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The pilot proposed to conduct a flight around the Station windmills. His attempt to start the aircraft was unsuccessful owing to the battery condition. He turned the ignition and master switches OFF and proceeded to hand swing the propeller. As he turned the propeller, the engine fired. The throttle had been left half opened , the park brake was not engaged and the aircraft was not chocked. The aircraft moved rapidly and the pilot was unable to gain access to the cockpit. The aircraft passed through a fence and subsequently came to rest in a clump of trees. No defect was discovered to explain how the engine could start with the ignition and master switches selected OFF.

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General details
Date: 12 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 700  
Location:Wyloo Station (130km West Tom Price) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 05 June 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-IVU 
Serial number: R1722719 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wyloo Station WA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Wyloo Station WA
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