Aviation safety investigations & reports

Mooney M20-J, VH-IJL, Wee Waa NSW, 26 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When preparing for the return leg of a charter flight, the pilot discovered that the engine starter motor would not engage. He elected to hand-start the engine, and briefed the passenger on the operation of the controls. No wheel chocks were employed. When the engine started, the aircraft commenced to move and the passenger's efforts to control the aircraft were ineffective. After travelling about 20 metres the aircraft ran into a ditch and the engine stopped after the propeller struck the ground.

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General details
Date: 26 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Wee Waa    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 28 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Mooney Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model M20  
Aircraft registration VH-IJL  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Wee Waa NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Tamworth NSW