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After installing his passenger in the aircraft, the pilot hand swung the propeller, the normal means of starting the engine. When the engine fired it ran up to high power and the aircraft jumped the chocks. The pilot attempted to stop the aircraft but it continued forward and collided with the side of a hangar. The nose gear collapsed and the wooden propeller shattered as the aircraft came to rest on its nose. During the pre-start checks the pilot believes he set the throttle almost fully open by mistake. The aircraft handbrake was unservicable.

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General details
Date: 01 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1845 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Aldinga (38 km S Adelaide)  
State: South Australia  
Release date: 24 January 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Stits Aircraft 
Aircraft model: SA-3 
Aircraft registration: VH-ULB 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Aldinga
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Aldinga
 
 
 
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