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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
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 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
 
 
 
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