start walking back. As I'm walking back I'm looking right to see if the tail has enough room to clear the hood of the car.
Walking forward, looking right, around a hot prop.
Getting the picture?
I don't know if it was luck, spidey-sense, or fate (the protector of fools and small children) that made me freeze in my tracks for a second and look forward.
I kid you not, I was dead on line with the prop less than five feet away. Another step and a half and it would have gutted me from belly to chin like a pig.
We had a head's up pilot back then who already had his hand on the key when I stopped.
I tell you I am not a religious man but something was looking out for me that day.
That evening I jumped on our DZ website forums, confessed my sine, and wrote up a detailed report of the 'near miss.'
Sometimes when this happens it is just what it is- an accident. Preventable? Of course. But had I taken that extra step it would have still been an accident.
(This post was edited by Iago on Dec 16, 2011, 5:05 PM)